How much do you really know about Psoriasis?
I embarrassingly discovered the skin condition known as ‘Psoriasis‘ after watching a Keeping Up With The Kardashian episode where the Queen of Reality TV, Kim Kardashian discovered she herself has the condition and looked further into dealing with it.
Kim Kardashian, who manages her psoriasis through diet and routine cortisone shots, has most recently said that she has learned to live with the autoimmune disease.
“Everyone with psoriasis has different symptoms; sometimes the rashes are itchy, sometimes they’re flaky. Mine flares up from time to time for different reasons,” she continued in her blog post. “I’m always hoping for a cure, of course, but in the meantime, I’m learning to just accept it as part of who I am.”
After a recent flare up of skin issues on my own face after celebrating the new year, which lasted over a week and which is still yet to be diagnosed, I looked into skin conditions and in particular, psoriasis, which urged me to write this post.
Teaming up with LEO Pharma Ltd, our aim this year, is to raise awareness amongst adults and children of the problems that can arise
from psoriasis and most importantly, how to deal with the condition and psoriasis flare ups.
If your psoriasis-related itching is causing you to scratch the affected area, you may already know that, while it may bring temporary relief, scratching can often inflame the skin further, causing any lesions to become more painful, sore and even cracked.
This can make you feel even more stressed about your psoriasis, which itself can make the symptoms worse. Fortunately there are many things you can do to help break the itch/scratch cycle and the following three tips may be a good place for you to start:
1. Look into changing your diet and lifestyle
It seems like this recommendation is used to treat and cure nearly every type of disease, infection, lifestyle and medical conditions nowadays, but I am a firm believer in taking simple holistic and healthy steps to cure some of the most awful conditions which affect our society in these days and ages. Take time out and spend it on yourself instead – work out, eat better (healthier) and reduce as much stress as possible. Stress is a known trigger of psoriasis.
2. Distractions are helpful
Finding distractions and keeping busy are also useful ways to break the cycle and stop you thinking about the need to itch. Think about what triggers your itching too and try some substitute or alternative behaviours instead, like doodling, writing or texting – anything that keeps your hands occupied, as this will help prevent you from scratching.
3. Resist the urge to itch
Dermatologists at one hospital teach people with psoriasis a technique they call habit reversal’. Start by using a diary to log how often you are scratching. You may be amazed by the results. It’s usually more than you think.
Then, the next time you feel like scratching, hold off for 10 seconds. It may take some practice but you’ll get there in the end. Next, replace the scratching with a new behaviour – for example, clenching your fist for 30 seconds. Finally, if the urge to itch is still there, push your finger down on the affected area.
For more helpful tips, information and other sources to help deal with Psoriasis and the conditions flare ups, check out the LEO Pharma questionnaire here or the Youtube channel here and also download the brand’s treatment tracking app here.
If you have any tips you’d like to share from dealing with Psoriasis yourself or from a close friend/ family member, please share with the community and the chloepierre.com readers below.