While the stigma has decreased—thanks in part to celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Cara Delevingne speaking up about their conditions—psoriasis remains misunderstood.
Simply put, psoriasis is a skin disorder that causes areas of thickened, inflamed, red skin, often covered with silvery scales. It is an autoimmune condition, which means that it isn’t contagious. The exact cause of psoriasis is undetermined, and as of now it’s still incurable. The treatments available in the market are for symptom reduction which should help the individual manage the condition.
If you’ve been diagnosed with psoriasis, or if you know someone with this condition, you could try several remedies at home (although talking to the doctor is still ideal). Here are five simple ways to manage it:
Prevent dry skin.
Regular skin moisturizing can reduce dryness and scaling. There are safe ointment and cream options available in pharmacies. You could also use a humidifier to keep the air in your home or office moist.
What you can use:
Missha Super Aqua Cell Renewal Snail Essential Moisturizer
Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion Deep Restore
Eat and live healthy.
Eliminating red meat and fatty snacks from your diet may help reduce flare-ups and itchiness. Reduce alcohol intake and smoking as well, since studies show that these make the symptoms of psoriasis worse.
Since psoriasis is a chronic condition, it’s possible that stress can worsen it. Actress and model Cara Delevigne says that her symptoms flare up when she is under stress. Yoga and meditation may help reduce stress and anxiety.
Take warm baths.
Not too hot, not too cold. Use gentle soaps, and when drying your skin, pat gently. Take special care of your scalp, too. About half of the psoriasis population commonly have flare-ups on their scalps.
What you can use:
Snow White Herbal Cleansing Soap
Japonesa Lightening Soap
In 2016, Kim Kardashian announced that she was done with trying to hide the dry, itchy patches she gets from the chronic condition. The Hollywood celebrity says that she’s learned to live with her psoriasis and accept the occasional flare-ups as just part of who she is. Way to go, Kim K!
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Organized by the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations, World Psoriasis Day is celebrated annually on the 29th of October. It aims to spread awareness, improve access to treatment, and give the psoriasis community a voice.