9. Olive oil
Olive oil can be applied to the affected area to abate uncomfortable symptoms. Applying olive oil to the affected area helps lock moisture in making skin soft and supple. The high fatty acid and vitamin E content in olive oil make an excellent moisturizer for dry scaly skin. It can be applied by simply warming the olive oil to a lukewarm temperature. Pat on gently, taking care not to rub it in and risk aggravating the flare ups.
10. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera enjoys a well-established repute as a natural remedy for skin ailments. To treat psoriasis, Aloe Vera is applied to the affected area to reduce the associated redness and minimize scaling. An application of Aloe Vera forms a protective layer on the skin’s broken surface and speeds healing.
To use as a topical application, the translucent gel from the Aloe Vera leaf needs to be extracted and spread directly over the skin. The application should then be left on until it is thoroughly absorbed in the skin. For best result reapply three times daily until symptoms subside.
Other than making some changes in the diet and using topical treatments, psoriasis patients can also engage in certain lifestyle practices such as massage and yoga to relieve and reduce chronic pain that is often associated with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.
At the same time, they can try to avoid common psoriasis triggers such as smoking, dyes and perfumes that may potentially irritate skin. The other important consideration is to keep skin well moisturized as doing so will relieve discomfort and speed healing.
Appropriate sun exposure may also assist in the treatment of psoriasis as UVB exposure can help slow down the rate and growth of shedding skin cells. The consideration here is to avoid sunburn and get professional advice on how much sun exposure would be appropriate.
It should also be noted that an approximate 10 to 30 percent of psoriasis patients are susceptible to developing psoriatic arthritis so it is important to consult with your health care provider should any symptoms arise.