Calm Skin by Easing Stress
Studies show that stress can make psoriasis and itching worse. Some people even trace their first outbreak to a very stressful event. So sometimes you can calm symptoms simply by lowering your anxiety.
There are many ways to attack stress. Build a support system of family and friends. Think about what's most important to you and take time for it. Relaxing practices like yoga, meditation, and deep breathing help. Mind-body techniques like guided imagery and biofeedback (where you learn to control your body functions by changing your thoughts or what you’re doing) can also help you unwind.
Other stress busters:
- Eat healthy.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Get plenty of exercise.
- Get plenty of sleep.
These will also help you fight off infections that may trigger flares.
Keep It Soft on Your Skin
Avoid harsh products like lotions with alcohol, deodorant soaps, and even some laundry soaps. These can inflame your super-sensitive skin. Don’t buy clothes made from scratchy, rough fabrics. Choose softer, cotton-based ones instead.
Quit Smoking and Drinking
Smoking can trigger flares. Talk to your doctor if you're thinking of using a nicotine patch to help you quit. For some, they make psoriasis worse.
Heavy drinking can also trigger symptoms and affect your treatment. It can even cause dangerous side effects when combined with some psoriasis drugs.
Stop Scratching and Picking
There's no doubt about it: When you itch, you want to scratch. But scratching can tear open your skin, making way for infection-causing germs. It may also make sores appear where there weren't any before. And picking at your skin can lead to infection. When you have an urge, close your eyes, breathe deeply, and gently rub on moisturizer instead.