Is It Dandruff or Psoriasis?

When you see white flakes and spots on your clothing, you probably jump to the assumption that you have regular, run-of-the-mill dandruff.  However, those flakes could be a sign of a more life-impacting skin condition—Psoriasis. So how do you tell the difference? Here are some key clues.

How big are the flakes?

Larger flakes are more likely to be psoriasis than dandruff. Dandruff usually forms due to dry scalp; and when that is the case, changing shampoo is enough to solve the problem. But if the flakes are very large, it is more likely to be a scalp condition such as psoriasis. 

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Solutions for Psoriasis Flares

Having psoriasis can be inconvenient, embarrassing, and very uncomfortable. Most people do not have serious flares all the time. But when psoriasis flares occur, they should be addressed right away. As soon as you notice that your skin is becoming red and scaled, you should start taking action to knock down the flare before it can intensify. Here are some ways you can control your psoriasis flares at home.

Stay Moisturized

You need to keep your skin moisturized, without the greasiness or oiliness of lotions and some moisturizers. A moisturizing cream or after shower moisturizer is the best option for keeping your skin hydrated and as healthy as possible. The hydration can help control the flare so that your skin doesn’t break open.

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Three Tips for Sufferers of Psoriasis of the Scalp

Psoriasis can be troublesome to cope with, but those who have the condition on their scalp face some of the worst symptoms. With the scales intertwined with hair, it is difficult to get treatments on the area correctly, and you also face the problem of unwanted hair loss. Here are some tips to make your condition a bit more bearable.

Don’t Pick Scales

While it is important to remove the scales that form on your scalp, you should never pick at them. Picking at the scales can make your scalp bleed. It can also take hair off with the scale, leaving bald spots. Instead, use a soft brush to gently remove the scales.

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Three Common Causes of Chronic Itching and Their Treatments

Chronic itching can be extremely irritating, and it can affect every aspect of your life. If you are constantly itching, it can affect your work performance and ability to portray yourself as a professional. You may also find difficulty concentrating and may become unable to follow conversations with your friends and family. There are many potential causes for chronic itching, but here are the three most common and what can be done about it.


Xerosis is the clinical term for chronic dry skin. Dry skin can cause severe itchiness, and it is not always remedied by simply adding a moisturizing lotion. Sometimes lifestyle changes are necessary to relieve dry skin, such as not taking long, very hot showers or baths, using a humidifier, and using a moisturizer right after showering. You may also need to use a cream containing lactic acid. Visiting a doctor will be your best bet in learning more about how dry skin can be treated at home.

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What Is XTRAC Laser Treatment, and How Does It Help Psoriasis and Vitiligo?

Psoriasis and vitiligo are skin conditions that can affect your appearance and confidence, not just your skin. There are several available treatments for psoriasis and a few treatments available for vitiligo. One of the most effective treatments that has been used for decades is phototherapy, where UVB light is focused on the area. The XTRAC laser treatment is based on a similar principle. 

What Is XTRAC Laser?

The XTRAC laser uses focused and concentrated UVB rays. It works similarly to traditional phototherapy, but gives much faster results. The laser is very safe and doesn’t affect the surrounding skin as phototherapy might. The laser concentrates the UVB rays in the target area so that the skin condition is treated but the rest of your skin remains healthy.

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