As someone with psoriasis, I can personally attest to the physical and psychological effect that it has on you.
These home remedies are some things that you can try to help treat your psoriasis when it flares up.
Try exposing your psoriasis to 5-10 minutes of direct sunlight per day. The Sun’s UVB rays have been proven to help with psoriasis symptoms.
Don’t think using a tanning bed is a good substitute. They produce mostly UVA rays, which increase skin damage and can cause psoriasis symptoms to get even worse.
Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation in the body and boost the immune system.
Take fish oil pills as recommended by the manufacturer.
Soaking in water is a great way to help soothe inflamed skin and also helps soften and loosen up the plaques that many of deal with.
I find that taking a warm (not hot) shower works best for me, but swimming and taking a bath are also good options. After drying off, make sure you put a moisturizer on the area that’s affected. This replaces the moisture in the skin that’s lost while you’re soaking.
Use Oils or Salts in Your Bath
Adding Epsom Salt to your bath can help bring down the swelling you may be experiencing.
The addition of some olive oil, mineral oil or vegetable oil to your bath can help loosen the plaques even more than just taking a bath alone.
Warm olive oil can also be used to loosen plaques on your scalp. Just rub it in before shampooing to help break them free.
Stop the Itching With Baking Soda
Add 1 cup of baking soda to 2 gallons of water. Applying this solution can help limit any itching. I haven’t had any luck with this, but quite a few others seem to find that it works for them.
Over the counter cortisone cream can sometimes help with itching. Make sure the cream contains 1% cortisone and apply it as directed on the package.
It’s said to be especially helpful in relieving the itching of facial psoriasis.
One study found that adding probiotics to your diet can help with psoriasis symptoms.
It found that having healthy bacteria in your body can boost the immune system, thus helping to manage psoriasis.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has a lot of different uses when it comes to home remedies and this is another one. Add one cup of apple cider vinegar to one gallon of water and soak the area that’s affected.
For psoriasis of the nails, you can pour it directly into a bowl and soak your hands or feet.
Alternatively, you could soak a cloth and apply the solution to your psoriasis. This should help alleviate some of the inflammation. It can also help prevent an infection if you have any broken skin.
Aloe is another home remedy that has a ton of uses. It’s been used for the treatment of burns and other skin injuries for centuries.
You can simply buy pure aloe in a bottle and apply it as needed. It should help with itching and prevent cracking.
Salicylic acid is one of the common ingredients in over the counter psoriasis treatments.
Shampoos, creams, and ointments with salicylic acid in them will prevent itching and help loosen any plaques.
There are a lot of home remedies for psoriasis that can help those of us that suffer from it. Some are better than others, and none of them work for everybody.
The one thing that really helps me is this final home remedy tip.
Over the counter moisturizers can help immensely in the treatment of psoriasis.
Keeping the skin moisturized prevents cracking and bleeding. It also helps prevent inflammation and can make plaques less noticeable.
People suggest very heavy moisturizers a lot when talking about psoriasis. They can work but having my hands covered (where my psoriasis is) in thick grease just isn’t something I can do. I know a lot of people have similar problems due to the location of their psoriasis.
I still have to recommend Revitol Dermasis Psoriasis Cream as the best home remedy available for the treatment of psoriasis.