Like most chronic (long-term) diseases, psoriasis will enter every corner of your life. Your lifestyle past and present will help determine what lifestyle changes may occur following the diagnosis of psoriasis. Treatment options are determined by the severity of the disease and by your lifestyle and finances. Everywhere you look nowadays there is some miracle product that addresses the concerns of those with psoriasis. Determining how you will live your life and care for your skin becomes part of your treatment plan.
There are many health, wellness and personal grooming options to explore using advise from your dermatologist, and resources found online and in your library or bookstore. This article can lead you to some resources and tips for designing a treatment plan for your psoriasis that will fit your lifestyle.
The skincare regimen you follow daily will depend on the climate, your time available, and your cash flow. Your dermatologist can guide you in selecting the products right for your skin. The most important product other than any topical ointments prescribed by your doctor, is your moisturizer. Make sure your moisturizer contains the right combination of emollients and water-binding agents. They should also include a sunscreen, anti-irritants, and antioxidants. Moisturizers can be applied after any topical medication has dried.
Creams are usually the best because they keep the moisture close to your skin longer than ointments or lotions. Ointments usually contain more essential therapeutic ingredients and less water, and lotions are non-greasy and lightweight and more easily absorbed by the skin. Ointments can stain your clothes. Always avoid lotions that contain alcohol, as that will dry your skin, which is the opposite of what you want.
Ask your dermatologist for skin cleanser recommendations, especially before buying over-the-counter preparations. Always read labels and avoid those with irritants like scents, and alcohol.
Individuals with psoriasis report living a happier lifestyle when they take the focus off their skin and onto living the style of life that makes them happy. They do not let psoriasis control them; they control the disease as much as possible by understanding it, and the things that trigger flare-ups. They learn how to put others at ease around them when they notice the psoriasis. They learn to make use of resources to further understand how to cope with situations that arise such as dating, or facing a room full of clients all while controlling a psoriasis flare-up.
Having a chronic disease such as psoriasis does not have to define who you are, nor should it alter your lifestyle. Diseases, even incurable ones like this one, can be treated in a manner so as to be able to continue the lifestyle you are used to. You may need to make adjustments, make room for appointments and treatments; but the bottom line is that when life throws you a bowl of lemons, you make the best darn lemonade you can with them.
Psoriasis: The Struggle and the Triumph: A Healthy Transformation for Everyone Living with Psoriasis by Elliott Douglas Derzaph
Psoriasis: Everything You Need to Know (Your Personal Health) by Richard G.B. Langley
The National Psoriasis Foundation
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