Effective Natural Home Remedies to Manage Psoriasis

Effective Natural Home Remedies to Manage Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by red, itchy, and scaly patches on the skin that can be both physically and emotionally distressing. While there is no cure for psoriasis, there are several natural home treatments that can help soothe symptoms and manage flare-ups.

Today, we will discuss the variety of holistic approaches and self-care techniques that you can use in your daily routine to support the management of psoriasis.

1.) Moisturize Daily

The key to managing psoriasis is keeping the skin well-moisturized. Apply a rich, natural moisturizer after bathing to lock in moisture and prevent dryness and itching. Try Avastaria's Replenish Dry Skin Moisturizing lotion to help hydrate and replenish dry, irritated skin caused by psoriasis. Another at-home remedy to moisturize regularly for psoriasis is the use of natural oils. These particular oils help lock in moisture, soothe dryness, and reduce inflammation. Here are a few options you can try:

Coconut OilCoconut oil is a popular choice for moisturizing psoriasis-prone skin. It contains fatty acids that nourish the skin and provide a protective barrier against moisture loss. Apply organic, cold-pressed coconut oil directly to the affected areas after bathing or as needed throughout the day.

Olive OilOlive oil is rich in antioxidants and healthy fats that promote skin hydration. Gently massage extra-virgin olive oil onto your skin to moisturize and relieve dryness. For added benefits, you can mix olive oil with a few drops of lavender or tea tree essential oil.

Jojoba OilJojoba oil closely resembles the natural sebum produced by our skin, making it an excellent moisturizer. It helps balance oil production and provides deep hydration without clogging pores. Apply a few drops of jojoba oil to the affected areas and massage gently.

Evening Primrose OilEvening primrose oil contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), a fatty acid known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It can help reduce itching and inflammation associated with psoriasis. Apply a few drops of evening primrose oil directly to the affected areas and massage gently.

Shea ButterShea butter is a rich, creamy natural moisturizer that can provide relief to dry and irritated skin. It contains vitamins A and E, which nourish and moisturize the skin. Gently massage shea butter onto the affected areas to lock in moisture and soothe the skin.

2.) Use Natural Topical Treatments

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that can be managed with natural topical treatments. Here are some options:

Aloe Vera - Apply fresh aloe vera gel directly to the affected areas to soothe and moisturize the skin.

Coconut Oil - Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties and can help reduce redness and itching. Massage it gently onto the affected areas.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Dilute apple cider vinegar with water and apply it to the affected areas to help balance the skin's pH and reduce inflammation.

Tea Tree Oil: Dilute tea tree oil with a carrier oil and apply it to the affected areas to help alleviate itching and inflammation.

Oatmeal Baths: Taking a bath with colloidal oatmeal can help soothe the skin and reduce itching. Simply add oatmeal to warm water and soak for 15-20 minutes.

Dead Sea Salt: Soaking in a bath with Dead Sea salt can help exfoliate the skin and reduce inflammation associated with psoriasis.

Turmeric: Mix turmeric powder with water or coconut oil to form a paste and apply it to the affected areas. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that can provide relief.

Witch Hazel: Apply witch hazel to the affected areas to help reduce inflammation and itching.

Chamomile: Brew chamomile tea and let it cool. Then, apply it to the affected areas with a cotton ball to soothe the skin.

Calendula: Apply calendula cream or ointment to the affected areas to reduce inflammation and promote healing.

3.) Avoid Triggers

Identify and avoid triggers that may worsen your psoriasis symptoms. Common triggers include stress, certain foods, alcohol, smoking, and harsh skin products. Be mindful of your lifestyle choices and make necessary adjustments. To manage psoriasis and reduce flare-ups, it's important to identify and avoid triggers that can worsen the condition. Here are some tips to help you avoid common triggers:

Stress Management - Stress can exacerbate psoriasis symptoms. Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as practicing yoga, meditation, deep breathing exercises, or engaging in hobbies that you enjoy.

Maintain a Healthy Diet - Certain foods can trigger inflammation and worsen psoriasis symptoms. Avoid or limit your intake of processed foods, sugary snacks, alcohol, and foods high in saturated fats. Instead, choose a more balanced diet that's rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, nuts, and seeds.

Avoid Smoking - Smoking has been linked to an increased risk and severity of psoriasis. Quitting smoking or avoiding exposure to secondhand smoke can help improve your symptoms.

Protect Your Skin - Protect your skin from injuries and trauma as they can trigger psoriasis flare-ups. Be cautious when engaging in activities that may cause skin abrasions or cuts, and use appropriate protective gear.

Moisturize Regularly - Dry skin can worsen psoriasis symptoms. Keep your skin well-moisturized by applying a thick, fragrance-free moisturizer regularly, especially after bathing or showering.

Avoid Irritants - Certain chemicals, soaps, detergents, and skincare products may irritate your skin and trigger psoriasis flare-ups. Opt for gentle, fragrance-free products that are suitable for sensitive skin.

