Psoriasis and the Importance of Moisture

Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition characterised by thick, red areas of skin covered by silvery scales or flakes.

Moisture decreases itching

Regularly moisturising the skin will help to reduce the itching and inflammation associated with psoriasis.  This in turn will help to minimise the severity of the condition and make it easier to live with.

Moisture increases flexibility

The skin remains more flexible when moisturised regularly.  Well-moisturised skin is less likely to become cracked.  Cracked skin is not only painful but also prone to infection.  Once an infection develops on the already tender skin the pain and discomfort will increase and the skin will become more difficult to care for.

The secret is to find a good moisturiser and use it regularly.  Make it a habit to moisturise after showering and after any prolonged exposure to water.  Carry a moisturiser with you so you can moisturise as needed.  Be aware that not all creams used to treat your psoriasis will be a moisturiser.  It may be necessary to use a separate moisturiser as well as your treatment creams.

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