What is Pustular Psoriasis?

Pustular psoriasis is a type of the disease that creates pustules, or blisters, that are filled with non-infectious pus that consists of white blood cells. It is not contagious and cannot be transmitted by contact. It is an autoimmune disease that attacks healthy skin cells and causes the body to attempt to replace healthy cells faster than the body’s normal cycle for doing so. The net result of all of this is that the blisters build up and destroy healthy skin in a cyclical fashion until the psoriasis is treated.

Pustular Psoriasis

Pustular Psoriasis

This type of psoriasis can be limited to small areas, like the hands or the feet. However, it can also cover large portions of the skin’s surface. This is the generalized variety of pustular psoriasis, and is the most common type. Unlike other types of psoriasis, such as guttate, there are different subgroups of pustular psoriasis.

Von Zumbrusch, palmoplantar pustulosis, and acropustulosis are the three subgroups in the pustular group of psoriasis.

Almost all types of psoriasis are not life threatening. Unfortunately, Von Zumbrusch psoriasis can be an immediate threat to a person’s life. Von Zumbrusch is usually treated in a hospital setting and must be treated rapidly to avoid the potential for death. Its symptoms are a widespread area of red skin that is followed within a matter of hours by the white pustules. Within a day or two, the skin begins to appear glazed and hardened. This type of psoriasis is almost exclusively found in adults only. Without hospital treatment, it remains cyclical and can lead to death because the sufferer becomes dehydrated as the rash continues.

Like Von Zumbrusch, palmoplantar pustulosis is cyclical, but it is not a threat to survival. In this type, pustules develop on the palms of the hands, or on the soles of the feet. Over time, the pustules dry out and become encrusted and brown in appearance. Also unlike Von Zumbrusch, the cycle for development of the pustules and their recurrence is fairly slow, with periods of inactivity between.

Acropustulosis is a type that is usually limited to the tips of the fingers and also is sometimes found in the toes. It is unusual that in extreme cases, it can cause deformity on the tips of the fingers, and can also deform and damage fingernails. It is usually quite painful as well. For the most part, this type of psoriasis follows injuries to the tips of the fingers, or toes, or immediately follows an infection. Using a natural Psoria psoriasis cream may be helpful to minimize the possibility of infection.

Pustular psoriasis requires more dedicated treatment than many diseases.

Because of the severity of this type of psoriasis, it requires a more aggressive treatment regimen to prevent it from causing too much discomfort, disfiguration, or in the case of Von Zumbrusch, the potential for death. Because of the potential threats caused by some types of this variety of psoriasis, it is important to get an accurate diagnosis as soon as possible to treat the symptoms and to bring it under control. However, there are some new Psoria psoriasis treatments that should be considered to help treat symptoms.  If you suspect that you might have this type of psoriasis, you should immediately check with a medical professional to get it diagnosed as quickly as possible.

Watch for the Sunburn – Prevention and Relief

It seems every year at this time we put together something about sunburn and sunburn relief.  Well…the late spring and early summer is when we seem to get hit hardest (and exposed the most), so it stands to reason the topic comes up.  Also, considering we manufacture 200+ products, we have a few things on our plate(s), but the first week of summer we are overwhelmed with customer calls complaining about sunburn.  It quickly comes to mind and becomes a “hot topic” when your daughter comes home with burned, blistered shoulders and nose as mine did last week.

I guess the general comment is prevention with a secondary comment on relief.

At the beginning of the year, the sun is not as high in the sky so many of the UVB/UVA is filtered by the atmosphere.  As the summer solstice approaches (and is in fact here), the sun is higher and radiation is more direct.  Meaning, burning happens very fast especially for those fair-skined like myself.  I was working in the garden this weekend then hung-out by the pool for an hour or so with the kids and sure enough my shoulders, back of the neck and stomach were a bit burned.

With that said, prevention comes in the form of keeping covered with light clothing, staying hydrated and using a sunscreen.  Since I don’t like using lotions, I’m particularly fond of the sprays that came out a few years ago.  At first, they were effective but had poor dispersion.  In the past year or so, they work great…especially when applying outdoors.  The point is – you can and will become burned quickly in as little as 15 minutes for most folks especially if you have not established a tan.

