Feel Your Best With Psoriasis

Real-life strategies for easing anxiety, staying active, reducing inflammation and feeling your best with psoriasis.

  • Stretch Away Pain
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    Fashion upgrades can help you look great. Now here are a few ideas from folks with psoriasis to help you feel great, too. Troyce, Heather and Deirdre share how they keep flares at bay and feel terrific year-round!

  • Try tai chi
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    Try Tai Chi

    "Tai chi clears my mind and calms me," says Troyce Thome, of San Clemente, CA. "It's comforting on a deep level and it alleviates stress—which has reduced the frequency, intensity and severity of my psoriasis flares," says Troyce, who began studying tai chi, or "moving meditation," 20 years ago. She hasn't experienced a flare since! (While she does get an occasional spot or two on her legs, they disappear quickly without treatment.) Now she teaches tai chi! "It loosens stiff muscles, which create tension in the body."

  • Find calm each day
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    Find Calm Each Day

    Despite busy days teaching and working on instructional DVDs, Troyce makes sure to maintain a sense of "calm" in her life. "I take walks through nature when I can, and I always opt for the most natural setting. If it's a choice between pavement or a dirt path, I take the dirt path. No headphones. I like to listen to nature—the sounds of the ocean and of birds."

  • Shine the light
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    Shine the Light

    Come wintertime, Heather Durocher's skin takes a beating as the temperatures dip. "That's why I use in-home light therapy," the Saginaw, MI, resident says. "I invested in a 6-foot-tall light box seven years ago. It helps during the months we go without a lot of sunshine for days and it's so cold." The National Psoriasis Foundation says ultraviolet B (UVB) light units (which require a prescription) can be an effective treatment for psoriasis; UVB light (which is present in sunlight) penetrates the skin and slows the growth of affected skin cells.

  • Open up to new activities!
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    Open up to New Activities!

    A devoted runner, Heather didn't expect to like road biking or swimming—until she tried them. "I had to go out of my comfort zone to give these two sports a try since I wanted to get into triathlons," she says. "It feels good to work my muscles in different ways—and these are two more ways I can maintain a strong body and strong mind as I live with a chronic disease."

  • Find a de-stressor
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    Find a De-stressor

    For Deirdre Earls, a registered dietitian and author of Your Healing Diet, it's walking her dog, Santiago, in the park each day. Santiago gets his exercise and Deirdre gets "sunshine, fresh air, quiet—and also peace of mind!" Banishing stress and anxiety helps tamper inflammation in the gut and skin, she says.

  • Keep talking with your dermatologist
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    "Keep Talking…

    …with your dermatologist," says Heather, who's thrilled to have found a great doctor with whom she feels comfortable. "He's helped me find the right medication…and he's just very supportive and helpful. That makes a world of difference."

  • Moisturize before you head outdoors
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    Moisturize Before You Head Outdoors

    "This time of year, when I'm outdoors playing with my kids and husband, or training for a spring marathon, my skin needs extra TLC," says Heather. "I make sure I moisturize well, especially the areas of my body where psoriasis pops up (for me, that's my lower legs). My skin is so incredibly sensitive, especially my face, so I use lotions and creams that are for sensitive skin (no dyes)."

  • Visualize your body detoxing
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    Visualize Your Body Detoxing

    Whether she's running, teaching tai chi or taking a walk at sunset, Troyce visualizes her blood "getting rid of the toxins and gunk." She explains: "The Chinese have the idea you can purify the blood through any kind of exercise that gets the blood moving." By boosting her mood, diminishing stress and reducing inflammation, visualizing while exercising can deliver a one-two punch against psoriasis.

  • Say cheeeeez to track your progress
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    Say "Cheeeeez" to Track Your Progress

    So you've switched medications or implemented some new lifestyle change, but you're still waiting for the results to show up? Try taking pictures, suggests Deirdre. Subtle changes are easier to spot if you have "before" and "after" pictures to compare. "It can be easy to quit when healing isn't quick," says Deirdre, adding that the snapshots kept her motivated.

  • Sample-size it!
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    Sample-size It!

    "Find a moisturizer that works for your skin," says Heather, who's identified a few products she relies on to keep her skin soft, smooth and hydrated. Since that can take some experimenting, buy the smallest size tube or jar possible—or a trial size, if that's available. As Heather has found, "What works for one person with psoriasis doesn't necessarily work for another."

  • Look Your Best
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    Look Your Best

    Wondering what to wear in the colder months? Click here for fashion tips from Helen Hanrahan, psoriasis sufferer and author of The Flaky Fashionista blog and step out with confidence!

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Basics
Overview
Causes & Risk Factors
Symptoms
Diagnosis
Your Healthcare Team
Questions to Ask
    Your Doctor

Quiz: How Severe
    is Your Psoriasis?


Treatments
Never Tried a Biologic?
What Your Dermatologist
    Needs to Know

Topical Treatments
Phototherapy Treatments

Body-Wide Medications
When Your Treatment is Denied
    by Your Insurance Company


Features
Look Your Best With Psoriasis!
Feel Your Best With Psoriasis
Your Answer to Smoother, Clearer Skin—Found!
Take Charge of Your Psoriasis and Protect
    Your Whole Body!

Try These Simple Skin-Care Tips
Quiz: Test Your Psoriasis Smarts
Simple Ways to Better Your Life
Ask the Experts: Dating Tips and More
Let Summer Soothe Your Psoriasis
Lifestyle Adjustments to Help Ease Psoriasis

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