How to Treat Psoriasis at Home
Psoriasis is a skin condition that is thought to affect just two per cent of people in the UK
Psoriasis causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin that is covered with silvery scales. Although the patches usually appear on elbows, knees, scalp and the lower back, they are not confined to these areas alone and can affect anywhere on your body. These patches can become itchy and sore and can get quite uncomfortable in some cases. It is usually a chronic disease, where you might have periods where your symptoms are more severe, and some when they are milder.
Although there is no cause, it is found that people who suffer from psoriasis have an increased production of skin cells. Whereas these cells are usually made and replaced every three to four weeks, those who suffer from psoriasis have a much quicker process, which usually only take three to seven days. It is this build-up of skin cells that create the patches of affected skin. It is thought that it is related to the immune system, where your body mistakenly attacks healthy skin cells by mistake.
The good news is that some different natural remedies can help in the treatment of psoriasis.
It is well known that aloe vera is incredibly soothing, and has excellent healing properties, so it should come as no surprise that it can be used in the treatment of psoriasis.
The gel from the plant can be applied directly to the skin up to three times a day, and studies have suggested that it can help to reduce the redness and the scaling which are both associated with psoriasis. If you cannot get pure aloe vera gel, you should look for a gel that contains 0.5% aloe for it to be effective.
Apple cider vinegar:
If you suffer from psoriasis on your head, apple cider vinegar is an effective treatment. It is a popular natural remedy that has been used for a long time and contains great natural antiseptic properties.
Although it can be poured directly onto your scalp, there is a chance that this could sting, particularly if you are suffering from a quite severe psoriasis. So, to combat this, you should dilute the vinegar with equal parts water. You can either leave the apple cider vinegar on your scalp or rinse it off.
It should be noted that this is not recommended if your scalp is either cracked or bleeding as the apple cider vinegar can react and irritate your skin. However; If not, you should begin to see results in just a few weeks of using it.
This is the ingredient in chilli peppers that makes them hot to taste. Although more research is needed to assess the benefits and safety, it has been reported that capsaicin can be used to treat the symptoms of psoriasis.
When capsaicin is added to different creams and ointments, it is capable of blocking the nerve endings that can transmit pain, and it is this that can help those who are suffering from psoriasis. Some researchers have found that not only can it help to reduce the pain, but also the inflammation, redness and the scaling that is all associated with the skin condition.
Like we have previously said though, more research is needed, and it should also be noted that some people have also reported a burning sensation when capsaicin is applied to the skin.
Dead sea salts:
Dead sea salts and Epsom salts are a great way to help to gently exfoliate your skin, and ease some of the itchings that you might be suffering.
Just add some salts to a warm, but not too hot bath, and then lay back and relax in the tub for approximately fifteen minutes. It is imperative though that you remember to moisturise when you get out of the bath to see an improvement to your condition.
It is well known that soaking in an oat bath helps to relieve many skin conditions, thanks to the soothing properties of oats. It is not known why or indeed how this works, but experts do suggest and support the use of oats in relieving psoriasis symptoms.
Applying an oat paste, or soaking in a bath which contains oats can help to relieve the symptoms of psoriasis, such as itchy skin. It will also help to reduce the redness.
Tea tree oil:
Tea tree is another common natural remedy and is native to Australia. It is used to treat many different health complaints, namely skin conditions, and it is suggested to help relieve the symptoms of psoriasis as well.
It has excellent antiseptic properties, which make it a great choice to be applied to the skin, to help relieve the symptoms of psoriasis; however, it is essential to make sure that you do not apply the oil undiluted to the skin as this can irritate. Some people also find it sufficient to use a tea tree shampoo when they are suffering from psoriasis on their scalp; however, it should be noted that there are no specific scientific studies that have shown the effectiveness in treating psoriasis.
It is worth a try though; just use the essential oil with care, as some people can be sensitive or allergic to it.