If you suffer from psoriasis, you might know the pain of patchy, dry skin and weird rashes. However, you likely also know that your symptoms are decreased somewhat during the summer, although you might still feel self-conscious about your skin. Here are some tips for making the most of the summer and using it to control your psoriasis.
1. Sunbathe Intelligently
Start out sunbathing for five minutes each day for a week or two. Up the amount of time you are in direct sunlight to ten minutes for the following week, and then finally stay out in the sun for a full fifteen minutes. Before venturing outside, be sure that you cover your body in sunscreen except for the patches of psoriasis that you might have on your skin. This will allow your psoriasis to be exposed to the sun and the humidity of the outdoors, reducing your overall symptoms of rashes and dry skin.
If you need to be outside for longer than fifteen minutes, go online or to a drugstore and find a sunscreen that specifically says that it is for people who have sensitive skin. Apply this sunscreen to your entire body, including any patches of psoriasis that you might have. The sensitive skin sunscreen will be less likely to cause your psoriasis to flare up.
Finally, make absolutely sure that you do not get sunburned or else you risk accidentally triggering your skin to have additional patches of psoriasis, which could be very frustrating for you.
2. Wash Off Sweat
Be sure that you wash off any sweat that you might experience because it can make your psoriasis worse, especially on your face. After you wash off, be sure to apply a thick moisturizer that will keep your skin from drying out. Armed with moisturizer, make sure that you spend most of your time in air conditioning in order to avoid triggering additional patches of psoriasis.
3. Use Dermatology Recommended Bug Spray
Finally, be sure that you use citronella candles and bug spray that has been recommended by your dermatologist in order to keep yourself from being bitten by bugs. This will allow you to avoid having your psoriasis triggered by the chemicals that are in most non-dermatologist approved bug sprays, as well as by the bites of the bugs themselves.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in dermatological tips for people who have psoriasis.