Be Mindful of Medications - Some medications, such as beta-blockers, lithium, and certain antimalarial drugs, can trigger or worsen psoriasis symptoms. If you're taking any medications and notice a correlation with your psoriasis flare-ups, discuss it with your healthcare provider.

Protect Your Skin from Sunburn - Sunburn can trigger psoriasis flare-ups. When spending time outdoors, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, wear protective clothing, and seek shade during peak sun hours.

Manage Infections - Infections, particularly strep throat, can trigger guttate psoriasis. Take preventive measures to avoid infections and seek prompt treatment if you develop any infections.

Follow Your Treatment Plan - Consistently follow the treatment plan prescribed by your healthcare provider. This may include topical creams, oral medications, light therapy, or other treatments. Adhering to the treatment plan can help manage symptoms and prevent flare-ups.

4.) Practice Mind-Body Techniques

Engage in stress-reducing activities like yoga, meditation, deep breathing exercises, or tai chi. These practices promote relaxation and may help manage psoriasis symptoms. Here are some mind-body techniques that may help with psoriasis:

Meditation - Practicing meditation can help reduce stress and promote a sense of calm. Find a quiet space, sit comfortably, and focus on your breath or use guided meditation apps or recordings to help you relax.

Deep Breathing Exercises - Deep breathing exercises, such as diaphragmatic breathing or belly breathing, can activate the body's relaxation response and help alleviate stress. Take slow, deep breaths, inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation - This technique involves tensing and then releasing different muscle groups in your body to promote relaxation. Start from your toes and gradually work your way up to your head, consciously tensing and then relaxing each muscle group.

Yoga - Practicing yoga can help improve flexibility, reduce stress, and enhance overall well-being. Look for gentle yoga poses and flows that are suitable for your fitness level and take into consideration any joint or skin sensitivities.

Tai Chi - This ancient Chinese martial art combines gentle movements, deep breathing, and mental focus. Tai chi has been shown to reduce stress, improve balance, and promote relaxation.

Guided Imagery - Guided imagery involves using your imagination to create calming mental images. Find a quiet space, close your eyes, and visualize peaceful scenes or positive images that help you relax and reduce stress.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) - MBSR is a program that combines mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga, and awareness of the present moment. It can help cultivate a non-judgmental attitude, increase self-awareness, and reduce stress.

Journaling - Writing in a journal can be a therapeutic way to express emotions, reduce stress, and gain insights into your experiences with psoriasis. Consider keeping a gratitude journal or writing about your thoughts and feelings related to your condition.

Biofeedback - Biofeedback involves using electronic devices to monitor and provide feedback on certain physiological processes, such as heart rate or muscle tension. It can help you become more aware of your body's responses to stress and learn to regulate them.

Social Support - Engaging in support groups, connecting with others who have psoriasis, or seeking therapy can provide emotional support, reduce feelings of isolation, and help manage stress related to the condition.

5.) Try Herbal Remedies

Certain herbs like turmeric, Oregon grape, and aloe vera have shown promise in alleviating psoriasis symptoms. Consult with a qualified naturopathic doctor to determine the most suitable herbs for your condition.

Aloe Vera - Aloe vera gel, derived from the leaves of the aloe vera plant, has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. Apply aloe vera gel directly to the affected areas to help reduce redness, itching, and inflammation.

Mahonia Aquifolium (Oregon Grape) - This herb contains berberine, which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It is available as a cream or ointment and can be applied topically to help reduce psoriasis symptoms.

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) - Turmeric contains curcumin, a compound known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Consuming turmeric as a spice in cooking or taking curcumin supplements may help reduce inflammation associated with psoriasis.

Evening Primrose Oil - Evening primrose oil is rich in omega-6 fatty acids, including gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). GLA has anti-inflammatory properties and may help alleviate symptoms of psoriasis. It can be taken orally as a supplement or applied topically.

Oregon Grape Root - Similar to Mahonia aquifolium, Oregon grape root contains berberine, which has been shown to inhibit the overproduction of skin cells associated with psoriasis. It is available in supplement form or as a tincture.

Licorice Root - Licorice root has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. Applying licorice cream or gel topically may help reduce inflammation and itching associated with psoriasis.

Milk Thistle - Milk thistle is known for its liver-supportive properties. It may help support liver function and detoxification, which can be beneficial for individuals with psoriasis. Milk thistle supplements are available in capsule or tincture form.

Oatmeal - Colloidal oatmeal, made from finely ground oats, can be added to bathwater to help soothe itchy and inflamed skin. It forms a protective barrier on the skin, locking in moisture and reducing irritation.

Tea Tree Oil - Tea tree oil contains antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Dilute tea tree oil with a carrier oil and apply it topically to the affected areas to help alleviate itching and reduce inflammation.

Chamomile - Chamomile has anti-inflammatory and calming properties. Brew chamomile tea and use it as a compress or add a few drops of chamomile essential oil to a carrier oil and apply it topically to soothe irritated skin.

