What Causes Psoriasis?

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Psoriasis is a chronic condition that shows up as thick red patches on your skin.

But that's only half the story...

Psoriasis actually begins inside your body when your immune system goes into overdrive and affects the skin production process.

Normally, new skin cells take about a month to cycle to the surface.

But with psoriasis, the cycle gets sped up to just a few days -- leading to a rapid, overproduction of cells that build up on your skin's surface.

With no time to shed, the cells create itchy, sore patches that usually appear on your elbows, back, scalp, and hands.

While the exact cause is unknown, a person's immune system, combined with their genes, seems to play a critical role.

If someone in your family has psoriasis, there's an increased risk you could get it, too.

Psoriasis isn't contagious, but the symptoms can look like other conditions, so be sure to get a proper diagnosis.

And while there's no cure, there are treatments that will reduce the inflammation and minimize flare-ups.

By taking an active role, you can manage your psoriasis ... and keep it out of sight.