Many psoriasis patients experience worsening symptoms in the fall and winter. There are actually two theories as to why this happens:
- Cold, dry air: When there’s less humidity the skin doesn’t retain moisture as well. Tiny cracks and fissures develop on the skin’s surface and psoriasis patches can appear.
- Stress: Stress is also a trigger for psoriasis. With fall comes a change in routines and schedules, beginning with back-to-school and continuing right through the holidays. There is plenty of stress to go around.
The good news is there are ways to address both psoriasis triggers, keeping your flareups to a minimum.
Moisturize your skin. Use a thick cream or ointment regularly to lock in moisture. Switch to a moisturizing bar soap and avoid fragranced products.
Avoid long, hot showers. Choose warm showers that are shorter in length.
Use a humidifier. Forced-air heating, dries out indoor air. Using a humidifier in the bedroom and other rooms you frequently spend time in can counter the dryness.
Dress in layers of comfortable fabrics. Perspiring makes psoriasis flareups worse, so dress in layers that you can easily shed as you get warm. Choose comfortable fabrics like cotton that won’t irritate the skin.
Eat and drink healthy. Be sure to eat a balanced diet high in fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of water each day.
Get plenty of rest and exercise. Sleep and exercise are both great stress relievers.
Look for ways to relax. For some it involves being active with friends, while others enjoy curling up on the couch with a good book or movie. Whatever your approach to relieving stress, make it a routine.
If your psoriasis flare-ups worsen, schedule an appointment. We can recommend products and approaches to help alleviate your symptoms.