Psoriasis is a skin disorder that causes skin cells to multiply up to 10 times faster than normal. This makes the skin build up into bumpy red patches covered with white scales. They can grow anywhere, but most appear on the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back. Psoriasis can’t be passed from person to person. It does sometimes happen in members of the same family. Even though there‚Äôs no cure, many treatments exist to ease the symptoms of psoriasis. Here are some ways to manage mild symptoms at home.

  1. Try petroleum jelly or another thick moisturizer. It locks water into your skin to help it heal and reduce the redness.
  2. Bathing with Dead Sea salts in particular has shown a beneficial effect for treating psoriasis. The Dead Sea contains a wealth of minerals and is much saltier than the ocean.
  3. Creams made from extracts of the aloe vera plant can be applied to the skin to help reduce redness, scaling, itching, and inflammation. The results of clinical studies testing whether aloe vera creams help with psoriasis have shown mixed results.
  4. Spend some time in the great outdoors. The sun’s ultraviolet B rays can help fight your psoriasis. Stick to 5 or 10 minutes a day, and use sunscreen on spots without psoriasis.
  5. People with psoriasis may use a capsaicin cream to treat skin plaques. This may initially cause a burning sensation and inflammation, but capsaicin may help nerves in the treated area become less sensitive to inflammation with further application.
  6. Put some ground-up oats in your bath, sit back, and relax. Just make sure the water is warm, not hot, so you don’t irritate your skin.
  7. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria present in yogurt and fermented foods. People can also consume them in supplements.
  8. Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, olive oil may help reduce inflammation when applied to areas of the skin affected by psoriasis. Rub small amounts of warm olive oil into scaly patches to soften them, and massage some olive oil into your scalp during a shower to help get rid of flakes of skin from scalp psoriasis.
  9. If you have psoriasis, vegetable shortening is more than a greasy pantry staple. To help dry, cracked skin heal, coat the affected area with shortening, cover it with plastic wrap and fix it in place with surgical tape.

 

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