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7 ways to protect skin and prevent flares when the temperature drops.
Cold weather can make anyone's skin feel dry and itchy. But with psoriatic arthritis, dry skin can lead to painful skin flares. Keep skin and nails healthy with these do's and don'ts.
Don't take hot showers or baths. It might feel good when the weather is chilly, but hot water can make skin feel dry, tight and itchy. This can lead to a psoriasis flare. Instead, take a warm or cool shower or bath just once a day.
Keep showers and baths short. Too much time in the water can dry skin. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests five minutes for a shower and 15 minutes for a bath.
Do use moisturizer every day. To prevent dryness, gently put a thick ointment or cream on the skin right after the bath or shower. Moisturize often during the day and again before bedtime. Choose products with no smell made for sensitive skin.
The National Psoriasis Foundation suggests using products made for psoriasis from CeraVe, Curel and Gold Bond, among others.
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