Psoriasis and dry skin: The impact of moisturizers

Joachim W. Fluhr, Enzo Berardesca, Razvigor Darlenski

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In the dawn of twenty-first century, psoriasis is considered a chronic, systemic, inflammatory disease that affects skin and its appendages. Dermatology has entered the era of specific systemic treatments with biological therapeutic agents. On the other hand, emollients and moisturizers are still essential in the topical adjuvant treatment of psoriasis not only in the remission phase. They are excellent supplements to the classical and novel treatments and help to reduce the scale load of the individual patient. Their major role is to support the normalizing of hyperproliferation, differentiation and apoptosis. In addition, they exert anti-inflammatory effects, e.g. through physiological lipids. The improvement of epidermal barrier function and stratum corneum hydration makes the skin resistant to external stressors, causing the Köbner phenomenon in psoriasis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTreatment of Dry Skin Syndrome: The Art and Science of Moisturizers
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783642276064, 3642276059, 9783642276057
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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