Psoriasis is a common skin disease and affects both men and women. We tell you everything about this inflammation of the skin, its origin, its characteristics and its treatments. