Psoriasis is an irritating skin condition, which when not handled well, can lead to severe problems and discomfort. While the problem itself brings a range of sensitivities, it gets worse during the winter season. However, it is possible to handle psoriasis in the winter effectively. Dr. Pavitra explains a number of ways to combat the worsening of Psoriasis during drying winter conditions and indoor heating.
The first and most effective way to combat Psoriasis during winter is moisturizing your skin well. Due to the cold weather psoriasis among certain people may increase. Smooth and well-moisturized skin has less redness, itchiness, and Psoriasis patches heal at a faster pace. Make sure you use a thick moisturizer, asserts Dr, Pavitra.
The thicker the moisturizer, the more effectively it will lock the moisture in the skin. Additionally, one must use a moisturizing shampoo, soaps, and lotions during and after the shower.
Befriend natural oils
Oiling is an effective way to combat Psoriasis. There is a wide range of oils that are proven to help with the condition as they keep dryness at bay. It is recommended to use oils like Olivia oil, coconut oil, shea butter and more. It is important to oil your entire body at least twice a week before bathing.
Using a humidifier is helpful
Psoriasis increases during winter because of the dryness in the air, using a room humidifier is helpful. Humidifiers keep indoor air moist which helps you keep the skin moist. However, make sure you follow the cleaning and maintenance instructions to keep the humidifier bacteria-free.
Avoid hot showers
Dr. Pavitra strictly advises against hot showers. The hotter the shower, the more essential oil your skin will lose. This gives rise to dry skin, a core reason for psoriasis. Use lukewarm water and a soothing bath to make the shower comfortable and enjoy yourself as you clean your body.
Wear soft clothes
Winter clothes are harsh on the skin, leaving itchiness and rashes behind, Try and avoid wearing rough clothes, instead choose warm clothes that are smooth and can be added in layers. Psoriasis in the joints gets the most affected with rough clothing.
Moreover, wearing layers is very important to avoid overheating the body. High temperature can result in sweating which is the last thing you want to add to your Psoriasis.
Dr. Pavitra claims that fighting Psoriasis is easy if you take the right measures. Use all the above-mentioned tips and ensure your Psoriasis is under control during winter.