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Tip 6: Drink Moderately, or Not at All

Psoriasis is more common in people who drink heavily. And alcohol may affect men’s psoriasis more than women’s. Drinking less may or may not improve psoriasis, but it will improve overall health. More than one drink per day in women, two drinks per day in men, is too much.

Tip 7: Consider Diet Changes

There is no solid evidence for any food making psoriasis better or worse. At the same time, many people say their sores improved after cutting down on certain foods like sugar, white flour, gluten, and caffeine. There also is a link between obesity and the disorder. It doesn’t hurt to experiment, especially when you cut out not-so-healthy foods.

Tip 8: Tend to Your Mental Health

This is maybe the most important and often overlooked part of dealing with the disorder.

It’s likely you’re just plain frustrated. Social isolation, loneliness, anxiety, and low self-esteem often go hand in hand with psoriasis. You may change your daily routine or give up things you enjoy because your skin embarrasses you or causes you pain. Maybe you’re depressed.

If psoriasis is affecting your mental health, ask for help. Speaking with a therapist such as a psychologist or a clinical social worker can help.

Also consider joining a support group. Talking with other people who understand what you're going through can help.

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