Summer can be an especially uncomfortable time for those who suffer from psoriasis. Besides the constant itching caused by flare-ups, psoriasis patches can be embarrassing – especially at a time when more of your skin is exposed due to the hot weather. That’s why August has been deemed Psoriasis Awareness Month, aimed at educating people about the chronic condition and ways to live better with it.
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that is characterized by silver scales that develop in thick, red patches on the skin in various places. The scales are actually caused by a buildup of skin cells that grow very quickly. Flare-ups are usually triggered by:
7 Natural Psoriasis Products
Psoriasis can’t be cured and is often genetic, but there are some natural skin care products that may help temporarily relieve symptoms. Here are seven options that are worth a try!
Apple Cider Vinegar – Believe it or not, this common kitchen staple is great at relieving an itchy scalp due to psoriasis. Simply dilute 1/4th cup of vinegar with 3/4th cup water and apply the mixture to your scalp a few times a week and allow to dry, and wash it out. (Try Certified Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother by Dynamic Health!)
Salt Baths – Adding mineral salts (such as Organic Soaking Salt by Trillium Organics) or Epsom salts to your bath can be very soothing to psoriasis sufferers. Allow the affected areas to soak in a warm salt bath for at least 15 minutes. Be sure to moisturize as soon as you get out with Psoriasis Cream by Home Health.
Medicated Shampoos – Specially formulated shampoos and body washes for psoriasis sufferers are available. Look for all-natural options such as Psoriasis Medicated Scalp and Body Wash by Home Health, which will reduce itchiness and cut back on redness and scaling.
Oatmeal Soaps – Oatmeal is a great natural way to soothe your skin. While many soaps can dry out your skin, worsening psoriasis, oatmeal bars such as this one by Naked Bee actually lock in the moisture.
What helps you with your psoriasis flare-ups? Tell us in the comments below!