The Psoriasis Starter Kit
Last updated: June 2018
Since I have had psoriasis, I’ve come to realize there a few items I absolutely cannot live without. My skin can get extremely dry and flaky at times so no matter what time of year and no matter where I am, I can never be without these items. I call this list my “Psoriasis Starter Kit”.
A good moisturizer
My skin definitely tends to be much drier during the winter months but a good moisturizer is a must-have throughout the entire year! My favorite moisturizer would definitely have to be Cetaphil. The formula is rich enough to moisturize my skin, but is still non-greasy which makes it perfect to use during the summer or winter. I cannot live without this product. I take it with me just about everywhere. Sometimes I like to switch it up and I will buy coconut oil which is amazing or cocoa butter. Either way, at all times I own at least one if not all of these products.
So just like my skin, my scalp gets very dry too. Scalp psoriasis is definitely manageable with the right products. I can never run low on dandruff shampoo. It is a must-have. I really like the T/Sal shampoo, which is over the counter and can be purchased pretty much anywhere like Walmart or Target. It is great for scalp psoriasis. I also have a prescribed shampoo from my dermatologist that I use too.
A bottle of water
Don’t be shocked. Hydrating your skin is absolutely mandatory when you have psoriasis. The human body is made of more than 50% water. Drinking water allows your skin to retain moisture and can help prevent a flare-up. Water is also extremely beneficial to your overall well-being so drink up!
My favorite jacket
Yes, sometimes I still bring a jacket even on the warmest days. When I experience a flare on my arms it can be very frustrated. I’m not afraid to wear long sleeves during the summer if I have to, but most times I will just bring a jacket along to cover my arms when I need to.
This may sound cliche but seriously, smile! No one is more aware of your psoriasis than you are. Be confident. Like every flare, it will pass. I always try to keep smiling and remain positive especially if I know that I have all of my items in my “Psoriasis Starter Kit”!
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