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By Lucia Romero
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With spring break coming up, it’s time to start thinking about how you can enjoy the sun without damaging your skin.
For many people with psoriasis, the sun helps improve the skin’s appearance. Some patients find that their scaly red patches all but disappear during warm months in a sunny climate.
However, this doesn’t mean you should go out into the sun without protection. Check out these tips on how psoriasis patients can enjoy spring break this year while protecting their skin from the sun:
Sunscreen is essential for anyone who spends time in the sun, but it’s especially important for people with psoriasis. Sunlight can worsen the condition by causing inflammation and burning of the skin. Apply your sunscreen at least 30 minutes prior to going outdoors, then reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating heavily.
The National Psoriasis Foundation recommends:
If your skin is exposed to too much sun all at once, it can become sunburned and damaged. Gradual exposure will help you get used to being in the sun without getting burned.
Long sleeves and pants can protect you from harmful UV rays that can cause your psoriasis flare-ups or make it worse. You may also want to wear a wide-brimmed hat or visor to keep your scalp covered if you have psoriatic lesions on those areas of your body too.
Drinking enough water throughout the day will help keep your skin hydrated, which prevents dryness and other flare-ups. Also, avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can dehydrate you and make your skin more sensitive to the sun.
Consider Dermabon Soap as part of your shower routine.
Dermabon does not require changes to your routine: simply use it during your daily shower as you would apply a regular soap, let it rest for a couple of minutes and then thoroughly rinse your psoriasis away. You can apply it to any affected area, including the scalp.
According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, psoriasis affects more than 7.5 million US adults—so you’re definitely not alone. Remember, don’t let your psoriasis control your life. Wherever you go this spring break—make sure to enjoy yourself and have fun! We hope these tips were helpful.