Below we outline four ways to help positively manage psoriasis.
It is generally accepted that warmer weather is better for those impacted by psoriasis. But like anything, it’s good in moderation. Hot, sunny weather can trigger flare ups for some individuals and severe sunburn can lead to the development of erythrodermic psoriasis which is the most serious form of psoriasis.
Phototherapy or Light therapy is one type of treatment for psoriasis which involves purposely exposing affected areas to UV light. Over 90% of skin cancer cases are caused by cumulative exposure to UV radiation. So, those using phototherapy to treat their psoriasis need to be careful that don’t over expose themselves to UV rays.
UPF 50+ sun protective clothing is considered by dermatologists as the best way to avoid sun burn, skin ageing, skin cancer and melanoma. UPF50+ sun protective clothing is clothing that uses fabrics which provide excellent sun protection.
A healthy balanced diet is important for everyone, but particularly important if you are suffering with psoriasis. Research has found that people who are overweight are more likely to experience psoriasis. Also, as psoriasis presents itself with inflamed skin, so eating foods which are naturally anti-inflammatory can help. Foods which are anti-inflammatory include: tomatoes, fruits, nuts, olive oil, leafy greens and fatty fish.
Foods to avoid include processed meats, sugar, refined carbohydrates and fried foods as they are all inflammatory.
It is also worth noting that smoking and drinking alcohol excessively has been found to cause a worsening of psoriasis for a number of individuals.
Many people suffering from psoriasis report that their condition worsens when they are experiencing stress. In today’s world we all experience stress and anxiety due to work, relationships, financial hardship or many other reasons. Being aware that stress many adversely impact psoriasis is the first step to being able to manage the disease. Whilst it can be difficult, particularly in today’s world, investing in your mental and physical wellbeing is of paramount importance reducing the likelihood of psoriasis flaring up.
It’s extra important for those affected by psoriasis to look after their skin from bumps, cuts and scrapes. Skin trauma can result in something called “Koebner’s phenomenon”. In the 19th century, dermatologist, Heinrich Koebner, observed that people with psoriasis developed lesions in areas of the skin that has experienced trauma.
Solbari is partnered with Psoriasis Australia.
Solbari has developed a sensitive fabric range for individuals suffering with psoriasis. Solbari’s sensitive fabric is made of a blend of organic cotton and bamboo which has a super soft hand feel and its natural fibres help regulate body temperature.
Solbari offers a range of award-winning products that help those affected by skin cancer, melanoma, psoriasis, lupus, eczema and other sensitive skin conditions.
Solbari products include UPF 50+ sun protective clothing, clothing for sensitive skin, UV arm sleeves, sun umbrellas and broad-brim sun hats.
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The Solbari Team
This blog is for information purposes only, always consult your medical professional.
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Your skin is your largest organ and has a long memory. Sun exposure and ultraviolet (UV) damage is cumulative throughout your life. Research shows that sun damage contributes to more than 90% of wrinkles, brown spots, premature skin ageing as well as precancerous and cancerous skin lesions.
Limiting sun exposure is very important. As the UV rays cause the most damage to the skin.