Tips for preventing itchy, flaky skin
Psoriasis can cause your skin to feel itchy.1 Here are some simple ideas that might make a difference:
1. Make sure you treat your psoriasis
Applying your treatments and using your medications as discussed with your healthcare professional will help the medicine work and reduce flare-ups.2 Some treatments specifically can help reduce itching.3
2. Keep your skin well-moisturised
Use emollient creams and moisturising soaps every day. Keeping your skin moisturised can help it feel less itchy.3
3. Take a bath
Have a soothing soak in the bath, but make sure the water is not too hot.4 Adding oil, colloidal oatmeal, Epsom salts or Dead Sea salts can help soothe itching.3 Pat your skin dry rather than rubbing it4 and apply your moisturiser.3
4. Soothe the affected area
Have a cool shower or use a cold pack to help relieve itching psoriasis.5
5. Don't let your skin get too dry
Low humidity caused by heating in the winter and air conditioning in the summer can dry your skin and make it itchy.6 Having a humidifier in your bedroom at night can help keep the air moist.7
This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.
UK/IE MAT-26482 Date of prep: July 2019
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- www.psoriasis.org/advance/how-stick-your-treatment-plan (accessed July 2019).
- www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/treatments/topicals/over-the-counter (accessed July 2019).
- www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/psoriasis/psoriasis-skin-care-tips#1 (accessed July 2019).
- www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/52457.php (accessed July 2019).
- my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/16940-dry-skinitchy-skin (accessed July 2019).
- www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/psoriasis/features/winter (accessed July 2019).