Living With Psoriasis


Your doctor or dermatologist says you have psoriasis, and that it’s a condition you need to learn to live with.

Don’t just settle for living with psoriasis—make it your goal to live well.

Here’s some helpful information to do just that, including tips to help improve the condition of your skin and avoid psoriasis flare-ups.

  • Regularly clean and moisturize your skin. Bathing daily with lukewarm water and mild soaps helps remove scales and calm inflamed skin. Use specially formulated products that exfoliate and moisturize—such as Dermarest® Psoriasis Medicated Moisturizer—to help prevent dryness, cracking, and the itch and pain of dry skin.
  • Treat the itch. Dermatologists agree that one of the best ways to stop the itch is to treat the psoriasis. Choose medicated products with active ingredients—like Dermarest®. Soaking in a warm oatmeal bath also may relieve itching.
  • Don’t scratch! It may be a strong urge, but it only makes things worse. Scratching can break the skin, allowing bacteria to enter and cause infection. Instead, treat your itch with products specifically designed to treat your psoriasis.
  • Keep track of flare-ups. Make a log of when they occurred and what you were doing (for example, you were out in cold weather or you were feeling stressed)—it may reveal information that’s helpful to you and your doctor.
  • Learn your triggers. Research shows that certain infections, some medications, stress, and winter weather are common triggers for psoriasis. Here’s where that log can help, because not everyone’s triggers are the same.
  • Get some sunlight, but not too much. A little sun can improve psoriasis, but keep in mind that excessive exposure can trigger it. Make sure you protect your skin with a sunscreen.
  • Quit smoking. Smoking may trigger psoriasis, and research suggests that quitting may even clear the skin. Don’t use nicotine patches, however, without talking with your doctor as they can aggravate psoriasis.
  • Limit alcoholic beverages. Studies show a link between severe psoriasis and heavy drinking. Alcohol also may interfere with certain medications or cause serious side effects. Talk with your doctor if you drink and are on a prescription psoriasis medication.
  • Control your stress. You can’t avoid stress, but you can learn ways to control it so that it doesn’t control you. Exercise, yoga, listening to music, and meditation may help you relax. Joining a psoriasis support group may also help.

Living with psoriasis means lifestyle adjustments, but the choices you make can give you back some control. And that can get you out there and enjoying life!

Dermarest® can help, with products that truly treat your psoriasis and fit your life.