Most people with psoriasis continue to work towards the goal of clear skin.
Clear skin is important to patients with psoriasis, but most patients are not achieving clear skin and many do not know attaining clear skin is possible, according to results published in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.
Researchers conducted a global survey of 8338 participants with moderate to severe psoriasis from 31 countries. The survey included the Self-Administered Psoriasis Area and Severity Index, Stanford Presenteeism Scale, Medical Outcomes Study Sleep Scale, and World Health Organization Well-Being Index.
The survey indicated that 57% of participants had not achieved self-assessed clear/almost clear skin with their current therapy. Of these participants, 56% said they believed it was impossible to achieve clear/almost clear skin.
Of the participants who had achieved clear/almost clear skin, 73% had not initiated their current treatment regimen until >1 year after diagnosis. Further, 28% of these participants did not initiate their current treatment until >5 years after diagnosis.
Of all participants, 84% reported experiencing discrimination and/or humiliation due to their psoriasis. Participants who did not have clear/almost clear skin reported that achieving clear/almost clear skin would open up new possibilities, such as swimming, trying on new clothes, and meeting new people.
“Sustained achievement of high skin clearance has the potential to improve severe [quality of life] deficits in psoriasis and open a wider horizon of life experiences to patients,” the researchers wrote.
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