Moisturizing is vital

Regularly moisturizing the skin will help to reduce the itching and inflammation associated with psoriasis. This in turn will help to minimize the severity of the condition and make it easier to live with.

The skin also remains more flexible when moisturized regularly. Well-moisturized skin is less likely to become cracked. Cracked skin is not only painful but also prone to infection. Once an infection develops on the already tender skin the pain and discomfort will increase and the skin will become more difficult to care for.

The secret is to find a good moisturizer and use it regularly. Make it a habit to moisturize after showering and after any prolonged exposure to water. Carry a moisturizer with you so you can moisturize as needed.

Be aware that not all creams used to treat your psoriasis will be a moisturizer. It may be necessary to use a separate moisturizer as well as your treatment creams.

Mel Sinclair, RN