Clothing and what to wear if you have psoriasis

If you suffer with psoriasis what you wear can have a huge impact on the condition of your skin. Choosing the right clothing can help minimise the symptoms of psoriasis as certain types of clothing can aggravate the skin causing irritation and flare-ups.

It is common for people suffering with psoriasis to want to cover up with clothing. Very itchy, irritated, cracked areas of skin which often bleed and ooze will stick to clothing which may contribute to the bleeding and discomfort.

Choosing the right clothing can be challenging when you have psoriasis. By following some of these easy tips and guidelines, the discomfort of clothing may be limited.

Cotton Clothing

Cotton tends not to irritate the skin unlike some other fabrics. Wearing lightweight cotton clothing directly against your skin and avoiding fabrics such as wool and synthetic fibres can help as wool and synthetic clothing does not allow your skin to breathe as easily as wearing cotton.

Clothing options

If you have a tendency to cover up with long sleeves, trousers and high neck sweaters you may overheat. In order to avoid irritation, perspiration and overheating, try layering cotton clothing under other clothing to help keep moisture away from your skin. There are also ranges of specialist clothing available that are designed for people with sensitive skin and skin conditions. These work by wicking away moisture from the skin, therefore reducing the irritation. Many of these can be found online.

Wear your clothing lose

It is important to be comfortable, particularly if you are living with a skin condition like psoriasis. If clothing is too tight it can rub on skin that is already irritated which in turn can cause more irritation and or pain and discomfort.

Wear light colours

As one of the symptoms of psoriasis is dry flaky skin, you may want to consider wearing light colours over dark colours to avoid flakes of skin appearing on your clothing.

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