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Does Psoriasis Get Better With Age?

Does Psoriasis Get Better With Age?

If you're living with psoriasis, you've likely wondered how the condition will evolve as you grow older. Psoriasis, a chronic autoimmune skin disorder known for its red, scaly patches, can be a persistent challenge. 

Many individuals who are diagnosed with psoriasis question whether time might ease the severity of their symptoms as they navigate changes in lifestyle, health, and skin care over the years. 

Having a trained skin specialist as part of your care team is a crucial part of managing it effectively so it doesn’t place a major burden on your daily life. 

Skilled dermatologist and dermatopathologist Dr. Yvonne Hines at Hines Dermatology Associates specializes in treating chronic, stubborn skin conditions and can help turn things around. 

New, effective treatments you may not have tried can tame your psoriasis and improve your skin.

Psoriasis overview

Psoriasis develops when the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy skin cells, accelerating the skin cell life cycle. This rapid turnover leads to the buildup of cells on the skin’s surface, forming characteristic patches. 

Psoriasis varies in severity, influenced by factors such as genetics, environment, and overall health.

Age-related changes in psoriasis

While psoriasis is a lifelong condition, its intensity can fluctuate over time. For some sufferers, psoriasis symptoms can become less severe and easier to manage as they age. 

This change is often attributed to lifestyle adjustments, better stress management, and a more settled routine, which can beneficially influence overall health, and psoriasis severity.

However, it’s important to know that aging can also bring about changes in skin health and immunity. The skin becomes thinner and more susceptible to damage with age, potentially affecting how the body responds to psoriasis. 

Additionally, the immune system can change with age, possibly influencing autoimmune conditions like psoriasis in unpredictable ways.

Factors that may influence improvement

Healthy habits such as a balanced diet, regular exercise, and stress management can positively impact psoriasis. These habits often become more stable with age.

Mature skin requires different care. Adapting your skin care routine to accommodate these changes can help manage psoriasis more effectively.

Continual advancements in psoriasis treatments offer more effective management options. As you age, you might find a treatment that works better for your skin type and lifestyle.

Work with a skin specialist 

As your body changes with age, so, too, might your psoriasis and its response to treatment. Dr. Hines can help tailor treatment plans to suit your evolving needs, which may include topical treatments, phototherapy, or medications.

The key is to continue adapting your lifestyle, skin care routine, and treatment plan under the guidance of a dermatologist. With the right approach and care, you can manage psoriasis effectively at any age, enabling you to continue leading a fulfilling life.

If you’re struggling with psoriasis symptoms, take the first step along the path to getting relief and improving your skin. Contact our Attleboro, Massachusetts, office to request an appointment with Dr. Hines today. 

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