keeping an active lifestyle.
1. Take a brief shower.
Showering too often can dry the skin and cause psoriasis flareups but if you exercise every day that can be challenging.
Taking a brief shower (under 10 minutes) in lukewarm water will keep the inside air from drying out, so keep your bathroom door closed.
And when drying off, blot or pat your skin gently with a clean towel to avoid extra friction on your skin, focusing to avoid agitating areas where you may have itchy or painful psoriasis patches.
2. Use a mild soap or body wash.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), soaps that have alcohol, alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), retinoids and fragrances should be avoided as should any other unnatural ingredients that can dry out your skin’s natural oils.
Use a gentle, hydrating cleanser or soap that won’t strip the skin or disrupt the skin’s outer layer or look for products that have been thoroughly researched to treat your skin disorder.
3. Apply a hydrating moisturizer.
As soon as you have dried off, apply a hydrating moisturizer on your entire body – doctors recommend within five minutes post-shower. This will lock in hydration and prevent dryness, which triggers flare-ups.
Avoid moisturizers with fragrances or other harsh ingredients (same as with shower cleansers).
Look for lotions or natural oils that hydrate and repair the skin. Quick research will reveal which products and natural oils and psoriasis-specific products will aid you.