The June edition of the NPF Advance contained an article discussing smoking and how it can affect psoriasis. They discuss how smoking can both increase your risk of developing psoriasis, as well as worsening the severity of the disease a patient experiences. Beyond this, smoking can also decrease your response to treatment – effectively making treatment less effective.
Related to the skin findings is that of psoriatic arthritis, which shows a similar pattern to the aforementioned skin findings.
A major point that the article makes is that quitting smoking significantly decreases the inflammatory burden it causes and can help clear a patient’s skin.
Please follow this link to the original article: National Psoriasis Foundation Article.