Tips for Living with Psoriasis
If you have psoriasis, you know that there are a number of potential triggers that could cause a painful flare-up of the condition. Therefore, it is best to rethink your daily habits and develop a psoriasis-friendly routine that will keep your exposure to triggers low as you manage outbreaks and reduce irritation. Here are just a few things that you can do to change the way you manage your psoriasis.
Consider UV Therapy
UV light therapy may be delivered by the dermatologist using controlled light beams, or it can involve prescribed sessions in the sun to soak up UV rays in areas where your psoriasis outbreaks occur. UV light has shown significant benefits in psoriasis care, but any UV therapy should be monitored by a physician, as UV light can also harm the skin by promoting the development of cancerous lesions in the skin.
Watch Your Diet
What you eat can have a direct effect on your skin, so you should be careful to eat a balanced diet, including at least six to eight glasses of water each day to stay hydrated. Specific foods to avoid vary from patient to patient, as an individual’s immune system will respond in different ways to certain foods. Still, it is generally advised to avoid alcohol, caffeine, junk food, and sugary items.
Keep Your Skin Moisturized
Dryness is the worst enemy of skin afflicted with psoriasis, meaning that you may need to moisturize somewhat excessively to keep your skin happy. You might consult your dermatologist to find the best daily moisturizer for you and consider keeping a thicker moisturizing cream on hand for extreme dryness. Warm baths can also be a useful tool for moisturization, but you should make sure to avoid using harsh soaps and hot water, as these will further dry out the skin.
At Arlington Dermatology in Arlington Heights, we can provide you with the treatments and tips you need to keep your skin looking and feeling its best. We offer a range of services to ease the symptoms of psoriasis, and we will work closely with you to custom-tailor the right treatment plan for your skin’s unique needs. Schedule your initial consultation with us to get started on your psoriasis care by calling 847-392-5440 or visiting our website.