4 Ways to Fade Psoriasis Scars and Discoloration
Medically reviewed by Allison Truong, M.D.
After your psoriasis plaques have gone away, you might be left with discolored patches of skin, which some people with psoriasis refer to as scars. Technically, these skin discolorations aren’t scars; they’re changes in the top layer of skin called the epidermis and tend to improve with time. True scars are due to deeper damage in the lower layer of skin called the dermis and can be permanent.
Skin discoloration is one of the most common lasting effects of a psoriasis flare and is caused by skin cell inflammation, says Tanya Nino, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist at St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group in Orange County, California. “Inflammation temporarily destroys pigment cells called melanocytes,” Nino explains.