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How can you handle psoriasis in sensitive areas?

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Your skin is thinner and more sensitive in some places, like your face, genitals, and the skin folds under your breasts and buttocks and in your groin. Psoriasis flares here can be more embarrassing, painful, and harder to treat. Some common ways to deal with psoriasis -- like managing your stress, avoiding smokers, putting on moisturizer after a shower or bath, and getting plenty of rest -- are good for these areas, too. But others are too harsh for tender skin. You'll need to consider where your patches are when you make decisions about what to do. Keep these things in mind to protect your sensitive skin and make living with your psoriasis easier.

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation.

Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: "Psoriasis and Sensitive Areas."

Psoriasis Association (UK): "Psoriasis in Sensitive Areas."

Guglielmetti, A. , December 2012 Dermatology and Therapy.

New York Times : "Weight Loss May Ease Psoriasis," May 30, 2013.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on December 4, 2018

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation.

Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: "Psoriasis and Sensitive Areas."

Psoriasis Association (UK): "Psoriasis in Sensitive Areas."

Guglielmetti, A. , December 2012 Dermatology and Therapy.

New York Times : "Weight Loss May Ease Psoriasis," May 30, 2013.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on December 4, 2018

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