Psoriasis is a skin disorder that causes skin cells to multiply up to 10 times faster than normal. This makes the skin build up into bumpy red patches covered with white scales and associated with itching.
Looking for a way to ditch the itch? The best way to manage and control your symptoms is to see a physician, who can recommend medications and other treatment options to calm the inflammation, ease pain and itching, and reduce redness of psoriatic skin.
However, if you are looking for a more holistic approach for relief, there are a number of natural remedies that may help relieve symptoms in the meantime.
Add Epsom or Dead Sea salts to a warm-water bath. Soaking in this mixture for a minimum of 15 minutes is not only soothing to itchy skin, but it also helps to shed the scaly skin associated with psoriasis.
Get a Little Sun
Spend some time in the great outdoors. The sun’s ultraviolet B rays stops aggressive skin cell multiplication can help fight your psoriasis. Vitamin D can help reduce inflammation throughout your body. The nutrient, as well as the UV rays from light exposure, can help clear or prevent psoriasis plaques.
There are numerous natural creams made out of different plants and herbs that have shown to help relieve mild and moderate psoriasis. Moisturizers will not cure plaque psoriasis or eczema, but they keep it under control by hydrating skin. Moisturizing helps relive the itching, irritation and pain while reducing the dryness, inflammation, and scaling. All-natural moisturizers heal and repair while keeping skin soft, supple and smooth.
Wonder herb – Turmeric
Turmeric is an herb that is praised for its beneficial effects on health in general because it is a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Taking it can help minimize the symptoms associated with psoriasis. You can add the herb directly to food (Indian food is typically high in turmeric) or take it as a supplement.
Meditation and Yoga
Cut down your stress to shake off your symptoms. Meditation can help you take your psoriasis in stride. Yoga is especially helpful if you have psoriatic arthritis, too, because it eases joint pain and expands your range of motion.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are known to help decrease inflammation in the body. This can be beneficial for psoriasis symptoms. Inflammation is what causes the itchy, red flakes. They can be found in fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines. You can also buy fish oil supplements.
Aloe vera is anti-inflammatory and helps decrease redness. Creams made from extracts of the aloe vera plant can be applied to the skin to help reduce redness, scaling, itching, and inflammation. Use unscented gel or cream with 0.5% in it on your skin.