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Winter is a season (and a word) that many people with psoriasis dread, me included. As the nights draw in, the weather gets colder and the temperature drops, our skin can get dryer and rougher. This can be even worse if you have a condition such as psoriasis.
I find that winter is the worst time for flare-ups and my psoriasis patches are always particularly dry, irritated and red during the winter.
Below I share some of my top tips for surviving the winter with psoriasis to help you through the long, cold winter months.
When you have psoriasis, it is important to keep your skin hydrated at all times, especially during the winter months. When I talk about hydrating the skin I mean hydrating inside and out! Both are equally important and really help with keeping your psoriasis in check.
During the long winter months, I like to ensure I am using a heavy-duty moisturiser, instead of my usual moisturiser, in the morning and at night to help my skin feel more hydrated and look smoother. When looking for a heavy-duty moisturiser to get me through the winter months, I find it best to use one that is paraben, fragrance and alcohol free as well as hypoallergenic. I also like to use moisturisers that help the skin with tightness, dryness, irritation and redness.
It’s not just moisturiser I look to in my skincare routine for hydration. I also like to use a hydrating cleanser for my skin. I find a good milk cleanser is great for dry skin. This type of cleanser can leave moisturising agents on the skin which helps to improve the skins dryness. I wrote a whole blog post about Cleansing with Psoriasis that you can find here.
As well as hydrating your skin on the outside, it is important to stay hydrated on the inside too! In winter, it can be tempting to stick to hot drinks and not drink as much water but it is so important to continue to drink your daily recommendation of water too. Water has many benefits but most importantly it helps to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out!
Wrap up warm!
During the winter months, the psoriasis on my hands tends to flare up, especially between my fingers. It is the only time of year when I get psoriasis here and it can be really sore particularly if the psoriasis patches crack.
To try and combat this as much as possible I ensure that I am dressed appropriately for going out into the cold Scottish air. I wear gloves whenever I go outside. I find this helps my skin against the elements and my psoriasis doesn’t crack as much as when I don’t wear them.
Watch your alcohol intake!
During the winter months and in the run up to Christmas we tend to drink more alcohol than usual. Alcohol can dry out your skin, especially if you are not keeping yourself hydrated by sipping on water between drinks. If you are heading out this winter make sure you drink water throughout the night – your skin and head will thank you for it the morning! However, if you forget (like I sometimes do), make sure you give your skin some extra TLC the next day!
Speak to your doctor
If you have any questions or concerns about your psoriasis, it's best to seek advice from your doctor.
Hopefully these tips help you to take control of your skin this winter and get on top of those pesky flare ups!
UK/IE MAT-20893 Date of preparation: November 2018
Article developed in partnership with LEO Pharma.