5 Ways to Prevent Psoriasis Flare-Ups

Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes plaques, or elevated areas of red, scaly skin, to grow on the skin. Patients may experience itching, soreness, and embarrassment as a result of these plaques. Fortunately, there are numerous therapeutic choices available today to control psoriasis and keep skin clean. However, patients are still subject to flare-ups, or brief exacerbations of symptoms. Every psoriasis patient is different and may have flare-ups for a variety of reasons, but I have a few common guidelines that I give to my patients to keep their skin clean.

1. Do Not Go Cold Turkey.

Some patients believe that because they are doing well, they may stop taking their medicines or other therapies, resulting in severe flare-ups. Patients should not discontinue therapy abruptly since doing so may result in a rebound flare (a flare-up that is worse than normal). Maintain adherence to your treatment plan to avoid flare-ups.

2. Keep Skin Hydrated

The majority of my patients flare in the winter because their skin responds to the cold, dry air outside and the hot, dry air inside. So I advise my patients to be more cautious in the winter: they should moisturize their skin often, preferably just after they get out of the shower, when their skin is still wet. I also advise them to use a humidifier as often as possible. If feasible, I recommend utilizing both a central humidifier and individual humidifiers.

3. Reduce Your Stress Levels

We know that stress causes a high proportion of patients to flare. I propose that patients practice mindfulness meditation, exercise, yoga, or anything else they believe will help them relax and reduce stress.

4. Shed Some Pounds

Obesity is linked to psoriasis—psoriasis sufferers are significantly heavier than the general population. Furthermore, being overweight or obese might make psoriasis more difficult to maintain. Maintaining a healthy weight can aid in the prevention of severe flare-ups. To reduce inflammation and encourage weight reduction, I advise my patients to limit their consumption of carbs and refined sugars.

5. Seek Help

Interacting with other psoriasis patients is quite beneficial. It’s critical to have the support of individuals who understand what you’re going through and can offer advise based on their own experiences. I recommend that my patients connect with other psoriasis patients via the National Psoriasis Foundation’s website, where they may discover information on support groups, alternative and complementary therapies, tips and tricks, and more.