Do you suffer from psoriasis? Like many other chronic skin conditions, psoriasis often has “flare-ups” or times when its symptoms are worse than others. There is no doubt that psoriasis is quite uncomfortable and disruptive to deal with. Those that suffer from the common plaque psoriasis are likely to experience patches of raised, red skin that are topped with loose, silvery scales. These patches can occur anywhere on the body, which can make it both an uncomfortable and unsightly condition.
When psoriasis flares up or is aggravated, the patches become itchy, inflamed and even painful. These flare-ups can last weeks for some individuals. While there is no cure for psoriasis, your dermatologist can offer some effective treatment options to manage your symptoms when your psoriasis gets bad, including topical steroid creams, systemic medication and even light therapy. However, there are also things you can at home to lessen your chances of a psoriasis flare-up.
Sometimes the simplest measures matter most. Make sure you keep your skin moisturized throughout the day (especially during cold weather or after a bath). This will help your skin heal. Choose a cream or ointment for the best moisture protection.
Find Ways to Relax
Studies confirm that stress is a major trigger for psoriasis flare-ups. Therefore, we encourage patients to find ways to lower their stress levels and relax, which may include yoga, adequate amounts of sleep and/or less sugar and caffeine.
Baby Your Skin
If you have psoriasis, you’ll want to “baby” your skin. In other words, avoid rough fabrics and harsh skin care products, including soaps, make-up and lotions that have fragrances and alcohol. Stay soft and pure when it comes to anything that touches your skin.
It’s hard to stop yourself from scratching an itch. While your itchy psoriasis patches are hard to ignore, scratching will only damage your skin and cause more itching. The slightest tears in your skin can invite germs and bacteria to penetrate, which could lead to infection. Try rubbing moisturizer on the area instead scratching.
At Spectrum Dermatology, we provide comprehensive treatment for all types of psoriasis. If you are suffering from frequent psoriasis flare-ups and current skin regime at home is not bringing you relief, please schedule a consult at our Scottsdale clinic.