Minimizing your psoriasis

Earlier this month Kelly Mack, the owner of Absolute Precision Skin Care in Chicago gave an interview where she gave some suggestions for folks with psoriasis to help minimize their chance of flare-ups.

shower-headPersonal Care
When showering, use lukewarm water, as hot water can irritate the skin. Pat yourself dry instead of harshly toweling off, to avoid damaging skin. Wash with a soap-free pH balanced wash.

Don’t be Afraid to “Super-Hydrate”
Apply heavy skin creams immediately after getting out of the shower. During the day, try moisturizers with anti-inflammatory properties.

Sun with Care – Sunburns from UVA/UVB rays can make Psoriasis worse. To safely benefit from sun exposure:
Cover unaffected skin with a sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher. Talk to your doctor first, because certain Psoriasis medicines aren’t safe with high sun exposure

Stick to the Plan: It can be messy and inconvenient to slather thick goo onto Psoriasis patches, day after day, but consistency is key! If you’ve been prescribed topical therapy, making it part of your routine will improve results.

Consider Diet and Lifestyle Changes:
Try eliminating certain foods, especially less nutritious ones, cut down/eliminate alcohol and quit smoking.