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New Year, Clear Me

MG217Blog-January-February-resizedOne of the many traditions with ringing in the New Year is to set some New Year’s resolutions. With the cold winter dryness causing psoriasis flare ups it can be difficult to come up with anything that doesn’t relate to clear skin. So here are 5 New Year’s resolutions for the psoriasis sufferer:

  1. Go Gluten Free
    • There is still a lot of research that is needed to help support the theory that a gluten free diet helps reduce the symptoms of psoriasis, but there have been some promising success stories! If you would like to find out more click here.
  2. Maintain a Healthy Weight
    • Extra weight that we carry around can cause chafing which in turn can irritate the skin and can trigger flexural psoriasis (psoriasis in the folds of the skin).
  3. Limit Alcohol Consumption
    • This applies primarily to the heavy consumption of alcohol which can trigger psoriasis. It is recommended that men should limit their drinks to two a day and women should drink no more than one. Please note that if you take medication for psoriasis or any other condition that you should consult your doctor before you consume any amount of alcohol. If you would like to find out more click here.
  4. Quit Smoking
    • It has been found that smokers are more likely to have psoriasis. This means that the amount that you smoke and how long you have been smoking can greatly affect your level of risk in developing psoriasis. If you would like to find out more click here.
  5. Eat Foods that Reduce Inflammation
    • Again, more studies are being conducted to support this theory but so far it looks like eating antioxidant rich foods can make a difference! These types of foods include but are not limited to: berries, leafy greens, salmon, sardines, and other fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, thyme, sage, cumin, ginger, and heart-healthy sources of fat like olives, seeds, and nuts. Some foods to avoid that increase inflammation are processed foods, refined sugars, fatty red meats, and dairy. If you would like to find out more click here.

Fighting Fire with Fire

When you hear the words “fire ant,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Creepy crawlies? Stinging bites? They certainly live up to their name, and almost everyone would consider them a public nuisance. But psoriasis sufferers might yet find a reason to love these bugs—and ironically, it’s their venom. The chemical compound in […]

Sleeping with Psoriasis

Getting a good night’s sleep does wonders for your body and your mind. Most modern studies show that 7-9 hours a night will help you feel refreshed and focused in the morning. But people with psoriasis often report a higher frequency of sleep disturbances, being kept awake by persistent symptoms. So how do you fight […]

Fending Off Fall Flare-Ups

Fall is officially here, and a lot of people are looking forward to dramatic color changes and cooler night air. But if you have psoriasis or eczema, the transition can be tricky. Fall is a notoriously tough time of year for skin disorders, but don’t lose hope: some simple lifestyle changes may help you avoid […]

Cannabis for Psoriasis?

Think of it what you will, it can’t be denied that medical marijuana has been the treatment du jour for any number of conditions lately, including the alleviation of nausea, chronic pain, and even anorexia. So should it come as any surprise that cannabis is also showing promise in the treatment of psoriasis? It’s admittedly […]

Psoriasis and sunscreen. Is there one I should be using?

Happy August! We’re thick in the throws of summer, so hopefully your psoriasis is finding some much needed relief in the warmth, humidity, and (moderate) sun exposure. There should still be plenty of beautiful days ahead, so now’s a great time to regroup and make sure you’re keeping up good habits and doing right by […]

Eczema and Allergies – is there a link?

One of the things that makes living with eczema so challenging is how complicated it can all get. Different triggers for different people, flare-up frequency and intensity changing with the weather, or the way in which seemingly unrelated issues can actually be connected. One seemingly unlikely connection researchers are currently exploring is how eczema may […]

Itchy Skin – One Symptom of Many

Psoriasis is generally considered to be a skin disease. The word alone is practically synonymous with itchy, flaky skin. But it’s important to remember that psoriasis’s trademark symptoms are precisely that—symptoms. In his recent article “Effects of Psoriasis Not Confined to Skin,” Dr. Anthony L. Komaroff reminds us that, at its core, psoriasis is an […]

Preventing Eczema in Newborns: Mom’s Nutrition is Key

Back in September, 2016, we wrote on the challenges of eczema in infants, noting that 70% of eczema cases begin in children younger than five—and how around 60% of infants with eczema will continue to have symptoms into adulthood. Knowing this, expectant mothers will want to do everything they can to help reduce their newborn’s […]

Eczema Triggers: Tips for keeping your skin — and yourself — happy.

Much like psoriasis, eczema is an inflammatory condition that can result in itchy, scaly skin. It’s not curable, but it can be controlled — and one of the best things you can do is keep your eczema in check by knowing and avoiding your triggers. Triggers are external conditions that aggravate your eczema, resulting in […]

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