Tips for Coping with Psoriasis in the Winter
Psoriasis is a challenging condition to treat at the best of times, however, dealing with psoriasis in the winter can be even more difficult. Cold air, wind, and dry indoor heat can worsen the condition, and heavy clothing can make psoriasis even more uncomfortable to live with.
Here are some extra measures you can take during the winter months to help alleviate the discomfort of psoriasis:
#1 – Use a Humidifier. The more moisture you infuse into the air the better for your skin. Use the humidifier in the bedroom at night to help control the drying effects of indoor heating.
#2 – Use a thicker cream or ointment to lock moisture in. Natural products like Just Natural® are created for those with psoriasis. Use thicker, heavier over-the-counter moisturizers and lotions to help trap moisture in the skin and control flare-ups. For the face try this heavy moisturizer from New Age Skincare.
#3 – Bundle up with soft layers. Cold weather can irritate your condition and trigger a flare-up. Soft scarfs, hats and gloves protect exposed areas. Select soft fabrics like cotton, rather than wool and harsh fabrics like denim which can aggravate psoriasis.
#4 – Use moisturizing soaps and fragrance-free products. Avoid harsh soaps (such as deodorant soaps) and scrubs. Select gentle cleansers like Cetaphil® or moisturizing soaps like Dove® or those made with olive oil.
#5 – Avoid long, hot showers – these rob your skin of vital moisture. Rather, shower in warm water and be a quick as possible.
#6 – Take warm baths with Epsom salts, dead sea salts or bath oil. Soak for about 15 minutes to allow skin to soften enough to slough off scales and soothe itching. Apply moisturizing cream immediately after your bath to lock moisture in.
#7 – Drink plenty of water to moisturize from within. While we might remember to drink water during the hot summer months, we often forget to replenish our moisture from within during the winter. Remember, your skin needs it even more in the winter.
#8 – Consider light therapy treatments in the winter months. Those with psoriasis know that just a few minutes a day of direct sunlight helps control flare ups. This is not always possible in the winter. Your doctor can order UV light therapy to deliver the healing affects of the sun.
#9 – Use hand held treatment tools like this High Frequency Machine which has a special attachment for treating scalp psoriasis.
#10 – Adjust your treatment plan for the winter months. Talk with your doctor about flare-ups or worsening of your psoriasis during the winter. He or she may wish to adjust your treatment plan and fine-tune your regimen.
Click the links below for more information on Psoriasis:
- Psoriasis Treatment: Know your Options
- Scalp Psoriasis
- Guttate Psoriais – Is it contagious?
- Nail Psoriasis – Healthy Nail Care at Home
- Psoriasis Pictures
- Natural Remedies for Treating Psoriasis
- Psoriasis – Topical Creams
- Psoriasis in the Summer