Second, once a burn has occurred, treatment is necessary to avoid blisters, pain and to provide general relief.  We manufacturer a sunburn relief product, Regeneval Dermal EM Sunburn Relief…we refer to it only as “sunburn relief”  It’s a combination of menthol that soothes and cools the tissue and emu oil that is used extensively for treating burns and cuts to heal the skin.  My daughter tried it on her shoulders and they felt better immediately, but more importantly helped heal the burn quickly over the next few days.

Another option which has made some headlines recently is the use of black tea.  While I don’t understand the chemistry, it has shown to rapidly diminish the effects of the sunburn.  Apparently you take black tea, soak in water and apply to the skin and affected area.

Bottom line is prevention is the best cure, but there are some effective relief products available.

The Best Psoriasis Treatments

Psoriasis treatment can be broken down into two different types: systemic and topical. Systemic treatments are administered by medical professionals and work to eliminate the underlying causes of psoriasis outbreaks. These are usually necessary in the most severe cases of psoriasis. Topical treatments work to alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis on the skin.

For the purposes of this article, topical treatments can include anything from skin ointments to the use of ultraviolet rays, and even soft light lasers. These treatments are designed to relieve the effects of psoriasis on the skin surface, and to slow the turnover of the skin without creating secondary side effects. In most cases, preference is given to topical treatments because of their relatively low impact with regard to potential side effects.

So what is the best topical psoriasis treatment?

The answer to this question will vary from person to person. Some people will respond positively to creams, sprays and other medicines applied directly to the skin. Among some of the most popular types are corticosteroids, topical retinoids, and salicylic acid.

Corticosteroids work to reduce the amount of inflammation on the skin’s surface to help relieve psoriasis symptoms. These are usually only used during an outbreak to avoid potential side effects. Topical retinoids are usually used to treat acne, but some have now been developed to treat psoriasis. These also work to reduce inflammation. Salicylic acid is now available both by prescription and over the counter. Its principal function is to reduce scaling.

Vitamin derivatives, moisturizers and other botanicals are also combined with these treatments to help reduce the discomfort associated with psoriasis. While moisturizers alone will not relieve symptoms and causes, it can relieve discomfort and itching. Other botanicals and vitamins work in concert with stronger medicines to promote the health of the skin during treatments.

Is phototherapy, or the use of light or lasers, an effective option?

In many cases, the use of light or of lasers can be helpful. Ultraviolet light, the same light emitted by the sun, can be beneficial in the proper doses. While sunburn can exacerbate the symptoms of psoriasis, a proper dose of ultraviolet light serves to eliminate activated T cells, which slows skin turnover.

Lasers are limited to use on areas of skin affected by the psoriasis outbreak. Their use specifically attacks the small blood vessels that cause a buildup of plaque on the skin. They can have side effects. In some instances, bruising may occur on the treated areas. However, they are also capable of being an effective tool to treat the symptoms of psoriasis.

As demonstrated by the large variety of treatment options, such as Psoria, topical therapy can work to eliminate the symptoms of psoriasis. It is important to consult with a medical professional to find a set of solutions that will best work for each individual. While there are many treatment options, psoriasis can be difficult to control without a comprehensive treatment plan. It is also important to find the right mix of treatments to avoid any lingering side effects.

How to Get Rid of a Double Chin

A lot of people think that as long as you take care of your figure and do not become overweight that they will avoid the double chin; that belief is false. There are many things that can cause a person to get a double chin and although a weight problem is one of them, there is also the possibility of getting it due to genetics. Another myth that you should discard is that a double chin will go away the moment that you lose the excess weight. That is also false.  Here are several things to consider for how to get rid of a double chin.

Skin Care Products

Dermanecx Neck Firming Cream

Dermanecx Neck Cream

Because a double chin is a very common problem you will find that a lot of products promise help in getting rid of it. The problem is that there has yet been a product that has been clinically proven to get rid of problems in the area. Some of the creams for the neck, chin and chest do show progress according to the users, so the skin care products should not be thought of as a false promise. Read over these neck cream reviews to get a better understanding what each product does and it’s effectiveness.

