Medically reviewed by Allison Truong, M.D.

When the weather’s warm, it’s only natural to want to jump in a cool body of water and splash around. Plus, summertime is often a period of relief for psoriasis flares, since the air is often more humid and the skin tends to get plenty of anti-inflammatory sunlight and vitamin D.

But people with psoriasis still have a lot of questions and concerns about swimming. Will it dry out our skin? Cause a flare? Here, we explain how swimming can affect psoriasis, which type of water is least irritating to psoriatic skin, and what tips for protecting our skin during all that fun in the water actually work.