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How can taking care of your skin help your sex life when you have psoriasis?

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After sex, gently clean your genitals and sweaty skin, then put on your psoriasis medicine and moisturizer.

Moisture is key to keeping your skin healthy. Look for face and body creams without alcohol, fragrance, or dyes to avoid irritation. Some people swear by natural oils like coconut or avocado. Apply them after your bath or shower while your skin is still damp, and whenever your skin feels dry.

Don't be afraid to speak up about psoriasis symptoms, especially in the groin area, since your doctor might not ask. Treatment can help clear your skin and make you feel better and more comfortable with your body.

From: Your Sex Life and Psoriasis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Study: Genital psoriasis wreaks havoc on sex life," "Inverse psoriasis," "Why do we itch?" "Psoriasis and intimacy," "10 must-have lotions under $10," "Prepping your skin for summer," "Stress and psoriatic disease."

Dermatology and Therapy : "Patients' Perspectives on the Impact of Genital Psoriasis: A Qualitative Study."

Psychology Today : "The Stress-Sex Connection," "The Smell is Right – Using Scents to Enhance Life."

NetDoctor : "What Health Campaigner Holly Dillon wants you to know about sex and psoriasis."

Erin Boh, MD, chair of dermatology, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans.

Psoriasis Association: "Types of Psoriasis."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on February 13, 2018

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Study: Genital psoriasis wreaks havoc on sex life," "Inverse psoriasis," "Why do we itch?" "Psoriasis and intimacy," "10 must-have lotions under $10," "Prepping your skin for summer," "Stress and psoriatic disease."

Dermatology and Therapy : "Patients' Perspectives on the Impact of Genital Psoriasis: A Qualitative Study."

Psychology Today : "The Stress-Sex Connection," "The Smell is Right – Using Scents to Enhance Life."

NetDoctor : "What Health Campaigner Holly Dillon wants you to know about sex and psoriasis."

Erin Boh, MD, chair of dermatology, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans.

Psoriasis Association: "Types of Psoriasis."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on February 13, 2018

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