How water affects psoriasis
Swimming in salt water or a chlorinated pool can dry out your skin, but salt water may be better for your psoriasis.
According to the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF), swimming in salt water can help remove dead skin and improve the appearance of psoriasis.
Saltwater pools are increasing in popularity for health clubs and individual homeowners. If you have access to a saltwater pool, you’ll be less likely to have a flare-up after (compared to swimming in a chlorinated pool).
Naturally occurring salt water is even better, and therefore the ocean is a great option. Not everyone lives near the ocean, but if you do, consider taking a dip as often as you can.
If you aren’t near a beach, take advantage of the natural soothing powers of fresh ocean water on your next coastal vacation, or take a quick soak in a Dead Sea salt bath.
The chlorine used in traditional pools can be harsh on psoriasis skin. The chemicals used can increase skin irritation and dryness.
That doesn’t mean chlorinated pools are off-limits. Just keep your swim short, rinse off after you get out, and moisturize after swimming.