Psoriasis is a tricky customer to deal with. One day your skin feels like it’s healthy, the next you see a flare up and it’s not always clear what triggered it. The truth is that every individual has his or her own unique causes; one factor may cause a much stronger flare up for you than it would the next person. Nonetheless there are common factors that tend to affect a large group of people and the purpose of this blog post is to identify them and perhaps try avoiding them and keep your skin feeling and looking at its best.
Stress, Stress, Stress
A lot of problems can be caused by stress. For your general well-being it is advisable to reduce aspects of your life that cause stress and to find time to treat yourself and relax. Many people with Psoriasis list stress as a key trigger, so attempting to reduce stress levels should prevent Psoriasis flare-ups. Exercise and yoga are two ideas to help deal with daily stresses, as is sharing your daily stresses and your Psoriasis struggles with people, who can relate to them. Find time to take a quite bath (not too hot as that reduces moisture further).
Winter is Coming!
Something we can all relate to now is the cold weather that comes with winter, and how it dries the skin. Cold, dry air and indoor heating can drastically reduce the moisture from your skin. The lack of sunshine during this time of year can make matters worse as sunshine can help improve psoriasis for many people.
There really is only one way to help during this time of year, and that is to moisturise and then moisturise some more! Tranquility Ultra Soothing Cream for Dry Damaged Skin is specifically formulated to moisturise the affected area like no other. The natural mix of Avocado and Vitamin B12 soothes and moisturises immediately and with regular use, you’ll forget it’s winter.
Don’t Damage Your Skin
For those that suffer with Psoriasis, many experience what is known as the Koebner Phenomenon. This relates to Psoriasis forming at the site of other injuries such as insect bites, scratches and cuts. Try your hardest to avoid cutting the skin or accidental nicks when shaving. If you suffer from Psoriasis, tattooes may not be the best idea either as it can trigger a break out (Believe it or not but tattoos are damaging to your skin). Finally, as we mentioned earlier, sunlight can be very helpful for preventing Psoriasis, however sunburn can also trigger a flare up as it is damaging skin, so be sure not to overdo it in the sun. Bottom Line: Try your hardest not to damage your skin in any way, as you are probably more susceptible to flare-ups if you already suffer from Psoriasis.
Just One More Reason to Quit Smoking
Last but not least, we hate smoking. We hate it in general as no good comes from it but for those of you who suffer from Psoriasis, we hate it even more! The list for quitting smoking is endless, but the fact that it aggravates Psoriasis is another one. It not only flares up existing Psoriasis conditions but it can in fact develop it for those who have not suffered previously. It isn’t easy to stop smoking for the majority of people, the best tips are not to start but if it is too late then don’t wait for the New Year or for other landmark dates, stop today and your skin will thank you for it (along with the rest of you…!). In order to quit, ask friends and family to help, speak to your doctor and don’t give up.