My mom has lived with psoriasis for years. It started out small, but developed into something much bigger. Her elbows, knees and hands bear the signs of cureless skin condition. Not one to be deterred by a daunting prognosis, my mother developed a few home remedies to help her soothe the itch and live comfortably in her own skin. Here are her top 5 home remedies for living with psoriasis.
1. Fish Oils
Not a fan of eating fish, my mom turned to fish oil capsules and liquid fish oil applications to help reduce the itching of her skin. Fish oils are rich with Omega-3 fatty acids, which help keep your body functioning properly.They also help reduce inflammation. Since psoriasis often presents itself as an itchy red patch, a direct application of fish oil helps reduce the appearance and the itch.
I know how sensitive my skin can get when the seasons change and the air dries out a bit. The effects of drier climates can affect someone with psoriasis tenfold. Using a humidifier is great for pumping a little more moisture into the air. This moisture gets drawn into your skin and the more hydrated you are, the less likely your skin is to flare up. It doesn’t hurt to rub in some sensitive skin cream for added moisture either.
3. Avoid Perfumes and Dyes
Soaps, perfume, body wash and fragrant lotions often contain added perfumes and dyes that can really dry out your skin and irritate it.Though they smell great, they wreak havoc on your psoriasis. There are sensitive skin options for perfumes and body products on the market now. Be sure to read labels carefully, avoid dyes and perfumes and choose something that will be gentle on your skin. If you’re not willing to give up your favorite scent, use your finger to dab it on your pulse points only and avoid your psoriasis afflicted areas.
4. Avoid Red Meats and Fatty Foods
Food plays an important role in your health and can genuinely affect your skin. By cutting out foods full of trans or saturated fats and red meats you can reduce your chances of an itchy outbreak. My mom’s a steak lover so this was a tough one for her, but she supplemented it with more functional foods like cranberries, nuts and even chocolate.
5. Olive Oil
I love me some good olive oil with a fresh baked baggette. Turns out this cheap and easy to find oil is also effective on psoriasis. Slather on some olive oil to your affected areas and wrap them up with plastic wrap. The nutrients from the oil will be locked in and in combination with the added moisture, you will ease the itch.
Each of these simple home remedies play a role in reducing my mother’s annoyance with her skin condition. They’re so cheap and easy anyone can try them too!
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