Tightening wrinkles on the neck and reducing the double chin is possible via the use of products, but the change will not necessarily be as big as you may expect. Your satisfaction with the results may depend on how much of a double chin you have. In prevent, these products are often at their best. Other products, such as special wraps, you have to wear for long periods of time so they can become uncomfortable to the person wearing them.

Weight Control

As stated before, losing weight is not a guarantee that the double chin will disappear but it is a great start and in most cases beneficial overall. It depends on the reason you have the double chin. If the problem is genetics you may find that even when your body reaches the optimal shape, the difference will be minimal. There is also the possibility of hanging skin if the weight loss is too fast. The good news is that you can take care of hanging skin by having a tuck. You should talk to your dermatologist for any options that you may have if after exercising you still have the double chin. There are some exercises that you could do to tighten the area or you could opt for a surgical procedure that could help you get rid of the double chin altogether.


Exercises are effective provided that two things are true; the first thing is that you are consistent with the exercises. The exercises have to be done at the recommended schedule every day or they will not work. The second thing that has to be true is that the double chin has to be caused by fat muscles and not by genetics. The exercises will usually involve the constant lifting of the skin from the chest area. You will also need to close and open your mouth at the right time as to pull the skin to get rid of the double chin. A double chin is a common problem, but it is not one that you have to live with.

How do In-Home, Soft Lasers Help Your Skin?

How Do In-Home, Soft Lasers Help Your Skin?  The soft lasers used for home laser treatment, or Low Level Laser Therapy, LLLT for short, is very helpful to the patient because it is readily available at any time. You don’t have to make doctor’s appointments and rearrange your entire schedule to get your treatment. You can do it yourself, at home, when you have the time. You only need to use it for less than twenty minutes. The recommended time is between six to eighteen minutes so you have a broad range of time to which you can adjust your treatment.

What Does A Soft Laser Do For My Skin?

Beurer Soft Laser

LLLT can be beneficial to your skin in several different ways. It works great in eradicating blackheads and whiteheads. It speeds up the healing process for acne as well through the function of bio-stimulation. This method will allow fast cell overturn by stimulating mitochondrial action to increase the production of Adenosine 5-triphosphate, or ATP. The synthesis of collagen is also shown to increase. Because of this faster action of how the cells work and repair themselves, healing time is diminished and skin health promoted.

Many Conditions Can Be Helped With Soft Laser Treatment

Other conditions that have benefited from soft laser therapy are bruising and ulcers. Sufferers from psoriasis have found relief from itching, burning and bleeding. Herpes simplex sores and pressure sores have been greatly helped with the laser. For cosmetic uses, a soft laser is effective in the treatment of spider veins on legs as well as on wrinkles of aging skin. It seems the uses of this tool are many and the risks of using it almost non-existent. It can even be used around the soft skin surrounding your eyes, just be sure you do not look directly into the laser light. This treatment will not burn you, hurt you or harm you in any way.

Multiple Treatments Are Better

If you have acne, your skin will reap great benefits from using the low light laser on it. This laser is so safe that it can be used directly on the skin itself. A cover is recommended to protect the laser’s aperture if you would use it directly on the skin. The recommendations are for the use of the laser at about a little less than half inch away from the skin. Either way will be effective. Multiple but shorter daily treatments seem to have better results than one longer treatment a day. Twice a day, morning and bedtime for six minutes each time, are often recommended.

Different Time Tables For Acne And Wrinkles

Most people can see results from their treatment within a few weeks. Depending on what it is you are treating, with the minor problems you can see positive results much faster. Wrinkles, especially deep-set wrinkles, will take a little longer. They reach deeper into the skin and it will take much more work for the new cells to regenerate and the old, dead cells to be expelled onto the surface from where it can then be sloughed off. With a home laser winkle treatment, there is afterward no swelling or irritation of any kind. You can do your treatment in the morning and then go on to work without any skin discoloration or unpleasant itching or burning.