PSORIASIS AND STRESS

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Although stress does not cause psoriasis, it can make the condition more difficult to manage.

Stress is a common trigger for psoriasis flares. Read up on some tips for managing psoriasis triggered by stress, and—oh yeah—remember to breathe.

Inflammation and Psoriasis

Take a deeper dive into the role inflammation may play in psoriasis.

See the Inflammation Story ➜

Know yourself

When you’re stressed, it’s hard to take yourself out of the moment. But being aware of your own stressors can help you avoid, or even accept, them in the future.

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Opening up

Constantly hiding your psoriasis or avoiding talking about it can be a burden. When you’re ready to open up, being honest and upfront can help relieve pressure and begin a productive dialogue with friends, family, coworkers, or even people you’ve just met.

Take it easy

Easier said than done, we know, but just committing to having some “you time” is a good start. Meditation works for some, hiking for others. The key is finding something that works for you and sticking to it, whether you’re having a flare-up or not.

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Fashion advice

Clothing can be one of the most stressful decisions for someone with psoriasis. You want to wear tank tops and shorts, but might be too uncomfortable. Or maybe long sleeves irritate your skin. Try looking for softer, loose-fitting fabrics that look great and let your skin breathe.