It's Swimsuit Season! Summer Tips for People with Psoriasis


Linda Wasmer Andrews

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Expert Answers to Psoriasis Treatment FAQs

Dr. David Harvey, a dermatologist and surgeon, answers some common psoriasis questions.
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Psoriasis often improves in summer, when you're getting more sun. But with so much skin on display, you may be more worried about your appearance than you were in winter.

Here's how to keep your skin looking its best in shorts and swimsuit weather.

Soak Up Some Rays—Safely

Many people notice that their psoriasis gets better when exposed to sunlight, but that's not true for everyone. If you've had a bad reaction to sunlight or phototherapy in the past, sunning may not be for you.

If you've had good results, it's still important not to overdo it. Even a mild sunburn can make psoriasis worse. Plus, getting too much sun increases your risk of skin cancer.

There are many treatment options for psoriasis, and they all come with risks and benefits. Ultimately, whether you treat with topical creams, light therapy, or medications, you and your doctor will decide the best treatment path together.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Apr 13, 2016

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