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Why You Should Practice Mindfulness When You Have Psoriasis

By Leah Campbell
Reviewed by Allison Truong, M.D.
April 27, 2022

When it comes to treating a chronic condition such as psoriasis, the need for modern medicine will likely always exist. Medical approaches, such as phototherapy, topicals, and systemic medications, are scientifically-based and tested, and they’ve been proven time and time again to be successful treatment options with generally fast results.

But that doesn’t mean there’s no benefit to alternative approaches. In fact, self-care and wellness practices like mindfulness have also been found to produce positive health impacts in a variety of ways, including by reducing the symptoms of psoriasis.

What Science Says

“Psoriasis is an inflammatory condition where the immune system causes increased turnover of skin cells,” explains Ife Rodney, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist at Eternal Dermatology + Aesthetics in Fulton, Maryland. “The result is red, itchy patches of scaly skin on the elbows, knees, scalp, or anywhere on the body.”

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