A young man with glasses and curly hair examines a patch of psoriasis on his elbow.
Psoriasis is more than just a skin condition; it’s an immune system response that manifests visibly on the skin, often causing discomfort, itchiness, and self-consciousness. At Valley View Dermatology, we understand the physical and emotional challenges of living with psoriasis and offer advanced treatments to help manage its symptoms and restore confidence in your appearance.

About the condition

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition resulting from an overactive immune system. This causes skin cells to multiply up to 10 times faster than normal, leading to raised, red plaques covered with silvery scales. These can appear anywhere on the body but are most commonly found on the knees, elbows, scalp, and lower back.

What causes psoriasis?

The exact cause of psoriasis remains unclear, but it is believed to result from a combination of genetic, immune, and environmental factors. Triggers can include stress, infections, certain medications, and even minor skin injuries.  People with cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes are more susceptible to psoriasis.

When should I see a dermatologist about psoriasis?

Given the chronic nature of psoriasis and its potential complications, including psoriatic arthritis, it’s crucial to seek a dermatologist’s expertise. At Valley View Dermatology, our board-certified physicians will guide you through the best treatment options tailored to your needs. We partner with you, our patient, to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that will provide relief from this complex disorder.


I go there regularly for my psoriasis and have always had wonderful customer service. The receptionists are friendly and the nurses are all wonderful. I love the atmosphere of the waiting rooms. Highly recommended.
– E.S

Diagnosis and treatment options for psoriasis

Every patient’s psoriasis is unique, and so is our approach. After an initial consultation, our team crafts a personalized treatment strategy.

At Valley View, we stay updated with the most advanced treatments for psoriasis, including topical treatments, light therapy, and biologics. Explore these treatments below.

Topical treatments

These are medications applied directly to the skin. They are often the first line of defense against psoriasis and come in various forms like creams, ointments, gels, and shampoos. They can slow skin cell growth, remove scales, and reduce itching and inflammation. Common topical treatments include corticosteroids, vitamin D analogs, and coal tar.  Each solution is tailored to the individual’s skin type and condition severity, ensuring optimal results and comfort. Trust our expertise to guide you to the right topical treatment for your skin’s health.

Light therapy

Also known as phototherapy, this treatment uses natural or artificial ultraviolet (UV) light to help improve your psoriasis. The skin is exposed to controlled amounts of UV light, which helps slow skin cell turnover and reduce inflammation. Many forms of light therapy exist, including UVB phototherapy, PUVA (which combines UVA light with a drug called psoralen), and excimer laser.


These are drugs that target specific parts of the immune system. Administered via injection or infusion, these drugs are used for moderate to severe psoriasis. They block specific immune responses that contribute to psoriasis. Common biologics include adalimumab (Humira), etanercept (Enbrel), and ustekinumab (Stelara).

Schedule an appointment

You don’t have to navigate psoriasis alone. We’re here to help you achieve clearer, more comfortable skin. Begin your journey toward relief today.

Call 971-374-2150