7 Ways To Keep Psoriasis From Ruining Your Summer

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Psoriasis – known for it’s red, scaly patches on the skin – is one of the most common autoimmune diseases and although African Americans are less likely to get it, when we do get it, it’s often more severe and causes more psychological effects. There’s no cure for psoriasis, but thankfully, most people see improvements during the spring and summer. The increased humidity and time in the sun is a natural prescription for the skin, but the warmer months can also introduce some special challenges for managing your psoriasis. Enjoy your summer and avoid triggering a flare-up by following the tips below.

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1. Always use sunscreen.

Getting even mild sunburn can increase your risk of a psoriasis flare-up and new plaques forming. Dermatologists recommend using a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB rays. Use fragrant-free sunscreens, as fragrances can irritate your skin.

2.  Go swimming.