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Eight Psoriasis Home Remedies That Will Soothe Your Skin

by Rebecca Endicott
Becca is a writer and aspirational dog owner living in NYC.

When it comes to our bodies, there are a handful of uncomfortable topics that nobody wants to talk about.

Here at LittleThings, however, we’re all about addressing those topics head-on. From foot fungus to the whys and wherefores of gas, it’s all fair game, and it’s all important to talk about.

At the top of our list? Skin conditions like psoriasis, which can cause emotional and physical discomfort, and can majorly affect your lifestyle.

What’s more, it’s especially challenging to treat. Unlike most garden-variety skin conditions, psoriasis can’t be treated with a simple cream or topical treatment.

That’s because it’s a chronic autoimmune illness, without any one fix-all cure. In the interim, it causes flaking, scaling, and itching of the skin.

In addition to showing up on the skin, psoriasis can also cause white, flaky patches on the fingernails and toenails, plaques on the scalp, and even blisters and lesions inside the mouth and nose. Unsurprisingly, it can be mind-bogglingly difficult to control.

A dermatologist can prescribe medicine to deal with the underlying cause, but in the meantime, it’s helpful to have a few DIY methods for helping to alleviate the symptoms from home.

Here are a few of our favorite strategies! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Home Remedy #1: Fish Oil

Home Remedy #1: Fish Oil
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Fish oil capsules are often touted as cure-alls for myriad illness, but when it comes to psoriasis, they really can make a difference.

The omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil can help with the plaques and redness of the psoriasis, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation.

Fish oil capsules may help, but doctors suggest it may be equally helpful to eat a diet rich in salmon and other oily fish.

Home Remedy #2: Massage

Home Remedy #2: Massage
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Massage might seem like a superficial solution to such a troublesome problem, but it can have dramatic effects.

According to Everyday Health, massage may help to reduce the inflammation that’s one of the root causes of the skin discomfort involved with psoriasis.

It may also help prompt the generation of new, healthy cells to replace the ones affected by the skin condition.

Home Remedy #3: Yoga

Home Remedy #3: Yoga
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Yoga is great exercise, but did you know it can also have restorative and relaxing effects on the whole body?

Not only does it help relieve inflammation, it’s also a tremendous stress-reliever.

Since stress and anxiety can be major triggers for psoriasis, yoga can be a wonderful way to relieve the discomfort.

Home Remedy #4: Shark Cartilage

Home Remedy #4: Shark Cartilage
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Now, this one is still controversial, but hear us out.

According to the University of Maryland, several early studies have demonstrated that shark cartilage could have incredible implications for illnesses like psoriasis.

Scientists believe that the cartilage may help to prevent unhealthy growth of skin cells, making it helpful for dealing with plaques and lesions.

Home Remedy #5: Axe The Carbs

Home Remedy #5: Axe The Carbs
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Carbohydrates seem responsible for a multitude of nutritional sins these days.

While we all need carbohydrates, any of us get them from white breads and processed wheat products.

According to some studies, these grains cause bloat and inflammation, so eliminating them from the diet can help ease psoriasis symptoms.

Home Remedy #6: Dead Sea Salt

Home Remedy #6: Dead Sea Salt
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Most of us love the extra flavor that salt gives to our chow, but it also has a ton of benefits when it comes to health.

Sea salt, specifically sea salt from Israel’s Dead Sea, is packed with all sorts of nutritional goodies and vitamins.

Add that to the exfoliating properties of salt, and a mild salt scrub or bath can be a go-to solution for helping to slough off some of the painful welts left behind by psoriasis.

Home Remedy #7: Turmeric

Home Remedy #7: Turmeric
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Turmeric is a medicinal root and herb with a long history as a holistic health treatment.

When it comes to psoriasis, turmeric may be able to help in a few ways.

For one, it has plenty of healthy anti-inflammatory properties.

For another, it may help skin heal more quickly, repairing lesions and leaving smooth skin behind.

 

Home Remedy #8: Soothing Bath

Home Remedy #8: Soothing Bath
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If you ever had a case of the chicken pox growing up, you may have spent a week or two bathing away the itches and the sores.

Fortunately, the same principle can be applied to topical treatment of psoriasis.

In addition to adding sea salt to your bath, you can add colloidal oatmeal to soothe your skin, and prevent itching and cracking.

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