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Sligo skincare expert Selene Daly’s tip for avoiding painful psoriasis flare-ups

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Psoriasis is a skin condition that affects over 80,000 people in Ireland.

The disease sees skin produce more skin, which appears red and flaky and feels hot and itchy.

“We get new skin every five to six weeks, but when you have psoriasis your skin production is increased and we don’t know why that happens. For some reason, the skin’s immune system tells the skin to make more, but these skin cells are produced very rapidly and are abnormal in appearance because they’re manufactured quickly and they’re pushed up to the top from the bottom surface,” Sligo dermatologist Selene Daly tells RSVP Live.

“Because the immune system is involved the skin appears red and hot as well. We do know there are certain triggers which cause flare-ups, such as stress.”

If you suffer from psoriasis and have noticed that it’s getting particularly bad in lockdown, as inconvenient as it is, it is totally normal because stressful situations can trigger the chronic condition.

“Why or how exactly it does that we don’t exactly know, but we do know that if your body is feeling stressed from illness, or actual stressful incidents, that increases your flight or fight instinct and then thereafter your immune system triggers it as well,” Selene says.

Psoriasis scalp

When it comes to treating psoriasis, you should visit your GP for the best advice on topical creams and medications to keep it at bay.

But Selene says there are also certain lifestyle changes you can make to avoid those annoying and painful flare-ups caused from stress.

The best thing you can do for your skin? Cut out alcohol.

“When you say that to people sometimes they are filled with horror because alcohol is part of our social lives and certainly during lockdown as well people have been drinking more, but if you have psoriasis I can guarantee you it will make it ten times worse,” Selene explains.

“What I see with patients in work is a vicious cycle.

“There have been reports of an increase in alcohol consumption during the Covid-19 pandemic because the bars are closed and people are really stressed.

“People are drinking at home, possibly more than they would on a night out but just one or two units of alcohol is enough to trigger psoriasis.

“If you’re having over 10 units, or 20, 30, 40 that’s definitely going to trigger it.

“When you see your psoriasis getting worse, you might get stressed and have another drink but that makes it worse again. It’s a vicious cycle.”

It may be a big ask to completely stop drinking from alcohol, but it can make the world of difference when it comes to not only psoriasis, but your general health and wellbeing too.

Other ways to reduce stress, and therefore psoriasis flare-ups, include using mindfulness apps and online resources, meditating and, if it’s your home or work situation causing you to feel that way, to talk openly with your family members or colleagues.

If flare-ups persist, Selene says checking in with your GP is really important.

“If your psoriasis is flaring up, visit your GP because there are treatments you can use to treat it,” she says. “But if your body is covered in psoriasis you will have to be seen by a consultant dermatologist.”

https://www.rsvplive.ie/life/health/sligo-skincare-expert-selene-dalys-23823795

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