According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, more than eight million people living in the United…
Changing seasons can be a challenge for those with skincare concerns, and people with psoriasis are no exception. Wintry weather can dry out the skin and exacerbate itchiness, and many people find they need better strategies for managing psoriasis in cold weather.
Below, we’ll discuss this skin condition and offer strategies for better management in this upcoming winter season.
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition where your skin cells form up to ten times faster than usual, which results in red, scaly patches that can be itchy and painful. It affects more than eight million people in the United States each year and is common on the scalp, lower back, elbows, and knees. While psoriasis often first develops in teenagers and young adults, people of any age can deal with it.
Though it’s often confused for eczema, psoriasis is an autoimmune response, while allergies are a hypersensitivity reaction that triggers eczema. Likewise, psoriasis tends to develop in thicker patches than eczema that can be silvery and scaly. And while eczema tends to be extremely itchy, psoriasis is known for triggering stinging, burning sensations.
It’s not always clear what causes psoriasis, but you can take steps to manage the symptoms so that your skin isn’t overwhelmed.
How to Manage Psoriasis in Cold Weather
Cold winds and dry indoor air create the perfect storm for many people with psoriasis by worsening their symptoms. The good news is there are steps you can take to get your skin back under control. Consider the following tips:
Stay Moisturized: Dry skin is more susceptible to psoriasis breakouts, so use a thick skin cream to keep rough patches moisturized and ease any redness and itching. Fragrance-free lotions are the best choice for reducing allergic reactions.
Use a Humidifier: Add moisture to your home environment with a humidifier. While it can benefit any room, you’ll maximize the impact on your skin by running one in your bedroom while you sleep.
Keep Hydrated: It’s easy to get dehydrated in the winter months because cold weather wicks away sweat so quickly. Make sure you’re drinking enough during the day to keep your urine pale yellow, and you’ll be keeping your skin healthy from the inside out.
Protect Your Skin from Exposure: When you venture outdoors in winter weather, take time beforehand to protect sensitive skin from the elements. This creates a buffer from harsh winds that can trigger flare ups and make psoriasis more painful.
Boost Your Treatment Plan: If you experience worse psoriasis flare ups in the winter, it’s time to talk with a dermatologist about a treatment strategy to get you feeling better.
Treat Psoriasis at Brentwood Dermatology
While there’s no known cure for psoriasis, it’s essential to seek professional treatment to manage your symptoms. Depending on the severity of your psoriasis symptoms, your dermatologist will recommend treatments ranging from topical creams to oral medications and phototherapy.
Here at Brentwood Dermatology, our board-certified dermatologists are ready to work with those in Tennessee to devise a treatment plan to manage your symptoms and help you find pain relief.
Please contact us today for more information or to book an appointment. Our number is (615) 455-0046.