The weather is brewing up something new; it’s starting to get a little less sunny and the leaves are turning different colors and starting to fall. With cooler weather on the horizon, especially in places with dry air and colder temperatures, your skin may start to flare. Here are some tips to help prevent flare-ups.
Moisturize to keep skin healthy!
Moisturize more, especially if you live in an area with dry air and colder weather. Pearl Grimes, MD was recently interviewed by Elevate Magazine and suggested using CeraVe Psoriasis Moisturizing Cream with Salicylic Acid, Aveeno Anti-Itch Concentrated Lotion, Eucerin Skin Calming Itch Relief Treatment and AmLactin Lac-Hydrin for exfoliation.
Avoid getting sick
It’s always hard to not get sick during this season but try to take extra precautions. While taking the flu shot is important, always talk with your dermatologist before getting shots or vaccines as some may affect your psoriasis. Wash your hands, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, stay hydrated and get plenty of rest.
Try not to take long hot showers
It’s hard (I know), especially when the weather is super cold – all you want to do is warm up with long hot shower. It’s best to avoid doing this because, long, hot showers and baths can dry your skin, which can cause psoriasis to flare. Using warm water is better for your skin.
Don’t wear wooly materials
Wool is the go-to material people gravitate towards when the climate changes. Avoid wearing wool and/or synthetic fibers as it can irritate your skin. Try choosing materials like cotton that allow your skin to breathe.
Phototherapy may be helpful
Since the sun is not out as much, your psoriasis flares may need attention, and phototherapy may be something you should consider. NB-UVB therapy takes the most therapeutic wavelengths of light (which you normally get from sunshine) and administers it to the affected skin area. Our Clarify Home Light Therapy System delivers this wavelength of light and connects to an app on your own smartphone (iOS or Android) to manage the dose, frequency, and duration of UVB light therapy as prescribed by your physician. This connectivity helps to ensure that you receive the proper doses at the proper times. Consult with your dermatologist to see if Clarify is right for you or call us at (877) 738-6041!