- A chronic, non-contagious autoimmune skin disease, psoriasis is the result of the immune system signaling skin cells to grow faster than necessary.
- Psoriasis can appear anywhere on the body including arms, hands, feet, nails, face and scalp.
- Psoriasis can be associated with other conditions including diabetes, heart disease and depression.
- Stress, allergies, diet, smoking, dry weather and types of infections can trigger psoriasis.
- Vaccinations, sunburns, scratches, as well as medications may cause flare-ups.
- If you suspect you have psoriasis it is advisable to visit a dermatologist to confirm the diagnosis.
- There is no proven cure, but many therapies can reduce or eliminate symptoms.
Key ingredient to look for
Burdock (Arctium Lappa)
Traditionally used to treat skin ailments including acne, psoriasis and dry scalp, burdock root helps ease inflammation and itching. It also enhances the blood supply and strengthens skin.
Neem leaf has anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties to heal and soothe skin. It also strengthens, stimulates circulation and reduces flaking and irritation. Neem is often found in hair products due to its keratin protein strengthening and conditioning qualities.
Extremely gentle, yet ideal for promoting healing, calendula has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Used for centuries on everything from insect bites and burns to cuts and scrapes, it also helps calm and soothe eczema, acne and psoriasis.
- Alternative remedies including acupuncture, meditation, magnets and herbs are becoming increasingly popular in treating psoriasis.
- Daily doses of controlled sunlight and exposure to water are popular natural therapies. Short, multiple exposures to the sun are most often recommended (with a non-irritating sunscreen on your skin).
- Daily warm baths with oil, Epsom salts or Dead Sea salts can calm inflamed skin. Be careful to avoid steaming hot baths.
- Immediately apply your heavy moisturizer or body oil after bathing or showering while your skin is still moist.
- Keep a journal to help you discover your psoriasis triggers. Triggers can include particular products, stress, smoking, intense sun exposure and alcohol.