Try these self-care measures to better manage your psoriasis:
• Take daily baths: Wash gently rather than scrubbing your skin in the shower or bath. Use lukewarm water and mild soaps that have added oils or fats.
• Keep your skin moist: Apply moisturizer daily. If you're moisturizing after bathing, gently pat dry and apply your preferred product while your skin is still moist.
• Cover the affected areas overnight: Before going to bed, apply an ointment-based moisturizer to the affected skin and wrap with plastic wrap.
• Expose your skin to small amounts of sunlight: Ask your health care provider about the best way to use natural sunlight to treat your skin.
• Avoid scratching: It might help to apply a nonprescription anti-itch cream or ointment containing hydrocortisone or salicylic acid.
• Avoid psoriasis triggers: Notice what triggers your psoriasis, and take steps to prevent or avoid it.
• Stay cool: Being too hot can make your skin feel itchy. Wear light clothing if you're outside on hot days. If you have air conditioning, use it on hot days to keep cool.
• Strive to maintain a healthy lifestyle: Try practicing other healthy-living habits to help manage psoriasis.
Courtesy: Mayo Clinic