Smart Skin Care for People With Psoriasis

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Gina Garippo

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If you have psoriasis, you know it can be difficult to deal with super-sensitive skin. You might think twice before applying a new lotion in fear that it could cause a flare-up. Perhaps you avoid wearing a bathing suit because shaving just seems out of the question.

Thankfully, there are many things you can do to improve your skin and reduce irritation. Below are some basic skin care tips for people with psoriasis. And they won’t prevent you from hitting the beach.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

If there’s one rule you should follow in skin care, it’s to moisturize. That means every day without fail. The best time to moisturize your skin—both affected and nonaffected areas—is after you’ve taken a lukewarm bath or shower. But you can reapply anytime during the day. Be sure to pack a moisturizer into your gym bag to apply after your workout.

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Apr 18, 2017

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