Dealing with Psoriasis during winters

Dealing with Psoriasis during winters

With the seasonal drop in temperatures, it is time to prepare your skin for the winter season. We all know that with onset of winters, comes various skin related problems especially if you have psoriasis. In a survey by the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF), 4 in 10 people with psoriasis said that winter is the season that most aggravates their disease. People suffering from such a condition are not a fan of winter as they have to deal with a hard time resulting in a feeling to isolate yourself until the symptoms improve.

Reasons why symptoms get worse in winter:

If you are someone with a sensitive skin type, you definitely aren’t a fan of winters. With the drop in temperature one might want to turn on the heaters causing loss of moisture in air, further drying out skin and making it more sensitive. Further, winters come with reduced sunlight causing vitamin D deficiency which is already a symptom in people suffering from psoriasis. Vitamin D has a vital role in growth of skin cells and regulation of the immune system, hence lack of the same leads to various skin problems during this season.

Are you planning on moving to a more pleasant location with better climate, but for how long can you? Rather here are some effective yet practical ways you can reduce the effect of the winter season on your skin if you have psoriasis.

1. Careful while using soap

Soap causes loss of moisture of your skin along with alteration of its pH content, resulting in increased irritation of skin. Thus, next time you bathe, give a thought on using a soap free body wash as a gentler cleanser.

2. Oatmeal bath 

An oatmeal bath might sound weird, but it has an anti-inflammatory effect on your skin. All you need to do is fill up a sock or cloth with oats and put it in the tub of lukewarm water or use readily available oatmeal products. Soak yourself up for 15-20 minutes and apply a moisture post to the oatmeal bath. Oats when mixed with water form a 

gelatinous substance useful to protect skin and add moisture. If you do not have time for the bath try using body oil/capsules such as A-DDR quick remedies to prevent drying of skin. Also, no matter which method you choose, avoid scrubbing too hard to prevent skin irritation.

3. Invest in a humidifier

Central heating can result in dryness of air during winter, so a humidifier can save you in such a time. A humidifier induces moisture in the atmosphere in the form of mist, however placing a wet towel or bowl of water on top of a radiator can also be an effective method.

4. Slather on skin cream

In order to keep your skin well hydrated try applying a thick moisturizer at least two times a day to protect from dryness. Products containing urea and salicylic acid can help soften your skin by removing dry skin cells from affected areas.

5. Feeding your body with psoriasis in mind

Omega-3 fatty acids have an important anti-inflammatory benefit in autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis. Thus, eating foods rich in such fats namely flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, oily fish like salmon. Walnuts, almonds, etc may help to keep your skin healthy during winters.

6. Wear bamboo and cotton

Winter may feel comforting in woolens, but such harsh fabrics can intensify sensitive skin. Hence, it is always suggested to prefer wearing soft fabrics such as cotton or silk beneath to reduce the irritation. It is worth mentioning that not only what you wear matters but also how you wear does matter. Tight clothes can rub on the existing dry skin leading to increased irritation.

7. Stress check

The festival season during winters can cause a lot of stress for you which would further aggravate the symptoms of psoriasis. So it is suggested to not stress a lot for the sake of your skin’s health. Consult your doctor and look for measures to relieve the stress during the winters. 

8. Go outdoors

In order to boost Vitamin D in your body do take advantage of the little sunlight you may get on those brighter days. Nothing proves to be a better remedy for your skin than the natural source of sunlight.

 

9. Consult your doctor

With passage of time if the condition of your skin deteriorates during winter, it is a must to take an appointment to visit your doctor. No matter what you do at home, you can’t always control certain situations. Hence, it’s always best to take expert advice.

Even though one can’t escape the winter season by hibernating like bears, you can surely stay warm and keep your psoriasis under control by following the above mentioned tips.  What you need is to pay attention to your bodily needs and follow the measures considering your psoriasis condition. For effectively dealing with psoriasis, you can try using SDK and A-DDR after consulting your doctor.

 

References:

Website1 “National Psoriasis Foundation” – Psoriasis in spring, summer, fall and winter. Last accessed: 10.11.15. https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/faqs/weather

Website2 “National Psoriasis Foundation” – Over the counter, not over your head. Last accessed: 17 July 2019. https://www.psoriasis.org/otc

Website3 “Everyday Health” – How Clothing Can Affect Psoriasis. Last accessed: 17 July 2019. http://www.everydayhealth.com/psoriasis/psoriasis-and-clothing.aspx

 

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