If you are suffering from psoriasis then you are most likely aware that it is a condition which can’t be cured. Sure; there are some people out there who may notice that their symptoms dwindle away later in life. Situations like this are few and far between though. Just because it is incurable does not mean you have to suffer though. In fact; with the right techniques it is likely that you will be able to keep the psoriasis at bay to the point where you will not be impacted by flare-ups that much. On this page I want to take a little look at a few psoriasis home remedies. It is of course important that you do try and visit your doctor to get help from a medical standpoint. The information here should help you out for when the medicine is not quite cutting the mustard though.
When it comes to psoriasis home remedies the first thing you want to consider are dietary supplements. There are a couple of things that you really want to be consuming here. These include:
- Fish Oil
- Vitamin D
- Milk Thistle
- Primrose Oil
You should be able to pick up each of these from your local health food store. I especially recommend that you try to get some fish oil into your diet. It does not necessarily need to be from supplements. In fact most people will most likely not want to supplement with fish oil as with a bit of effort you can get more than enough into your diet naturally. The reason as to why fish oil is suggested is the fact that it is high in Omega-3. This ‘chemical’ is absolutely fantastic for reducing inflammation in the human body. Psoriasis is of course inflammation. If you use this supplement then you may find that your symptoms cease to exist for the most part. You can also try and get more Omega-3 into your diet by eating oily fish or similar foods.
Avoid Dyes and Perfumes
It is important that you steer clear of anything which has the potential to irritate the skin. Dyes and perfumes are going to be top of your list here. They are not meant to be on your skin. They are not natural products. A psoriasis flare-up is essentially an immune system response. If you put perfume or dyes onto your skin then your body will start to ‘attack’ that area. This is what causes the skin cells to rapidly regenerate when you suffer from psoriasis. There are a few dyes and perfumes out there which are apparently made for psoriasis sufferers. You may wish to check these out.
If you are suffering from psoriasis then it is important that you keep your skin well-moisturized. You can of course lather some moisturizer onto yourself every so often. This can actually cause your skin to dry out in the long run though. This is why I suggest purchasing a mini-humidifier. This will help to keep the air moist around you. This should help to ensure that your skin stays in absolutely perfect condition. The reason as to why I suggest that you buy a mini humidifier as opposed to one of the large cumbersome things is the fact that you will be able to easily take it to your office!
Many people find that their psoriasis symptoms get a whole lot worse when they start to introduce unhealthy food into their diet. I therefore suggest that you try to steer clear of red meat and incredibly fatty foods. Absolutely no good can come from consuming them. Many people notice that the second they start to consume healthier foods is the very second that they start to notice a positive change in their psoriasis symptoms. There are plenty of guides related to diet out there for psoriasis home remedies so I really do not want to delve into this too much. All you need to remember is to eat well and you will benefit as a result.
As a side note, and whilst we are on the case of diet, I really do suggest that you look into drinking more water each day. Psoriasis is often triggered by dry skin. The vast majority of people out there get nowhere near enough water each day to keep their body in perfect condition. Consume at least eight glasses of water each day. This does not mean downing soft drinks and the like. You will even want to skip coffee and tea. When I say water I mean pure water. You will notice the benefit in a matter of days.
Olive Oil or Vegetable Oil
You will not be consuming these oils (although they will have a slight benefit if you consume them) the aim here is to instead rub them onto the scales and patches of your psoriasis. By using either one of these oils, of which olive oil is the best, you will be locking moisture and nutrients into the skin. This will hopefully ensure that your skin heals as quickly as possible!
Nope, I have not gone crazy here. When it comes to psoriasis home remedies, oatmeal is often regarded as one of the best remedies out there. Mix some of this up with water during your worst days. You can then apply it directly to the impacted area. Almost instantly you will notice that the discomfort disappears. This should be a technique that you keep in your ‘secret arsenal’ for your worst days. Trust me; it is going to benefit you a lot.
