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How can using lubricants help your sex life when you have psoriasis?

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Lubes help cut down the friction that can make sex painful. Be sure to choose one labeled cooling. These usually have mint and other soothing herbs. Warming lubes often use hot peppers and spices that could trigger flares.

Or make your own lube with coconut oil. It keeps skin moist and may calm burning and itching.

A lubricated condom cuts down on irritation, too. Look for non-latex ones; some treatments for genital psoriasis can cause latex condoms to leak or break.

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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