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Psoriasis is a condition that results in dry, flaky, and itchy skin. Since the skin is the largest external organ we have, it’s important to keep it healthy so that we may stay comfortable. Those who contract this condition also experience tightness in the skin, which could lead to painful slitting or just general discomfort.
Fortunately, it’s possible to treat psoriasis. But some might want to go for natural treatments and home remedies instead of creams or lotions prescribed by a doctor. You may also want to try out such treatments in addition to what the doctor prescribed. As long as your dermatologist has given the green light, there’s no reason why you can’t try out some natural methods for dealing with your psoriasis.
Wondering just what these home remedies are?
Below are just a few of the most effective ones:
1. Argan Oil
The benefits of argan oil on psoriasis are quite well-known, especially as it’s a rich source of vitamin E. This particular vitamin is especially hydrating for the skin which makes it a good natural treatment for psoriasis and dry skin in general. When you use it regularly, argan oil can enhance the skin’s metabolism. That way, you’ll be able to notice reduced inflammation and get protection from the sun.
You should keep in mind that argan oil isn’t an essential oil, but a carrier oil. It’s thick and moisturizing, even helping postmenopausal women to prevent their skin from stretching out. Since psoriasis makes the skin dry and brittle, this oil is a great way to hydrate the skin and keep it from splitting apart. It also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which are both beneficial for healing psoriasis.
You can also add some essential oils in the argan oil before applying it to your psoriasis-affected areas. However, the essential oils you use should also have a hydrating effect, not a drying one. Lavender, peppermint, and geranium essential oils could all be good choices for mixing with argan oil and applying to your skin. However, one should remember that cosmetic argan oil isn’t the same as the culinary kind.
2. Oatmeal Baths
You might have heard of people taking oatmeal baths to soothe their skin when they develop an allergy or rash. Oatmeal baths can work the same magic if your psoriasis is giving you a troubling itch.
For your bath, all you need to do is grind some plain oatmeal and add the resulting powder to a bathtub full of lukewarm water. Soak in this concoction for about fifteen minutes.
3. Ingesting Turmeric
Taking more turmeric in your diet can also help you beat psoriasis. Studies also show how an active compound in turmeric has been linked to lowered inflammation in several kinds of skin conditions. These conditions include psoriasis, so adding this spice to your diet is well worth the effort.
The active ingredient in question here is called curcumin. You can also take turmeric or curcumin supplements; this will still be a natural treatment that’s unlikely to have any negative side effects. Of course, you want to rule out any allergies first.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Many folks ingest apple cider vinegar (ACV) for its many health benefits. But applying it topically could also do wonders for your psoriasis. ACV is a known substance for soothing inflammation and burns. Since it’s an astringent as well, you can also use it for the itching and scaling that can occur on psoriasis sores. However, don’t use this remedy if the sores are open.
It’s also not recommended to use straight ACV on the affected area. Dilute half a cup in a tub of water and soak the area in that solution.
Utilizing home remedies and natural DIY methods for treating psoriasis can have varying results for different people. No matter which method you end up using, make sure you do a patch test beforehand and stay alert for any side effects. With just the right natural treatment, your psoriasis could be a thing of the past and you can enjoy your youthful skin again!
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