by Laura Dolgy (see bio below)
If you didn’t already know, psoriasis affects as many as 125 million people worldwide. It is known as a chronic autoimmune disease that is characterized by thick skin plaque that cause itching, scaling and pain. If you’re suffering from psoriasis, then we know how difficult it can be to find a proper natural treatment that actually works. This week, we’re sharing our top 9 natural remedies for psoriasis.
Please keep in mind that although these recommendations might relieve psoriasis, we are in no way medical professionals. If you’re experiencing severe psoriasis symptoms like fever or an infection, it is best to seek medical advice immediately. It’s also important to seek medical attention immediately if you begin to suffer from psoriatic arthritis.
The first step in treating your itchy and possibly painful psoriasis is by keeping skin calm and moisturized. Although this skin condition is an auto-immune response, it’s important to keep skin well hydrated.
Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream
The hugely popular Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream is extremely moisturizing and perfect for psoriasis and quite a few other skin conditions due to its wound healing abilities. Not only is it anti-bacterial, but its rich, nutrient ingredients like Manuka oil, Manuka honey and beeswax help keep plaque and scaling under control.
Emily Skin Soothers Soap with Chinese Herbs
For an alternative to drying, harsh soaps, keep your skin moisturized with this Emily Skin Soothers Soap. It’s both rich and fatty and won’t irritate the skin further. Plus – it won’t sting or burn, which makes it a great option for psoriasis.
Do you have scalp psoriasis? This gentle soap can also double up as a shampoo. Or try the body wash instead for the body and hair.
Organic Aloe Vera Skin Soothing Spray
If you haven’t tried soothing your psoriasis with aloe vera, then you should definitely start! Not only is aloe vera great for relieving itchiness, but it is also a refreshing and cooling treatment. Looking for the absolutely most natural option, pick up an aloe vera plant at a local flower shop. But if that’s not an option, try this Organic Aloe Vera Skin Soothing Spray which is perfect for relieving itchy body psoriasis. Its non-greasy formula makes for a great scalp spray too.
To further beat the itch, try popping this spray into the refrigerator overnight. It will feel great on your scaly, itchy skin!
Looking for more skincare ideas? Check out these natural remedies for psoriasis.
2. Wet/Dry Wrap Therapy
If you haven’t looked into healing your psoriasis with wet or dry wrap therapy, then look no further. Many psoriasis sufferers have felt relief from these two therapies. For more information on wet wrap therapy, make sure to check out our post: Our Eczema Trials: Wet Wrap Therapy. Alternatively, for dry wrap therapy, take a look at our blog post: Our Eczema Trials: Dry Wrap Therapy.
WrapESoothe Body Bands for Kids & Adults
If you or your little one are experiencing psoriasis on arms or legs exclusively, then these WrapESoothe Body Bands for both children and adults are just the ticket. These bands work exceptionally well for wet wrapping, as they help balms and creams penetrate the skin for full relief.
If your little one is experiencing cradle cap – which is a form of baby psoriasis – then make sure to check out this GoumiHat. Just like the body bands above, this hat can be used in both wet and dry wrap therapy. The bamboo/cotton fabric blend is both breathable, antimicrobial and prevents scalp scratching.
If you’re looking for clothing that does not exacerbate your psoriasis symptoms, but rather calms the skin, make sure to check out this SkintoSkin clothing line that features zinc, silver and algae. There are a variety of clothing pieces for babies to adults such as baby onesies, leggings, sports bras, shirts, boxers and much more. Like the products above, all these pieces can be used for wet and dry wrapping.
3. Reduce Stress
A huge trigger of psoriasis tends to be stress. There are many different activities and hobbies you can take on to help reduce and manage your stress levels such as yoga, meditation and exercise. Getting a professional massage can also help reduce your stress!
Similarly to eczema, psoriasis can be relieved with UVB phototherapy. Similarly to natural sunlight, this ultraviolet light penetrates skin and slows the growth of affected skin cells.
If you are thinking of treating your psoriasis with phototherapy, it is very important to seek medical attention first to conclude whether this treatment is appropriate for you.
5. Eating Well/Elimination Diet
If you are not eating properly and notice that your psoriasis is flaring up from certain foods, then you need to start thinking about healing from within.
For some great ideas on adopting a new diet to heal your psoriasis, consult these blog posts that discuss diets for eczema. Although a different skin condition, the same diets can be applied to psoriasis with great results for your skin and overall health.
If you also believe that your psoriasis might be affected by certain foods, make sure to check out our blog post: Our Eczema Elimination Diet Success (How You Can Do It Too!).
If you’re interested in alternative medicine, then you might want to check out homeopathic medicine. Similarly to eczema, homeopathy can be successful in healing psoriasis.
To learn more about homeopathy and how it works, make sure to check out our post: How Does Homeopathy for Eczema Work? Although some of the remedies might be different for psoriasis, you can expect the same type of consultation and treatment.
7. Essential Oils
If you’re dealing with itchy, uncomfortable patches of psoriasis, essential oils can be used to provide some relief. It’s important to remember that essential oils aren’t recommended as a primary treatment, but instead as a compliment to your regular treatment or regimen.
To soothe psoriasis pain and itching, taking warm (never hot) baths can help. However, it’s important to make sure the water is lukewarm and to limit bathing time as well.
To soothe skin even more, try pairing your bath with a natural soothing soap like Emily Skin Soothers Liquid Soap or this Conqueror Oatmeal Bath for Eczema that contains Colloidal oatmeal as well as dead sea salt, vitamin C, baking soda and coconut milk powder. Just never, ever sit in soapy water, which will severely dry out and irritate the skin. Use the soap at the end of your bath, immediately rinse off, towel dry and apply a good rich moisturizer like the ones listed above.
9. Natural Supplements
Lastly, natural supplements have shown to be effective in easing psoriasis itching and pain. Vitamins such as vitamin D can counteract the body’s response to inflammation present in psoriasis. This Vitamin D by Pure is top quality and in a very clean, allergy free liquid formula, which we love.
Read more about Vitamin D.
Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to actually decrease inflammation and it seems they also have a positive impact on the body’s immune system. However, there is somewhat mixed research on whether omega-3 fatty acid supplements can help reduce the severity of psoriasis .
Psoriasis may be a tricky skin condition, but it doesn’t mean that it needs to consume your life. For more resources and research on psoriasis, make sure to check out the National Psoriasis Foundation.
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Do you suffer from psoriasis? Let us know what type of natural remedies for psoriasis you use!
- Can you use oils to treat psoriasis? https://www.healthline.com/health/essential-oils-for-psoriasis
- Vitamins and Supplements. https://www.psoriasis.org/treating-psoriasis/complementary-and-alternative/diet-and-nutrition/vitamins-and-supplements