Dermatology Services

Psoriasis & Phototherapy

woman basking in the sunPsoriasis is a chronic skin condition characterized by inflamed, red, raised areas that often develop as silvery scales on the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back. Psoriasis is estimated to affect 7.5 million people in the US.

What causes psoriasis?

The cause of psoriasis is unknown; however, it is thought to be caused by abnormally fast-growing and shedding skin cells. The skin cells multiply quickly, causing the skin to shed every three to four days. Though not contagious, the condition is hereditary. Psoriasis is often recurrent and occurs in varying severities.

What are the symptoms of psoriasis?

The following are the most common symptoms of psoriasis. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently, as psoriasis comes in several forms and severities. The goal of treatment is to reduce inflammation and slow down the rapid growth and shedding of skin cells. At the present time, there is no cure for psoriasis. Treatment may include:

  • Ointments and creams (to moisturize the skin)
  • Sunlight or ultraviolet light exposure (under a physician's supervision)
  • Steroids (such as cortisone creams)
  • Vitamin D cream
  • Creams containing salicylic acid or coal tar
  • Anthralin--a drug that treats the thicker, hard-to-treat patches of psoriasis.
  • Methotrexate--an anti-cancer drug that interrupts the growth of skin cells.
  • Oral or topical retinoids
  • Immunosuppressive medications (such as Cyclosporine)

Our specialists will develop a treatment plan to meet your individual needs.

Clinical Trials/Clinical Research Studies

Research has always been an integral part of the Department of Dermatology's mission. There are several ongoing trials/studies where the Department is investigating new treatments for psoriasis. Currently, the trials/studies below are open to those people who meet the criteria for enrollment.


ApoPharma Clinical Trial

VIP Research Study

RHBC Clinical Trial

Psoriasis Resources


University Hospital: Clinic 28

50 North Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT

(801) 581-2955

Dermatology Midvalley Health Center

243 East 6100 South
Murray, UT 84107
(801) 581-2955

Redstone Health Center

1743 W. Redstone
Center Drive #115
Park City, UT 84098
(801) 581-2955

Clinical Trials