6.) Eat a Healthy Diet

A well-balanced, nutrient-rich diet can support overall skin health. Include anti-inflammatory foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Avoid processed foods, sugary snacks, and excessive caffeine.

Here are some dietary recommendations for individuals with psoriasis:

Anti-inflammatory Foods - Include foods that have anti-inflammatory properties as psoriasis is an inflammatory condition. These foods can help reduce inflammation and alleviate symptoms. Examples include fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines), walnuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds, turmeric, ginger, and leafy green vegetables.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids - Omega-3 fatty acids have been found to have anti-inflammatory effects. Sources of omega-3s include fatty fish (as mentioned above), walnuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds, and hemp seeds. Consider incorporating these into your diet regularly.

Fruits and Vegetables - Consume a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, as they are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. These nutrients support overall health and can help strengthen the immune system. Include berries, citrus fruits, leafy greens, broccoli, carrots, and sweet potatoes in your diet.

Whole Grains - Choose whole grains over refined grains as they are higher in fiber and provide more nutrients. Opt for whole wheat, brown rice, quinoa, oats, and barley. Fiber can help maintain a healthy digestive system.

Limit Processed Foods - Processed foods often contain unhealthy trans fats, high levels of sodium, and added sugars. These can contribute to inflammation and worsen psoriasis symptoms. Avoid or minimize consumption of processed snacks, fast food, sugary beverages, and packaged meals.

Maintain a Healthy Weight - If you are overweight, losing weight through a balanced diet and regular exercise may help improve psoriasis symptoms. Excess weight can put additional stress on the joints and increase inflammation.

Stay Hydrated - Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated. It helps maintain healthy skin and supports overall bodily functions.

Monitor Triggers - Pay attention to your individual triggers. Certain foods may exacerbate psoriasis symptoms in some individuals. Common triggers include alcohol, spicy foods, gluten, and dairy products. Consider keeping a food diary to identify any patterns between your diet and flare-ups.

7.) Manage Stress

Stress is a common trigger for psoriasis flare-ups. Prioritize self-care activities like taking breaks, getting enough sleep, practicing relaxation techniques, and seeking support from loved ones. Here are some strategies to help manage stress:

Relaxation Techniques - Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, or tai chi. These techniques can help reduce stress levels and promote a sense of calm.

Regular Exercise - Engaging in regular physical activity can help relieve stress and improve overall well-being. Choose activities that you enjoy, such as walking, swimming, cycling, or dancing. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week.

Support Network - Build a strong support network of family, friends, or support groups. Talking to others who understand your experience can provide emotional support and help alleviate stress. Sharing your feelings and concerns can be therapeutic.

Time Management - Prioritize your tasks and responsibilities, and create a schedule that allows for breaks and relaxation. Learning effective time management skills can help reduce stress and prevent feeling overwhelmed.

Healthy Lifestyle Habits - Maintain a healthy lifestyle by getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, and avoiding excessive alcohol and caffeine consumption. These habits can contribute to overall well-being and better stress management.

Hobbies and Leisure Activities -Engage in activities that you enjoy and find relaxing. This could be reading, listening to music, gardening, painting, or any other hobby that helps you unwind and divert your attention from stressors.

Stress Reduction Techniques - Explore different stress reduction techniques that work for you, such as journaling, aromatherapy, taking warm baths, or practicing mindfulness. Experiment with various methods to find what helps you relax and manage stress effectively.

8.) Regular Exercise

Engaging in regular physical activity not only promotes overall well-being but also supports healthy skin. Choose low-impact exercises like swimming, walking, or yoga, which can help reduce stress and inflammation.  Regular exercise can be beneficial for individuals with psoriasis. Here are some ways exercise can help manage psoriasis:

Stress Reduction - Exercise is known to reduce stress levels and promote relaxation. Since stress is a common trigger for psoriasis flare-ups, engaging in regular exercise can help alleviate stress and potentially reduce the frequency and severity of symptoms.

Weight Management - Maintaining a healthy weight is important for individuals with psoriasis. Excess weight can put added strain on the joints and increase inflammation, potentially exacerbating psoriasis symptoms. Regular exercise, combined with a balanced diet, can help with weight management and promote overall health.

Improved Blood Circulation - Exercise increases blood circulation, which can benefit individuals with psoriasis. Improved circulation helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to the skin, promoting healing and reducing inflammation.

Enhanced Immune Function - Exercise has been shown to enhance immune function. Since psoriasis is an autoimmune condition, strengthening the immune system can help manage symptoms and reduce flare-ups.

Mental Well-Being - Engaging in regular exercise releases endorphins, also known as "feel-good" hormones, which can improve mood and overall mental well-being. Psoriasis can have a significant impact on emotional health, and exercise can be an effective tool in managing stress, anxiety, and depression commonly associated with the condition.

Final Thoughts

While psoriasis can be a challenging condition to manage, incorporating natural home treatments into your routine can significantly help alleviate symptoms and improve your overall quality of life. 

Remember, consistency and patience are key, and with the right approach, you can effectively manage psoriasis and nurture your skin's health naturally.

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