Winter can trigger psoriasis flares, but you have many ways to combat the drying effects of cold temps and indoor heating. Smooth on moisture. Keep your skin moist to ease redness and itching, and heal psoriasis patches. The thicker the cream or ointment, the better it is at locking water into your
Psoriasis treatment has come a long way in the past 10 years. That's welcome news for the 7.5 million Americans with this complex skin disease. "Every year, we've had either a new medication or a new use for one of these medications," says Michael P. Heffernan, MD. He's a dermatologist with Central
Warm weather often spells relief from psoriasis. Sunlight helps reduce skin patches, and higher humidity relieves dry skin. Yet spring and summer can also make you anxious about showing more bare skin when you have psoriasis. Use these tips to make the most of balmy days.
Sunlight is the top reason
No matter what medicine you use, you want your skin to clear as much and as soon as possible. Psoriasis treatments aren't a quick fix. Some treatments start to show results faster than others, but they all take time. Each has its own way of relieving psoriasis. And no medicines will make it vanish f
When you know how to explain your psoriasis to others, it can relieve some of the stress that goes along with your skin condition. "The more people around you that know about it, the more support you'll get," says Linda Cornish. She's a dermatology nurse who helps people with psoriasis at Kaiser-Per
Anne Jeffres, 41, an acupuncturist in New York, was in the midst of a stressful time at work when she noticed her scalp flaking. Her fingers became sore. Her nails were brittle and pitted. The mild psoriasis she once had as a child had returned in full force. "The flare-up was bad enough that I lost
The jury’s still out on whether your diet can ease symptoms of psoriasis, but it’s certainly worth a second look. Food can’t cause or cure this common skin condition, but research shows it may calm inflammation and even clear up outbreaks.
A growing number of studies show that losing weight may reli
If you're having an outbreak of acne, there's a lot you can do to keep it from putting a dent in your self-esteem. There's no need to let blemishes stop you from keeping up your social life. Take these steps to manage your emotions while you manage your skin problems: Get treatment. First, see a der
If you see signs that your acne is leaving a scar on your skin, you don't have to grin and bear it. There are lots of ways to heal your scars and keep new ones from forming.
If your scar is red or swollen, use a cortisone cream to calm your skin, says Tina Alster, MD, a Georgetown University profess
If you're breaking out long after your teen years are over, you may need to look beyond your skin for the source of the problem. Sometimes acne is a symptom of an underlying hormone condition that can cause far more than facial blemishes.
PCOS is a hormone disorder that affects women. Although it's