Plaque psoriasis involves red, inflamed ‘plaques’ or patches of skin which can be scaly, itchy and painful; they can appear anywhere on the body, with just a few at a time or many, close together or far apart. Everyone is different, but wherever you experience plaques and however many you have, there are some useful general tips for reducing the discomfort, even if it doesn’t help to remove them entirely.
Psoriasis advice: Plaques
- You could replace soap and shower gels with moisturising creams such as emollients. You could even apply them before and after a shower to retain and lock in moisture. It can be difficult and frustrating to get into a routine with this, especially if you lead a busy life because it takes more time. Try to wake up earlier in the morning or shower at night instead – and forgive yourself if you find yourself not managing it every day.
- Oils such as olive or coconut could also be used to soften your scales and help them to lift.