No matter how long you’ve suffered from psoriasis, the key to clear, healthy skin is available to you at Dr. Ted Lain Dermatology. We offer excimer laser therapy, the industry’s latest and greatest treatment method for psoriasis. It offers all of the powerful results of light therapy with the convenience of oral medication or creams. With up to ten sessions, you will see a difference in your skin.
But what are you supposed to do between appointments with your Austin dermatologist? While you can’t sit through excimer laser therapy every day, you can certainly take your own steps toward healthier skin and fewer flare-ups. Combine these home-care tips with Dr. Lain’s professional treatment, and the discomfort and embarrassment of psoriasis will be a thing of the past.
What You Should Stop Doing
We don’t want to focus on the negatives, but there are a few important habits for you to kick (or not start at all) to give your body all the help it needs in correcting psoriasis.
- Smoking- Quitting will increase your health in every way; decreasing psoriatic outbreaks is just one of the hundreds of benefits from cutting this habit.
- Excessive Drinking- Many people enjoy the occasional drink, but heavy alcohol consumption ups your chances of a psoriasis flare. More than one or two drinks a day is too much.
- Consuming Processed Foods- While there’s no solid evidence (yet) to show the impact of diet on psoriasis, you can avoid ingredients that spur inflammation in general. In other words, stay away from highly processed foods.
What You Should Start Doing
It’s all good and fine to talk about what you shouldn’t do—but what if you don’t struggle with those habits in the first place? According to your Austin dermatologist, there are several things you can do to achieve optimal results against psoriasis.
- Moisturizing- Before you go to bed apply a thick moisturizing cream or petroleum jelly to the affected area then cover with a bandage. Just be careful in the summer months—sweat combined with thick creams can make your symptoms worse.
- Bathing Less Often- Now, we aren’t suggesting you let your personal hygiene go; but bathing strips your skin of its natural, necessary oils. Try to shower every other or every third day to give your skin a chance to renew itself.
- Taking Care Mentally- Physical disease weighs on your mind just as heavily as mental stress and discomfort weighs on your body. Do what makes you happy, relaxed, and confident—try yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, or any other mental health practice.