Hot water is going to be awful for your skin. In fact; this rings true whether you are suffering from psoriasis or not. Lukewarm water is actually going to be beneficial though. I suggest drawing yourself a bath and mixing the following into it:
- Epsom Slats
- Mineral Oil
- Olive Oil
This combination of ingredients, or just one or two of them for that matter, should instantly eradicate the discomfort related to psoriasis. In addition to this the ingredients will penetrate the skin and promote healing in the impacted areas. It is suggested that you use your favorite moisturizer just after you get out of that bath in order to lock all of that goodness inside. Many people will find that if they keep up to date with regular lukewarm baths they will never really experience that much in the way of serious psoriasis symptoms.
I am not going to lie to you here; a high amount of sunlight exposure is going to be awful for your skin. It is however important that you get small amounts of sunlight from time to time. It is the only way in which your body will be able to produce certain vitamins which can have a useful impact on the health of the skin. Remember; no matter what the temperature is like outside, it is important that you always wear a good sunscreen if you are suffering from psoriasis. This will ensure that the UV rays from the sun do not further damage your skin.
If you have ever looked up any sort of natural remedy for most conditions then you will have stumbled across Aloe Vera. This extract, taken from the leaves of the Aloe Vera plant, can work absolute wonders for a variety of different conditions. It therefore comes as no surprise that it is so popular as one of the many psoriasis home remedies.
If you visit most pharmacies you will find that many of the products that they sell for treating psoriasis actually contain Aloe Vera extract. This is in part down to the fact that it works absolute wonders. Just a small amount of this applied to your skin can significantly reduce the following:
- Scaling (it will help to loosen up the scales. This should make them slightly easier to remove)
- Itching: This is going to be virtually instant. Many people note that creams containing Aloe Vera act as a sort of ‘cooling gel’ for their skin. Don’t forget that many of these creams are also moisturizers. This means that they should work incredibly well for locking those nutrients into your skin. You may want to combine some good Aloe Vera cream with the bath technique that I mentioned previously.
- Inflammation: This may take a couple of days to subside if it is particularly bad. It will go down though. I promise you.
The psoriasis home remedies that I mentioned previously are going to work incredibly well for those who are already dealing with a psoriasis flare-up. Obviously your main intention should be to avoid the flare-up completely in the first place. That is why I want to round off by talking a little bit about psoriasis triggers.
Triggers are things which can set off the psoriasis flare-up. It is worth noting that potential triggers do differ from person to person. What may cause psoriasis to appear in one person may not necessarily cause it to appear in another person. It is up to you to determine what your own triggers are and work as hard as possible to avoid them. I do want to use this section to talk about a few of the most common triggers though. These are ones that you should probably be working to avoid anyway as they can promote unhealthy habits:
- Infections: Psoriasis is a condition related to the immune system. It therefore comes as no surprise that infections can cause the symptoms to present themselves. Sadly there is very little that you can do to combat infections. I think your best bet here is to ensure that you get any infection that you are dealing with treated as soon as possible. This should hopefully minimize the chance of the psoriasis occurring.
- Injuries to the skin: This is an incredibly common trigger. In fact; many people notice that they have psoriasis for the first time after suffering an injury to the skin. The psoriasis flare-up occurs as the body is trying to rapidly repair the damage. Sadly there is only so much you can do here to avoid injuries to the skin. Do take precautions. For example; if you are gardening or dealing with sharp objects then you may wish to wear gloves. If you are going out walking then long clothing will do well. Do everything in your power to avoid injuries to the skin and it will thank you.
- Stress: A common cause of psoriasis flare-ups. You are going to need to learn a couple of relaxation techniques so that you can eliminate as much stress from your life as possible. Of course you will also want to try and completely eliminate whatever is the root cause of your stress in the first place.
- Intense Sunlight: Too much sunlight can cause psoriasis flare-ups. As I mentioned previously it is important that you wear sun cream whenever you go out. I don’t care if it is snowing out there. The sun is still putting out harmful UV rays which can destroy your skin. Minimize this damage by wearing sun cream. Most people opt for something powerful such as a factor 50.
- Smoking and other unhealthy habits could potentially trigger psoriasis symptoms in a few people.