Basics of PsoriasisIn order to fully deal with the symptoms of psoriasis requires the need to understand whatpsoriasis is and how it affects your skin. No one really knows what causes psoriasis, but itis most closely related to a genetic link.To understand psoriasis it’s important to figure out how normal skin works. During thecourse of a month, the skin cells go through their lifestyle process. The skin has twolayers, the top and bottom layers. The newest layers of the skin form on the bottom layerand slowly make their way to the top. The top layer stays alive for those 28-30 days,before dying and falling away. The process isn’t noticeable at all and we all usethousands of skin cells each day during showers or towel drying afterwards.When someone suffers with psoriasis, their skin process moves much faster. Often thecycle happens in only 3-4 days. The new cells develop much more quickly and forcethemselves through the top layer of skin. These new cells cause a bit of a buildup of deadskin on the surface. The good news is that the skins cells seem to affect only a smallpatch of skin at a time. The most common areas this happens in are the scalp, elbows,knees, or knuckles, but it can show up anywhere really. These areas of patchy, scaly, redskin are more commonly known as plaques.Psoriasis remains a mystery as far as the main causes are concerned. Research has shownabout 30% of all causes is based on family history. However, there are a few lifestylechoices that may be a factor as well. Excessive drinking, being overweight, too muchstress, anxiety, sunburn, and even some medications can bring about psoriasis or makethe symptoms a bit late.Psoriasis may look a bit disconcerting, but it is not contagious and if you don’t have ityou won’t get it. The symptoms affect each person differently; while one person mayhave small areas of patchy skin, others will have patches all over the body. In any case,psoriasis has no cure but learning to know if you have it or not is the first step in findingways to prevent breakouts.