Does Chlorine Affect Psoriasis?

Inform Your Friends:

One of the most spectacular weather all throughout the year is summer where people are going on a vacation and camping trips. And one of the greatest ways of cooling down the summer’s heat is dipping in a swimming pool. When we talk about swimming pools, it corresponds with the word “chlorine” where it is used to disinfect various harmful organisms in the water.  And one of the most common questions people ask would be “Does chlorine affect psoriasis?”

Go and get a Good Swim

Psoriasis and ChlorineTo those who are experiencing psoriasis, you might think that you can no longer have a cool swim as far as your skin condition is concerned and you will just be stuck inside the bathroom tub all the rest of your summer vacation.

Although the skin with psoriasis is a bit sensitive and knowing chlorine can dry up your skin and might trigger various symptoms, your skin condition is not a reason to restrict you from having a good time on your vacation.

Some people have different experiences and exposures. What irritates another person’s psoriasis does not necessarily affect others.

Just Take Extra Care and Enjoy

And to eliminate your worries, there are ways to help you keep up with the weather. You just have to take extra precautions if you want to take a dip in swimming pools.

  • To help protect your skin, before going on a swim, apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly or mineral oil to the affected areas.
  • Right after swimming, wash yourself with plain water. While your skin is still damp, apply your skin moisturizer.

If you can follow these simple guidelines and safeguards, there’s no way of stopping you from enjoying and you will be able to swim whenever you want.

Although some people have good stories to tell that nothing had happened to their psoriasis after swimming on a pool, it’s a contrast to those psoriasis had gone flaring up.

Don’t Forget to Have the Doctor’s Go Signal

If your skin condition is unstable or you are experiencing severe psoriasis, it is best to consult your doctor first to be advised accordingly. Your health should always be on top of your list.

And like what I said, we have our different experiences and the other might not be able to experience what you feel.It is always best to seek medical advice to health professionals so your health condition will be managed properly without any compromise.


This website contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information here is not advice, and should not be treated as such. This website is not to be used as an alternative to a doctor or other healthcare professional. You should never delay in seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice or discontinue medical treatment based on this information.


  1. Kori McCracken says:

    I had seen a skin doctor and she prescribed Tacklex. This does not work at all. I switched to tea tree oil. This drys it up and you can remove dry flaking shin with a rough washcloth.
    The doctor also prescribed a laser treatment that was working yet the treatment was too expensive and insurance only paid 30% of it which left $240.00 per treatment you paid. I wish there was a inexpensive treatment out there.

    • Ive found sunbeds work for mine I go for 6 minutes at a time twice a week , and only using doublebase gel to wash , not soup of any kind , also find a soap powder that is good for use on sensitive skin and dont swap from it

  2. I have mild psoriasis on my face around lip corners, nose, eye brows and eye lids. I apply desowin lotion on these areas for few days. It goes away and comes back again in few areas. I read elsewhere that some people who swam in dead sea had seen good results in reducing the flares, they said the salt water worked as a cure. Even before reading, i was thinking to hit the swimming pools to see if that works. Last weekend, i hit the swimming pool and was in water for about 2 hrs (swimming, relaxing..), next day i noticed miraculous reduction of flares and whitesh areas around my mouth. Luckily chlorine water did work to reduce the flares. I believe chlorine/salt water can help some kind of people.
    I’m a kind of person who go ahead to test something with out thinking much, and it did work for me. It may or may not work for other body types. So review your body.
    I want to pass this information as it may help some other poor sod, as i know the pain.

    This is not a doctor advice, only a trial and error method result.

  3. Yaja Kindermann says:

    Chlorine is in fact the only thing that soothes and calms my psoriasis down! I have it on my left ankle…but it’s steadily rising and when it kicks in has a sort of ‘tide line’ which swells and is the main culprit area. To avoid embarrassment I wear a TUBI-GRIP bandage over it and so my swimming days have resumed with no shame!! I’m going to try organic natural MSM powder or tablets which I’ve heard can really help the condition.

  4. I am suffering from Psoriasis!!! It’s horrible… The intense itch, and the pain that follows from the damage of scratching. Cholorine works for me, I’ve noticed that when I’m in a pool, the scales are loosened easily. They come up without the use of of a topical steroid.

  5. Hi

    There’s a difference between taking the occasional swim and actually working in water. I am a swimming instructor and I use chlorine on a daily basis. Will psoriasis affect my career? Bear in mind I spend hours in the swimming pool.

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