Does that intense itching annoy you all day and night? Do you feel embarrassed due to those red patches? If psoriasis is causing you discomfort, here are the best home tips for you to ward it off. Have a look.
Psoriasis is a long-term, reoccurring chronic skin disorder characterized by red, blistering patches on the skin. It causes skin cells to grow very quickly that result in thick, white-silvery or red patches of the skin.
Generally, human skin cells develop slowly and flake off about every 4 weeks. But, in psoriasis, the new skin cells move rapidly to the surface of the skin in days and form thick patches called plaques. The patches most often appear on the knees, elbows, scalp, hands, feet, or lower back. Although, Psoriasis is common greatly in adults, however, children and teens can too contract it.
According to the experts, psoriasis occurs due to the over-reaction of the immune system and causes inflammation and skin flaking. People who get psoriasis feel embarrassing due to those flakes and red spots all over, and as such they avoid public appearance and other activities like swimming.
Although, there isn’t any specific or renowned treatment available to treat psoriasis, many treatments exist to ease the symptoms. And… even though medicines are the best, there are still a few simple things you can do at home to cure your psoriasis easily.
Keep Skin Moist throughout
As known, dry skin makes the irritation and itching worse. So, the best way to avoid this is to keep your skin moisturized. For this, apply thick ointments, such as petroleum jelly, olive oil, or a heavy skin cream. But, don't even go too thick during hot summer months as the sweat mixed with thick lotions can make your psoriasis poorer. For longer moisturization, apply the cream after bathing, but make sure to pat yourself dry.
Bathe With Care
Frequent baths or showers can dry your skin. So, follow these suggestions to prevent the worsening of psoriasis.
- Use lukewarm water instead of using hot water, as it can irritate.
- Don't rub your towel to dry completely. Instead, pat yourself somewhat dry and then apply a moisturizer.
- Plain water can lead to dryness. As such, add oil, salt or finely ground oatmeal to the water after you've soaked for a minute to soothe your skin.
- Take fewer showers and baths. Bathe every other day or every third day, especially during the winter months.
Say No to Dyes or Perfumes
Most soaps and perfumes contain dyes and fragrances in them that can inflame your psoriasis. Therefore, choose bathing products labeled as "sensitive skin". These are made especially for the sensitive skins without the dyes and perfumes.
Get Some Sun
Sun is both good and bad for psoriasis. Ultraviolet light of the sun can cure your psoriasis; however sunburns can make it worse. To avoid this, cover the unaffected areas of your skin with a sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or more. Make sure you take the sunlight for twenty minutes a day for 3 days a week. Also, consult your doctor as some medications are not good to take with sunlight.
As known, turmeric is a good healer. As such, it is found that some people with psoriasis found relief with turmeric. Add Turmeric in your foods like as curry, mustards, and cheeses. Other supplements that can be used for psoriasis home remedies include evening primrose oil, milk thistle, and oregano oil.
No Drinking or Smoking
Psoriasis is more common in people who drink or smoke heavily. Alcohol may affect psoriasis badly. So, it’s better to avoid alcohol and smoking atleast during this time.
Diet may play a role in managing psoriasis. Do not eat red meat and fatty foods during psoriasis. Soy, nuts, chocolate, and cranberries are considered as a few "functional foods" for psoriasis treatment.
Although there is no solid evidence that any specific food makes psoriasis better or worse, many people believes that on cutting down on certain foods like sugar, white flour, gluten, and caffeine have improved their sores.
Olive oil is healthy inside as well as outside your body. It can have extra benefits for the skin healing. Applying olive to scales and patches of psoriasis can lock moisture and nutrients in. Vegetable oil can also give effective results. Just massage a few tablespoons on your skin gently, especially scalp to help loosen troublesome plaques during your next shower.