Psoriasis affects over one million people in the UK, and we know know first hand from our customers the effect it can have on our skin health. Characterised by patches of itchy, red flaky skin that can lead to pigmentation, psoriasis is an autoimmune disease and whilst not being curable, it can be soothed with the right care.
This month is Psoriasis Awareness Month. Discover more about psoriasis below and also our advice on how to sooth psoriasis-prone skin.
Is psoriasis eczema?
No. A common misconception is that psoriasis and eczema are the same thing. Unlike eczema which is a chronic skin condition, psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that can both flare and clear up in response to various triggers.
Psoriasis triggers can include anything from stress to the weather, and vary person to person. With some of these variables being uncontrollable, finding the right way to soothe, calm and protect skin flaring up is crucial.
Caring for psoriasis prone skin is a journey, and whilst symptoms can sometimes feel difficult to manage skin conditions are a perfectly normal part of life. We’ve had great feedback from customers with psoriasis due to the gentle and caring nature of our formulas.
Use pharmaceutical grade Colloidal Oatmeal
Known for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, Colloidal Oatmeal is a key ingredient to look out for when trying to soothe 'flared up' skin. Our Caring Skin Fix contains pharmaceutical grade Colloidal Oatmeal meaning its super calming on the skin, helping to ease itching, redness and irritation. Our formula is also particularly thick and intensive, which masks the skin to give it the best chance of recovering.
Medical grade Manuka honey
Often used for its antibacterial properties, Manuka honey is used in dressings and topical ointments. Our Caring Hand Cream contains medical grade Manuka honey and White Willow extract to soothe inflammation and soreness. We offer an unfragranced version for those avoiding essential oils which is perfect for hypersensitive skin. Our hand creams are also fast-absorbing and act fast, meaning if your hands are suffering with sore symptoms of psoriasis, this rich formula will quickly work to reduce inflammation and discomfort.
Sun exposure can help reduce flare and inflammation. As always, sun exposure should be handled with caution! For psoriasis-prone skin, choose a mineral sun cream with both UVA and UVB protection and an SPF of at least 30. Some time in the sun will do your skin well, however sunburn can also exacerbate flare-ups, so finding a balance is important.
The importance of a healthy routine
Anxiety and stress are often big tiggers for those suffering with psoriasis, and although easier said than done, trying to reduce stress can have a transformational effect on conditions such as psoriasis. A regular sleeping pattern, balanced diet and exercise and generally keeping a routine can all help lower anxiety.
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