Life with psoriasis can be challenging and stressful. If you have a family member or friend with the condition, you might feel helpless as you watch them try to manage their symptoms. But you can actually do a lot to make life easier for them.

Here are seven ways you can support your loved one through the ups and downs of their psoriasis journey. (And if you’re living with psoriasis like I am, feel free to share these strategies with your family and friends who want to help but don’t know how.)

1. Learn the basics of psoriasis.

It’s difficult to be supportive if you don’t really know what your loved one is dealing with on a daily basis, so educating yourself about psoriasis is key. (This Psoriasis 101 infographic is a good place to start.)