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Can sunlight help with psoriasis?

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Sunlight can treat your skin condition, but sunburns make it worse. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher with zinc oxide on areas of skin that don't have psoriasis. Limit how much sun you get. Twenty minutes a day 3 days a week is a good start. Talk to your doctor first, though, since some medicines aren't safe when combined with lots of sun.

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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