How Psoriasis affects people of color and what do about it?



Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes red and crusty patches of skin, sometimes covered with silver scales. It normally appears on elbows, knees, scalp and back but it can appear anywhere on the body. Some people are only affected with small patches and sometimes the patches can be itchy or sore.

The condition actually starts from underneath the skin. It is a long lasting disease of the immune system that can either be mild or severe. It can also be associated with a form of arthritis, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

The good news is that you can now receive psoriasis treatment in Australia and there are various treatment options and strategies that can help you live well with the condition.

Here are some facts about psoriasis;

  • Normal skin takes about 28 to 30 days to produce new skins cells and shed the old ones. With psoriasis, the immune system is overactive and triggers skin inflammation, causing skin cells to be produced faster than normal. New skin cells are pushed to the surface in 3-4 days.
  • While the new skin cells are being produced, the old dead skins cells are pushed to the top of the surface, forming thick, red, itchy patches called plaques.
  • The cause of Psoriasis is still unknown.

How Psoriasis affects people of colour;

  • People of colour still face challenges like misdiagnosis, lack of awareness about the condition, delayed or wrong treatment, limited access to care and social stigma.
  • People of colour also have more extensive psoriasis involvement where the condition covers a wider surface area and experience a more negative impact  due to lack of awareness and thus face social stigma.
  • Psoriasis is not a widely known condition and there is little awareness in communities where the condition is prevalent.

What can be done?

  • Create more awareness about the condition.
  • For anyone who suffers from the condition, share this information with family and friends who support you.
  • Join a support group and meet others living with psoriasis for support and encouragement.
  • Take care of your overall health; get enough sleep, exercise, reduce stress inducers and eat a balanced diet.
  • Identify what triggers or worsens your psoriasis by using a health journal to keep track of your condition.


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