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Causes, Symptoms and     Effective Solutions




Introduction to psoriasis


In August we celebrate Psoriasis Awareness Month! 

It's essential to shed light on this chronic skin condition that affects countless individuals worldwide. Psoriasis is more than just a skin issue; it can significantly impact one's physical and emotional well-being. 

In this blog post, we will explore the main causes of psoriasis, its common signs and symptoms, and natural ways to find relief and comfort.

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis changes the life cycle of the skin cells causing cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin over only a couple of days instead of usual 21 – 28 days, on individuals not impacted by psoriasis. 

This build-up of skin cells over a couple of days results in thick silvery scales and dry, itchy, red patches (plaques) that are often inflamed and are very painful.

Psoriasis can occur on any part of the body, including the scalp, hands, feet, finger or even toes.

What is the main cause of psoriasis?

The exact cause of psoriasis remains unknown, but it is believed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. 

People with a family history of psoriasis are more likely to develop the condition, suggesting a strong genetic component.

Certain triggers, such as stress, infections, injuries to the skin, and certain medications, can exacerbate psoriasis symptoms in genetically susceptible individuals. Research has also indicated that an overactive immune system plays a crucial role in the development of psoriasis. This causes immune cells to constantly act as though they are fighting an infection or healing a wound causing the skin cells to grow every couple of days rather than the usually 21-28 day cycle.

T-cells, a type of white blood cell, are activated mistakenly in response to an unknown trigger. These activated T-cells then cause inflammation and trigger the rapid production of new skin cells, leading to the characteristic psoriatic patches.

What are 3 signs & symptoms of psoriasis?

Psoriasis can manifest in various forms and severity levels, but some common signs and symptoms include:

Red, Itchy Patches: The most typical presentation of psoriasis is raised, red patches covered with thick, silvery scales. These patches can be itchy, painful, and often appear on the elbows, knees, scalp, and lower back.

Nail Changes: Psoriasis can affect the nails, causing them to become pitted, discolored, and even detach from the nail bed. In severe cases, nail psoriasis can lead to crumbling nails, making it difficult to perform daily tasks.

Joint Pain: About one in three individuals with psoriasis, develop psoriatic arthritis or PsA, a condition that causes inflammation and pain in the joints. Psoriatic arthritis can lead to stiffness, swelling, and reduced joint mobility, impacting the quality of life.

What is the best way to treat psoriasis?

While there is no definitive cure for psoriasis, several treatment options can effectively manage symptoms and improve the condition's overall quality of life:

Topical Treatments: Mild to moderate cases of psoriasis can often be managed with topical treatments like corticosteroids, retinoids, and vitamin D analogs. These creams and ointments help reduce inflammation, slow down skin cell growth, and alleviate itching.

Warning: Long-term use of topical steroids to manage psoriasis symptoms may lead to withdrawal symptoms when discontinued. It is advised that anyone looking to use steroids to treat psoriasis symptoms educate themselves on the severe effects of Topical Steroids Withdrawal (TSW)


Phototherapy: Phototherapy, also known as light therapy and typically prescribed by a dermatologist, involves exposing the affected skin to controlled amounts of natural or artificial ultraviolet light. 

This treatment can slow the growth of skin cells and reduce inflammation, leading to improvements in psoriasis symptoms.

Natural Products: Psoriasis symptoms can be managed and treated using natural products that help reduce skin inflammation, re-introduce moisture on affected areas as well help develop a broken skin barrier. 

Ingredients with anti-inflammatory properties include Kunzea Oil, which contains bioactive compounds such as alpha-pinene and beta-pinene that reduce the production of inflammatory substances in the body such as cytokines and prostaglandins.

Diet and Nutrition: There is no diet that will cure psoriasis, however it is understood that people suffering with psoriasis symptoms have inflammation occurring elsewhere in the body.

People living with mild psoriasis (appearing on less than 3% of the body) may be the result of significant inflammation in the body.

Several diets, foods and ingredients have shown promise in their ability to reduce or prevent inflammation in the body. 

Making healthy, nutritious food choice can play a role in helping you manage your psoriasis. It is important to speak with your health-care provider and nutritionist to establish the best diet to suit your lifestyle and budget.

Living with psoriasis

Psoriasis has the tendency to make individuals feel isolated and misunderstood, and decrease their overall mental health!

Many people still believe that psoriasis is infectious or contagious, both of which is not the the case!

As psoriasis goes wherever you go, it is important to learn how to handle the social stigma and to educate co-workers, friends and family about psoriasis.

Embrace these conversations, and although they can be hard, they are so important as they will alleviate the stress around the condition, especially when meeting new people or a possible partner.

Introducing Comfort Balm Mask

The Comfort Balm Mask by Minimum Skincare has been specifically created to provide relief and comfort for individuals dealing with psoriasis. 

Formulated with soothing ingredients such as Kunzea, Carrot-root, and Rooibos, this Balm Mask aims to reduce inflammation, nourish the skin and alleviate itching. The products unique blend of plant-derived ingredients, helps create a protective barrier on the skin, reducing discomfort. Read more below.👇


Psoriasis is a challenging skin condition that can significantly impact a person's physical and emotional well-being.

Understanding the main causes of psoriasis, recognizing its signs and symptoms, and exploring effective treatment options are crucial steps in managing the condition successfully. 

While there is no definitive cure for psoriasis, various treatments, can significantly improve the quality of life for those affected.

The Comfort Balm Mask by Minimum Skincare offers a natural and comforting solution for individuals seeking relief from psoriasis symptoms. Embracing a comprehensive approach that combines lifestyle changes and supportive skincare products can empower individuals to manage psoriasis and lead fulfilling lives.

Disclaimer: Always consult with a dermatologist or skincare professional before introducing new products into your routine, especially if you have specific skin concerns and sensitivities.


An ultra-lightweight balm that absorbs fast and intensely nourishes, soothing your troubled areas and creating an anti-inflammation barrier.

Carrot seed oil and Kunzea bring the power play, giving your skin an exceptional boost. Beautiful skin starts with healthy skin!

Our three hero ingredients:

  • Carrot root oil and carrot seed oil: Beta Carotene is an antioxidant and a carotenoid and is not actually an essential nutrient itself, but it converts into Vitamin A, which is extremely beneficial for our immunity, eyes, skin, and for fighting and preventing many diseases.
  • Kunzea: Known for its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, it can help soothe and calm the skin, reduce redness, and support a healthy complexion.
  • Rooibos: It is potent source of antioxidants, including aspalathin, quercetin, and luteolin. These antioxidants work synergistically to combat free radicals and harmful molecules that contribute to skin damage. 

’’UNDERSTANDING THE POWER OF CARROT SEED OIL: Rich in beta-carotene and carotenoids that offer antioxidants which help protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals”.

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