While psoriasis takes form on the skin and is considered a skin condition, it actually starts underneath the skin and is a chronic disease of the immune system. Ranging from mild to severe, psoriasis primarily occurs in people between the ages of 15-35. Psoriasis causes your skin cells to grow faster than normal, resulting in the accumulation of dead skin cells on the skin; they look like dry, red patches.
What Causes Psoriasis?
The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown, but it is believed that genetics and one’s immune system play a role in its development. It is a common thought that defects in immune regulation play a major role in causing psoriasis. The formation of plaques is the result of skin cells multiplying 10 times faster than normal. When underlying cells reach the skin’s surface and die, the volume of cells causes the raised, itchy plaques.
Natural Remedies For Psoriasis
Eliminating meat, dairy products, processed foods, fried foods, salty foods, and artificial sugars can be a great first step towards a healthier you. It’s best to have a diet that is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, especially ones that have anti-inflammatory properties. Rosemary, oregano, green leafy vegetables, bok choy, beets, broccoli, celery, blueberries, and pineapples are great anti-inflammatory foods.
Because stress can trigger a psoriasis outbreak, it can be beneficial to reduce the amount of stress in your life. Getting frequent massages can help reduce stress and decrease tension or chronic pain. When you get massages, be sure to avoid any oils that may irritate the skin and cause a flare-up.
If you get a psoriasis flare-up, you can make a chamomile compress to help reduce the itching and decrease inflammation. Place 1 teaspoon of chamomile flowers (sold in health stores) in 1 cup of boiling water and let it steep for 10 minutes. Strain out the herb, dip a towel in the solution, and gently apply it to the flare-up.
Water is the number one thing you should drink when you have psoriasis. Staying hydrated keeps everything flowing smoothly and it keeps skin from getting too dry. You can stay hydrated by drinking eight 8oz glasses of water every day. Additionally, a good rule of thumb is if you drink half your body weight in ounces of water. If you weigh 150lbs, then you should drink 75oz of water per day.
Epsom Salt Baths
Taking Epsom salt baths can help relieve itching or other symptoms of psoriasis. Epsom salts contain beneficial minerals that can help hydrate your skin. You can add a 1/4-1/2 cup of Epsom salts to a warm bath and you can soak in it for at least 15 minutes. Additionally, you can try floatation therapy, which is designed to promote total relaxation and promote healthy skin.