Sadly, psoriasis, which is an autoimmune disease that causes patches of red and itchy skin, has no cure. That said, if you are looking for psoriasis treatment options, there are a number of natural at-home remedies that an individual can use to relieve their symptoms, moisturize and soften itchy rashes, and help damaged skin get on the road to recovery.
Keep reading for a list of the ten best home remedies for treating psoriasis, all of which have been scientifically backed.
Apple Cider Vinegar.
As one of the most beneficial natural remedies in the world, apple cider vinegar is filled with raw enzymes and healthy bacteria which help to improve bodily functions. If you are extremely itchy, especially if you have an itchy scalp, then soaking with apple cider vinegar is one of the best ways to elevate the itch. It’s important to note that vinegar is acidic, meaning it can become harmful if you use it too often or in large quantities. Additionally, if you have sensitive skin, dilute the vinegar 1:1 with water in order to prevent burning.
Keep in mind that you should always moisturize your skin after using apple cider vinegar as a treatment for itching skin.
Interestingly, capsaicin is an ingredient commonly found in OTC pain creams and ointments. This works as a method of treatment as capsaicin overloads pain transmitters causing an initial burning sensation and then a relief of pain and itching follows. Plus, capsaicin-based treatments have the potential to reduce inflammation, redness, and the seriousness of future outbreaks. Just remember that it’s always best to wear protective gloves when handling products with capsaicin as this will help to prevent accidental contact with mucous membranes.
When looking for skin psoriasis treatment, make sure you talk to your doctor beforehand. For example, if you have to take other medication at the same time, there could be possible adverse reactions with your psoriasis treatment.
If you are looking to have temporary relief from an itchy rash or an itchy scalp, run a lukewarm bath with either Epsom salt or Dead Sea salt. If you add two cups of Epsom salt or a quarter cup of Dead Sea salts to your bath and you soak in it for roughly 15 minutes, this will help to relieve itching and remove scales.
Don’t forget however that an overexposure to hot water can make your symptoms of psoriasis much worse, so only run lukewarm baths.
- Oatmeal Bath.
For those looking for an at-home skin psoriasis treatment, try running an oatmeal bath. Oatmeal is full of vitamins and minerals which help to care for damaged skin. Despite there being a lack of evidence when it comes to this at home remedy, many who have tried it have suggested that it does, in fact, help to relieve itching, redness, and inflammation.
Generally speaking, oatmeal powder can be found at any health food store, or online.
Bathe less frequently.
In an attempt to avoid drying out your skin, most doctors recommend that a psoriasis patient bathes less frequently. At most, they will recommend bathing only once every two or three days. This is very helpful in the winter when the air starts to become dry.
Remember to always pat your skin when towel drying and apply a moisturizer directly after your bath!
As mentioned, moisturizing has a number of benefits. It helps to keep your skin hydrated and it speeds up the overall healing process of plaques. If your skin is starting to feel dry, especially after you take a bath, apply a moisturizer to prevent your skin from drying out.
Medical professionals recommend using extra virgin olive oil or any vegetable-based oils as you can apply them to your skin to lock in moisture and deliver nutrients. Additionally, if you have scalp psoriasis, you can massage a tablespoon of oil into your scalp to help remove any plaques.
As many are aware, aloe vera has been used for thousands of years to help heal dry skin and hair, heal wounds, and help to soothe burns. If you apply aloe vera to the area of skin that is affected by psoriasis, this can help to reduce any redness and minimizing plaques.
Psoriasis outbreaks tend to be caused by the immune system and one known natural remedy for controlling these flare-ups is the Oregon Grape herb. Most medical professionals will recommend a dosage of 10% topical cream. That said, Oregon Grape has a tendency to interact with other medications, therefore, you always want to discuss with your doctor before you try this psoriasis remedy.
Tea Tree Oil.
Distilled from Australian Tea Tree leaves, this oil is extremely toxic if ingested. That said, tea tree oil still has a variety of topical uses, such as treating psoriasis. Apply this oil to your skin to help prevent infection and loosen plaque.
Contrary to popular belief, your body will benefit more from eating foods that contain Omega-3 rich fish oil rather than taking it as a supplement. For example, try eating cold water fish such as salmon, tuna, and sardines, as these are all sources of omega-3. Medical professionals suggest for anyone dealing with psoriasis, whether it is scalp psoriasis or plaque psoriasis, that you include cold water fish in your diet roughly 2-3 each week.
That said, if you want to try this remedy but you do not like to eat fish, you have the option of purchasing Fish Oil supplements from food or vitamin stores.
It is crucial to note that you should not take fish oil if you are currently taking blood-thinners as this will increase your chance of bleeding.
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