The cold fall and winter months can definitely do some serious damage to the skin, especially to those people with skin conditions such as psoriasis. The cold dry air and below freezing winds can make the skin flaky and super dry which could worsen psoriasis symptoms in no time. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent, or at least minimize fall-winter related psoriasis flare ups. Let me share to you some of them.
- Keep your skin moisturized all the time. Slather on lotion and facial moisturizer to help reduce and prevent redness and itching. Moisturizers can also help soothe and heal psoriasis patches so make sure to use a moisturizer right after taking a bath. It’s also a good idea to use moisturizing soaps before using a rich lotion to keep your skin well hydrated. Make sure to buy fragrance free moisturizers as heavily fragranced products can irritate your sensitive skin.
- Avoid long hot baths. Hot water can strip off moisture from your skin so it’s best to shower in warm water or lukewarm water, if you’re brave enough to battle the cold. You can also soak in the tub with warm water and epsom salts but don’t over do it. Soak for about ten to fifteen minutes and don’t forget to slather on moisturizer after.
- Invest in a humidifier. Dry frigid air is your number one enemy this season so it’s advisable to use a humidifier to prevent your skin from drying out. Put it in your bedroom at night to counter the adverse effects of indoor heating. Make sure to clean your humidifier regularly to prevent bacteria buildup.
- Avoid wearing heavy fabrics. The freezing temperatures can irritate your skin so you need something to protect yourself from the cold. Layer in light fabrics but don’t over do it. Heavy layering can make you sweat which can make psoriasis worse, so avoid wool, denim and other heavy fabrics. Wear soft layers that you can easily remove instead.
- Continue your therapy and psoriasis treatments. You can safely get psoriasis-easing UV rays during the cold winter months by undergoing light therapy and lasers. These treatments could help ease and improve psoriasis symptoms during fall and winter, when the sun is scarce.
- Drink lots of water. To replenish lost moisture from the body, you need to drink lots of water every day. One indication if you’re getting enough water is the color of your urine. If it’s bright yellow or dark in color, then you should drink more water.