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My Biggest Piece of Advice for Mitigating Psoriasis Marks
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There are several medications and remedies you can use to try and minimize the effects of psoriasis, but the one thing I’ve found most useful is actually quite simple: Sunlight.

Spending time in the sun helps alleviate the marks. The more time I spend in the sunlight, the faster they heal. That’s why winters can be so harsh. There’s hardly any sunlight in the sky.

There’s a key reason why summer is my favorite season. To me, it’s a “healing” season. I do my best to expose myself to as much sunlight as possible. The more sunlight I get, the fewer marks I have and the faster they fade away.

You don’t need to go to a beach and lay out for a tan. It’s as simple as going for a walk, hanging out with friends outdoors, and playing sports at a park.

Getting out seems so simple, and that’s exactly what it is. A couple of years back, I took part in “light-box” therapy to imitate natural sunlight as much as possible.

It was an artificial way of getting exposed to sunlight. The treatment helped a bit, but it was uncomfortable and I could smell my skin burning a bit. This therapy also caused unnatural-looking tan marks throughout my body.

If you or someone you know deals with psoriasis, I highly encourage them to spend at least one hour in the sunlight if possible. I would advise the individual to wear a tank top, shorts, and even flip-flops for the best results.

The more skin that is exposed, the more that your body will naturally repair itself. Fully own the fact that you deal with psoriasis and let the sunlight hit as many parts of your body as possible.

Sunlight is free and helps you get outside for some fresh air. Who would have thought one of the best psoriasis treatments would be so simple?

I must emphasize that getting some sunlight is not going to completely get rid of psoriasis marks. However, it will help repair some lesions in common places such as your face, arms, and legs.

Experimenting with several medications and treatments can be costly and exhausting. If you’re able to get a couple of hours of sunlight per day, you’ll notice the positive effects start to take place.

No matter how big or small the results are, any treatment that helps alleviate the effects of psoriasis is a win.




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Jordan Mendiola

Jordan Mendiola

Diagnosed since 2018

Jordan Mendiola has lived with psoriasis for 4 years. A horizontal construction engineer in the U.S. Army, Mendiola loves hands-on projects and writing inspirational blog posts about health, fitness, life, and investing. He's 24 years old and enjoys running, investing, and learning. Connect with Mendiola on Medium.

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