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Can My Psoriasis Go into Remission?

By Claire Gillespie
Reviewed by Allison Truong, M.D.
August 10, 2021

Psoriasis is a chronic condition, meaning many people live with it forever. But everyone experiences it differently, and for some, there is hope for remission.

“Psoriasis is an unpredictable skin disorder in the sense that it does sometimes spontaneously remit after long periods of flare-ups,” says board-certified dermatologist Todd Minars, M.D. of Minars Dermatology in Hollywood, Florida. “In other words, it can wax and wane over the years—with good times and bad times.”

What Does Remission Mean, Exactly?

Just as psoriasis can take various forms and appear on any part of the body, remission can mean different things to different people. For some, it means they attain clear skin, with no physical symptoms of the disorder. Others may experience enough of a reduction in their symptoms to have a positive impact on their physical and mental health that they call it remission.