8 Ways to Treat Psoriasis Skin Disease

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Disease and Care Home Remedies

1. Keep Your Skin Moist
It’s one of the most effective yet easiest things you can do for irritated skin. It can help your skin heal and reduce dryness, itching, redness, soreness, and scaling.

2. Manage food lifestyle
Diet may play a role in managing psoriasis. Eliminating red meat and fatty foods have been effective for some. As healthy as olive oil is inside your body, it can have extra benefits for the skin. Applying olive or vegetable oil to scales and patches of psoriasis can lock moisture and nutrients in. Try massaging a few tablespoons on your scalp to help loosen troublesome plaques during your next shower.

3. While taking shower
Your dermatologist will tell you hot water is your skin’s enemy, but a lukewarm bath with Epsom salt, mineral oil, milk, or olive oil can soothe the itching and infiltrate scales and plaques. Moisturize immediately after your bath for double benefits.

4. Heal With Sunlight
The ultraviolet (UV) light in sunlight can slow the growth of skin cells, so small doses of sun can be a good way to soothe, improve, and even heal psoriasis lesions. Even indoor light can make a difference.

5. Take It Easy
Studies show that stress can make psoriasis and itching worse. Some people even trace their first outbreak to a very stressful event. You might be able to calm symptoms simply by lowering your anxiety.

6. Go Easy on Yourself
Avoid harsh products like lotions with alcohol, deodorant soaps, acids (glycolic, salicylic, and lactic acid), and even some laundry soaps. These can inflame your sensitive skin. Feel the texture of the fabric of the clothes you buy. Make sure they are soft and comfortable. Avoid wool and mohair. They can irritate already inflamed skin.

7. Try Not to Scratch and Pick
There’s no doubt about it: When you itch, you want to scratch. But scratching can tear open your skin, making way for infection-causing germs. It may also make sores appear where there weren’t any before. Keep your nails short and take an antihistamine if you are itchy.

8. Stop Smoking and Limit Alcohol
Smoking can trigger flares. Talk to your doctor to help you decide the best way to quit. For some, nicotine patches make psoriasis worse.

Sources
http://www.medicinenet.com/psoriasis_pictures_slideshow/article.htm
http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/psoriasis/psoriasis-skin-care-tips?page=3
http://www.healthline.com/health/psoriasis/treat-symptoms-home#2

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