Although there may be no known treatment which could completely erase psoriasis, there are ways to control its nasty symptoms. Firstly here’s what you need to know about this pesky skin disease (which even Kim Kardashian suffers from): it is characterised as a disorder whereby the skin flakes up and cracks to expose red patches over various parts of the body. If you’ve tried every over-the-counter cream and just aren’t satisfied, try out these home remedies which could ease symptoms fast.
An important step even if you aren’t suffering from psoriasis. Moisturising skin both morning and night leads to a less breakage across the surface, and will avoid any scaly or dry patches which are even more prominent in the autumn-winter months. If you’re low on time, use a spray moisturiser such as the Vaseline Intensive Care Spray & Go Moisturiser, $6.99. The formula absorbs quickly into the skin, and doesn’t leave a greasy residue.
Have a bath
If you have some spare time, draw a lukewarm back and soak your entire body. This rehydrates the dry and damaged patches of skin, and helps to soften the psoriasis on the surface. It will also temporarily relieve any symptoms of itching and redness you might experience.
Since shaving removes layers of dead skin cells, this is not ideal for skin which is suffering from psoriasis or any damaging skin disorder. Regular shaving will make the patches more prominent and could even aggravate the skin more.
Soap-free shower gels
Choose shower gels or cleansers which are targeted to sensitive skin, since they are less likely to infect the already delicate patches on the body. Gels with aloe vera are perfect since they specialise in cooling and repairing the skin, as opposed to soaps which could potentially dry the area out and cause even more damage.
Do you have any home remedies for managing psoriasis?
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By Felicia Sapountzis