What Can Trigger a Psoriasis Flare-Up?

Psoriasis is a bothersome autoimmune condition that can have adverse effects on every aspect of your life. There is no cure for the skin condition and flare-ups can seemingly occur anytime. Some patients may experience psoriasis remission for weeks, months, or even years only to have a spontaneous flare-up at an inopportune time.

Being aware of what triggers your psoriasis can reduce flare-ups and extend periods of remission. Your skin can often clear up entirely through treatment or subside on its own with proper self-care. Today, we’ll take a closer look at the reasons your symptoms may be recurring.

Weather

Patients may experience an on/off psoriasis cycle due to colder winter weather. Harsh environmental changes such as dry, cold air can be damaging for even the healthiest skin. For men and women with psoriasis, winter months can be devastating.

To prevent flare-ups, ensure that you’re keeping your skin hydrated with moisturizing lotions and creams.

Stress

Many patients report an increase in psoriasis flare-ups during stressful periods in their lives. Unfortunately, a psoriasis flare-up can be stressful in itself making the cycle a never-ending one.

Finding ways to manage stress levels can reduce the chance of recurring psoriasis.

Sun Exposure

It’s true, limited sun exposure can actually prevent potential flare-ups for some patients. But, too much sun exposure can be harmful. A sunburn can almost always guarantee a psoriasis outbreak.

Keep sun exposure to a minimum with sunscreen and protective clothing.

Scrubbing

Even the smallest injuries to the skin can trigger an outburst of psoriasis. So, being rough with your skin isn’t the best idea when it comes to showering. Rubbing your skin with shower scrubs and sponges may feel good at the time but can be harmful to your skin’s health.

To prevent a potential psoriasis flare, be gentle with your skin when showering and always pat-dry.

Lifestyle Habits

Three of the biggest triggers for psoriasis are; smoking, alcohol, and obesity. Not only do these lifestyle habits put you at risk for a potential flare-up but they actually worsen symptoms as well. Limiting your alcohol intake, quitting smoking, and controlling weight issues can help keep psoriasis at bay and lessen your symptoms.

At Levy Dermatology, we offer several solutions for men and women suffering from psoriasis. Our dermatology staff understands how uncomfortable and sometimes painful a psoriasis outbreak can be. We’re here to help create a customized treatment plan get the bothersome skin condition under control.

Take the Next Step

To learn more about easing your psoriasis symptoms, please schedule your consultation by either filling out the form on this page or by calling Levy Dermatology, serving Memphis & Collierville at (901) 295-0183. We look forward to working with you!

By | 2018-10-04T12:00:24+00:00 September 15th, 2018|Psoriasis, Skin Care|0 Comments
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