I may have
psoriasis,
I may have psoriasis,
I may have psoriasis,
but it doesn’t
own me.
but it doesn’t own me.
but it doesn’t own me.

Psoriasis may affect your relationships, but don’t let it control them. Learn how to better manage psoriasis and be your true self.

Did you know that psoriasis is an autoimmune disease? That means your body’s immune system is overactive and causing fast turnover of skin cells, which makes your skin look red and scaly.

Psoriasis is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the US. It affects nearly 7.5 million people—impacting women and men equally.

Did you know that doctors often recommend a combination of treatments for psoriasis? These may include the following:

Topical treatments include prescription creams, ointments, or sprays that can be applied directly to the affected skin. Topical creams typically help address mild to moderate psoriasis.

Biologics are a treatment option for moderate to severe psoriasis. They help block proteins in the immune system that may cause psoriasis. Biologics can be administered at home by self-injection or in a doctor’s office by IV (intravenous) infusion.

Ultraviolet (UV) light therapy (or phototherapy) exposes the skin to UV light on a regular basis. This procedure is usually done at a doctor’s office. UV light therapy can help alleviate psoriasis by reducing symptoms and helping to slow down the growth of skin cells.

Systemic medications work throughout the body to help address symptoms among people who find that topical medications or UV light therapy aren’t responsive enough.

eczema is
UNDENIABLE,
eczema is UNDENIABLE,
eczema is UNDENIABLE,
but so is my
personality.
but so is my personality.
but so is my personality.

Eczema is a recurring condition that results in dry, easily irritated, itchy skin. You can help keep it under control: establish a daily skincare regimen and stick with it.

Did you know that the exact cause of eczema is unknown? But scientists do know that eczema develops because of a combination of genes and environmental triggers.

An estimated 3 in 10 Americans have eczema. It is most common in babies and children, but adults can get eczema, too. People who live in cities and dry climates may be more likely to get it.

Living with eczema comes down to 4 basics: know your triggers, follow a regular bathing and moisturizing routine, use prescription medication as needed, and watch for signs of skin infection.

When it comes to using prescription medication, there are a variety of options available to help you manage eczema:

Topical treatments, such as anti-inflammatory creams or ointments, can be applied directly to the skin affected by eczema to help reduce and manage symptoms.

Antibiotic creams can be prescribed if you have open sores or cracks on the skin due to a bacterial infection from eczema.

Oral corticosteroids can treat severe cases of eczema.

you see
acne,
you see acne,
you see acne,
but do you see
the real me?
but do you see the real me?
but do you see the real me?

Myths about acne are as common as acne itself. One common myth is that you have to let acne run its course. Dermatologists know that’s not always the best advice.

Did you know that when your pores become plugged with oil and dead skin cells, you may develop whiteheads and/or blackheads? You may also experience pimples on the face, forehead, chest, upper back, or shoulders.

Acne affects about 40 to 50 million Americans. It is most common in teens and young adults. About 80% of people between ages 11 and 30 have acne outbreaks at some point. But acne is common after age 30, too. Among men, 20%, 12%, and 7% reported having acne in their 30s, 40s, and 50s and older, respectively. Among women, the rates were even greater: 35%, 26%, and 15%, respectively.

Because of the risk of dark spots and permanent scars, it’s important to see your doctor or dermatologist as soon as acne appears. Over-the-counter options may or may not help your acne. Ask your doctor about prescription treatment options with proven results.

Some prescription treatment options that are available to help address acne include the following:

Topical drugs may help treat acne by killing bacteria or reducing oil production.

Oral drugs such as antibiotics or retinoids can work through the body to help treat severe symptoms by killing bacteria, reducing inflammation, or unclogging pores.

Chemical peels, which are typically done at a doctor’s office, help treat blackheads and papules.