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Usually in a normal persons body, skin cells grow in a month’s time. New cells are produced in the skin and after a period of 28 to 30 days they make their way to the top of the skin. By this time, the old cells of the skin die by regular toweling and showering. People diagnosed with psoriasis however, have a different skin life cycle. The entire process of the skin takes place with in 4 to 5 days, as the immune system sends out an incorrect message. Thus, the dead skin cells are pushed onto the surface of the skin. The affected areas are itchy and irritating.
There are five types of psoriasis, namely pustular, erythrodermic, inverse, guttate and plaque. The most common of all these types is plaque. In this type of psoriasis, there are red bumps covered will silver scaly skin. People with psoriasis also tend to suffer from other health problems like depression, diabetes and heart conditions. Psoriasis is not contagious. It can be a severe or mild condition. Depending on the severity of the disease you need to take a proper treatment.
Home Remedies For Psoriasis:
Though there is no permanent treatment for psoriasis discovered yet, you can help your body recover from the symptoms. There are many remedies to get rid of the scaly patchy skin. If these remedies are used regularly, the scaly patches may not appear for a very long time. These home remedies for psoriasis will bring and instant relief.
Applying aloe-vera gel to the affected area will reduce the rashes and scaling of skin. It has been tested by many dermatologists. Aloe-vera gel needs to be applied 3 times everyday to reduce the lesions. If you do this for three to four weeks, you will notice a major change on your skin.
Banana peel is the vital ingredient to cure skin ailments. You can use a banana peel and rub the inner area of the peel to your lesions. It will soothe your skin and remove the rashes.
Apple Cider Vinegar:
For temporary treatment of itching and scaling, you can use 1 tea spoon of apple-cider vinegar diluted in some water. The water should be luke warm. apply it on your lesions, massage it in and leave it on for a minute or two. You can rinse it with water. If you would like to treat yourself in your bath, pour 1/2 cup of vinegar in the bath tub and take a warm shower.
Chamomile contain anti-inflammatory flavonoid compounds. This will help to treat psoriasis and is widely used in Europe for this purpose.
Cayenne pepper also holds anti-inflammatory properties, that help in healing the skin. It reduces the redness and scaling. Try to get a Capsaicin cream, that is available in medical stores. It is made from hot peppers and is simply great to reduce the lesions. Make sure you do not apply it on broken skin.
Cashew Nut Oil:
You can apply cashew nut oil for your lesions. It will improve flare-ups of psoriasis. It moisturizes and removes the dead skin, treating it and making your skin smooth.
Applying Castrol oil to small, thick and well-circumscribed lesions will help to improve your skin. Mix cold-pressed castor oil with 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Apply this mixture on the lesions before going to bed. You will notice a complete healing of that area after a few weeks. Do not apply this on open skin.
Massaging yourself with olive oil will be very relieving.
Applying tepidly warm coconut oil on the affected areas for half an hour will prevent dryness and reduces the chances of aggravation. Do this before you take a shower.
Aloe vera gel and Garlic Oil
To heal psoriasis you can mix equal amounts of aloe vera gel and garlic oil. Apply this mixture to your lesions and leave it on for at least 15 minutes. Do this regularly to notice the difference.
The fatty acids present in Omega 3 have proved to cure the problem of scaly and patchy skin. Creams based with fish oil can be applied to the affected area to reduce the problem. Fish oil supplements in capsules can also be consumed regularly.
Baking Soda & Water
Take 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 4 teaspoons of water. Mix them together and apply it to the affected area. Apply this with a sterilized cotton or cloth, to prevent bacteria. Leave it on till it dries and fall off. this mixture will help to reduce the itchiness of these areas.
Epsom Salt Bath
Fill your bath tub with luke warm water. You can add a cup of milk, olive oil or Epsom salt. This soothing shower will help you to get rid of the itchiness and it will gradually reduce the plaques and scales on your body. Moisturize yourself, immediately after the bath, for best results.
