If you have psoriasis, you're probably already familiar with flare-ups. In addition to diet and stress, extreme weather conditions play a role in recurring episodes of psoriasis. People with psoriasis have sensitive skin and need to be cautious in extreme weather.
Here are some tips to help you prevent flare-ups in cold and hot weather.
Cold Weather Tips
A drop in temperature often means an increase in flare-ups. Along with cold and dry air, reduced sunlight and loss of moisture can trigger flare-ups. Here are three things you can do to prevent flare-ups during the winter months:
1. Moisturize your skin
The top layer of the skin contains skin cells immersed in natural oils. This combination of cells and oils helps the skin stay hydrated by locking in water. Cold air can cause water particles to evaporate from the skin, which leads to drier skin.
Moisturizing your skin in cold weather can lock in moisture and help keep psoriasis flare-ups at bay.
2. Keep air moist when indoors.
Cranking up the thermostat is common during extremely cold temperatures. You may be warm, but your skin will be dry. Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air.
When purchasing a humidifier, consider buying one that can read the humidity percentage. An optimal humidity level is between 30 and 50 percent.
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