Psoriasis in Winter


Psoriasis and Winter
Winter is a bad time of the year for those with psoriasis because it brings with it dry air which in turn leads to dry skin, and dry skin can lead to little cracks in the skin, the precursor psoriasis in sufferers.
The surface skin renews itself about every month with old dead cells being shed and replaced by new ones. In the case of psoriasis, this process is much quicker and the renewal can take place in as little as 2 to 3 days. However the dead cells do not shed off as normal skin cells do, while new cells are formed so quickly that they stick to each other and create what is known as plaque. All those who suffer from psoriasis will know what this means - red, dry skin which is very often itchy and becomes more so as your skin dries. The answer to this is to use a moisturising cream or gel which will protect the skin, help to prevent cracking by moisturising it, and generally assist the whole condition.
So bearing in mind that one of the root causes of psoriasis is lack of moisture in the skin, there are a number of things that are worth doing. The first thing is to make sure the body's liquid levels are high by drinking enough water. As noted above, using an effective moisturiser should also alleviate any existing condition.
One of the understandable things to do in winter is to make sure that you have plenty of warm clothes so that you don't get too cold; however this can also lead to another cause of problems with psoriasis, and that is sweat which can exacerbate the condition. So make sure that you wear garments that don't irritate you in anyway, and also rather than a single heavy garment, wear a number of layers so that you can peel off as necessary if you start beginning to sweat, and keep just a nice dry warmth.
If your house is centrally heated and very dry, consider buying a humidifier to prevent to your skin becoming too dry.
Finally, bath's are better than showers. If you must take a shower (and a long hot shower will reduce the moisture in your skin) then make sure it is not too hot and that you do not stay in it too long. Lying back in a bath in pleasantly warm water and relaxing is the best thing to do. When you get out, don't forget to use your moisturiser!

Winter is a bad time of the year for those with psoriasis because it brings with it dry air which in turn leads to dry skin.  Dry skin can then lead to little cracks in the skin, which are the precursor of psoriasis in sufferers.  So here are some tips to help you through the colder months.

Our surface skin renews itself about every month, as old dead cells are shed to be replaced by new ones. In the case of psoriasis, this process is much quicker and the renewal can take place in as little as 2 to 3 days.  Combined with this rapid skin renewal is the way in which the dead cells are shed.  They are not shed in the same way as normal skin cells, so the new, quickly forming cells stick to each other, creating what is known as plaque. All those who suffer from psoriasis will know what this means - red, dry skin which is very often already itchy and becomes more so as your skin dries.

The answer to this is to use a moisturising cream or gel which will protect the skin, help to prevent cracking by moisturising it, and generally assist the whole condition.

Bearing in mind that one of the root causes of psoriasis is lack of moisture in the skin, there are a number of things that are worth doing. The first thing is to make sure your body's hydration levels remain high by drinking enough water throughout the day. As noted above, using an effective moisturiser should also alleviate any existing condition.

One of the understandable things to do in winter is to make sure that you wear plenty of warm clothes so that you don't get too cold.  However, this can also lead to another cause of problems with psoriasis which can exacerbate the condition - sweat. So make sure that you wear garments that don't irritate you in anyway, and also, rather than a single heavy garment, wear a number of layers that you can peel off as necessary if you start to sweat, maintaing just a nice dry warmth.

If your house is centrally heated and very dry, you should also consider buying a humidifier to bring additional moisture to your environment, preventing your skin from becoming too dry.

Finally, baths are better than showers. If you must take a shower (and a long hot shower will reduce the moisture in your skin) then make sure it is not too hot and that you do not stay in it too long. Lying back in a bath in pleasantly warm water and relaxing is the best thing to do. And when you get out, don't forget to use your moisturiser!

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