13 Home Remedies for Treating Psoriasis Symptoms

Psoriasis

In people with psoriasis – a chronic autoimmune disorder that affects approximately 7.5 million Americans and 100 million women and men worldwide – cells build up rapidly on the surface of the skin, causing thick, dry patches (plaques) that are typically itchy and inflamed.

Psoriasis is unsightly, uncomfortable, and unpredictable, not to mention irritating. Furthermore, there is no known cure. The good news is that many natural remedies can temporarily relieve the condition’s symptoms and help repair damaged skin.

Read on for 13 tried-and-tested psoriasis home remedies…

Capsaicin

Capsaicin

Capsaicin, which makes chili peppers hot, can relieve psoriasis symptoms. Ointments containing it can relieve pain, itching, redness, and inflammation, although your skin may burn when first applied.

Creams and ointments that contain capsaicin can be purchased online and in stores. You can also make your own using cayenne powder, grapeseed oil, and grated beeswax (see recipes on the Web).

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

If you don’t keep apple cider vinegar at home, get some as soon as possible. It is a potent and versatile natural remedy that offers many health benefits, including psoriasis symptom relief.

Apple cider vinegar is especially useful for alleviating the itching associated with psoriasis, particularly psoriasis that affects the scalp. Dilute with one-part water before applying it to the skin to prevent burning.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera

Aloe vera is a popular remedy that has long been used to moisturize skin, relieve stings and burns, and promote wound healing. It’s effective for psoriasis, too, reducing scaling and redness.

To reap the benefits of aloe vera for psoriasis, apply the gel from the leaf (consider keeping an aloe plant at home) directly to affected skin areas. Many aloe-based products are available.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil

Though tea tree oil should never be swallowed (it is quite toxic when ingested orally), applying it to the skin regularly can be very beneficial. It’s great for relieving the symptoms of psoriasis.

Tea tree oil can minimize psoriasis’s scaling, itching, and redness. It can also stave off infections. Simply apply a mixture containing 10 drops of the oil and two tablespoons of melted coconut oil.

Quit Smoking

Quit Smoking

Cigarette smoking damages every organ of the body, including the skin, and quitting smoking can significantly reduce both the frequency and the severity of psoriasis flare-ups and symptoms.

Kicking the habit can be tough, but many different methods exist to quit smoking. Natural options include acupuncture, hypnotherapy, and supplements such as ginseng and St. John’s wort.

Water

Water

Are you drinking enough H2O? A lack of water in the body can cause/exacerbate various health problems. Moreover, people tend to brush off dehydration symptoms or attribute them to other causes.

One of the main symptoms of dehydration is dry skin. Thus, staying well hydrated (experts recommend drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily) can help reduce the severity of psoriasis symptoms.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Olive Oil

Keeping your skin hydrated is important when you’re living with psoriasis. It alleviates symptoms. But you don’t have to splurge on expensive moisturizing skincare products – head to the kitchen.

Extra virgin olive oil is an excellent option for keeping the symptoms of psoriasis at bay. You can add it to your bath water or apply it directly to affected skin to moisturize, nourish, and boost healing.

Turmeric

Turmeric

Turmeric – a fragrant yellow-orange spice commonly used in Asian dishes – contains curcumin. This is a natural phenol with strong anti-inflammatory properties that is great for relieving psoriasis.

Curcumin is also capable of altering gene expression. That is, the genes responsible for causing flare-ups of psoriasis. To tame psoriasis symptoms with turmeric, incorporate it into your meals and cooking.

Sunshine

Sunshine

Overexposing skin to ultraviolet radiation may be harmful, but moderate sun exposure (20-30 minutes a day) provides benefits that include a healthier immune system and psoriasis symptom relief.

Sunlight triggers the body’s production of vitamin D, a vital nutrient that reduces inflammation. The sun’s UVB rays can alleviate psoriasis symptoms by slowing the rate at which skin grows.

Fish Oil

Fish Oil

Fish oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation and can improve psoriasis symptoms like scaling and itching. It’s available in supplement form, but the best way to get omega-3 is through foods.

Fish, particularly cold-water fish such as mackerel, salmon, sardines, and tuna, are really good sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Include these foods in your diet three times weekly for healthier skin.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal

Because oatmeal contains selenium, iron, manganese, and other vitamins and minerals, regular oatmeal baths can help heal damaged skin and relieve psoriasis inflammation, redness, and itching.

For this remedy, all you need is a bathtub and some colloidal oatmeal, which is finely ground and won’t cause your drain to clog up. Add up to 1 1/2 cups of the oatmeal to your bath and then soak in it.

Epsom Salt

Epsom Salt

Regular Epsom salt and Dead Sea salt baths can also be helpful with psoriasis, relieving itching and dryness temporarily. The water shouldn’t be too hot, as this can sometimes exacerbate symptoms.

With Epsom salt, add two cups to your lukewarm bath water. If you’re using Dead Sea salts, then you’ll need to add about a quarter cup of the salt. Soak in the water for approximately 15 minutes.

Relaxation

Relaxation

Stress is a major trigger for a lot of men and women living with psoriasis. Fortunately, many natural relaxation methods can reduce the severity and frequency of flare-ups.

Massage is one effective way to bring down stress levels. They don’t even have to be professional massages (convince your partner or a friend). You can also engage in yoga – 20 minutes a day is sufficient.