If you are a sufferer of psoriasis then you will understand why it is a real bugbear of mine – why you ask? Because it is massively misunderstood!
No it’s not contagious, no it’s not eczema and thanks but no thanks, I don’t appreciate you poking fun at flaking skin.
My partner actually suffers from psoriasis so I’ve researched it so much to get a better understanding of it, I feel like somewhat of an expert. I am not, of course, but I do feel like I know more than many!
The National Psoriasis Foundation characterises psoriasis as an autoimmune disorder that occurs when the immune system sends faulty signals that accelerate the growth of skin cells.
And SkinBase followers and any fellow psoriasis sufferers I am sure you’ll agree, it’s not always easy. So for that reason we’ve pulled together some top tips for treating psoriasis, there is no cure but these tips should help you treat, manage and improve symptoms better. Take a look!
Get outdoors and feel the sun on your skin!
Getting outdoors for fresh air and sun does a lot more than just help refresh you; it’s also a super cheap and easy way to treat psoriasis! WebMD suggests applying sunscreen to all unaffected areas and then soaking up the sun. Start out small and spend about 10 minutes outside, then work your way up to 20-30 minutes. Careful you don not overdo it as you don’t want to cause your skin damage and do more harm then good!
Pamper yourself with a dead sea salt bath
This psoriasis treatment tip is also a great way to relax and pamper yourself – go on, you deserve it! A recent study found marked improvement on redness and itching in those who took a bath of Dead Sea salts at 10% concentration 3-4 times per week! These bath salts are also great for improving insomnia, eczema and arthritis pain.
Eating olives or applying olive oil on skin is an easy way to treat psoriasis. Olive oil has long been known for being an all-natural moisturiser and eye makeup remover that soothes and moisturizes skin.
When you’re talking about tips on treating psoriasis, moisturising should be top of the list, especially during the colder months. It’s also essential to keep skin moist throughout the year to reduce redness and heal itchy, dry patches of skin. Always look for thick creams or lotions that are fragrance free so that they don’t irritate the skin further.
Many health experts approve of using plastic wrap occlusion to treat psoriasis. It might sound fancy but it’s actually deceptively easy to do and many people report good results! What you do is apply your topical medication as usual and cover up the area with plastic wrap. This cheap trick helps the medication really sink in and helps keep the area moisturised!
Living with psoriasis can be challenging but there are many ways you can treat it and help get symptoms under control. In addition to these treatment tips, maintaining a healthy lifestyle will do wonders for your skin and well-being. Do you have any tips on treating psoriasis?