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Let's Talk Psoriasis!

Let’s talk PSORIASIS! For those of you who don’t know what psoriasis is, or have never experienced it before, be glad! But psoriasis is a common, chronic genetic system inflammatory disease that is characterized by symptoms and signs such as elevated itchy plaques of raised red skin covered with thick silvery scales. Which can be found on the elbows, knees, and scalp, but can often affect the legs, trunk, and nails. No this is not a contagious, because it is not an infection.

For those of you who have psoriasis, you might notice that it gets worse in the fall and the winter. Now why is this? Well let me tell you why. When it gets colder the air gets drier, with the lack of humidity in the air outside and the dry heat in most buildings during the colder months can rob your skin of the moisture needed. Along with dry air, comes the lack of sun. Because its colder the days are shorter and we spend less time outside, due to it being cold.

But you’re in luck, because here are some tips that can help you out!

  1. DON’T FORGET TO MOISTURE! Even in the summer time you should never stop moisturizing your skin. But especially in the winter time do it being drier than in the summer. Keeping the skin moisturized will ease with the redness and itching. You can even use moisturizing soap and a creamy lotion after you bathe, I recommend using fragrance-free products to avoid allergic reactions.
  2. USE A HUMIDIFER. This keeps the air moist. Personally I keep mine in my bedroom at night time, and during the day time out in the living room. Not only does this help keep the moisture in to help with you psoriasis. It also helps with stuffy noses. So I would let that sink in.
  3. TAKE BATHS. When the cold comes, means hotter showers. When taking long hot showers the hot water removes the moisture from your skin. So showering in warm water just long enough to soap up and rinse off. Then sprinkle oil finely ground oatmeal, Epsom salts or dead sea salts in a bath and relax in there for about 15-20 minutes. The apply some moisturizer afterwards.
  4. WEAR SOFT LAYERS. With the cold weather and wind it can cause your psoriasis the flare up, which can cause your joints to be in pain. So bundling up in soft hat, gloves and a scarf to help protect your skin from being exposed when you go outside. You should also dress in layers, because as you get hot its always better to take off to avoid sweating. Because sweating can cause the psoriasis to get worse. When choosing your layers choose cotton over wool, and denim clothing, because these are less likely to irritate your skin.
  5. DRINK WATER! Water is essential to anything, so it’s not a surprised that drinking water will help you. To pump up the moisture, drink a lot of water.

So here are some tips and trick to help keep your psoriasis under control when these colder days are approaching! I hope you enjoyed this article and feel free to head on over to our website www. where we have a psoriasis blend that you can use, as well as many other moisturizers you can use!

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