Psoriasis is a skin condition in which cell growth is sped up, resulting in red patches and white flakes of skin. In normal skin, cells live for around 28 days before the outer layer is shed, leaving fresher, healthier skin in its stead. With psoriasis, this process is shortened to around 3 to 6 days, occurring so fast that the skin is unable to properly shed. This results in a build up of white “scales” of skin and raised red patches.
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