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Effective Tips for Dealing with Psoriasis

Heal with Sunlight

Usually we’re told to keep our skin out of the sunlight, but when it comes to psoriasis the ultraviolet (UV) light can actually slow the growth of skin cells. WebMD explains that small doses of sunlight can soothe the skin, and in some cases even heal psoriasis lesions. It doesn’t have to be outdoor light, it can be light from indoors too. UV therapy is also an option, just be sure to talk to your doctor about it first. Sunlight also provides the body with vitamin D which is considered an essential vitamin.

You should aim to soak up some sun at least two or three times a week, but you still need to practice the rules of sun safety because getting too much sun can be harmful, especially if the skin gets burnt. You should always wear sunscreen and limit all exposure to 10 minutes. You can increase this exposure by 30 to 60 seconds each day. Most people with psoriasis have light or fair skin which means they are the most susceptible to burns and skin cancer. AAD warns that even a mild sunburn can worsen psoriasis or cause more to form.

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