Even though you can go for a long time without a psoriasis flare-up, the embarrassment and physical irritation of psoriasis can be a major source of distress in your life. At Clear Skin Dermatology in St. Charles, Oak Park, and Sycamore, Illinois, the experts use a variety of treatments including topical creams, oral medication, injectable biologic agents, and Narrowband UVB Phototherapy to prevent flare-ups and clear your skin completely. To learn more about your psoriasis and how to manage it, call the nearest office or request an appointment online.

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What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a condition that affects your skin and is associated with your immune system. While the condition is chronic and lasts for the rest of your life, you don’t always have symptoms. In fact, you can go for years without a flare-up with proper disease management and prevention.

As an autoimmune disease, psoriasis happens when your immune system causes your body to produce new skin cells at a very fast rate. Without ample time to shed away, the cells build up in patches on your skin. 

Common areas for psoriasis flare-ups are your elbows, knees, and scalp.

Which type of psoriasis do I have?

There are several different types of psoriasis, each with a few different features and symptoms. The providers at Clear Skin Dermatology assess your symptoms during a flare-up and may take a skin sample for a biopsy in order to diagnose you. 

Some of the more common types of psoriasis are:

Plaque psoriasis

Plaque psoriasis, the most common type, is characterized by red, scaly, and itchy patches of skin. The scales on the patches take on a shimmery or silvery appearance.

Guttate psoriasis

Guttate psoriasis is more common in children. It causes small pink spots that are flush against the skin and is usually triggered by an infection.

Pustular psoriasis

Pustular psoriasis causes white blisters filled with pus on top of inflamed areas of skin.

Inverse psoriasis

Inverse psoriasis usually appears in areas where your skin folds over itself, like your armpits or groin. The patches are typically shiny and red.

What are my treatment options for psoriasis?

When you come to Clear Skin Dermatology in need of psoriasis care, the team makes sure you have an accurate diagnosis before planning your treatment. They work with you to develop a suitable treatment plan that you can easily follow. 

In many cases, Clear Skin Dermatology prescribes medicated topical products to help relieve psoriasis flare-ups. Corticosteroids, retinoids, and salicylic acid are all common prescriptions for psoriasis. Additionally, some similar oral medications may be a part of your treatment plan. 

Certain types of light therapy can also help relieve psoriasis. Clear Skin Dermatology offers Narrowband UVB light therapy for fast and effective inflammation relief. The team helps you use light-based treatments safely and strategically.

If you have flare-ups with any type of psoriasis or would simply like your skin to be completely clear, call Clear Skin Dermatology for effective care or request an appointment online today.