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Psoriasis

Keep skin moist

(HealthDayNews) -- Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition in which new skin cells grow too fast. This causes thick, dry, scaly patches of skin to form in areas where the old skin hasn't shed quickly enough.

If you've been diagnosed with psoriasis, there are several things you can do to help manage flare-ups.

Health Canada suggests you:

  • Keep your skin moist.
  • Apply creams and ointments slowly and gradually in the direction of your hair's growth.
  • Avoid using very hot water when bathing or showering.
  • Use mild soaps and deodorants.
  • Use brushes with soft bristles. Wash your hair gently and let it dry naturally whenever possible.
  • Avoid picking or scratching skin and skin injuries. An injury to the skin can cause psoriasis patches to form at the site.
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