People in Colorado with psoriasis know from experience that winter comes with an increase of itching, scratching, and all the other annoying symptoms that it brings. Due to the heating of air inside, the average home is dry; low humidity can lead to skin irritation. Furthermore, people tend to stay inside in winter and a lack of natural sunshine doesn’t do the skin condition any good. In a roundabout way, winter aggravates your psoriases.
The good news is, however, you can do something about it. These 4 tips will help you to avoid a sudden outburst of your psoriasis this winter without all the itching you are probably accustomed to.
A great way to fight dryness of the skin is to lather a good quality moisturizer on it. The ingredients help to reduce scaling and inflammation. Best way is to apply the moisturizer no more than 2 or 3 minutes after a bath or shower, when your skin is still damp. Gently pat the moisturizer on, do not rub; this will cause irritation of the skin. Many people with psoriasis fare well by applying lotion in the morning and ointment at night. Needless to say, you should apply a thick layer, especially on the affected areas.
2. Humidify Indoor Air
Your skin can become dry and very itchy due to low humidity. Heated indoor air can be very dry and if you start scratching it makes your psoriasis worse and can cause new lesions. Use a humidifier at home and at work to prevent these problems. If you put moisture back into the air, you help prevent your skin from drying out. Those around you may appreciate it, too.
3. Layer Cotton Clothing
Wool or synthetic clothing will irritate your skin and although it seems cozy and comforting, these fabrics will surely cause the symptoms of psoriasis to increase. A better choice is cotton and if you wear it in layers it is comfortable, too. If you insist on wearing that stylish puffy down parka or woolen sweater, just wear a cotton t-shirt underneath.
4. Soak Up Sunlight
Moderate exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet rays (UV) suppresses the processes that set off psoriasis. Less inflammation and scaling is the result. In summer, of course, there is enough opportunity to expose your skin to sunlight. In winter there is obviously not and therefore you could try treatment with artificial UV light as an alternative if you can’t manage a brief daily walk outside.
If you keep these tips in mind you can really decrease the symptoms of psoriasis and Colorado weather winter without itching and scratching, but above all, go to your doctor for advice!