1. Make time for bathtime
Light a candle, grab a magazine (yes, they still exist), and soak in a lukewarm bath for about 15 minutes.
Cleanse with a gentle fragrance-free body wash, and when your 15 mins are up, gently pat your skin dry to help seal in moisture. Apply a thick, derm-approved moisturizer and enjoy your newly-soothed skin.
Psst: Try adding in some colloidal oatmeal for extra itch relief.
2. Try relaxation techniques
For better mental health and skin health, prioritize rest and relaxation.
3. Sleep soundly
4. Catch some rays
Of course, layer on sensitive skin-friendly sunscreen — sunburn will definitely make your psoriasis worse.
Aim to be a sunbathing beauty for 5 to 10 mins a day. And ask your derm for specific recommendations on how much sun time is right for your psoriasis.
5. Create a psoriasis-friendly skin care routine
Stick to a gentle skin care routine using fragrance-free soaps and moisturizers that won’t irritate your sensitive skin.
The AAD recommends these symptom relief tips:
- Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Especially after washing a psoriasis-affected area, lather up with a soothing, derm-approved, fragrance-free moisturizer. This will help reduce redness, itching, and bonus: help keep your skin healthy and glowing.
- Cool off and relieve itchiness. OTC products with camphor or menthol can also lend tingly, cooling relief. And when you’re lounging around, try applying a cool compress to your psoriasis for relief.
- Never pull off psoriasis scales! Use derm-approved products with salicylic acid to soften patches and then gently brush them away. If possible, consult a derm to create a well-rounded psoriasis skin care routine you’ll love.
6. Use aloe all over
According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, creams with 0.5 percent aloe are ideal. And you can lather up as much as 3x a day.
7. Nosh on nourishing foods
If you’re aware of any dietary psoriasis triggers, obvi avoid ‘em. But eating more nutritious foods doesn’t have to be a chore, either. Just try to meet your veggie, fruit, and lean protein quota in a way that jibes with your tastes. Pinterest-worthy breakfast bowl, anyone?
8. Drink water
So, how does drinking water help psoriasis? Dehydrated skin via lack of water is dry and sad, while hydrated skin is moisturized and happy. And moisturized skin will help alleviate dry and itchy skin from a flare.
Don’t worry, sparkling water counts!
9. Move your body
10. Ditch alcohol (or at least limit it)
- fewer outbreaks because treatment becomes more effective
- more remissions (aka periods without psoriasis)
- reduced risk of getting psoriatic arthritis and fatty liver disease
- decreased risk of liver damage from psoriasis meds
But that doesn’t mean you have to kiss your rosé romance goodbye. If you enjoy an alcoholic bevy from time to time, just keep it to a minimum and stay in tune with what might be triggering a flare.
11. Kick tabacco
Quitting smoking can reduce the incidence of psoriasis flare-ups. Bonus: It’ll also do your heart, lungs, and overall health a solid.
12. Journal daily
Unpack your Password Journal STAT!
13. Destress with aromatherapy
Diffusing essential oils can help you bliss out — and *might* even soothe your psoriasis symptoms. Yes, we need more research to prove aromatherapy helps psoriasis, but it can def help you relax, which can indirectly help prevent flares.
14. Consider CBD
Real talk: There’s not enough research that CBD can really help psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. But generally, CBD tinctures, gummies, and oils have been linked to relieving stress that *might* help psoriasis flares.
Just make sure you get your docs approval first. Some products could make your psoriasis worse.
Is CBD legal? The 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the legal definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act. This made some hemp-derived CBD products with less than 0.3 percent THC federally legal. However, CBD products containing more than 0.3 percent THC still fall under the legal definition of marijuana, making them federally illegal but legal under some state laws. Be sure to check state laws, especially when traveling. Also, keep in mind that the FDA has not approved nonprescription CBD products, and some products may be inaccurately labeled.
15. Love yourself + your bod
The last thing you might feel like doing when you’re experiencing a flare is to love your skin as-is. It sounds cheesy, but some self-love may help you keep your mind off symptoms and feel more confident in your own skin.
Try some positive affirmations (“I am enough,” “I am healing,” “I love myself”) and surround yourself with people, experiences, and things you love as much as possible.