Epidermal turnover is greatly accelerated in psoriasis such that keratinocytes within active psoriatic plaques may travel from the basal layer of the epidermis to the stratum corneum in as little as 4 days rather than the normal 28 days. Exactly what drives this process is incompletely understood but it is agreed that it is mediated by activated T lymphocytes and that there is a strong genetic component.7 Stress, heavy alcohol consumption, smoking, infection and local trauma (Koebner phenomenon) are all thought to influence the severity of psoriasis.2,4,7,8
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Do You Suffer From the Itching and Scaling of Psoriasis? Or the Chronic Agony of Psoriatic Arthritis? If so you are not ALONE! A whopping three percent of the world’s populations suffer from either condition! An incredible 56 million working hours are lost every year by psoriasis sufferers according to the National Psoriasis Foundation.