According to Stefen Weiss, MD at Weiss Skin Institute, there is not much scientific evidence to prove that home treatment of psoriasis works. However, some measure may help recover their appearance and feel of damaged skin and you may find temporary cure, be sure to consult your doctor.
Here are 10 simple home treatments to help psoriasis.
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has been used for treatment of various health ailments from the ancient era. Various studies have proved that aloe vera, with its anti-inflammatory property, is much effective in minimizing psoriasis severity. Aloe vera juice boosts immune system, flushes out body toxin and help fight psoriasis. Gel from aloe vera can be applied on the affected area up to three times a day.
2. Banana Peel
Banana peel is an important component to treatment psoriasis. Rub the inner area of the banana peel directly to the affected area until the white part turns brownish colour. This natural remedy for psoriasis works for mild to moderate cases and would help soothe your skin and rashes. Leave the peel on the skin for ten to twenty minutes, repeat it 2-3 times a day.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
For short-term treatment of scaling and itching, you can use one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar added in some lukewarm water. Apply it on the affected area, massage it and leave it for one to two minutes. It aids in rebalancing our pH factor. While there is not much evidence to support apple cider vinegar to treat psoriasis, but there are examples of people sharing their experience.
Chamomile, with its soothing properties, has been used to cure psoriasis. The herb lowers the skin inflammation and help soothe psoriasis. Grind the petals of chamomile flowers and prepare a paste by adding little water and some honey. Apply this paste on lesion and leave for 10-15 minutes. The treatment can be done 2-3 times a day. Do not use chamomile if you have ragweed allergy.
5. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne Pepper also has anti-inflammatory properties, which helps in healing. It cuts the scaling and redness. You can also apply capsaicin cream, but not on broken skin. A study has found that a cream comprising .025% to .075% capsaicin helps getting rid of psoriasis. You may feel a brief sensation initially. Try it on s small lesion to check if it helps. Wait for a week to see the results.
6. Cashew Nut Oil
Cashew nut oil is rich in Vitamin E and is an effective natural treatment for psoriasis and an excellent rubefacient. It can deep moisturize, remove dead skin and help improve flare-ups of psoriasis. Apply cashew nut oil gently on your lesions 2-3 times in a day. Regular use will help soothe your skin and improve the appearance. Smell of cashew nut oil is not very appealing, so some may not prefer using it.
7. Castor Oil
Castor oil comes from seed of castor seed plant and is loaded with antioxidants. It is considered as a miracle cure for various skin conditions including psoriasis. In addition to its antioxidant property, it also has potential immune benefits. Apply castor oil directly to lesions with a cotton ball before going to bed. You will notice improvement of the lesions after a few weeks. Do not apply castor oil on open skin.
8. Olive Oil
With its anti-inflammatory property, olive oil can help calm your skin. Thanks to its Vitamin E content and fatty acid, it also makes a great moisturizer for skin and help heal burn wounds. Mix two teaspoon olive oil with a glass of milk and add the mixture to your bathwater. You can also massage olive oil into your scalp to remove plaques before taking shower.
9. Fish Oil
Fatty acids in omega-3 has been scientifically proven an effective remedy to treat psoriasis. Eating weekly servings of albacore tuna, salmon and other fatty fishes, rich in omega-3 fatty acids could help ease inflammation. Supplements of fish oil in the form of capsule are available over counter at drugstores and food markets. Applying fish oil directly on the skin also works well for some. Don’t take fish oil if you are blood thinners.
10. Baking Soda and Water
Baking soda is another effective way to help soothe psoriasis itchiness. Simply mix one-third cup of baking soda into one gallon of water, and then immerse a washcloth into this concoction and squeeze the cloth. Apply it directly to the affected area and repeat this 3-4 times in a day. The cure does burn though due to salt in baking soda.