If you’re reading this, likelihood is you, or someone you know, suffers from psoriasis and understands how uncomfortable and painful the condition can be. Characterised by scaly, thick patches on your body, it is caused by changes to the cycle of your cells. If you suspect you have it, first things first you need to see a doctor to get a diagnosis so you can treat the condition appropriately. There are many steps you can take to live with your condition and to make life easier. We’ve compiled five of the best to get you started!
1) Research your condition
Take the time to really get to understand your condition as the more you know, the better off you will be. There is loads of information available on the internet or why not ask your doctor for literature, or head to the library. Make sure the information you’re reading comes from a reputable source so you don’t end up confused or misled about your condition!
2) Ointment based moisturiser is best
Heavy-duty moisturiser that is ointment based is best for psoriasis as it absorbs deeply into the skin, penetrating it and helping to treat the painful, red scaly patches. Apply the moisturiser to skin, particularly the affected areas, a few times during the day. Skin oils will help you to reap even more benefits. It’s best to apply moisturiser or skin to damp skin for the best results.
3) Make sure you bathe correctly
This may sound a little silly and obvious but if you take baths properly, you can do a lot to manage and alleviate your psoriasis. Experts recommend taking a bath with added oatmeal or body oils every day to help remove the scales from your body. Best to avoid any harsh cleansers and keep the water temperature lukewarm so you don’t aggravate the skin any further.
4) Join a support network
There is great benefit in finding people who are dealing with the same issues as you and talking it through – soon you’ll realise you’re not alone and can draw strength from each other. It might even help you to discover new ways to cope with psoriasis that you hadn’t considered before. Look for a support group near you, or ask your doctor for a referral to one in your area.
5) Easy on the alcohol
If you have psoriasis, experts strongly recommend avoiding alcohol because it can interfere with some of the medications prescribed to treat the condition. Once in a while or on a special occasion is ok, but in order to keep on top of your condition, definitely cut back dramatically if you like to drink a lot. Swap the cocktails for juicing and your skin will thank you for it! Read our previous blog to learn more about the benefits of juicing!
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