Psoriasis is a skin condition that affects mainly the knees, elbows, trunk, and scalp causing it to become red, crusty, and itchy. It is a long-term disease that is associated with other health conditions but that can be treated with the help of our dermatologist at Skin Expert Clinic, a top dermatology clinic in Beirut, Lebanon. At our clinic, Dr. Yassine offers an appropriate diagnosis and the latest biologic treatments to assure you clear skin and relief of pain and inflammation.

Our skin expert provides more information regarding psoriasis in the section below.

1. What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a non-infectious skin disease that affects both men and women at any age. The main sign of this condition is red, itchy scaly patches (especially on the knees, elbows, trunk, and scalp) that, although don’t leave a scar, may cause a temporary change in skin color. Although psoriasis is a long-term condition, skin expert Dr. Yassine uses the latest updated treatments available to control psoriasis and reach a clear healthy skin.

2. What are the other conditions which could be associated with psoriasis?

Other than the skin, psoriasis may also cause psoriatic arthritis which is a condition that produces swelling and stiffness in the joints or stiffness in the lower back. At Skin Expert Clinic, a certified rheumatologist provides you with the ideal diagnosis and treatment of psoriatic joint inflammation. Besides, moderate to severe psoriasis also increases the risk of anxiety, depression, harmful use of alcohol, and the risk of heart disease and stroke. Diabetes, obesity, venous thromboembolism, high cholesterol, and blood pressure, and inflammatory bowel disease (with a small risk of cancer) are also associated with psoriasis and are prevented with the advanced treatments and a healthy lifestyle.

3. What are the main causes of psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a result of a faster replacement of skin cells in the epidermis, the outer layer of the skin, which happens in three to four days instead of three and four weeks. Some external causes are infections, stress, alcohol, exposure to intense sunlight, and some medications like beta-blockers (that treat high blood pressure and angina), lithium, and some tablets used in malaria treatments. Besides, Dr. Yassine recommends being the correct weight and exercising to prevent poor response to psoriasis treatment.

4. Is psoriasis hereditary?

Yes. It is known that having a case of psoriasis in the family increases the chance of suffering from the condition, although the way it is inherited is not well understood yet.

5. Can psoriasis be cured?

Psoriasis cannot be cured. However, the right advanced treatment may reduce and clear skin lesions. Also, in some cases, clearance may happen spontaneously.

6. What is the best treatment of psoriasis?

The best treatment varies according to individual circumstances. Dermatologists treat most cases with creams, ointments, gels, pastes, and lotions applied on the skin, called topical treatments. However, more severe cases may require the use of ultraviolet light (phototherapy) two to three times a week for 8-10 weeks which Dr. Yassine performs at Skin Expert Clinic with an excimer light 311nm to clear skin lesions. Other advanced options are:

  • Tablet treatment that includes acitretin (related to vitamin A), ciclosporin (suppresses
    the immune system), methotrexate (decreases the process of cell division in psoriasis)
  • Injection treatments including many biologics like etanercept, adalimumab, infliximab, ustekinumab, secukinumab, ixekizumab, and guselkumab.

At Skin Expert Clinic, Dr. Yassine guarantees top-market treatments to severe and resistant psoriasis for clearer skin and recovery from joint pain and inflammation. Pay us a visit for the best results!