Tips for Managing Psoriasis
- Posted on: Nov 15 2015
Psoriasis is a common, chronic skin condition that causes dry and cracked scaly patches, and even blisters on the skin. If you have psoriasis, a dermatologist other medical professional trained in dermatology can help treat the condition.
- Choose gentle skincare products. Psoriasis makes your skin very sensitive. To avoid irritation, use cleansers, lotions, and makeup that are formulated for sensitive skin. Stay away from products that contain alcohol, perfumes, or any ingredients that have ever irritated your skin.
- Moisturize. Ask your dermatologist or skincare professional about the safest and most effective moisturizing creams, ointments, and lotions.
- Try not to scratch or pick at your skin, as this will make irritation worse.
- Protect your skin from scrapes and cuts. Trying wearing gloves or long pants and sleeves when you’re doing something that puts you at risk of skin injuries—such as working in the yard or hiking.
- Take a warm bath to soothe itching skin. A short soak (no more than 15 minutes) in warm water (avoid hot) and mild soap can help calm irritation.
- Gently pat yourself dry after you bathe. Rubbing your damp skin with a towel can irritate it. And, of course, moisturize immediately after you’ve dried your skin.
- Take extra care in winter. Cold and dry climates can make psoriasis symptoms worse, so be especially sure to keep your skin moisturized and protected during winter.
- Relax. Stress can make your psoriasis symptoms worse. So make a point of relaxing regularly with your favorite method, such as yoga, meditation, or a quiet walk.
- Don’t smoke or drink too much alcohol. Smoking and drinking heavily can trigger psoriasis symptoms. In addition, an overall healthy lifestyle—where you don’t smoke and drink no more than moderately—can help you cope better with psoriasis.
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