Ditch The Itch: Healthy Routines For People With Psoriasis

How To Not Pick Or Exfoliate

Many patients pick at or scrub off the itchy, scaly psoriasis patches. But try not to do this. Penn Medicine says that over-exfoliating can damage the already inflamed skin, which might trigger a flare-up. Do not pick, and do not scrub off the skin with a loofah or exfoliator.

A woman examines her psoriasis in the mirror.
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If the patches are bothering you, and you want some exfoliation, take a bath. A 15-minute warm (not hot) bath will moisten the scales and help them fall off naturally. Add some oatmeal or Epsom salts for extra moisture.