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Best 12 Natural Home Remedies to Relieve Psoriasis
Psoriasis is the ugly guest that no one wants. No one invites him, but once he’s there, you just can’t get rid of him. He’s embarrassing to drag around also.
If you have psoriasis, or if someone in your family has it, you know how annoying and irritating it can be. Psoriasis shows up uninvited with its dry, inflamed, red, scaly patches of skin. Probably the worst part of all this is that there is no real magic fix to make this problem go away once and for all. You have to deal with flare ups as they occur, take care of yourself to minimize outbreaks, and take extra special care of your skin.
What Exactly is Psoriasis’ Problem Anyway?
The truth is no one knows exactly what psoriasis is. It could be an allergy, or a type of infection, perhaps some type of auto-immune disease. With all our advanced medical technology, the actual causes of psoriasis are still a mystery. Normally, you skin cells go through a 28 to 30 day process where they shed old ones and grow new ones. However, with psoriasis, the entire process goes into super-fast forward. Instead of 28 to 30 days, you grow new cells in three or four days, and this causes a buildup of dead skin cells. The only good things about this process is that it tends to show up only in patches and not all over your body, but that’s about the best you can say about it.
Psoriasis is not contagious, but it certainly looks that way, and many people who don’t know any better will treat you as if you are contagious. Not fun.
OK, so you can’t really get rid of psoriasis, like you can get rid of a mole, however, many people find that if they take extra precautions and lead a healthy lifestyle, they can keep psoriasis outbreaks to minimum. In this article, we will list the 12 best, all natural, home remedies you can use to help prevent outbreaks, and make living with flare ups as comfortable as possible.
1. Go Soak Your Head
Or arms, feet, or anyplace else psoriasis is showing up. Soaking in a tub, swimming, taking showers, or applying wet compresses can help to rehydrate your very dry skin, which will soften and help to remove those thick psoriasis scales. It’s important to remove as many of those scales as possible to help lotion and UV light reach your skin. Be sure that the water isn’t too hot as very hot water can make the itching worse.
The problem with keeping the area wet, however, is that it can dry out. So as soon as you get out of the water, be sure to moisture your skin with a heavy moisturizer afterwards.
2. Eliminate Stress
Many people find that stress is the quickest way to end up with a flare up, so keeping stress to a minimum and finding ways to get eliminate it is super important. You can try regular massages, yoga, or meditation as all are excellent ways of dealing with stress.
To eliminate stress, re-think your priorities in your life. Reduce your “to-do” list, delegate tasks, lower some of your standards (do you really need to vacuum your house every day?) and learn to say no. Your health is just as important as any task someone wants you to do for them. Read more how to reduce stress.
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