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Psoriasis is much more than a stubborn rash and flaky skin. It is a deep seated immune imbalance leading to red, inflamed skin and some serious itching. Moreover, there’s no known cure for psoriasis in conventional medicines and all you get are some applications or steroids that only put the condition in remission temporarily.
If you have psoriasis, your skin may not produce as much fats and oils as other people’s, and will be less able to retain water. The protective barrier is therefore not as good as it should be ... allowing bacteria or irritants to pass through more easily, your skin breaks down more easily, quickly becoming irritated, cracked and inflamed.
Though there is no way to get rid of psoriasis, you can help avoid it, help your body recover more quickly and ease your symptoms with some simple home remedies. We have a passion for natural health and many of us have suffered from psoriasis ourselves. That’s why we went out and compared some of the top natural psoriasis treatments to see which ones really worked and which ones don’t live up to their promises.What we found out is that there are a number of good choices for natural psoriasis relief, but some were certainly better than others.
An old favorite for easing psoriasis outbreaks is mixing 2 teaspoons olive oil with a large glass of milk and adding the concoction to your bathwater. Or if you are dealing with psoriasis on your scalp, massage some warm olive oil on your scaly patches. It will help soften the dead skin and make it easier to remove.
Try a vinegar dip
Like aloe, apple cider vinegar has a long history of being used to soothe minor burns and other skin inflammations, and it’s also a disinfectant. According to the Psoriasis Foundation, some folks with psoriasis have reported success in using it to treat their condition. As a liquid, it makes a great soak for affected fingernails and toenails—just pour some in a bowl or cup and dip your nails in for a few minutes—and apparently has even been effective when applied to plaques using cotton balls. It might just be worth a try. To prepare an apple cider vinegar compress, add 1 cup apple cider vinegar to 1 gallon water. Soak a washcloth in the mixture and apply it to the skin to ease itching.
Doctors have known for years that covering psoriasis lesions helps them go away. The cover-up strategy also helps to work medications into the skin and keep moisturizers in place longer. You can use regular kitchen plastic wrap, or you can buy special OTC patches. Apply your prescribed medication (be sure to confirm with your doctor first that the medication you are using can safely be used with an occlusive wrap) or moisturizer, then cover the area with the wrap. Don’t keep the wrap on so long that the skin becomes soggy, since it’s more susceptible to secondary infection that way; consult your doctor or pharmacist if you need more specific instructions.
Dry skin can crack, bleed, and become infected, so it’s important to keep your skin from drying out. Moisturizing not only helps prevent dry skin, it also reduces inflammation, helps maintain flexibility, helps keep psoriasis from getting worse, and makes plaque scales less noticeable. The heaviest, or greasiest, moisturizers work best at locking water into the skin — ingredients like lactic acid seem to work best. Or you can use cooking oils, lard, or petrolatum. Apply a moisturizer right after you step out of a bath or shower. It helps your body hold onto natural oils and water. Thick moisturizers like Eucerin, Aquaphor, and Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream are all effective. But inexpensive alternatives, such as cooking oils, lard, or petroleum jelly, offer equally strong protection.
Use skin products carefully
Psoriasis causes the skin to be unusually susceptible to irritating substances, so use products such as hair dyes, perms, or straighteners with caution. Use potential irritants only when your skin is relatively free of lesions, and avoid them altogether if you have open wounds.