Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that can cause red, scaly patches of skin. It is often managed with a combination of topical treatments, systemic medications, light therapy, and lifestyle changes. Both herbal and natural supplements have been used in alternative and complementary medicine to help manage psoriasis. Read below to discover certain recommendations for healing skin disorders naturally.
Healing Psoriasis Naturally:
1. Fish Oil (Omega-3 Fatty Acids): Fish oil may help reduce inflammation associated with psoriasis. However, more research is needed to fully understand its benefits.
2. Vitamin D: Topical and oral vitamin D supplements are often used in the treatment of psoriasis. They help regulate the growth and differentiation of skin cells.
3. Turmeric (Curcumin): This spice has anti-inflammatory properties and has been used in the treatment of psoriasis. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, may help reduce the inflammatory response in the body.
4. Aloe Vera: Topical use of aloe vera may help to soothe and heal psoriasis patches.
5. Evening Primrose Oil: Evening primrose oil has been used for skin conditions like psoriasis due to its high content of essential fatty acids that can help reduce inflammation.
6. Milk Thistle: This is believed to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, which may be beneficial for psoriasis.
7. Oregon Grape (Mahonia Aquifolium): Topical creams containing Oregon grape have been used for the treatment of mild to moderate psoriasis.
8. Capsaicin: Capsaicin, the ingredient that makes chili peppers hot, is used in some topical creams to help reduce pain, inflammation, redness and scaling associated with psoriasis.
9. Oatmeal Baths: Colloidal oatmeal, or finely ground oatmeal, is a natural product often used to soothe the itchiness and discomfort associated with skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and dry skin. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of oatmeal can help to calm the skin and maintain its barrier, preventing further dryness and irritation. For an oatmeal bath, add a packet of colloidal oatmeal to your bath water and soak for 10-15 minutes. Afterwards, pat the skin dry and apply a moisturizer to lock in hydration.
10. Pine Tar Soap: Pine tar has been used for centuries to treat various skin conditions, including psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis. It’s thought that pine tar can slow rapid skin cell growth, reducing the scaling and plaque formation that occurs in psoriasis. It also has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Pine tar soap can be used as part of your regular bathing routine. It is good to be aware that pine tar can stain clothes and bedding, and some people may find its strong scent off-putting. It can also cause skin irritation or allergic reactions in some individuals, so it’s important to test it on a small patch of skin first.
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