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Six Tips to Keep Winter Psoriasis at Bay

Wintertime can be tough on skin, particularly for those with psoriasis.

Wintertime can be tough on skin, particularly for those with psoriasis.

Anyone who suffers with psoriasis knows that wintertime can be particularly tough. As the hot, humid summer weather gives way to colder, drier winter air, psoriasis-affected skin reacts with the all-too-familiar thick, red, flaky and scaly patches. That’s because the lack of humidity in the outside air, as well as the drying effects of indoor heating sap the skin’s ability to retain moisture and, causing tiny cracks or fissures to develop on the skin’s surface – a primary psoriasis trigger.

But there is good news. Metropolitan Dermatology offers these six tips for keeping wintertime psoriasis at bay.

  1. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize: During the wintertime, your skin can never get too much moisture. Choose a thicker, creamier, fragrance-free moisturizer to better lock in hydration. This will help to reduce redness and itching and heal psoriasis patches.
  2. Skip those long, hot showers: Tempting as they are on a cold winter’s day, they can sap moisture from your skin. Keep them short. If you’re longing for some warmth and R&R, opt for a 15-minute soak in the tub with a few tablespoons of Tar Bath Oil, specifically designed to soothe and heal psoriasis and eczema.
  3. Humidify: Install humidifiers in the rooms where you spend the most time. A high-quality model will help to keep indoor air moist, nixing the drying effects of your indoor heater.
  4. Don soft layers: It’s a given that you’ll want to bundle up before venturing outside on a cold day. But certain fabrics can irritate your skin, triggering psoriasis flare-ups – particularly if they cause you to sweat. Opt for silk and cotton fabrics for layers of clothing closest to your skin, avoiding wool and denim.
  5. Hydrate from the inside: Drinking lots of water to boost moisture from the inside, lending all sorts of additional benefits besides keeping your skin moist, plump and strong. It also helps your body to better digest food, boost energy and keep winter weight gain at a minimum.
  6. Lighten up: As joyful as the winter holiday season is, it also can be a major source of stress and depression – both of which are psoriasis triggers. Take time to relax and adopt stress management techniques.

If you’re battling psoriasis, New Jersey’s Metropolitan Dermatology can help with customized treatments including topical creams, oral or injected medications or light therapy. Contact us in Clark at 732-574-1399, Kearny at 201-997-8008 or Teaneck at 201-837-3939.

 

 

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1075 Central Avenue
Clark, NJ 07066
732-574-1399
Clark NJ location servicing Edison, Westfield, Elizabeth, Linden, Scotch Plains, & Cranford, NJ

757 Teaneck Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
201-837-3939
Teaneck NJ location servicing Hackensack, Fort Lee, Fair Lawn, Englewood, and Bergenfield, NJ.

703 Kearny Ave.
Kearny, NJ 07032
201-998-4699
Kearny NJ location servicing Jersey City, Nutley, North Arlington, Lyndhurst, and Hoboken, NJ. *Formerly 752 Kearny

1324 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10301
718-448-4488
Staten Island NY location servicing all of New York City!

3202 John F Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ 07306
201-792-4500
Jersey City, NJ location servicing Jersey City and Newark.

114 Lakeview Avenue
South Plainfield, NJ 07080
South Plainfield, NJ location servicing Plainfield and Edison.

449 60th St.
West New York, NJ 07093
201-861-4226
West New York NJ location servicing Union City, Bayonne, North Bergen, Hoboken, & Secaucus NJ

469 Morris. Ave
Elizabeth, NJ 07208
Elizabeth, NJ location servicing Elizabeth, Linden, Roselle Park and Hillside.