Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that needs to be managed throughout your lifetime, including young adulthood.

Growing up and getting older can be tough. Your 20s, 30s, and beyond can be times of massive change. You might be moving away from home for the first time. Or maybe at some point in your career, you need to move to a new city. You might add a new relationship to the mix.

All these things can be tricky to navigate, even without psoriasis as part of the equation.

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition. Over time, the way you manage it will change. There will be times when your symptoms feel well-managed. At other times, your symptoms will flare.

Psoriasis causes red, painful, itchy, scaly patches on your skin. Many people find that psoriasis can affect their jobs, relationships, and mental health.

Living with psoriasis means there are some additional things to consider to take care of yourself. You’ll need to sort out health insurance to make sure you’re covered. If you move, you might need to find a new healthcare professional.

Here are some ideas to help you navigate the next phase of managing your condition.

If you’ve lived with psoriasis since childhood, you’re not alone. About one-third of people with psoriasis are diagnosed before age 18.

As a child and teen, you likely had adults in your life who made healthcare decisions for you. For many people, the move from pediatric to adult care can be challenging. The pediatric care model tends to be very family-based. Adult care is focused on giving you the chance to make your own care decisions.

Of course, even as an adult, you don’t have to do it all yourself. You can still ask for a family member or friend to come to appointments with you. It can be helpful to have a support person in your appointment to listen, ask questions, or take notes.

Another thing to consider is health insurance. If you’re under 26 years old and have been on your parent’s health insurance, you can stay on their plan even if you no longer live with them.

Once you turn 26, you’ll need to find your own health insurance. You might have coverage through your workplace. You can ask your human resources department about your options.

If you don’t have health insurance through your work and coverage through your parents is running out, you’ll need to do some research. You can learn more about your options and how to apply on the HealthCare.gov website.

There are many reasons you may move away from your hometown. It could be for a new job, a relationship, or just the desire for a fresh start.

If you’re moving too far to continue to work with your healthcare team, you’ll need to find a new one. Consider asking your current healthcare professional whether they have any connections or recommendations in the area you’re moving to.

You can contact a local patient support center or online support groups for ideas. Healthgrades can help you find a dermatologist in your area.

Once you find a new healthcare professional to work with, make sure they have copies of your past medical records. This can help make the transition smoother.

Many people who live with psoriasis worry about how it will affect relationships. It can feel stressful trying to get to know someone new while worrying about how they might feel about your skin.

When your skin hurts or you’re uncomfortable, it can be hard to feel your best. Putting energy and time into dating may feel overwhelming.

People with psoriasis may have lower self-esteem. They often internalize stigma about living with psoriasis. This increases isolation and can lead to worsening mental health.

It’s important to remember that psoriasis is not your fault. Honesty about your life and health is a big part of being in a relationship. You can decide when and if you tell someone about your psoriasis. This may involve some education. There are a lot of misunderstandings about psoriasis. You already know that it’s not contagious, but some people don’t know that.

If you’re experiencing poor self-image, consider reaching out for help. A mental health counselor can support you in working through difficult thoughts.

Depending on your symptoms, your work life might be affected by your psoriasis. It’s always up to you to decide who (if anyone) to tell about your psoriasis.

You might decide to let your boss know if you’re dealing with symptoms that affect your ability to work. Open communication is also important if you miss work for frequent medical appointments.

Research has shown that almost half of people with psoriasis regularly miss work due to symptoms or medical appointments. There is an association between more severe psoriasis symptoms and decreased work productivity. It can be hard to cope with skin pain and irritation, let alone focus on your job.

On top of that, many people find that stress can make their symptoms worse. Among people with psoriasis, 88% have noticed that stress can worsen their symptoms.

If psoriasis is affecting your quality of life, it might be a sign that your treatment plan needs to change. Talk with your healthcare professional to see if there is something else that might work better for you.

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition. You will go through phases when symptoms are well-managed. Other times, inflammation will cause your symptoms to flare.

There are different treatment options. They include topical products, oral or injected medications to lower inflammation, and light therapy.

It can be hard to manage a chronic condition while also sorting out the rest of your life. You deserve to be well-supported by your healthcare team, family, friends, and coworkers.

It can be overwhelming to navigate major life changes along with managing a chronic condition like psoriasis. There are several things to consider.

You may need to find a new healthcare professional if you move. Or maybe you need to find your own health insurance.

Work and relationships can be tricky when you’re dealing with symptom flares. You don’t have to share details about your health if you don’t want to. But it may be helpful to have people in your life who understand what you are dealing with and how they can support you.