- Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes red, flaky patches on the skin.
- Psoriasis symptoms can develop when immune cells are mistakenly activated and trigger a cascade of immune responses.
- Although there is no cure for psoriasis, there are several therapies available to help with the symptoms. Provided here are home remedies for mild to moderate symptoms.
|1. Take dietary supplements |
- Dietary supplements may help relieve psoriasis symptoms from the inside out.
- According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, fish oil, vitamin D, milk thistle, aloe vera, Oregon grape, and evening primrose oil have all been found to help relieve mild psoriasis symptoms.
- Before taking supplements, talk to your doctor to make sure they won't conflict with any other health concerns you may have or drugs you're taking.
|2. Prevent dry skin|
- Use a humidifier to keep the air in your home or office moist. This can help prevent dry skin from forming in the first place.
- Sensitive skin moisturizers help keep your skin supple and prevent plaque formation
- Olive oil may also have soothing benefits when applied topically to the skin. Try massaging a few tablespoons on your scalp to help loosen troublesome plaques during or before your next shower.
|3. Try aloe vera|
- In some cases, aloe vera has been shown to help with psoriasis redness and irritation. Aloe vera gel was found to be somewhat more successful in the treatment of psoriasis symptoms than 0.1% triamcinolone acetonide, a steroid cream used to treat psoriasis.
- More research is needed to determine whether aloe vera can help with psoriasis symptoms. However, the risk of using aloe vera gels or creams is minimal, so it's worth a go
|4. Avoid fragrances|
- Most soaps and perfumes have dyes and other chemicals in them that may irritate your skin. They can make you smell great, but they also can inflame psoriasis
- Avoid such products when you can, or choose those with “sensitive skin” labels
|5. Eat healthfully|
- Eliminating red meat, saturated fats, refined sugars, carbohydrates, and alcohol may help reduce flare-ups triggered by such foods
- Coldwater fish, seeds, nuts, and omega-3 fatty acids are known for their ability to reduce inflammation. This can be helpful for managing psoriasis symptoms
- Apple cider vinegar has also been found to be a good detoxifier for the body. You can drink it or apply it directly to plaques on the skin with a washcloth
|6. Soak your body|
- A lukewarm bath including Epsom salt, mineral oil, milk, or olive oil will relieve itching and penetrate scales and plaques. For plaque psoriasis, oatmeal baths can be highly beneficial and relaxing
- Make sure the water isn't too hot. Hot water might irritate the skin even more
- Moisturize just after you get out of the bath for double the benefits
|7. Get some sun|
- Under the supervision of a doctor, you can expose your skin to ultraviolet light for light treatment
- Psoriasis-induced skin cell proliferation can be slowed using ultraviolet light. This type of therapy frequently necessitates regular and repeated sessions. Plaques can also be reduced by sitting in the sun for 10 to 15 minutes
- Tanning beds aren't an effective way to get light treatment. Psoriasis can be aggravated by exposure to too much sunshine
- Light treatment should only be used under the guidance of a doctor
|8. Reduce stress|
- Any chronic illness, including psoriasis, can cause stress and, in turn, exacerbate psoriasis symptoms.
- Consider incorporating stress-relieving methods such as yoga and meditation into your daily routine, in addition to lowering stress whenever possible
|9. Avoid alcohol|
- For many people with psoriasis, alcohol is a trigger
- Women who drank nonlight beer had a higher risk of psoriasis, according to a 2010 study in Archives of Dermatology. When compared to women who did not drink, those who drank at least five nonlight beers per week were nearly twice as likely to get psoriasis
|10. Try Turmeric|
- Herbs are frequently used to treat a variety of medical conditions
- Turmeric has been shown to reduce the severity of psoriasis flare-ups. It can be taken as a tablet or as a supplement, or it can be sprinkled on food
- Consult your doctor about the benefits that may be available to you
|11. Quit smoking|
- Tobacco should be avoided. Psoriasis can be exacerbated by smoking
|12. Maintain a healthy weight|
Here are some weight-loss suggestions:
- Psoriasis is more likely to occur if you are overweight or obese. Obesity has also been linked to worsening psoriasis symptoms. According to studies, decreasing weight can help to alleviate these symptoms
- Exercise on a regular basis
- Reduce your intake of processed carbohydrates
- Emphasize fruits, vegetables, and lean protein in your diet
Krans, B. (2021, June 08). 12 Ways to Treat Psoriasis at Home. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/psoriasis/treat-symptoms-home#maintain-a-healthy-weight