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What Helps to Heal Psoriasis on Lips?

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What Helps to Heal Psoriasis on Lips?

Although it is very rare to have psoriasis occurring only on the lips, psoriasis is a common chronic inflammatory skin disease that may affect any skin area. For a very small number of people, psoriasis lesions appear on the gums, the tongue, the skin between the nose and the upper lip, and also on the lips. The lesions are usually white or gray. Let's find out what can heal psoriasis on lips. 


Note: see a dermatologist to make sure you have the right diagnostic. Psoriasis on lips can be confused with other skin conditions, such as allergic dermatitis. Lips may develop eczema because of allergic reactions to chemical ingredients or food.



What is happening to my lips?

Psoriasis is associated with inappropriate activation of the immune system resulting in inflammation and increased proliferation of skin cells. As a result, the skin gets thicker and red with dry patches.

The cause of psoriasis is not fully understood. What we know is that most patients with facial psoriasis usually also have psoriasis at other sites. Facial involvement occurs at some time in about half those affected by psoriasis.

Natural treatments for psoriasis on lips

Although psoriasis is a skin condition, the root cause of psoriasis is usually not the skin but what goes on internally that is causing the skin to have this reaction. It is important to see a dermatologist or other alternative doctors to help you find out what triggers psoriasis in your body. Here are some common natural remedies used for psoriasis: remedies for psoriasis

Because facial skin is thin and sensitive, it is also more complicated to treat. Jojoba oil is a great option to soothe lips. It is a mild and effective natural moisturizer. Also, the keratolytic qualities of jojoba oil is good for treating psoriasis since it loosens scales so they can fall off naturally.

What to do to help heal psoriasis on lips?

Added to psoriasis treatments prescribed by a doctor, self-care strategies can further reduce psoriasis on lips. There is a genetic predisposition in psoriasis, but other lifestyle and environmental influences are also important, such dehydration, smoking, drinking, stress, infection, injuries, certain medications, and diet.

Keep lips well hydrated

Lips don't handle dehydration very well, especially with psoriasis. It is recommended to take extra care of your lips with a moisturizing lip balm that contains safe ingredients. Ample use of moisturizers can make your skin feel better and keep scaling under control. 

Avoid biting the skin from your lips (because it will take more time to heal) and licking your lips. Not only does the evaporating saliva dry out your lips, but the enzymes in saliva can break down the skin's protective barrier. 

Stop smoking

Psoriasis on lips may be aggravated by smoking. It is best to avoid smoking if you have psoriasis on lips. Experts agree that quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do to care for your psoriasis. 

Avoid drinking alcohol

Psoriasis is more common in people who drink alcohol heavily. Psoriasis in men may be affected more by drinking than in women.

Consider dietary changes

In general, there is no solid evidence for any food making psoriasis better or worse. At the same time, many people with psoriasis have claimed improvement after cutting down on certain foods. But the diet to follow depends on each individual.

Be careful with harsh weather

Lips do not react well to harsh weather, including cold air, wind and too much sun exposure involving sunburn. Be cautious with ultraviolet radiation as some people have photosensitivity. A scarf or a lip balm with sunscreen help to protect lips.

Get better at managing your stress

Studies have shown that there is a link between stress and psoriasis. While stress is known to make psoriasis worse, psoriasis can bring more stress. Relaxation techniques (such as meditation or yoga) can help people with psoriasis to get better at coping with stress.

Also, treatment can be a cause of stress for people with psoriasis. But it can also be the best cure for both stress and psoriasis. If there is a good control of the symptoms, there is less stress...



Psoriasis on lips and psychosocial problems

Patients with facial psoriasis often suffer from psychosocial problems due to the presence of red and scaly plaques on highly visible areas. Lots of individuals with psoriasis have a poor self-image that stems from fear of public rejection, and psychological distress can lead to significant depression and social isolation. 

This is why it can be very helpful to see a psychotherapist who can help you cope with the impact of psoriasis. A psychological symptom management program has been reported as being a helpful adjunct to traditional therapies in the management of psoriasis.

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Resources


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Important: The information provided on this page about psoriasis on lips is for educational and informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for the advice of an appropriately qualified practitioner.

Do you suffer from psoriasis on lips? Leave a comment to share your experience with others!

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