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How to Handle Your Psoriasis this Winter

While it can be hard to get a handle on your psoriasis no matter what time of year it is, the winter season can be especially worrisome. As you’re deciding on your winter wardrobe and planning holiday celebrations, get insight on steps you can take to manage your skin condition.

Use Moisturizing Lotion

Keeping your skin well-moisturized is key during the colder months of the year, no matter what kind of skin you have. That goes double for those with skin conditions. Thick lotions, creams and ointments do a great job of locking in moisture. It’s also a good idea to use a moisturizing soap paired with a quality moisturizing lotion. That said, aim for soaps and lotions that are free of fragrances so you don’t have to worry about triggering an allergic reaction.

 

Wear Layers

If your psoriasis triggers arthritis, as it does for roughly 30 percent of those with the skin condition, it’s vital you dress warmly before heading out on especially cold days. Not only does the cold air tend to dry out your skin, which is why moisturizer is so essential, but that air can also flare up your arthritis. Wearing layers keeps you warm, and it keeps your skin and joints happy.

 

Bathe Rather Than Shower

Showers are faster than baths, but a nice bath is better for your skin. Depending on how hot you like your showers, all that hot water can strip the moisture from your skin, drying it out. A warm bath is better for those with psoriasis. To truly treat your skin, add some Epsom salts and oil to your bath water and enjoy a 15-minute soak.

Additionally, gently exfoliating skin does a great job of getting rid of dead skin cells that can keep the creams and lotions mentioned above from fully penetrating your skin. After exfoliating, your skin is bound to look better and healthier. Even better is that your skin-care routine is bound to be more effective when you exfoliate.

 

Watch Your Diet

This tip is for those with arthritis triggered by psoriasis. Obesity puts stress on the joints, which can worsen your arthritis. By exercising and watching your diet, you strengthen your joints and maintain a healthy weight. What’s more is your immune system will be stronger, allowing you to fight off viruses, infections and the like during cold and flu season.

 

Keep Your Skin and Body Hydrated

When you crank up the heat in your house to keep warm, you’re leeching moisture from the air. To counter those effects, use a humidifier to replenish the humidity your skin needs to keep from drying out. Drinking plenty of water is also great for your skin, weight, health and much more.

 

Get a Flu Shot

Because the flu can make your joints ache, do your best to avoid getting sick (if only it were that easy!) by washing your hands frequently, getting plenty of rest, keeping your favorite vitamins and cold remedies close by, and getting a flu shot as soon as it becomes available. That said, be sure you talk with your dermatologist beforehand to see what type of flu shot is best for you; you may need a shot that doesn’t have a live virus.

Be proactive when it comes to managing your psoriasis during the winter season. If you have any questions or would like more tips, the experienced professionals at Windsor Dermatology are available to help. Call the office or request an appointment online today!