Psoriasis: Natural Remedies

Imagine if it seemed like your skin was sloughing off every day. Now you are close to knowing what someone with psoriasis feels like. It is a skin condition that can cause embarrassment and isolation.

Psoriasis is a skin condition characterized by dry, cracked and scaly skin. It can occur in small patches or in larger patches on different areas of the skin. It is a condition much like the continual shedding of dead skin cells. Normally, skin is renewed every thirty or so days. The new skin is created and rises to the surface while the dead cells are removed through routine activities like washing.

This is not so with psoriasis. The skin sheds every few days instead. Many psoriasis sufferers wear long sleeves and pants to cover up rough patches. They may shy away from social gatherings because of the look of their skin when they are experiencing an outbreak. In drier months, the condition can get worse.

The reason for psoriasis is unknown. Having family members with skin conditions may predispose you but nothing is for certain. Using heavy moisturizers to keep the skin supple may help. Some triggers that can bring on the situation are:

* Obesity
* Family history
* Lifestyle choices (drinking)
* Side effects of medicines
* Stress in your life
* Anxiety
* Getting a sunburn

There is no cure for psoriasis, but it may be managed naturally with these home remedy examples.

1. Take a bath. Soaking can rehydrate the skin. Using a lukewarm bath to remove excess dead skin leaves your skin feeling softer. Soaking too long can dry out your skin, though.

2. Apply moisturizers. It is best to apply them when you exit the tub. While the water is still beaded up on your skin, applying a covering of baby oil, moisturizing lotion or even cooking oil seals in the moisture from the bath. Dab to remove any excess oil and water. What you want to do is to create a moisture barrier so that your skin is not drying out.

3. Get a humidifier. Humidifiers add moisture to the air. A cool mist humidifier does so without creating a feeling of mugginess in the room.

4. Use compresses. Dry, flaking skin can be itchy. Scratching can further injure your skin and make your outbreak worse. To deal with the itching and redness, use apple cider vinegar and water. Use a cotton ball to dab it on the dry patches. For larger areas, use a washcloth and hold it on the area.

5. Apply warm oil. Warm oil may reduce psoriasis of the scalp. The heat makes the scaly skin easier to remove without irritating you.