Home and natural remedies
Although most natural remedies for skin conditions advertised nowadays aren’t effective, in some cases they can provide optimal results especially in less severe cases. In mild psoriasis, many natural compounds or even sun exposure can be effective. Most of those treatments center around preventing the most annoying itchiness and irritation associated with psoriasis. Among the commonly used therapies are:
- Petrolatum jelly: Known for its anti-irritant properties, it can be useful to decrease the itchiness of psoriasis.
- Sun exposure: Sun exposure is arguable considered the best natural remedy for psoriasis. The ultraviolet radiation found in sunlight slows the rate of division of the immature skin cells. Excessive exposure to sunlight should, however, be avoided especially in people with complexions liable to sunburn since sunburn can aggravate psoriasis.
- Tar: Many tar preparations are present for individual use. Tar acts on psoriasis by different mechanisms such as reducing irritation, moisturizing the skin with removal of scales and slowing the rate of division of skin cells. The effect of tar is also magnified when used in conjunction with other treatments especially topical ones.
- Sea salt: You might have heard about people visiting Egypt or Jordan for natural remedies for psoriasis. This is done through bathing in seas with high salt content such as the dead sea. Salt can reduce itchiness and limit the inflammatory process of psoriasis. The salts of the Dead Sea can also penetrate deep into the skin offering long term relief for itchiness and dryness of the skin felt in psoriasis.
- Omega-3 fatty acids: Omega 3 fatty acids are unsaturated fats that are prescribed for many ailments including cardiovascular ones. They don’t cause atherosclerosis and can reduce triglyceride levels. They also boast anti-inflammatory properties that can benefit patients with psoriasis reduce itchiness and inflammation. They also provide lubrication for the skin.
- Losing weight: Some studies have suggested that patients who lose weight have experienced improved symptoms and less plaques.
- Mediterranean diet: Although specific dietary changes didn’t show satisfactory results in clinical trials, patients who shifted to Mediterranean diets have shown improved symptoms. This can be due to the increased content of unsaturated fats or vitamin D.
- Oatmeal baths: Oatmeal baths are a natural remedy that helps with itchiness and irritation.
- Avoiding skin trauma: Psoriasis may exhibit a phenomenon called Kobner’s which means that lesions tend to appear in sites which are damaged either physically or chemically, so patients are instructed to avoid activities which can cause skin damage.