Home Remedies For Psoriasis

Home Remedies For Psoriasis

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  1. Chronic psoriasis is a painful, irritating and often embarrassing skin condition that is estimated to afflict nearly a quarter of the United States population.  It is caused by skin cells forming too quickly, over the course of a few days rather than a few weeks.  The result is dry, itchy, red, inflamed patches on the skin.  It is a lifelong condition, and treatment that works for one person may not work for another.  

    If you suffer from psoriasis, there are some home remedies you can try to manage your condition and minimize the pain and itching.

    Soak Up the Sun

    Studies have shown that many people who suffer from psoriasis are Vitamin D deficient.        More frequent exposure to natural sunlight (avoiding the hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the most dangerous time of day for sun exposure) combined with a daily Vitamin D supplement can help in the treatment of the condition.  Of course, be sure to apply sunscreen to all exposed, unaffected areas.

    Wrap it Up

    Before you go to bed, take warm bath or shower, moisturize the affected areas and cover with plastic wrap.  This locks the moisturizer tightly against the skin, causing the skin to stay moist throughout the night.  In the morning, you can simply remove the wrap and rinse the areas clean.

    Ice It

    Ice is a short term home remedy for psoriasis.  A cold pack applied to the affected areas will numb nerve endings, providing itch relief.  The cold will also provide relief for raw, painful areas.  

    The Cabbage Patch

    Sulforaphane, a chemical found in cabbage leaves, has natural healing elements.  Create a patch out of cabbage by washing a leaf in warm water, drying it and wrapping it around the affected area.  Secure it with an elastic bandage.  Do this daily during flair-ups.  Eating cabbage is an effective home remedy for psoriasis, with the added bonus of helping prevent certain types of cancer.

    Salt Bath

    Take a bath in warm water mixed with about three teaspoons of Epsom salt.  This provides relief by removing the dead skin cells.

    Oils

    There are many oils that are said to be effective home remedies for psoriasis.  This list of oils includes castor, olive, wheat germ, cashew, coconut, sunflower, fish and flax seed.  These are only a few of the home remedy oils, and some are harder to find than others.  A simple internet search can help you determine which oils are best for you and how to use them.  

    Vinegar

    Vinegar is widely known for being a multi-purpose product, used in cleaning, disinfecting, cooking and home remedies for a variety of conditions, including psoriasis.  Apple cider vinegar helps to reduce inflammation.  Mix one cup of the vinegar with a gallon of water.  Soak a washcloth in the mixture, ring out and use it as a compress over the affected areas.  If your fingernails and toenails are affected by the condition, soak them in a dish of the vinegar/water mixture.  

    In addition to the above home remedies for psoriasis, there are a number of things you can do to avoid or lessen the severity of psoriasis flair-ups.

    Humidify

    Keeping your skin moist will help prevent or reduce skin irritation.  Run a humidifier in your home, particularly during dry winter weather.

    Just Say No

    Consumption of alcohol has been proven to make psoriasis symptoms worse.  If you frequently consume alcohol, try cutting back to see if it makes a difference in your psoriasis outbreaks.

    Moisturize

    Use a good quality moisturizer daily to keep your skin moist.  Take care to moisturize especially well after bathing.  A moisturizer with oil in it helps to trap moisture beneath the skin.

    Skin Care

    Use products that are labeled “For Sensitive Skin.”  If flair-ups get worse, discontinue the use of these products, and once the episode has passed, introduce the products back into your daily routine one at a time to determine which one is the culprit.  

    A Healthy Lifestyle

    Eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy body weight, and reducing stress can all help improve your psoriasis condition.  Although none of these things have been proven to help treat psoriasis, it is widely believed that leading a healthy lifestyle can greatly improve the condition.

    Unfortunately, there is no cure for psoriasis.  But trying the home remedies listed here, and using some preventative methods can help provide relief, shorten the flair-ups, or lessen the frequency of the episodes.  

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