The Places We Don’t Talk About

By Freedom 360

Medically reviewed by Freedom 360 Panel of Doctors

Everybody has them but we rarely talk about them. They are the parts of our body we keep covered or the areas where perspiration require attention. They include areas like our groin and genitals, our armpits or breasts. They are commonly called skin folds, and for people with psoriasis they can be a quite a head achei .

The main issue is that they are areas where our body’s natural cooling system chooses to do its work. This means perspiration which in turns makes the skin moist. And this moisture can cause psoriasis flare-ups to happen.

The moisture from sweat is just half of the problem. Many of the areas where the skin folds onto itself are areas which we do not expose to the air, such as the groin or under the breast. This means moisture will build up which can irritate the skin. In some cases the skin can crack, which is not only quite painful but can lead to bacterial infectionsii.

Here are some ways you can help to manage those parts of your body we don’t like to talk about to reduce the risk of a flare-up.

Choose the right style of clothes – The right choice of clothes makes a big difference. First dress for the temperature. It is all too common for people with psoriasis to cover up with long sleeves and jackets that are too warm for the temperature in places like Singapore. In most cases this is to conceal their skin, so the issue may be one of confidence. While some people may find it hard to overcome the urge to cover-up, the need for modesty should be weighed against the need to keep you skin healthy. Allowing the skin to have access to natural air flow is important, so try to dress appropriately for the climate.

Choose the right material – What material you choose is nearly as important as what style of clothing you wear. Cotton is a good choice as it allows your skin to breathe and is not s irritating to your skin. Light cotton shirts, pants and skirts are all good choices to protect those delicate areas. You should also try and avoid synthetic fabrics as they do not allow as much air to circulate around the body parts. They can also feel quite sticky when it gets hot.

Keep the skin folds dry – Everybody sweats so keeping moist areas dry is easier said than done. But you can help stop irritation by making a conscious effort to towel wet areas throughout the day. Starting after your bath or shower in the morning, make sure sensitive areas are completely dry. Once this is done, apply any creams or ointments that you use for your treatment. But don’t overdo it - use only what you need and remove any excess. If it is possible, find time to bathe again during the day and follow with another careful dry down.

Control the humidity in your environment – Many people living in hot and humid countries spend a lot of time in air-conditioned environments. This will help control the need to perspire, but the dry air can cause other problems with your skiniii . Both extremes of humidity – too dry and too moist – can cause problems. If it is too moist you will sweat around sensitive areas. Too dry and your skin may crack and become irritated. Fortunately you can control the humidity of your environment while at home. The use of both humidifiers and dehumidifiers can help create a balanced environment where you are both comfortable and your skin is not placed under additional stress.