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How should you bathe to take care of your psoriasis?

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Too many baths and showers can dry your skin. To keep that from happening you can:

  • Make sure the water’s not too hot. Lukewarm is best.
  • Add salts, oil, or finely ground oatmeal to bathwater after you've soaked for a minute to soothe your skin. Plain water can suck out moisture.
  • Take fewer showers and baths. They can strip your skin of natural oils. Bathe every other day or every third day, especially in the winter.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "What is Psoriasis?"

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Sunlight and Other Psoriasis Treatments," "Time to Kick the Habit? Thinking Twice About Alcohol and Cigarettes," "Treatment Overview," "Your Diet and Psoriasis: Maintaining Overall Well-Being," "Itch Relief."

University of California San Francisco: "Sunblock."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 17, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "What is Psoriasis?"

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Sunlight and Other Psoriasis Treatments," "Time to Kick the Habit? Thinking Twice About Alcohol and Cigarettes," "Treatment Overview," "Your Diet and Psoriasis: Maintaining Overall Well-Being," "Itch Relief."

University of California San Francisco: "Sunblock."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 17, 2019

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