As August is Psoriasis Awareness Month, we wanted to share with our blog readers, far and wide, a recent development in the treatment of psoriasis. But first…
What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease of multifactorial origin. During a psoriasis flare-up, white blood cells incorrectly assault the body’s skin. This causes the dilating of blood vessels and attracts more white blood cells, which creates dry, scaly skin. Patches of these “plaques” often appear on the knees, elbows, head, hands, feet, and lower back.
Is psoriasis more common in certain people? Or parts of the world?
It doesn’t matter where you live, Hawaii, California, Florida, or Wisconsin: Psoriasis can happen to anyone. It develops in men and women at equal rates, and it occurs in all racial backgrounds too. Psoriasis often develops between the ages of 15 and 35, but can develop at any age. In fact, many of our students were medically diagnosed with psoriasis. Friends and family members of our student group have also struggled with this skin condition.
How is psoriasis treated?
Topical steroids are typically prescribed by dermatologists to manage #psoriasis. Common side effects of these corticosteroids include thinning of the skin (atrophy), skin thickening (lichenification), stretchmarks (striae), darkening of the skin, and vascular problems. Approximately 40-50% of people with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis report dissatisfaction with existing treatments, indicating the need for new efficacious therapies.
A new treatment may have arrived!
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a 1% VTAMA (tapinrof) cream, indicated for topical treating psoriasis in adults. Dermavant Sciences, a biopharmaceutical company based out of North Carolina, have worked tirelessly to create a new cream to treat psoriasis. This new topical treatment was approved on June 2022! VTAMA is the first and only FDA-approved steroid-free topical medication in its class, in 25 years! That is amazing news for patients, their doctors, and #paramedical #aestheticians.
At New Age Spa Institute, we take delve into the myriad of conditions and disorders associated with skin. In our continuing education class titled Acne, Rosacea, Psoriasis, & Eczema – What You Need To Know, our team of CIDESCO Diplomates thoroughly break down the understanding and recognition of these disorders.
The only #CIDESCO accredited school in Illinois, NASI goes even more in depth to prepare estheticians for medspas and hospital settings with our advanced Clinical Esthetics Certification. This intensive curriculum gives estheticians a leg up in the paramedical world. Esthetics programs at NASI include clinical #esthetics training and certification.
We also have a 70-hour certification program designed especially for already licensed #estheticians and cosmetologists. The next class session for Clinical Aesthetics begins October 2nd. Click here for more information: https://newagespainstitute.com/programs/clinical-aesthetics-certification/
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