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What should I know about using sunscreen if I have flexural psoriasis?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Some sun exposure can help psoriasis clear from the skin. For some reason, the ultraviolet light often has a beneficial effect. However, too much sun exposure can cause a flare-up of psoriasis. Since flexural psoriasis (also known as inverse psoriasis) mainly affects areas of the body where the skin meets, such as the armpits, it is unlikely to be exposed to the sun.

It is best to speak with your dermatologist about how sun exposure might or might not help your psoriasis. Most experts recommend that people with psoriasis avoid excessive sun exposure. Your doctor may have more specific recommendations on what kind of sunscreen to use and when to apply it.

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