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How should I cleanse my skin if I have flexural psoriasis?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Flexural psoriasis is one of the five main types of the autoimmune condition psoriasis. Doctors do not completely understand what causes psoriasis, but they do know that it develops when your immune system begins producing skin cells too fast.

Experts recommend that people with psoriasis use warm (not hot) water and limit the time they spend in the shower. They also advise using cleansers that are fragrance-free. Your doctor may suggest trying an oatmeal bath to calm the itching of a flare-up and may recommend that you get in the habit of patting your skin dry rather than rubbing it to help prevent irritation.

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