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The DOs & DON'Ts of Caring for Your Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition, usually characterized by red, itchy, and scaly patches. While there is no clear cause for psoriasis, researchers believe there is a complex interplay of genetic and environmental factors. Managing it effectively involves understanding your unique triggers and altering your lifestyle to avoid them. Here are some essential DOs and DON’Ts to help you care for your psoriasis. 


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  1. Track Your Symptoms: Keep a journal to track changes in your symptoms. Reflect on recent activities, foods you ate, or environmental factors that could have contributed to a flare-up. Identifying patterns can help you pin-point triggers. 

  2. Avoid Certain Foods: Some foods are commonly reported to trigger psoriasis, including - 

  • Red meat

  • Dairy products

  • Eggs

  • Gluten-containing grains

  • Processed foods

  • Nightshade vegetables (such as tomatoes, eggplant, white potatoes). 

Experiment with eliminating these foods from your diet one by one to see if symptoms improve. 

  1. Limit Alcohol Consumption: alcohol is another common trigger for psoriasis, particularly in women. Reducing or eliminating alcohol intake may help prevent flare-ups. 

  2. Protect Your Skin from Excess Sun: While outdoors, use sunscreen and wear protective clothing to prevent sunburn, as it can exacerbate the condition. 

  3. Manage stress & maintain a healthy weight: engage in stress-reducing activities like yoga, meditation, or hobbies to help manage symptoms. Adopting a healthy diet and regular exercise can also help manage weight and reduce inflammation. 

woman managing her stress by relaxing on the beach


  1. Smoke: smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke can aggravate psoriasis. Don’t engage in smoking if you want to improve symptoms and overall health.

  2. Be harsh with your skin: scrubbing your skin too hard, especially during baths or showers, can cause trauma and trigger psoriasis. Use gentle cleansing methods and avoid harsh scrubbing. Additionally, take precautions with your skin to prevent injury, such as wearing gloves while gardening or wearing bug spray. Cuts, scrapes, or bug bites can trigger psoriasis lesions. 

  3. Ignore Environmental Triggers: avoid cold, dry weather as these types of climates can strip moisture from the skin and worsen psoriasis symptoms. Use a humidifier indoors and limit outdoor exposure during the cold months. 

Managing psoriasis requires a proactive approach. By following these DOs & DON’Ts, you can reduce flare-ups and improve your quality of life! Remember to always consult your healthcare provider for personalized advice and treatment options. 

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