5 Tips for preventing itchy, flaky skinA common symptom associated with psoriasis is a build-up of rough, flaky, scaly skin, which happens when the outer skin cells are reproduced too quickly.
When skin becomes too dry and flaky, there is a risk that it may crack and even start bleeding. So it’s worth considering these four simple tips for taking better care of your skin, which can help to bring your symptoms under control:
1. Keep your skin well moisturisedWell-moisturized skin can not only reduce flaking and related symptoms, but may also help maintain the effect of your treatment.
Avoid products that are scented and consider a gentle body wash instead of soap, which can be quite drying.
2. Lock-in skin moisture after a shower or bathWhen you take a bath or shower, always wash in lukewarm water. Hot water increases blood flow to the skin and can make scaling and flaking worse. When drying your skin don’t rub, as friction can cause the production of more skin cells. Instead, just gently pat your skin dry.
Finally, use skin moisturiser immediately afterwards so that the moisture in your skin becomes ‘locked in’.