4 Psoriasis Triggers You Need To Manage To Prevent Flare-ups

Dr. Peter Ch'ng (Consultant Dermatologist)

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Are you upset with persistent psoriasis symptoms and itchy flare-ups that spread?

Has your stress been bothering you, robbing you of your sleep, making you wish you could hit a reset button?

Perhaps you weren’t aware that a lot of your psoriasis causes are due to your day-to-day habits or lifestyle choices.

Don’t miss these four common psoriasis triggers that cause flare-ups:

1. Stress

One of the major psoriasis causes is stress, and everyone has unique reasons for stressing out!1 But across the board, we share the same biological response to stress: adrenaline floods the system, strains the circulatory (and immune) system, and raises blood pressure. If you have psoriasis, stress exacerbates your symptoms and your skin flares up.

Learn to defeat your stress by re-centering in the moment and calming down. Try the 4-7-8 breathing technique.2 Take a relaxing salt bath to soothing music and scented candles. Call up a friend to talk it out over ice cream, or watch your favourite movie. If all else fails, get an adult colouring book and start colouring your stress away!

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2. Alcohol

A hangover the morning after a big night is the least of your worries. You could really regret your decision to drink when, a few days later, patches of psoriasis lesion appears.

Frequent imbibing may trigger psoriasis flare-ups.3 Moreover, mixing psoriasis medications with alcohol can lead to dangerous side effects.

So put down your drink and give up your happy hour sessions. Instead, go for a walk or a run before the sun goes down. It’s a win-win situation because the sun’s UV rays may help alleviate your psoriasis symptoms.

Dr Peter Ch’ng Dermatologist at Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur

3. Sleep Deprivation

When you scratch every itch in the middle of the night, you lose the battle to psoriasis. Did you know, lack of sleep or restless sleep aggravates psoriasis symptoms? 4

Improve your sleeping habits by avoiding caffeine, excessive alcohol, nicotine, and other substances that keep you wired. Exercise is a good way to combat insomnia, and to keep you fit too.

4. Skin Injury

Living with psoriasis means your skin is extra sensitive to contact with external elements. Any minor trauma to your skin sets off what’s known as the Koebner phenomenon5 (an event that can trigger new areas of psoriasis). Other psoriasis triggers like bug bites, mosquito bites, sunburn, bruises, or even an accidental bump can encourage a flare-up. Avoid injuring your skin and keep it hydrated at all time.

Be vigilant. Refrain from scratching an itch, wear breathable long-sleeve shirts and long pants, shave with utmost care, and spray on mosquito repellent with 10% or less DEET (an active ingredient used in many insect repellents).

Clear Skin And Peace Of Mind

Identifying psoriasis causes helps you manage symptoms and flare-ups. Inspire yourself towards clearer skin and a more normal life. Make positive lifestyle choices and talk to your dermatologist to improve your skin.

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See also: These 4 Warning Signs Mean You Need To Change Your Psoriasis Medication

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Dr. Peter Ch’ng Wee Beng

Dr Ch’ng obtained his specialty training from the Royal College of Physicians in London. Subsequently, he obtained his Advanced Masters in Dermatology from the National University of Malaysia. He was previously the Head of Dermatology of the State of Pahang and Hospital Sungai Buloh.

His call to dermatology started way before he even contemplated doing medicine. His father suffered from severe psoriasis, and was in and out of hospital a lot in the late 1970s. His father’s condition made him see that skin disease is not just an aesthetic problem, as it can cause the patient and the entire family so much grief. His practice today reaffirms his belief, with many patients expressing deep relief and gratitude after their treatment.

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Dr. Ch'ng Chin Chwen

Dr. Ch'ng is a NSR registered consultant dermatologist. She graduated as a gold medalist from Univeristy Malaya in 2006. She obtained Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physician of the United Kingdom in 2010 and joined dermatology team in University Malaya in the same year. She completed Advanced Master in Dermatology (UKM) in 2014 and a visiting fellowship in Cutaneous Laser Surgery in Mahidol University (Thailand) in 2017. Her special interest include acne, psoriasis, urticaria, contact dermatitis/eczema and procedural dermatology.

Dr. Ch'ng started her instagram account @cccskindoc providing free skin care tips and education to public. She believes everyone deserves up-to-date and accurate information on skin care to embrace the skin that he or she is in.

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Dr. Khor Yek Huan

Dr Khor graduated from National University of Malaysia (UKM), Kuala Lumpur in 2002. He obtained his Internal Medicine specialty training from the Royal College of Physicians of London in 2007 and further subspecialized in Dermatology by obtaining his Advanced Master in Dermatology from UKM in 2013. Dr Khor served as the Head of Dermatology service for Perlis from 2013 to 2015 before transferring back to Penang. Currently, he is the Deputy Head of Department of Dermatology in Hospital Pulau Pinang. He is also a visiting consultant dermatologist at KPJ Penang Specialist Hospital and Northern Skin Specialist Clinic.

Dr Khor is active in academic activities, performing as an honorary lecturer for Allianze University College of Medical Sciences and Penang Medical College. He is active in research as well with the publication of original papers in dermatological journals and serves as a reviewer for Malaysian Journal of Dermatology. His dedication to the profession earned him Excellent Service Award from the Ministry of Health in 2009 and 2017.

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