Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes skin cells to rapidly accumulate on the skin, according to MayoClinic.com. As a result, thick scales form, causing dryness, itching and pain. Scratching as an attempt to relieve itching can result in infection and scarring. Psoriasis scars develop as a normal part of the healing process, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. The area may have a red appearance at first and fade over time. However, if you want to improve the appearance of psoriasis scars sooner, there are treatment options available.
Undergo excimer laser treatments. This treatment has a dual purpose. It can treat existing psoriasis and improve the appearance of scars, according to MayoClinic.com. Side effects may include blistering and redness. However, once damaged skin heals, the skin will have a smoother appearance. Multiple treatments are typically required.
Use a punch graft procedure. If your psoriasis scarring has a depressed appearance, punch excisions may help, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. The doctor cuts the psoriasis scar out of the skin. He will graft new skin to the scar site, typically taken from behind your ear, to smooth out the skin’s appearance.
Request dermabrasion treatments. An electrical instrument is used to slough off dead skin cells and smooth out the appearance of psoriasis and scars. Several treatments are typically required for deep psoriasis scars. Healing time takes about a week.
Apply pressure bandages to psoriasis scars with a raised appearance. Request bandages from your dermatologist and apply to the scar site. Use the bandages until your psoriasis scar has improved, which is typically several months, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
Use cortisone injections. Cortisone injections minimize the inflammation experienced with psoriasis. These injections also soften firm scars and create a flatter scar appearance, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. This treatment is commonly used in conjunction with laser treatments.
Discuss coverage with your medical insurance company. Some scar procedures are considered cosmetic, which makes securing coverage difficult.
Consider side effects before choosing a procedure. Some treatments have more side effects. Understanding this before choosing a procedure will help.