At-Home, Natural Remedies for Psoriasis

Pso­ri­a­sis affects 100 mil­lion peo­ple world­wide, with about 150,000 new cas­es every year. There is no known cure for pso­ri­a­sis, but with dif­fer­ent treat­ments and lifestyle alter­ations, symp­toms may be relieved.

Pso­ri­a­sis is an autoim­mune dis­or­der char­ac­ter­ized by red, flaky patch­es on the skin. While this dis­ease direct­ly affects your skin, it is impor­tant to remem­ber that pso­ri­a­sis stems from with­in, so avoid­ing lifestyle and envi­ron­men­tal trig­gers is often the most suc­cess­ful way to reduce long term flare-ups.

Envi­ron­men­tal and lifestyle trig­gers to avoid:

  • Alco­hol
  • Fra­grances that may irri­tate the skin
  • Gluten
  • Stress
  • Tobac­co

Under­stand­ing what not to-do for pso­ri­a­sis is just as impor­tant as know­ing what you should do to ease symp­toms, because when exer­cised togeth­er, it will like­ly result in the best out­come for your skin condition.

The fol­low­ing are nat­ur­al and herbal top­i­cal reme­dies that may help sooth, and in some cas­es, pre­vent pso­ri­a­sis when applied direct­ly on the affect­ed area:

  • Aloe vera
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Bath with dead sea salts
  • Creams con­tain­ing capsaicin
  • Creams con­tain­ing Ore­gon grape
  • Oats
  • Tea tree oil
  • Turmer­ic

In addi­tion to nat­ur­al-top­i­cal solu­tions, there are sev­er­al sup­ple­ments and herbs that may reduce pso­ri­a­sis symp­toms when intro­duced into your diet, such as:

  • Aloe vera
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Fish oil
  • Milk this­tle
  • Turmer­ic
  • Vit­a­min D

What many of these have in com­mon is their abil­i­ty to com­bat inflam­ma­tion, which is a trig­ger for most pso­ri­a­sis flare-ups. While these are suit­able at-home reme­dies, before try­ing any sup­ple­men­tal or herbal rem­e­dy you should always con­sult with your doc­tor, as cer­tain med­ica­tions or pre-exist­ing med­ical con­di­tions can cause unsought interactions.

If these at home reme­dies don’t improve your pso­ri­a­sis con­di­tion, you may want to con­sult a der­ma­tol­o­gist. To sched­ule an appoint­ment online, vis­it our Der­ma­tol­ogy depart­ment. .

For more infor­ma­tion on pso­ri­a­sis, vis­it the Nation­al Pso­ri­a­sis Foun­da­tion at www​.pso​ri​a​sis​.org.

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