Psoriasis is usually the result of an overactive immune system. White blood cells known as T-cells start attacking healthy skin cells, causing them to multiply rapidly and rise to the surface of the skin. Patches of skin become red and inflamed and start to develop flakes or plaques. There is no cure for Psoriasis, though doctors treat its symptoms with medication, light therapy, and topical ointments. People who suffer from psoriasis often have to manage their symptoms by avoiding certain triggers and keeping their skin as calm, hydrated and healthy as possible. When you are diagnosed with psoriasis, you should certainly seek out medical advice. However, there are several changes you can make to your lifestyle that will help you manage your symptoms.
A psoriasis attack can be brought on by alcohol, drugs or cigarette smoke. Sometimes small injuries like a cut, scrape or mild sunburn can trigger a flare-up. Learn what causes your skin to start flaking or become inflamed and try to avoid them as much as possible. Living with psoriasis can be painful, uncomfortable and embarrassing which might cause you to become anxious. Keep stress at bay by practicing relaxation techniques like meditation and deep breathing.
Invest In A Humidifier
A dry and cold environment can be an irritant for your skin and cause it to become so dry that it cracks. While you can’t control the weather outside, you should use a humidifier in indoor spaces so that your skin stays supple and moist.
Supplements like fish oil, vitamin D, milk thistle, aloe vera can ease your symptoms. Always run any supplements you plan on taking by a doctor first to make sure they don’t interfere with any other medication you’re on.
Choose Your Personal Care Products Carefully
Soaps, body washes and shampoos that have too many chemicals can dry out your skin causing a flare-up. Be careful of any heavily scented or fragrant products. Choose over the counter products that have a sensitive skin label or products that have organic, natural ingredients.
Watch Your Diet
Some people with psoriasis suffer from flare-ups after eating saturated fats, refined sugars or even too much red meat. Include foods that are known to reduce inflammation in your diet. These are foods like cold-water fish, seeds, nuts and foods with Omega 3 fatty acids such as salmon.