4. There is relief
While the harsh winter weather can take a toll on anyone’s skin, people with psoriasis are particularly at risk for dry skin. Not to mention, psoriasis conditions can escalate in cold weather. “The winter months are very difficult because having my psoriasis flare up is always in the back of my mind,” says Addis. “I have to make sure I moisturize well every day and keep my skin as healthy as possible.
Dr. Gooderham agrees that moisturizing every day is a good way people with mild psoriasis can keep the condition under control. “Having a humidifier in the house may also help,” she says.
Other treatment options include topical steroids and those in pill form, says Dr. Gooderham. Light therapy is also used to treat psoriasis. A physician or physiotherapist may give Narrow Band UVB phototherapy treatment, which is different from a tanning bed, says Dr. Gooderham. Those suffering from moderate to severe psoriasis may respond better to treatments such as oral retinoids or biologics.
If you think you may have psoriasis, see your doctor to get a proper skin diagnosis and determine the proper treatment plan for you.