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You Either Have It or You Don’t

Thursday, September 1st, 2016 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Due to an overwhelming response to last month’s medical topic, I thought we would follow it up with yet another often asked medical question frequently heard in the salon. It concerns a skin condition called psoriasis. Hopefully we can clear up a few of the concerns and perceptions of psoriasis.

Psoriasis is a genetic disease most often manifesting in the skin. Most researchers agree that the immune system is somehow triggered to speed up the growth cycle of skin cells. A normal skin cell matures and falls off the body’s surface in about 28 days. A psoriatic skin cell, however, takes only three to four days to mature and move to the surface. Instead of falling off like normal skin cells, the psoriatic cell will continue to pile up and form the skin lesions associated with the disease. Psoriasis is most often found on the scalp, which is why we salon professionals are asked so many questions, but it is commonly found on the knees and elbows as well.

Here are a couple of important tidbits of information you can use if you are suffering from psoriasis. First, the disease is not contagious. You cannot catch it any more than you could pass it on to another during your salon visit. As we said in the title, “you either have it or you don’t.”

Secondly, your salon professional cannot offer either a diagnosis or a treatment. Both of these tasks should be left up to your physician. Most stylists will point you in the proper direction when a spot on your scalp is found that may or may not be psoriasis. Common treatments are available in both oral and topical applications.

Lastly, not many people will let a little skin disease interfere with their vanity. I personally have many clients who regularly have hair color applications who suffer from psoriasis. I have found no evidence that hair color will either hurt or help the condition. The most common complaint I have had is that the color may irritate the lesions and temporarily increase the urge to itch.

Hopefully I have answered some of the most commonly asked questions concerning psoriasis as it relates to a salon visit. Additional information can be found from the National Psoriasis Foundation at www.psoriasis.org.

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(865) 458-9332

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