Psoriasis prevention requires people with this condition to take prescription medication or to identify and avoid any psoriasis triggers. The best treatment option may vary from person to person, and understanding which methods work can make it easier to live with psoriasis.
The following article discusses 11 ways in which people can prevent psoriasis flares and reduce the severity of their symptoms.
1. Wrap up warm in cold, dry weather
Wearing gloves in cold, dry weather can help prevent psoriasis flare-ups on the hands.
Cold, dry weather can trigger psoriasis flare-ups, and people tend to have more of these in the winter.
Scientists do not fully understand why psoriasis flares are more likely in wintry weather, but some research suggests that it is because cold, dark, and low-humidity conditions can cause the skin to thicken and become inflamed.
Moving to sunnier climes may not be practical for everyone, but people can wrap up warm to reduce the skin’s exposure to cold, dry weather. By doing this, they may prevent many winter flare-ups from happening.
2. Keep the skin moisturized
Keeping the skin moisturized is a vital psoriasis prevention measure. Dry skin can trigger psoriasis flares. It can also make skin scaling more severe and cause the skin to crack and bleed.
A 2016 review notes that moisturizers containing mineral oils, such as liquid paraffin and petrolatum, may be particularly suitable for psoriasis management.
People can also use natural home remedies to moisturize their skin. These include coconut oil and aloe vera gel, which both have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.