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Living with Psoriasis

Mar 13, 2013

Psoriasis is a skin disorder characterized by dry, scaly skin. It is caused when the immune system mistakenly causes the body to overproduce skin cells at an accelerated rate. Often, psoriasis symptoms flare up in response to certain triggers. Working with your dermatologist to develop regular skin care and maintenance routines can prevent or minimize episodes to ensure that psoriasis impacts your life as little as possible.

Identify and Avoid Triggers

Psoriasis flare-ups are generally triggered by factors such as stress, weather, infections, or mediations. Get help from your dermatologist in identifying your unique triggers and take steps to avoid them when possible. This may require changes to your diet, sleep schedule, or skin care routine to minimize the likelihood or severity of a flare-up.

Control Your Lifestyle

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can decrease the frequency of psoriasis flare-ups. Habits such as smoking and alcohol consumption can worsen or trigger psoriasis, so quit or minimize these habits. Exercise regularly to reduce stress, which can also trigger psoriasis. Talk to your dermatologist about foods and supplements you should be consuming to help your body maintain better health. Diets that advertise they can cure psoriasis should be avoided—while diet may play a role in flare-ups, no diet can eliminate this condition.

Develop a Skin Care Routine

Although psoriasis is not triggered or caused by poor hygiene, certain skin care products or techniques can minimize your symptoms. Use dermatologist-recommended moisturizer to address itching or burning symptoms and dry skin. Many psoriasis treatments tend to dry out the skin, so be aware of this effect and counteract it by proactively maintaining hydration of your skin. Therapeutic bath salts and oils can also soften skin and reduce the symptoms of psoriasis, soothing your mind and body for better health.

Arlington Dermatologyof Arlington Heights provides skin care for psoriasis, acne, rosacea, and many other conditions. Our dermatologists are dedicated to helping you find the treatment options that work best for healthier skin. Visit our website or call us at [company-phone id=1] to learn more about living with psoriasis.

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