Psoriasis Topical Treatment


Psoriasis is a chronic, recurrent, inflammatory skin disease, largely various in morphology, distribution and  manifestations, prevalent in a broad range of age and as common as 2% in some populations. According to Henseler, psoriasis may present in two distinguished types, type I and type II. Type I is manifested early in life, first appears in childhood in more than 30% of cases, with a family predisposition and a more severe disease.

Psoriasis association with human leukocyte antigen, HLA-cw6 has been established while its genetic basis appear to be complex, multifaceted and still developing. Seven major loci of susceptibility has been found with 6p21, PSORS1, locus as the main over-represented in all cohorts tested.

Multitude of environmental conditions may stoke the initial disease and bolster its chronicity. Among them, mechanical stress, radiation, UVB, skin irritations (koebner’s phenomenon), drugs, most notoriously, beta blockers, interferons and lithium, vaccination, streptococcal infections, alcohol and smoking may be named. Clinically, the disease is projected with well-circumscribed squamous papules and plaques with silvery scales, dispensed symmetrically on large joints and scalp, in its more prevalent form.

Metabolic syndrome is two times more common in psoriatic patients, that translates into association of coronary artery disease, hypertension, diabetes type II, hyperlipidemia, and increased body mass index with psoriasis. Sustained inflammation which results in hyperkeratosis is the mainstay of its pathogenesis. Neovascularized acanthosis with inflammatory infiltrates including dendritic cells, macrophages and neutrophils characterizes the histology of psoriatic plaques.


Types of psoriasis plaques with various response to psoriasis topical treatment

Histology of psoriasis plaque, left) psoriasis vulgaris, right) pustular psoriasis

Approach to treatment

Severity of the disease is the centerpiece of therapeutic agenda for psoriasis as mild to moderates disease are treated with topical treatments while more severe cases may warrant a systemic strategy. Psoriasis topical treatment may implicate glucocorticoids, vitamin D derivatives and phototherapy to manage mild to moderate disease. Biolgoics, methoteraxate and retinoids are most notable and widely exercised in treatment armamentarium of severe disease.

Psoriasis topical treatment aspire to modulate sebum changes

Psoriatic plaques have proclivity for drier skin areas with less sebaceous profusion where dysbiosis appear with leverage and dynamism. These subordinated vicinities of  sebum manifest higher biodiversity and less quantity in microbiome. Addressing dysbiosis in a topical formulation seems to be a plausible approach to treatment.

Sphingosine-1 phosphate

Shingosine, a byproduct of ceramides once cleaved by ceramidase, can be phosphated by a protein kinase. Sphingosine-1 phosphaste have been reported to restrain keratinocytes proliferation and shore up their differentiation and downsize inflammation by curbing dendritic cells migration to lymph nodes. Sphingosine-1-phosphate has been suggested as psoriasis topical treatment by its own or through therapeutics which induces its impact such as 1-25-(OH)2-D3.