Lois has over ten years' experience in the home/herbal remedy field. She seeks to inform her readers and help them save money.
Psoriasis is a chronic condition that causes red and scaly patches to appear on your skin. With this condition, new skin cells are formed on top of older cells at a faster rate than your body can get rid of the dead cells. There is no known cause for psoriasis; however, a weakened immune system and genetics both play a role in the development of this skin disease. These also may be contributing factors:
- Cold weather
- Skin Infections and Injuries
Both men and women can fall victim to getting this skin condition and can affect people from all racial groups. While people tend to get psoriasis between the ages of 15 and 35, you can fall victim to this skin condition at any age.
While this condition can affect all parts of the skin, the areas most affected are the:
Other than the unsightly raised patches, people may experience burning, itching and stinging sensations within the affected areas.
The good news is that psoriasis is not contagious. You cannot pass this condition to another person. However, you may not want people to stare at your unsightly skin condition. The first thing you should do once you suspect that you have psoriasis is to see your doctor. He can rule out other skin conditions by taking a biopsy of the affected skin and examining it under the microscope.
While there is no cure for psoriasis, the doctor can help treat this condition by prescribing topical and over-the-counter moisturizers, lotions and creams. He may also suggest light therapy and stronger medications for more severe cases. However, you may be hesitant about taking chemically produced medications. There are many things you can do at home that can treat this skin condition.
Taking a bath is an excellent treatment for psoriasis. Fill a tub with warm water and add a cup of oatmeal along with a cup of unscented Epson or seas alts. Soak in the tub for at least fifteen minutes. This helps loosen up the scaly skin cells and makes your skin look smoother. When you get out of the tub, make sure to dry your skin completely. After ten minutes, apply moisturizer to your skin. By taking a bath one to two times a week, you will notice improvement with your psoriasis.
As already mentioned, a weakened immune system is a major cause for psoriasis flareups. Stress is one of the many reasons why people get sick than those who do not let stress get to them. Therefore, the best practice is to lead a life that is without stress. That will be impossible since every adult person faces at least some stress throughout his life. Still it is possible to cut out some of the stress in your life. Doing this can be beneficial to both you and your skin condition.
Both vitamin E oil and aloe vera are excellent for many skin conditions, including psoriasis. Rub both of these on the affected skin several times a day to reduce the scales and redness and to relieve the itching, irritation and swelling. The following can also be rubbed on your skin for effective relief:
- Capsaicin Cream
- Coal Tar
- Fish Oil
- Salicylic Acid
Mud packs are effective in treating psoriasis. Apply it to your skin and leave it on for a half hour. This allows the mud enough time to dry and to also to draw out any toxins your skin may have in the affected areas. The mud plays a role in removing the outer scales. While you can get mud from your backyard, it is better to purchase it at beauty stores such as Bath and Body.
There are many essential oils that can be used to treat psoriasis. Two such oils are calendula-marigold-and oregano oils. Mix two drops of each to a cup of olive oil and rub it on the affected areas. This helps both with softening the scales and relieving the itching. You can also combine two drops each of castor and wheat germ oil with a cup of sunflower oil for the same results
Some doctors may suggest tanning sessions to treat psoriasis since light therapy is used for this condition. For some people, this may be ideal especially if they live in a climate that does not provide adequate sunlight. If you do live in an area with sunlight, get out and enjoy it. By spending 15 minutes at a time in the sun, you are providing your body with vitamin D, which is excellent in healing skin conditions.
Always stick to a healthy diet. By eating healthy, you are giving your immune system a major boost. A stronger immune system helps reduce psoriasis flare-ups. Make sure to include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet as well as milk and other dairy products.
Psoriasis can be a very aggravating and embarrassing condition. With the above treatments, you may be able to provide relief. However, make sure to see your doctor if the condition worsens. He may need to prescribe stronger medications and therapies.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2019 Lois Ryan
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 22, 2019:
With the cold weather coming, it is again time to deal seriously with dry skin. Thanks for these tips.
Lorna Lamon on September 22, 2019:
Such a distressing condition and one there is no cure for. Your article has great tips and ideas which are natural and cost effective. My cousin has this condition and she finds that a combination of a healthy diet, yoga for stress and oatmeal baths really help. I hope a cure is not too far away.
Lora Hollings on September 21, 2019:
Great article, Lois, on psoriasis and the natural remedies that you can use to treat it which are usually better than using over-the-counter creams or moisturizers. I use aloe vera whenever I have dry or itchy skin and it really works great. The vitamin E oil that you suggest to use in addition to the aloe vera for red, irritated skin and psoriasis is a wonderful suggestion. This article has a lot of great tips for treating skin problems! Thanks for sharing.
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 21, 2019:
Thankfully, I have never had this condition. I am glad to know there are natural ways to treat this skin condition. This is a very good article as you list so man therapeutic treatments.