About two-three percent of the world’s population, including Kim Kardashian, have a condition called psoriasis. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that causes the skin to grow at a faster rate. It causes red skin with thick silvery scales and might even affect the nails. People who suffer from psoriasis also might experience joint pain, which is called Psoriatic Arthritis.

There currently is no cure but there are several ways that might help control this condition. One thing to note is that certain treatments don’t always work for everybody so if you get adverse effects, stop it right away. Find what is right for you and as always, consult your doctor.

8. Bring in the rays

Ultraviolet rays from the sun can help slow down the excessive growth of the skin cells caused by psoriasis. Relaxing under the sun for about 20 minutes could be a good idea. As always too much sun is bad for you so wear sunscreen if you’ll be exposed to the sun for longer periods of time. Doctors may also prescribe treatment with UV lamps.

7. Salt water

You might have noticed people promoting Dead Sea Salts or trips to bathe in the Dead Sea to treat certain skin conditions.They must be on to something with the salt. I did notice that taking a dip in the salt water of our local beaches certainly did well enough to clear my psoriasis flare up for a short period of time. Combine this with the UV rays and that makes a good excuse to go to the beach!

6. Always moisturize

Dry skin is one of the worst enemies of psoriasis. Not only does the condition get worse but you’ll get the annoying sensation of wanting to scratch your skin until it bleeds. You can try whatever moisturizing lotion or cream that works for you. Even a mixture of virgin coconut oil and petroleum jelly might work! It does for me!

5. Avoid scratching your skin

Speaking of itching, try as much as possible to avoid scratching your skin. I know it’s hard to do but try anyway. Do everything you can to avoid that itch like moisturize. Sometimes I even have to resort to anti-itching medication just to stop damaging my skin further. You also don’t want to get some kind of infection because of these wounds.

4. Medication

Aside from lotions and creams, your doctor might prescribe certain medication for your psoriasis. Things like Coal Tar soaps and shampoos and in extreme cases, even topical corticosteroids. The drug Methotrexate has also been known to help with psoriasis. Of course, consult your doctor first.

3. Healthy Diet and Lifestyle

Of course this had to be here because it’s a staple advice no matter what condition you have. Certain foods can also trigger itching and flare-ups. I remember my dermatologist telling me that these foods vary from person to person so you just have to figure out which ones they are for you.

2. Quit smoking and reduce alcohol intake

Even if this does belong to healthy lifestyle, I just want to make a special mention about smoking and alcohol intake. Psoriasis is an immune system disorder so smoking and alcohol intake may have adverse effects on your immune system and may make your symptoms worse. They may also interfere with whatever medication you might be taking.

1. Relax and reduce the stress

Ah yes, stress. It’s always the culprit isn’t it? I found that this is the main factor that makes psoriasis worse. When I’m worrying too much, the flare-ups get even worse than usual. Relax, enjoy and clear your mind. Go on vacation, meditate, or have a relaxing massage. Of course this is easier said than done for people who internalize everything like me.

Angelo Fernandez

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