Rule number one of skin care: Be your skin’s best friend. You’ve gotta have its back and protect it for life. That is to say, wear sunscreen. While it’s true that some UVB rays can improve psoriasis symptoms, the keyword there is some. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, exposure to UVB light can bring relief to symptoms, but you should start with only 10 minutes a day and slowly increase from there (under your doctor’s guidance).
The rest of the time, though? Sorry, but you need to slather on the sunblock. After all, let’s not forget that the sun also causes skin cancer, and a sunburn would likely leave you with a flare-up, making things worse instead of better. So, when you hear “sunlight is good for psoriasis,” it doesn’t translate to “the more sun the better.”
Always check with your doctor to make sure none of your medications increase sun sensitivity (consider anything with salicylic acid guilty). If they do, you may want to switch medications. Regardless, it’s all the more reason to keep on keepin’ on with your SPF. Read on for a few psoriasis-friendly tubes to try. While they aren’t specifically formulated for psoriasis, they are lightweight, soothing and nourishing — all things that play nice with psoriasis symptoms. Of course, everyone is different, so check the labels and avoid ingredients you know irritate your skin.
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