Your clothing choices can eventually impact your psoriasis symptoms. However, some tips and techniques can help you dress to protect your skin while managing the pain, itching and discomfort associated with psoriasis. You could, for instance, consider the texture of the fabric of the clothes you buy, as some are itchy and irritating. Try to avoid wool and mohair and look for fabrics that are gentler on your skin, such as cotton, silk blends, or cashmere. It is recommended the use of comfortable and looser fitting clothes. Tight clothes can rub against skin lesions, irritate your skin and worsen your symptoms. Wearing light colors might help you to minimize the appearance of flakes.
Long-sleeved shirts, full-length pants, and a strategically-placed scarf may also serve to cover lesions. However, note that covering up may contribute to heat retention, so try to choose breathable, light and comfortable fabrics.
Finally, as fragrances can aggravate psoriasis, it is also important to use unscented detergents and fabric softeners for laundry. Liquid detergents may be preferable to solid detergents, as they dissolve better, and detergent particles sticking to clothing may be reduced.
Remember, dressing when you have psoriasis could require a little more attention to detail, but these tips could help you picking your clothes while protecting your skin. Feeling self-assured in your clothing can go a long way to restoring confidence and self-esteem.
- Everyday Health. [Internet] How clothing can affect your psoriasis. Available at: https://www.everydayhealth.com/psoriasis/living-with/psoriasis-and-clothing/. Accessed: 3/07/2018.