While many factors can trigger psoriasis, research indicates that the underlying cause of psoriasis stems from your body’s immune system. The immune system makes white blood cells which protect the body from infection. In psoriasis, the T cells (a type of white blood cell) abnormally trigger inflammation in the skin. These T cells also cause skin cells to grow faster than normal and to pile up in raised patches on the outer surface of the skin. Depending on the type of psoriasis you have, the outward appearance can vary.
There are two ways to treat psoriasis – from the inside, and from the outside. Psoriasis treatment from the outside will temporarily relieve symptoms, and may help the skin look better, but outside treatment, alone, will not provide long-term relief. In order to get long-term relief, you need to also treat psoriasis from within.
Treating Psoriasis from the Inside
There are many factors that weaken your immune system, such as stress, poor diet, and hereditary. One effective way to reduce the recurrence of psoriasis, is to build up the immune system. The following ingredients are essential to build up your immune system, and also help nourish the skin. Please check with your doctor before beginning any natural remedy for your psoriasis.
If you are under the care of a medical doctor for your psoriasis, please consult with him or her before starting any holistic or natural remedy for your condition.
Borage Oil – this is rich in gamma linolenic acid (GLA), a vital health-giving fatty acid naturally produced by the body. Most people with skin disorders, such as psoriasis and eczema, have very low levels of GLA in their system. In many studies, Borage oil has been proven to reduce skin inflammation, dryness, scaly skin, and itching.
Evening Primrose Oil– this has high amounts of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Evening primrose oil relieves inflammation, stimulates protein synthesis, repairs, and improves dry flaky skin. It is considered one of the most important ingredients in the natural treatment of psoriasis.
Fish Oil – Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may reduce inflammation associated with psoriasis. Take 3 grams or less of fish oil a day. An alternative could be Flax Seed Oil.
Flax Seed Oil – contain omega-3 essential fatty acids. It can improve the condition of skin and nails and reduce the inflammation of cells. It also helps to promote cellular health and provide hormonal balance. It is very important for natural health psoriasis treatment.
Zinc – this helps your body to heal. It is necessary for the proper growth of the skin, hair, and nails. It is the most critical nutrient for a healthy immune system. Psoriasis has been associated with zinc deficiency in research studies.
Treating Psoriasis from the Outside
Natural treatment for psoriasis from the outside involves using a topical cream that will help eliminate the redness, itching, burning and flaking of the skin. Some of the most effective topical treatments for psoriasis have the following ingredients to help temporarily heal the skin:
Aloe Vera– the healing and pain relieving properties of aloe vera have been well known for a long time. Aloe Vera
helps to hydrate and rejuvenate the skin and can help make the skin softer, younger looking, and less wrinkled.
Borage Oil – this is rich in gamma linolenic acid (GLA) and has been proven to reduce skin inflammation, dryness, scaly skin and itching. Borage oil is very important for natural health psoriasis treatment.
Calendula – this helps stimulate and regenerate the deeper layer of skin. Calendula can help blood circulation along with strengthening the cell immunity against inflammation.
Evening Primrose Oil – This relieves inflammation, restores dry, flaky skin and encourages protein synthesis.
Other Natural Treatments to Relieve the Symptoms of Psoriasis
Sea Salt Bath – Salt from the Dead Sea contains concentrations of salt that are 10 times higher than any other ocean water and includes other rare elements in its minerals, which can help reduce inflammation, improve skin barrier function and heal skin tissues.
DID YOU KNOW…
As early as 300 BC, Dead Sea salts were harvested and combined with other ancient ingredients like frankincense and myrrh to make luxurious creams for the skin.
To get the best benefits of Dead Sea Salt bath, bathe in the salts twice a week for 20-30 minutes. It is very important to make sure you use pure Dead Sea Salt, although other salts may have some restorative effects, they will not match the results you will get from Dead Sea Salt.
Sunlight – also called phototherapy – UV rays from the sun can be very effective in helping treat psoriasis. The light from the sun slows down the function of the T cells within the skin. By reducing the function of the T cells you are effectively slowing down the process causing psoriasis.
Exposure to the sun should be limited to 10-20 minutes daily and it may take about six weeks before you see visible results. Before exposing the skin to sunlight, applying a sunscreen of SPF 15 or more is recommended.
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