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Dry air, cooler temperatures, and shorter days may be just the recipe that worsens your Psoriasis symptoms. The lack of moisture in the air and lesser duration of sunlight contribute to dry, itchy skin. To add to the mix, the changing climate can bring along a host of infections or seasonal illness like the flu and cold increasing the risk of Psoriasis flare-ups. All of these may make you cringe at the thought of the upcoming winter.[1][2]

Here are some tips that can help you stay in control of your Psoriasis all season long.

  • Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise: Frequent use of thicker Psoriasis creams and ointments will help soothe your dry, itchy skin. The best time to moisturise is after a bath. This helps to lock the moisture into your skin.[3]
    Ask your Dermatologist for the moisturiser or Psoriasis cream best suited for you.
  • Cover in layers: Your choice of clothes may be one of the reasons for your worsening Psoriasis symptoms. Choose to wear layers of soft cotton rather than puffy jackets made from wool and denim, which can irritate your skin[1].
  • Stick to warm, short showers: ¬†Showering in warm water just long enough to wash and rinse is recommended. Hot water tends to make the skin dry.[3]
  • Use a humidifier: A humidifier counters the effects of the heater and brings moisture to the indoor air. Clean it often to avoid the build-up of bacteria.[3]
  • Keep yourself hydrated: Make sure you drink lots of water to help increase the moisture content in your body. [3]

With the right approach, you can effectively manage your Psoriasis in winter. In the case of a Psoriasis flare-up, contact your Dermatologist for the best advice based on your treatment plan.

Curated Tags

Talk to your Dermatologist
about biologics for clear* skin

*No plaque elevation, erythema or
scaling, hyperpigmentation maybe present.

References

  1. Health line. Tips for managing Psoriasis in the cold weather. Available [online] at URL: https://www.healthline.com/health/psoriasis/moderate-to-severe/how-to-bundle-up-this-winter-without-making-your-psoriasis-symptoms-worse. As accessed on December 24, 2019.

  2. Everyday Health. 5 Ways to Soothe Psoriasis This Winter. Available online at https://www.everydayhealth.com/psoriasis/living-with/managing-psoriasis-in-winter/. Accessed on 25 September 2020.

  3. WebMD. Tips for Winter Psoriasis. Available online at https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/psoriasis/features/winter. Accessed on 25 September 2020.