MANAGING PSYCHODERMATOLOGIC DISORDERS
Although there’s no one-size-fits-all treatment plan when it comes to skin conditions, there are a few things you can do to manage these disorders.
1. WATCH WHAT YOU EAT
The food we put into our bodies can make a big difference in our skin. Calgary-based registered dietitian Grace Wong explains that “dietary changes may help alleviate the symptom if a food intolerance is involved,” noting that some skin conditions like eczema may be triggered by food intolerances. In some cases, drinking lots of water and eating a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods will help maintain healthy skin.
2. TREAT YOUR SKIN WITH TLC
Some cosmetics, detergents or skin-care products may trigger a reaction, so determine if your skin is sensitive to specific ingredients by reading labels and patch-testing new products before applying to a larger area. Choose unscented products formulated for sensitive skin. Remember to gently pat your skin dry with a towel rather than rubbing or wiping. If you have sensitive skin, speak to a dermatologist about what products are best for you.
3. MINIMIZE TRIGGERS
Protect yourself from the sun by using an SPF 30 or higher; don’t scratch or pick at your skin or breakouts; wash your hands often; use a cool-mist humidifier at night to help remedy dryness; and stop smoking.
4. TRY MINDFULNESS
Stress-management techniques such as meditation and yoga, which help you focus on something, like your breathing, can help calm your mind and alter brain activity. In addition, recent studies have shown that meditation can suppress the response of inflammation-promoting genes. Sign us up!