Anyone who has psoriasis knows the thrill to realize that the flare is going into remission.
One of the most obvious signs is the white spots on the skin where the dreaded plaques once were present.
Find out how can you tell that your psoriasis is going into remission and the most common questions about it.
Removing White Spots After Psoriasis
If you are looking to even out your skin tone while waiting for hypopigmentation and/or hyperpigmentation to dissipate, there are a few useful tips you can use.
- Use sunless tanning lotion to try to even out your skin tone in the most noticeable areas or bother you the most.
- The use of makeup can also be a good ally, especially to provide coverage if you have your face affected by post psoriasis patches.
- Hydrate your skin frequently and intensively in order to help the healing process.
- Last but not least, use and abuse sunscreen.
When in remission your skin will start to clear immediately and psoriasis signs will disappear.
The vast majority of cases of psoriasis present themselves as plaque psoriasis, which will lead to hyperpigmentation in the long run.
The clinical picture is usually a cyclical disease, with periods of exacerbation alternating with periods of remission.
25% of patients experience periods of complete remission, being temporarily free of lesions.
Not all patients experience a 100% symptom-free remission, but major issues, such as itching, and plaques will eventually calm down, which is also considered remission.
Why Do Psoriasis White Spots Appear After Psoriasis?
Skin discoloration is one of the most prevalent long-term symptoms of psoriasis flares.
This happens because skin cell inflammation causes changes in the skin pigmentation by temporarily destroying pigment cells called melanocytes.
Hyperpigmentation will be formed by any skin disorder that produces irritation or inflammation.
This is the case for diseases such as eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, or even traumatic lesions to the skin, such as cuts or burns.
When skin becomes wounded, irritated, or inflamed, it heals in two tones: darker or lighter.
The mild discoloration is called post-inflammatory pigmentation; the discoloration can take several months to clear up but is very seldom permanent.
Pro tip: It is advisable to protect these areas from sun exposure at all times by using sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and protective clothing.
Will White Spots From Psoriasis Go Away?
Unfortunately the flares that come with psoriasis can change drastically the skin appearance, even when they have gone away.
Luckily this discoloration is only temporary, this means it will go away in time. Most pigment changes will eventually get better and other will disappear completely.
How Long Do Psoriasis Plaques Last?
When doing topical corticosteroids treatment for psoriasis plaques you will begin noticing some clearance around two to four weeks.
Without doing any treatment for them it’s really hard to tell, some plaques may last for many weeks, months or even years.
Should You Remove Psoriasis Plaques?
Removing psoriasis plaques just because you want to may not be the best practice.
If a plaque is not fully healed and loosen up, it can tear your skin apart causing an open wound and it will expose the wound to bacteria.
This can lead to an infection and longer time to fully heal up. The best approach to this is by using products with active ingredients that make plaques break off by themselves.
Nowadays there are specific products for psoriasis that do exactly that.
There are also products that target skin patches in specific areas as well, such as: the scalp, face, elbows, knees, hands and other body parts.
How Do You Stop Psoriasis From Scaling?
There is only one way to do this, and it’s by doing some prevention. Applying moisturizers on a daily basis can help reducing a great percentage of scales on psoriasis.
It will also help reducing major symptoms that can come along with psoriasis. The benefits of using moisturizers regularly include:
- Decrease of the itching sensation
- Reduction of dry skin, thus less formation of skin cracks and other dryness consequences
- Better protection of the skin barrier
In fact the majority of dermatologists will probably recommend the use of heavy creams to help secure the moisture on the skin.
How Do I Get Rid of Scars Left by Psoriasis?
There are many products that can help you in this task. But instead of pursuing brands, it is better for you to know the product type and later on experiment with a sample.
This is the best way to know exactly what works with your skin type. You can experiment with the following:
- Topical Corticosteroids: These will help reducing inflammation and will mitigate most of the symptoms that Psoriasis cause.
- Tretinoin Cream: This cream helps diminish scarring, the main purpose is to treat acne and other skin diseases, but psoriasis patients may benefit from it’s effects as well.
- Coal Tar: They are design to reduce the scaling and reduce the itchiness. By doing this, it will also prevent scarring because it prevents the temptation of scratching the skin.
- Sunscreen: It will help reducing the skin over exposure to UV’s. Applying sunscreen in a healing spot will help reducing pigmentation color changes.
- Salicylic Acid: This is a common ingredient for over-the-counter treatments. It will help removing dead skin cells and will reduce scaling as well.
Will I Have White Spots From Psoriasis for the Rest of My Life?
As long as there is a possibility for a Psoriasis outbreak occur, there will be a chance for white spots to appear.
Although these are not the best news, there is always ways to mitigate the appearance of Psoriasis. That alone can be an uplifting relief.
Everyday more and more discoveries are being made regarding new treatments for Psoriasis.
You can already increase the quality of your life with the actual existing treatments, but the prevision is that this scenario will only get better from this point forward.
White spots caused by psoriasis can be overwhelming, but generally they are a positive sign.
They will not flake or itch as opposed to white patches, and it is a clear indicator that inflammation is no longer present.
With that, you shouldn’t worry too much. White spots are only temporary, and eventually, your skin will recover its uniform color.
Stay in tune with it, and the rest will follow.