Protecting Your Skin from Psoriasis This Winter

The fall and winter seasons can be harsh for those who suffer from psoriasis. The short days and the colder temperatures are what can easily trigger symptoms and lead to flare-ups. This however can be relieved by lifestyle changes during this time of the year. Here are three key changes:

  • Proper Exposure to Sunlight – Ultraviolet Light is a key component in helping treat psoriasis. In the winter when the sun’s rays are much weaker and the days are shorter, those with psoriasis might have less time during their day to get the proper amount of UV rays. Keep in mind that because of the colder weather, everyone’s going to be bundled up so the UV rays might not even reach their skin. One thing you can look into is getting light therapy to get the right amount of UVB rays into your skin. This type of treatment is effective in slowing down the growth of affected skin cells.
  • Proper Moisturization – The dry and cold winter air can easily strip your skin out of its natural moisture, especially when you start using a heater to combat the chill. To alleviate this, you can use a humidifier in your home to keep your skin soft by having sufficient moisture in the air. You can also opt for soothing baths over hot showers for the same reason. You can also combine your soothing baths with Epsom salt baths, or bath oils to alleviate the dryness even more. Make sure to use moisturizers right after you get out to really lock that moisture in. Upping your water intake can also help, as overall hydration also contributes to your skin’s hydration.
  • Proper Clothing – Protecting your skin from the cold wind AND wearing the right cold weather  fabrics are key to preventing any psoriasis flare-ups. Cotton is king when it comes to fabrics and layers over wool or denim. The latter two are a lot more abrasive and can cause irritation when rubbing up against your already sensitive skin. As far as layering goes, protecting your neck with a scarf, and your hands with gloves are also important as those areas of your body can have psoriasis flare-ups after prolonged exposure to cold air.