Only those with Psoriasis truly understand how hard it can be to deal with.

Psoriasis causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin often covered in silvery scales.

What causes Psoriasis?

People with psoriasis have an increased production of skin cells which creates the patches of skin associated with psoriasis.

Here’s our expert advice on how to cope with symptoms and stresses related to psoriasis.

Know your triggers

Psoriasis symptoms are often ‘triggered’ by different factors Knowing your triggers may help you avoid a flare-up in the future.

Triggers can include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Cuts, scrapes, insect bites or sunburn to your skin
  • Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Hormonal changes
  • Certain medication
  • General illness
  • Changes in climate

Try to stay positive, relaxed and in control

Psoriasis symptoms are often worse at times of stress, so it’s important to find ways to stay relaxed. This can be particularly difficult during exam times at school or stressful times at work, but the following tips should be able to help:

  • Try to relieve your stress by getting organised at work
  • Make a clear plan and try to stick to it – don’t leave all your studying or work to the last minute
  • If it’s only a small piece of work, try to get it done early on so you’ve got the rest of your time free to relax
  • If you’re worried about anything, talk to a friend, teacher, partner, colleague or family member – they may be able to see a way to help you that you hadn’t thought of
  • Try to get a good night’s sleep – it’s much easier to face the day after a good eight hours rest
  • Focus on the positive – make time to do things you enjoy.

Reduce the risk of a flare up

If you have psoriasis, you may find your skin is sensitive to some beauty or grooming products; so to stay confident, take precautions before trying something new. Test the product on a clear patch of skin before applying it to your face or body.

Below are a few tips when grooming or using beauty products;

 

Hair removal

keep your skin hydrated by moisturising

  • Use an emollient as shaving cream to help he razor glide over your skin. Bonus: It moisturises at the same time!
  • Avoid cutting yourself as new areas of Psoriasis can develop.

Make up

cosmetics can trigger eczema

  • If you want to mask the appearance of plaques caused by psoriasis, there are many options available including camouflage make-up. Some are even available on prescription
  • Ask your GP or pharmacist about the things you should avoid
  • Always complete a patch test on a clear area of skin before applying I to your whole face or body

Haircare

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  • If you have psoriasis on your scalp, be very gentle with your hair and scalp. Don’t rub or brush too hard.
  • If you have longer hair, when tying it up, tie loosely to minimise pulling the hair.
  • Medicated shampoos and treatments are available for your scalp. Shop here
  • Always complete a patch test before you use and products such as hair dye, or perms.

There are some skincare products that are available that do not require a prescription.

Why not try them out?

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Oilatum Bath Formula or Junior Bath Formula Produces a soothing milky bath which cleanses and moisturises the whole body not just visibly affected areas.

Dermalex® REPAIR Psoriasis is a cortisone-free cream to treat the symptoms of psoriasis, suitable from 14 years of age onwards. It can be used alone or in conjunction with other medicines. They are safe to use long-term as they contain no corticosteroids.

Tell us how you manage your Psoriasis in the comments box below.