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5 Life Hacks to Help Get Your Psoriasis Under Control

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If you have psoriasis, you know that managing your skin condition is easier said than done. Finding what works for you, and how to keep your flare-ups at bay, can be challenging. But you're not alone, more than 7.5 million Americans also have psoriasis and are in the same boat as you.

See how other psoriasis patients are controlling their condition by watching these five short clips.

1. Staying Hydrated and Being Positive

Laura Saltman, who has been dealing with psoriasis since she was a young child, drinks water throughout the day and keeps a positive mindset to avoid major flare-ups.

2. Reducing Stress

Andrew DeVitre, 26, reduces his stress levels by taking everything as it comes and focusing on the task at hand.

3. Going Outside and Avoiding Bubble Baths

Georgina Leahy, who grew up in London and now lives in Los Angeles, manages her psoriasis by soaking up the sun. And while relaxing in a bubble bath can be tempting, she knows that the suds will only make her symptoms worse.

4. Using Black African Soap

Donia Duchess, 27, treats her scalp psoriasis with a natural shampoo and conditioner regimen.

5. Moisturizing Often

Kristen Lee Barone, who's been dealing with psoriasis for almost two decades, uses a topical cream and salicylic acid to keep her symptoms in check.

Read more in Psoriasis Resources

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Duchess, D. Personal interview. 2015, December.
Leahy, G. Personal interview. 2015, December.
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Saltman, L. Personal interview. 2015, December.
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