Your Nighttime Skin Care Routine for Psoriasis

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Itchy, painful psoriasis can steal your sleep. And a lack of shut-eye can make you more likely to have a flare. Put the cycle to rest with this relaxing nighttime routine.

Wind down with a lukewarm shower or bath. If you soak in the tub, add oatmeal or whole milk to the water to help soothe your symptoms. If you have psoriasis on your scalp, you can use a shampoo that has salicylic acid or coal tar to scrub away flakes. Products with menthol can ease itchiness, too.

Right after you bathe, lock the moisture into your skin with a thick cream or ointment. Finally, slip into cotton pajamas. Their breathable fabric keeps you cool. And their softness is less irritating than rougher materials.

Other habits can also help you sleep better and ease your psoriasis. Get regular exercise. Don't drink caffeine or alcohol within several hours of bedtime. Turn off screens at least 30 minutes before you go to sleep. And if you feel stressed, try relaxation techniques like meditation or deep breathing.