Living with psoriasis can be hard and can knock your self-confidence. Patients are deeply affected by the condition. It can have a big social & psychological impact on daily life. Common psychological problems associated with skin disease include feelings of stress, anxiety, anger, depression, shame, social isolation, low self-esteem and embarrassment. Skin conditions can also affect one’s personal, professional and social life. (The Psychological And Social Impact Of Skin Diseases On People’s Lives report http://bit.ly/1XX9E6A).
Despite its severity varying from person to person, psoriasis impacts sufferers beyond being just skin deep. If you’re struggling to cope, remember support is out there. Talk to friends and family, and ask your GP for advice on treatment options and visit our blog #ScratchTheSurface for advice and tips from fellow sufferers
You can also manage your psoriasis by staying fit and looking after yourself. Start with these simple steps:
Moisturise often. Don’t let your skin become dry, moisturise often and use specially formulated products such as Exorex Moisturising Cream for the body.
Watch what you eat. Some foods can make psoriasis worse, so keep an eye out for things to avoid such as processed foods, fatty red meat, dairy products and refined sugars. (Click here for further details).
Lower your stress. Stress is a common trigger for a psoriasis flare; avoid stress and exercise regularly to calm your body and mind.
Cut out alcohol. Especially during the first 3 months of your treatment.
Avoid contact irritants. Some detergents, deodorants, hair dyes, perfumes and after-shaves can be triggers. Try to use fragrance free, sensitive skin variants.
Be open at work. Help your co-workers understand how your psoriasis affects you. Talking puts you in control and is a great healer.
Layer your clothes. Thin cotton vest tops or T-shirts are a great way to protect your skin from synthetic fabrics.
Treat your face. The British Red Cross Skin Camouflage Service offer special make-up for facial psoriasis.
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