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Drugs and psoriasis skin products aren't the only way to treat your disease. Lifestyle changes can also make your skin feel and look better.

Try these tips to calm psoriasis flare-ups, remove scale, promote healing, and soothe itchy, inflamed skin.

Moisturize

It's one of the simplest and best things you can do for your skin when you have psoriasis. Keep your skin moist to help lessen dryness, itching, redness, soreness, and scaling. Moisture can also help your skin heal.

Which type of moisturizer you use depends on how dry your skin is. Ointments are thick, heavy, and good at locking in moisture. Lotions are thinner and smooth on easier. Creams fall somewhere in between. And you don't have to slather on high-priced moisturizers. Petroleum jelly or Crisco shortening is cheap and works well.

Gently pat on moisturizer after your bath or shower. Apply again when you change your clothes and during the day as needed. If it's cold or dry outside, you may need to apply it more often.

Soothe With Daily Baths

A daily warm bath using a mild soap can help soothe your itchy spots and make it easier to remove dry skin.

Add oil, colloidal oatmeal, Epsom salt, or Dead Sea salt to the water and soak for 15 minutes for even more relief. Steer clear of hot water or harsh soaps while you bathe. They're hard on skin that's already dry and stressed.

Gently pat your skin dry instead of rubbing it with a towel. Rubbing can make lesions worse and cause new ones. After you pat your skin dry, pat on moisturizer.

If you're itchy and dry but don't have time for a bath, use this quick fix: Put a wet towel or cold compress on the spot.

Heal With Sunlight

A little ultraviolet (UV) light can go a long way to soothe, improve, or even heal psoriasis lesions. You can use indoor light for UV therapy during the fall and winter. Sunlight is good in spring and summer.

Get modest amounts of UV light two or three times a week. Use sunscreen on the parts of your body that don't have psoriasis outbreaks. Just be careful: Too much sun (or sunburn) raises your risk of skin cancer and may make psoriasis outbreaks worse.

Talk to your doctor before adding UV therapy to your skin care routine. Schedule regular skin checkups to be sure you're staying safe.

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