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What's the best way to keep my skin moist if I have psoriasis?

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Put thick lotions or creams on your skin, then seal in the moisture with ointments like petroleum jelly (Vaseline), shortening, or olive oil. (Don't lay it on too thick during hot summer months. Sweat mixed with thick creams can make your psoriasis worse.) After a bath or shower, pat yourself dry with a towel -- don't rub -- and put the creams on to seal in water. Before bed, wrap your skin with a bandage or plastic wrap. In the morning, wash the area gently. Over time, this can reduce scaling.

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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