During my teens, if I remember well. I started to get red scaly patches on my knees and a few on my elbows. My mother took me to see a dermatologist and the red patches went away rather quickly. I don’t remember it being too bothersome.
My psoriasis went away for at least 10 years. I even started to forget that I had had it as a teenager. And then, one day, the red patches came back. But, this time, they were really visible. They covered my entire elbows and knees. I even had some on my stomach. The worst were the patches on my face. This outbreak lasted for months. I was so uncomfortable that I constantly kept myself covered up as much as possible. Generally speaking, the skin on my face felt rough and granular. Apparently, it was stress that triggered the outbreak.
I applied creams and also underwent phototherapy sessions. However, the spa therapy that my doctor prescribed was the most effective in treating the disease. I had special baths, showers and poultice applications for three weeks. My red patches became whiter and smaller and my skin was softer and not as rough. I still have regular outbreaks, but they tend to be less severe. Every year or two, I return to the spa for a treatment. This is how I treat my psoriasis. What I really like about the spa is that they also teach us how to relax and manage our stress.