Although there’s no known cure yet for psoriasis, there are certain things you can do to control its uncomfortable symptoms and help prevent flare-ups. You can manage your psoriasis naturally at home!
Home Caring for Psoriasis
Keep the skin moisturised!
When you have psoriasis, it’s very important to have a potent skin moisturiser handy. Dry skin would worsen irritation and itchiness that psoriasis usually brings. When you have psoriasis having dry skin can be a pain as this can lead to itching which would make you scratch like crazy and then this scratching can lead to new patches of psoriasis popping out on your already irritated skin.A great skin moisturiser to use is the Moroccan Argan oil. Heavy with nutrients having moisturising properties such as Vitamin E, essential fatty acids and Sterols, the oil would keep the skin well hydrated and moisturised which is a key to preventing flare-ups.
When’s the best time to moisturise?
Aside from having a potent moisturiser in hand, you should also know when it is best to apply moisturiser on the skin. Right after stepping out of the shower or bath, while your skin is still damp, apply a generous amount of moisturiser on your skin. It is also ideal to moisturise before bed. For those parts of your skin that are heavily affected by psoriasis, super moisturise by lathering on a thick amount of your moisturiser on it and wrapping these areas overnight with a clean bandage or plastic wrap. Rinse away gently in the morning and with regular practice you’ll see that scaling is reduced!
You should keep in mind that water robs the skin of its natural oils and this can lead to dry skin. Of course, we are not saying that you should not bathe at all, but you should not have too frequent baths and keep in mind these things when bathing.
- No to hot water – Use lukewarm water instead.
- Don’t towel rub – Pat dry instead.
- Moisturise while the skin is still damp.
- Make bath water skin-friendlier – Add in essential oils or oilated oatmeal.
- Don’t take long baths – Cut them short.
Have dedication to stick to your care routine
Although, you may find it hard or a bit challenging to always lather on moisturiser and keep these things in mind but you should have the heart to stick to it since you’ll be saving yourself from total discomfort and pain of having to deal with flare-ups. So stick to your routine and be consistent!
Get some sun loving but be cautious!
UV light is a recommended treatment for psoriasis but limit sun exposure to 20 minutes a day at least thrice a week. Too much time under the sun can mean sunburns and this can worsen psoriasis. Also apply sunscreen on areas of skin that are unaffected with psoriasis. It’s recommended that you consult your doctor first