Psoriasis skin care is especially important and may require some extra steps. We’ve compiled some tips that may help by reducing irritation or even the severity of symptoms.
Below are a few suggestions from Mayo Clinic. These can serve as some starting points:
- “Bathing daily helps remove scales and calm inflamed skin. Add bath oil, colloidal oatmeal, Epsom salts or Dead Sea salts to the water and soak for at least 15 minutes. Avoid hot water and harsh soaps, which can worsen symptoms; use lukewarm water and mild soaps that have added oils and fats.”
- “Use moisturizer. Blot your skin after bathing, then immediately apply a heavy, ointment-based moisturizer while your skin is still moist.” Ask your health provider for a moisturizer recommendation for your skin type. Depending on weather conditions, you may need to apply multiple times per day.
- “Cover the affected areas overnight. To help improve redness and scaling, apply an ointment-based moisturizer to your skin and wrap with plastic wrap overnight. In the morning, remove the covering and wash away the scales with a bath or a shower.”
The NPF also adds that keeping your skin moisturized, minimizing scaling and flaking by applying a scale softening (keratolytic) product, and stress management can help to manage psoriasis itch. Hot water can also increase skin irritation, so avoiding bathing in very warm water can be helpful.
Lastly, remember that each psoriasis diagnosis is different, so what works for someone may not work for you. With this in mind, It Works For Me, hosted by the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF), is a great way to find additional tips for psoriasis skin care. For example, you can learn about moisturizing your skin, bathtime tips, and scale removal.
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