If you suffer from psoriasis, the most important thing to do is visit a dermatologist for treatment. He or she will recommend a prescription medication based on your individual health and symptoms. In addition to using that medication as directed, there are a few supplemental treatments you can use to help clear up your psoriasis symptoms and prevent future breakouts, leaving your skin looking fresh and rejuvenated.
Use a moisturizer
Moisturizer alone won't clear up your psoriasis, but it will help ease any lingering symptoms that the medications don't quite clear up. Look for a moisturizer that does not contain any artificial scents or colors, as these ingredients may irritate your skin even further. A thick, emollient moisturizer is a better choice than a lighter once, since it will cling to your skin and help protect it from exposure to irritants throughout the day. Apply your moisturizer after your shower or bath, using long, sweeping strokes. In the winter, you may need to apply moisturizer morning and night. In the warmer seasons, you can probably get away with applying it once per day.
Get some healthy sun exposure
While basking in the sun for hours on end is not a good idea because it can lead to skin cancer, getting a few minutes of sun exposure each day will be helpful for calming your psoriasis symptoms. Make a habit of spending just 15 to 20 minutes per day outside with the skin that's most affected by your psoriasis exposed. You can take a walk around the block, sit outside and read a book, or work in your garden. If you'll be spending more than 20 minutes outside, remember to apply a sunscreen. Use one made with natural ingredients and no added scents to minimize irritation.
Cut out alcohol
Alcohol interferes with a lot of psoriasis medications, making them less effective. So, it's in your best interest to avoid alcoholic beverages. This can be a tough adjustment to make if you're used to drinking regularly. Some tips that may help include:
- Finding a non-alcoholic beverage that you really enjoy and reaching for it whenever you're craving that glass of wine or beer
- Tell your friends you're avoiding alcohol so they can act as accountability partners and remind you to say "no" when you're tempted
- Avoid situations in which you know you'll have a hard time not drinking
If you employ the tips above, you should experience more profound relief from your psoriasis than if you were to take medication alone. For more information, contact A Beach Medical Group For Dermatology or a similar location.