If you or one of your loved ones is suffering from psoriasis, then you know what a stubborn and embarrassing skin condition it can be. No one knows what causes it, and no one has a cure but their are a number of natural remedies for psoriasis. If you are self-conscious and frustrated by psoriasis flare-ups you will be able to control the situation by incorporating a number of good skin care practices with your life style.
You must learn to deal with flare-ups as they come because there is no cure. It is a matter of taking good care of yourself and your skin.
Preventing outbreaks is your best defense and that entails things like using heavy moisturizers, living a healthy lifestyle. When attacks do come it is important to treat them quickly.
There are a number of natural remedies for psoriasis on the market, but there are also a number of things you can do with common every day items in your home. An excellent over-the-counter product is called Loma Lux Homeopathic Medicine. It gets some outstanding reviews from psoriasis sufferers.
In about 1/3 of the cases there is a family history of the disease. This creates a strong link to the idea that psoriasis has a genetic origin in many cases.
New skin cells form deep down and take about a month to move to the top layer of skin where the old skins cells have died off. During this 30 day journey the old, dead skin is sloughed off by your daily routines. In the case of psoriasis this cycle is ten times faster, and the new cells reach the surface before the old cells are removed and this causes a considerable build up of dead skin called plaque.
Even though the actual causes for an outbreak are a mystery, doctors know there are specific lifestyle triggers that cause outbreaks. If you're already experiencing an outbreak these triggers can make the symptoms much worse.
A vinegar dip - mix 1 cup of apple cider vinegar per 1 gallon of water. Soak affected fingernails or toenails or apply to the plaque areas using cotton balls. The Psoriasis Foundation has reports of some good results using this method.
Use plastic wrap - you can help psoriasis lesions go away by covering them. This helps in keeping moisturizers in place longer, and it aids in working medications into the skin. Use ordinary kitchen wrap but make sure your doctor confirms that your medication can be used in a cover-up treatment. Do not keep the wrap on so long that the area gets soggy.
Epsom salts - add some to your bath. This will keep swelling down and help the healing process.
Cayenne - This pepper gets it heat from a substance called capsaicin and it helps relieve pain and itching by blocking the sensory nerves. Studies have shown that using a capsaicin cream can relieve itching and remove plaque. Use only creams that contain no more than .075 percent and keep away from mucous membranes.
Fish oil - Omega 3 fatty acids when slathered on a psoriasis patch has been shown to help the healing.
1) Severely reduce your alcohol intake.
2) Reduce any overweight situation.
3) Deal with and eliminate stress.
Watch this short video on what you should and should not include in your diet if you have psoriasis.