Heat & Scratching: How to combat the itch as the temperatures rise

Heat & Scratching: How to combat the itch as the temperatures rise

As temperatures start to rise and the sun starts appearing, so does the battle with psoriasis itchiness. We get it – the heat can be brutal for your skin. But fear not, we've got your back (and your arms, legs, and everywhere else). Here are some tips to help you beat the itch and stay cool this summer:


Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate: This might sound like a broken record, but seriously, hydration is key. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. Trust us, your skin will thank you for it.


Cool showers: When the temperatures rise, there's nothing like a refreshing cool shower to soothe your skin. Keep the water lukewarm and avoid hot showers, as they can strip your skin of its natural oils and exacerbate itching


Moisturise: After your shower, pop on a gentle, fragrance-free moisturiser to lock in moisture and keep your skin soft and supple. Your pharmacist or doctor can best advise on there.


Choose breathable fabrics: Opt for lightweight, breathable fabrics like cotton and linen, which allow your skin to breathe and help prevent sweat buildup. Avoid synthetic fabrics like polyester and nylon, which can trap heat and moisture against your skin, leading to irritation.


Take it easy on the alcohol: We know, nothing beats an ice-cold beer on a hot summer day. But alcohol can dehydrate your body and trigger flare-ups in some people with psoriasis. Try to limit your intake and alternate alcoholic beverages with water to stay hydrated


Manage stress: Stress can wreak havoc on your immune system and trigger psoriasis flare-ups. Practice stress-reducing techniques like deep breathing, meditation, or yoga to keep your cool and keep flare-ups at bay.


Remember, everyone's skin is different, so what works for one person may not work for another. It may take some trial and error to find the right combination of strategies that works best for you. But with a little patience and perseverance, you can beat the itch and enjoy all that summer has to offer.

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