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How Diet Can Help Soothe Skin Issues That Come With Psoriasis

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Alcohol can be dangerous when taken with the psoriasis drug methotrexate. It can also interact with or reduce the effectiveness of other medications.

Red meat

Red meat may cause inflammation. If you eat meat, try to choose lean meats such as white-meat chicken or turkey. If you want to eat red meat, choose cuts that are less fatty.

Processed sugar

Processed sugar may promote inflammation and is known to be a major contributor to excessive weight gain. People who are obese may be more likely to develop psoriasis.

In addition, obesity may result in skin rubbing together which causes irritation and potentially increases flare-ups.

Fried foods

Fried foods are typically cooked in oils rich in omega-6 essential fatty acids. Corn oil is a common example of this type of oil. Omega-6s are likely to increase inflammation which can make psoriasis worse.


Gluten may increase psoriasis symptoms, especially if you have a gluten intolerance. Gluten is found in products that include wheat, rye and barley.

Dairy products

Dairy may also increase psoriasis symptoms for some people.

Research has not identified specific foods to be known causes of psoriasis flare-ups. If you have a flare-up, try to remember what foods you ate recently so you can determine whether there is a pattern between your diet and the condition of your skin.

According to a report in Everyday Health, the worst diet for psoriasis is a fad or extreme diet. These diets may limit intake of necessary nutrients and negatively affect your skin.

Try to eat a well-balance, healthy diet that is overall low in fat and includes a variety of fruit, vegetables and whole grains.

If you have questions about your diet or about the health of your skin, talk to your health care provider.

Reviewed August 26, 2016
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

8 Foods That Affect Psoriasis. Everyday Health. Marie Suszynski. Web. Retrieved August 25, 2016.

12 Best and Worst Foods for Psoriasis. Health. Amanda Gardner. Web. Retrieved August 25, 2016.

Anti-Inflammatory Diet. National Psoriasis Foundation. Web. Retrieved August 25, 2016.

5 Eating Strategies To Help Soothe Psoriasis. Prevention. Tricia O’Brien. Web. Retrieved August 25, 2016.

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