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Psoriasis is not a fun issue to be living with. There is no known cure, but there are many ways to take care of yourself to prevent outbreaks. Taking care of your skin and being aware of your triggers are the first steps.
The first thing to do is to protect the skin from yourself. When you have an itch, you subconsciously scratch it. When you are awake, it is easier to catch yourself scratching. As strange as it sounds, wearing gloves to bed at night can stop you from waking up with weeping wounds in the morning. If you notice breakouts on your arms, wear clothing that makes it hard for nail on skin contact. If you wear tank tops or loose short sleeves, it is too easy to get to the scratch with your bare nails.
The leading problem with psoriasis is dry skin; if the skin is dry it becomes itchy, dry, and scaly. It is one of the most overlooked triggers. Keeping the skin moisturized is important to control flare-ups and keep psoriasis at bay. Apply moisturizes after showers, bath, or spending a lot of time submerged in water. Water actually sucks moisture from the skin, adding moisturizers will lock in the moisture and keep the skin hydrated. If you feel an itch coming on, trying adding some moisturizer to the area instead and see if that helps. Wet wraps can help relieve some of the pain and inflammation associated with psoriasis. Simply wet a wash cloth and place it on the sore spot for a few minutes to feel instant relief.
Change up your diet and eat healthier. Fruits and vegetables added to your diet will help keep your skin healthy. Eating healthy helps give the body important nutrients and that carries all the way down to the skin. Fruits are great for the skin and help fight off aging. Fatty acids like fish and some nuts help lock moisture into the skin cells.
Keeping the skin in good, healthy condition will help prevent breakouts. Moisturize and lotion on the skin on a regular basis to keep dry skin at bay.
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