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Eczema and Psoriasis Wellness Tips

Get Some Sunlight

Although exposure to excessive ultraviolet light is associated with skin cancer and may actually cause psoriasis to worsen, regular sun exposure helps control the condition in people with mild to moderate psoriasis. Do not stay out in the sun long enough to burn.

Use a Moisturizer

It is especially important to use a moisturizer in winter, when dry air robs moisture from the skin, causing psoriasis to worsen. If skin becomes overly dry, it may crack open and become infected.

Don’t Scratch

Scratching psoriasis lesions will make them itch more and increase the risk of infection. Try using a humidifier in your home. It will help keep the air moist and your skin less itchy.

Take a Bath

Bathe in lukewarm water and never for more than 15 minutes. Add a moisturizing bath oil to the water. (Avoid scented bath products, including perfumed soaps.) Afterwards, apply a mild but effective moisturizer.

Get Emotional Support

Experiencing constantly negative emotions can cause psoriasis to flare up. Using relaxation techniques can help you feel better, particularly if you are under constant stress.

Get Your Folate

Folate is important in the management of psoriasis. Some studies have suggested that folate may be deficient in people with psoriasis, so consumption of folate-rich foods is recommended. Folate is a B vitamin found in liver, asparagus, fruits, green leafy vegetables, dried beans and peas, and yeast.

Factors That Can Cause Flare-ups…

Climate Change

Long-term exposure to a dry climate with a low relative humidity can cause psoriasis to worsen. Many people experience lessening of symptoms after exposure to sunshine during the summer months. Others however, are sensitive to ultraviolet light and experience flare-ups if exposed to it.

Injury to the Skin

Psoriasis may worsen after an injury to the skin such as a burn, insect bite or scrape, or following a rash. It is therefore important to treat an injury or rash quickly.


Strep throat can lead to psoriasis in children and young adults. Anyone with psoriasis who develops strep throat should consider antibiotics to prevent a psoriasis flare-up.

Drug Reactions

Certain prescription and over-the-counter medications may make psoriasis worse. These include lithium, beta blockers, anti-malarial drugs and NSAIDs such as ibuprofen.


Severe emotional stress appears to cause psoriasis flare-ups in some people. If stress seems to play a role, stress-reduction techniques such as meditation or going for a walk may help reduce flare-ups.

Wellness Tips

  • Use an air-purification system to filter out particles in the air that may initiate inflammatory skin reactions. Make sure the air purifier is cleaned and/or replaced often.
  • Use a humidifier in the home to help prevent skin from drying out.
  • Take brief, daily baths or showers using lukewarm water. Use a gentle soap (or no soap at all).
  • Pat affected skin dry with a towel and immediately apply an emollient, perfume-free moisturizer.
  • Try an oatmeal bath. Natural pharmacies often sell colloidal oatmeal bath treatments. A cup of baking soda in your bath water can also bring relief.
  • Apply calamine lotion. A thin layer of calamine can help stop persistent itching.
  • Avoid contact with irritants or allergens that may cause problems. (If you have hay fever, for example, cover your arms and wear gardening gloves when doing yard work.)
  • Ask your doctor, or other health care provider, about hydrocortisone creams and mild antihistamines to relieve itching.
  • Cut nails short and wear gloves at night to avoid scratching.
  • Avoid wool and acrylic fabrics next to the skin.
  • Avoid using harsh chemical cleaners that may irritate the skin (e.g. bleaches, abrasive scrubs, etc.). Look for more natural solutions.
  • Try to eliminate your intake of the disease-promoting hydrogenated oils (trans-fatty acids).
  • Add more raw seeds such as pumpkin and flax seeds and fatty fish like salmon or sardines to your food intake; these foods contain health promoting omega 3 fatty acids, to help reduce skin inflammation.
  • Ask your doctor / healthcare professional about new food-based non-drug supplements such as Recovery with Nutricol to help improve quality of life.
Author: Life Enthusiast Staff