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If I have psoriasis, should I moisturize my skin at night to avoid cuts?

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  • At bedtime, slather on some moisturizing ointment, like petroleum jelly. Other options include: Vitamin E
  • Olive oil
  • Shortening

Then, cover the area to lock in the moisture overnight. You can use plastic. Wear cotton gloves and socks to protect your hands and feet.

SOURCES:

James Swan, MD, professor of dermatology, Loyola University Medical Center.

Dominic Ricci, MD, dermatologist, Baylor Scott & White Health.

CDC: “Psoriasis.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Cuts, Scrapes or Bruises.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Hands, Feet, and Nails.”

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: “Household Products Database.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Topical Treatments.”

American Academy for Dermatology: “Psoriasis: Recommendations for Topical Corticosteroids.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on November 30, 2018

SOURCES:

James Swan, MD, professor of dermatology, Loyola University Medical Center.

Dominic Ricci, MD, dermatologist, Baylor Scott & White Health.

CDC: “Psoriasis.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Cuts, Scrapes or Bruises.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Hands, Feet, and Nails.”

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: “Household Products Database.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Topical Treatments.”

American Academy for Dermatology: “Psoriasis: Recommendations for Topical Corticosteroids.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on November 30, 2018

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