Applying vegetable oil to the scales and patches on your body, will help to lock moisture and all the nutrients in your skin. Massage yourself with the oil and leave it on for 30 minutes.
Tips For Treating Your Skin:
Choose Your Soap Wisely:
Soaps without moisturizing agents will aggravate the condition. So choose a good moisturizing soap, which doesn’t contain too many chemicals.
People diagnosed with psoriasis need vitamin D for their skin to improve the lesions. Try to expose your skin to the sun in the morning (7 am to 9 am) for at least 30 minutes. After this time the sun rays can get really harmful and they can aggravate this condition. Use a good sun block, it should have an SPF of at least 15. Reapply sunscreen for every two hours. If you are perspiring or swimming you need to apply it more often.
Taking a shower everyday will remove the dead and extra skin. It reduces the scaled and inflamed skin. Avoid hot water and harsh soaps, instead you can use mild soaps with added fats and oils. If your skin feels better by bathing twice a day, then go for it!
Keep Yourself Moisturized:
Always keep your skin moisturized. For a skin condition like psoriasis you need to use a thick based moisturizer which can keep your skin healthy and soft. If you have extremely dry skin choose oils instead of lotions and moisturizers. They will nourish your skin to the fullest. You need to take care of your skin, especially in cold and heat. Moisturizing your skin will help to heal your skin faster.
Eating a Proper Diet:
Eating a healthy diet can help you in many ways, but did you know that it can help control psoriasis? By making a few changes to your diet, you can manage this condition. First thing you need to do is eliminate fatty food and red meat from your diet. Including lots of fruits and vegetables into your diet will help improve your skin cells. In meats you can choose lean meat and fish as your preferred food. The best functional foods to consume are soy, cranberries, nuts and chocolate. To avoid further aggravation from foods, you can maintain a dairy and note down, which food is making your skin itchy.
To help reduce the scaling, redness and itching of your skin, you can use an ointment or effective skin cream prescribed by your dermatologist. Apply it on the affected area and cover them with a plastic wrap. This is to lock in the cream overnight for a soothing experience. You can wake up the next morning, remove the wrap and wash away the scales.
Stress aggravates this condition. Too much of stress can make your body feel anxious and unhealthy. Try to keep your mind free of such thoughts. Try to be calm and think less, you can also try a few stress busting exercises to avoid this problem.
Alcohol consumption will reduce the effectiveness of some psoriasis treatments. It is for that best that you stop this habit and rebuild your health.
Smoking is another habit which aggravates the skin condition. It also reduces the effectiveness of psoriasis treatments. So, try to maintain a healthy life style, and avoid the long term effects of smoking.
Avoid Contact With Chemical Substances:
Be away from cosmetics that contain strong chemicals. This does not just damage your skin but it also aggravates psoriasis. Deodorants and dyes are not suitable for people with psoriasis. Any cosmetic that is in direct contact with the skin should be avoided to the maximum as they can inflame the skin. In case you need some product, check the label which says ‘sensitive skin’. If you can find products made especially for sensitive skin you can use them.
Healthy Life style:
Along with maintaining a good diet, you need to have daily physical activity. Being overweight can also make the condition worse. Always be active and avoid laziness as much as possible. People with psoriasis often feel lethargic so engage yourself in some activity or another.
Avoid Any Other Triggers:
Wounds, injuries, exposure to sun and other kinds of infections can trigger your psoriasis. Avoid anything that you think will trigger it. Be smart and tackle the situation wisely.
As many people have noticed in their life, any new wound will start having scaly or patchy skin. The wounds and injuries are also harmful as dead skin will start accumulating near open areas. Psoriasis will become more unbearable without proper care. Hence keep your skin moisturized and healthy. Do not neglect your condition, consult a doctor immediately if your feel that you have the symptoms of psoriasis. There are many psoriasis creams available in medical stores, use them it if a severe condition. Keep anxiety away and use these great home remedies for a soothing treatment from psoriasis and gain a clear skin.