Psoriasis is defined by The American Academy of Dermatology Association as a condition that develops when the body makes skin cells too quickly, causing skin cells to pile up and form visible patches or spots on the skin. If you live with psoriasis, you already understand that it can take a toll not only on your physical well-being but also on your emotional health. The dermatologist in Delaware at Premier Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery wants to share a few strategies for you to try when dealing with your next psoriasis flare that will hopefully relieve the itchiness that comes with those red, thick scaly patches of skin.
Figure out your triggers and avoid them as much as possible. These triggers can vary from person to person, so keep track of your flares and note what is happening before you get them. Include details about possible causes, such as an infection, a new medication’s possible side effects, a skin injury, stress, or changes in the weather.
Get out in the sun. It is thought that sun exposure may help ease a flare because ultraviolet light seems to suppress inflammation in the skin. This is referred to as phototherapy. Just be sure to avoid overexposure so that you do not get sunburnt since sunburns can aggravate psoriasis and increase your risk for skin cancer. The dermatologist in Delaware at Premier Derm suggests always wearing a hat to protect your face and using sunscreen on areas that are free of psoriasis plaques.
Baby your skin.Oatmeal baths can be soothing to your skin and really help to gently loosen the scales in problem areas. Using rich creams and moisturizers on a regular basis to prevent dry skin can help reduce itching, inflammation, and scaling as well. Avoid hot water because it can cause dry skin, and gently pat (don’t rub) your skin when you get out of the tub before applying the moisturizer.
Seek out support. Joining a support group for people with psoriasis, either in person, on online forums, or on platforms like Facebook, can make managing psoriasis and its flares easier in many ways. You may get ideas for dealing with the emotional toll of psoriasis or learn new skincare tips. Or, you may discover that you have something to share with others affected by psoriasis.