Winter can be a difficult time for those with skin conditions, particularly psoriasis. Winter brings dry air, cold temperatures, and reduced exposure to sunlight, which can trigger psoriasis flare-ups. Fortunately, there are several ways to combat the drying effects caused by the harsh winter conditions.
Tips for Winter Psoriasis
Take Short, Lukewarm Showers
Hot, long showers can irritate the skin further, so it’s best to avoid them. Instead, take short and lukewarm showers during the winter. Stay away from irritating soaps and harsh scrubbing.
Smooth on Moisturizer
It’s important to replenish the moisture in your skin by regularly applying moisturizer. For best results, apply after you shower and throughout the day. We recommend thicker creams or ointments.
Manage Stress Levels
Holiday stress can compromise your immune system, which can worsen psoriasis. To relieve your stress, find a hobby, take up meditation or yoga, or exercise regularly. A healthy mind and body can keep psoriasis flare-ups at bay.
Use a humidifier
Humidifiers combat the drying effects of indoor heating. Wake up with smooth skin by running the device at night. Avoid the buildup of harmful bacteria by regularly cleaning it.
Utah Psoriasis Treatment
The treatment for psoriasis varies based on the severity of your condition. Some patients find relief from topical creams while others need UV treatment and systemic treatments. Contact our Ogden dermatology office for more information related to psoriasis.