Of the people who suffer from psoriasis, a majority of them, about 80%, suffer from a mild form of the disease. This form of the disease consists of a few patches of the tell-tale scaly skin that should be treated, but are not likely to cause problems and can be easily control. Approximately 15% of psoriasis sufferers have a moderate form of the disease with more skin surface affected and the condition is widespread. The reminding 5% of people with psoriasis suffers through a severe form of psoriasis where a large patch of skin is covered with psoriasis and the condition becomes difficult to manage or it no longer respond to any treatment.
Normally, our skin cells mature and die every 21 to 28 days. During this time frame the cells travel to the surface of the skin where they are shed in a constant invisible cycle. However, in people with psoriasis, the cycle of the growth and death of the skin cells is sped up to about every four to seven days. This means that even lives skin cells will reach the surface of the skin and back up behind dead cells, forming the white scaly patches of skin.
Unfortunately, at this time there is no known cure for psoriasis. A lot of research is being done and in the past decade a great strides have been made in understanding what goes wrong and how it can best be treated. There are a number of treatments that are effective in keeping outbreaks under control but these treatments often include the use of steroids or other medications that have known side effects.
However, no two individuals respond to the same treatment; thus the key in treating psoriasis is finding the best form of treatment for each individual case. Not all available over-the-counter or even prescription drugs are effective for everyone. Fortunately, many sufferers are able to find relief using natural remedies to treat their psoriasis. Many others find that by using natural remedies to treat their psoriasis and to avoid the sometimes dangerous side effects that often can with medications made by pharmaceutical companies.
Some individuals have found that their psoriasis and eczema, which often goes hand-in-hand with psoriasis, can be significantly reduced or the symptoms alleviated with proper exercise and diet. Because the body has a build-in immune system that heals itself under most situations, giving the body the right amount of nutrition, sleep, stress reduction and exercise will often be enough to help the skin cells to regenerate and function the way they should.
One of the simplest and most popular home remedies for psoriasis is sunbathing. Exposure to the Sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light is thought to be helpful in slowing down the cycle of the production of skin cells. Just be aware that over exposure to UV rays pose a risk of skin cancer.
Usually, people with psoriasis suffer from intense itching of the affected area. Some people have found relief using Aveeno brand liquid soap and moisturizers. Others have found that using Neutrogena 3% acid shampoo on their skin help gently remove the plaques which help the skin to heal. The usually application is to use the shampoo for approximately 5 to 10 minutes, applying only ones and lathering it into the skin. Be careful not to re-injure the skin by scrubbing too hard or scratching, which can cause further inflammation, exacerbate the psoriasis, and cause infections.
The use of the Neutrogena 3% acid shampoo will help remove the dead skin cells that are sitting on top and, in most cases, will alleviate the itching. Once you see positive results from the shampoo, you may want to try pyrithione zinc 2%, which is a blue bar soap sold at most pharmacies, to keep your skin psoriasis under control. Be aware that the soap tends to dry the skin and it would be advisable to combine its use with an Aveeno moisturizer.
Some people suffer from psoriasis of the scalp. This could be confused with dandruff which is a different medical condition that should also be addressed. For itchy scalp you might want to try a hair mask by mashing together one overripe avocado with one tablespoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of honey. Mix them all together and apply it to wet hair, rubbing the mixture onto the scalp; then seal the top of your scalp with a shower cab or Saran wrap and let the mask sit for 30 to 60 minutes. This is a good way to stop the itching scalp, decrease the flakes and restores body and luster to limp hair.
Some people belief that sea water relieve symptoms of psoriasis, particularly the water from specific bodies of water. Some people make the long journey all the way to the Dead Sea because of the concentrated amount of salt and other minerals in the water that is thought to be good for treating psoriasis. Plain salt water has never been proven to have any beneficial affect on psoriasis.
Not everyone can travel to the Dead Sea to soak in its water, of course. However, many people find soaking in a bath with Epsom salts relieves the itchiness that comes with psoriasis. This is a simple and relatively inexpensive home remedy that can be practical for anyone to use to alleviate some symptoms of psoriasis.
Soaking in water also helps to re-hydrate dry skin and soften and remove the scaly skins without causing damage to the underlying skin will also help to reduce the itchiness and redness. Remember to use a moisturizer on your skin immediately after patting your skin dry.
If soaking in salt water doesn’t work to alleviate your psoriasis symptoms, you may want to try an olive oil bath. Olive oil is an old favorite for easing psoriasis outbreaks. Just mix 2 teaspoons olive oil with a large glass of milk and adding the concoction to your bathwater. You can also try an oatmeal bath to lessen the itching and inflammation.
For people who suffer from the more sever form of psoriasis with a large areas of the body affected, an apple cider vinegar dip may just be the remedy. Apple cider vinegar is an amazing home remedy that has been shown to cure just about any ailment from minor burns to skin inflammation. It’s shown to be an effective disinfectant. To use add 1 cup of apple cider vinegar to 1 gallon of water. For smaller areas, moisten a washcloth with the solution and apply the cloth to the affected skin.
For scalp psoriasis, dampen the scalp with the apple cider vinegar solution. Cover the scalp with a towel for ½ to 1 hour; then wash the scalp with an herbal shampoo.
Aloe Vera gel has been shown to be effective in reducing psoriasis plaques. You can either use gel directly from a fresh aloe plant by splitting open one of the leaves and applying the gel directly onto the plaque or by purchasing an over-the-counter Aloe Vera product. Apply pure Aloe Vera gel on the affected area. Apply Pure Aloe Vera Gel on the affected area.
The leaves of cabbage are used as the natural treatment for psoriasis. The leaves are used as a covering over the affected skin. Prepare the affected area by washing with warm water; then clean and dry the leaves of the cabbage and place a single leaf over each affected area. Wrap a soft, cotton cloth over the leaf, flattening it against the skin, and let sit for ½ to 1 hour.
Bitter gourd (Karela), or bitter melon, is considered a valuable home remedy for psoriasis. It is very effective in psoriasis treatment taken as a juice. Bitter melon is full of essential mineral like calcium, potassium, copper, iron and vitamins like A, B1 and B2. Select 4-5 green and firm bitter melons without blemishes. Cut the melon into cubes and liquefy in a food processor. Drink it sip by sip on an empty stomach everyday for about 4-6 months: 1 cup in the morning before breakfast and 1 cup in the evening before eating dinner. Add a teaspoon of lime juice to mask the bitter taste.
Try to reduce or cut out all together animal fats, including milk, eggs, butter; refined or processed foods; foods containing hydrogenated fats or white sugar; all condiments; and tea and coffee.
It’s also important to get plenty of exercise to get a sweat going or a regular basis. This helps the dead skin cells to shed off the body to reduce scaly patches from forming.