April Showers Bring Less Flare-Ups

It’s fMG217 Blog Aprilinally Spring! We can finally trade in the heavy coats and snow for lighter rain jackets.  Many people welcome this transition but none as much as those who suffer with a skin condition.  The added moisture in the air makes the skin less dry and susceptible to an outbreak.  In order to make the most of this Spring season here are a few tips that will optimize this time for clearer skin once we are finally ready for some Summer!

  • Get Some Sun – Since April is known as the rainy month this can be difficult but making a point to let your skin soak up some vitamin D is great for your skin! Since overexposure to the sun’s rays can also lead to flare ups it is suggested to limit yourself to 5-10 minutes in the sun every day. But, everyone is not the same.  If you notice the UV rays are hurting your skin rather than helping then do not force yourself to sit out in the sun.
  • Use Sunscreen – While getting out in the sun is important it is also important to protect your skin so always remember to use a sunscreen on your face and body with a minimum of SPF 30 and don’t forget the tops of your ears and feet!
  • Get out and Exercise – Just going out for a walk around the block can help reduce stress and can prevent flare ups. With the warmer weather now is the time to get out and enjoy some of that fresh air!
  • Take Precautions when Working Out – Wear moisture-wicking clothes when working out because sweat can trigger a flare-up.
  • Be Careful while Spring Cleaning – Spring can bring on many allergies for a lot of people with the excess of pollen in the air, and mold can also be an issue. When doing your spring cleaning it is best to cover your nose and mouth so that your allergies do not cause an outbreak.
  • Wear Repellent – One of the most irritating things for the skin are bug bites so it’s no wonder that they can trigger a flare-up. To avoid this make sure to use a DEET insect repellent.  The level of DEET depends on what you are doing outdoors.  Here is a link from the EPA if you would like to know more about DEET.

If you would like more information on how the seasons can change your skin conditions visit this link from the National Psoriasis Foundation.