Psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory disease, manifests as itchy red skin plaques. Particularly sensitive, skin with psoriasis requires special attention. A question then arises: how to clean skin with psoriasis? Elements of the answer in this article.
How to cleanse skin with psoriasis?
- The characteristics of skin with psoriasis
- Daily Hygiene: How to cleanse the body's skin in case of psoriasis?
- How to cleanse facial skin in case of psoriasis?
The characteristics of skin with psoriasis.
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease, responsible for itchy red patches covered with dead cells , very characteristic of psoriasis. The lesions are usually found in the areas of friction (elbows, forearms, knees, legs) but the nails and the scalp are also common locations.
There are several forms of psoriasis, but the main one is plaque psoriasis also known as vulgar psoriasis. In all cases, skin with psoriasis is more sensitive than others. Moreover, the thick and adherent scales at the level of the lesions are particularly bothersome. Therefore, it is necessary to apply certain advice regarding skin cleansing.
Daily Hygiene: How to cleanse the body's skin in case of psoriasis?
For skin affected by psoriasis, the first rule regarding skin cleansing is to avoid hot water. Instead, opt for lukewarm water. Indeed, heat exacerbates the existing skin inflammation and increases skin dryness. Moreover, cleansing of atopic skin should not be excessive. Due to the high content of limestone and chlorine in water, contact with the skin can be harsh. Limit yourself to one to two showers of 5 to 10 minutes per day.
Please note : The same applies to scalp psoriasis. Choose a shampoo that is gentle, free from irritating surfactants, unscented, and will respect your scalp.
Regarding shower accessories (such as washcloths), they should be avoided in the case of psoriasis. Indeed, these tend to harm the skin due to friction. Psoriasis can be exacerbated by skin irritations. Moreover, washcloths are not very hygienic due to the presence of germs. These can cause skin infections that worsen psoriasis lesions. It is preferable to wash with your hands instead.
How to cleanse facial skin in case of psoriasis?
As mentioned earlier, repeated contact with water can be irritating to the skin, particularly for those with psoriasis. For facial skin, it is recommended to wash only once a day, in the evening. In the morning, use a thermal water mist or floral water to refresh your face. If you wear makeup, opt for oil-based makeup removers , which will be gentler on your skin. Makeup removers containing perfume and irritating surfactants should be avoided.
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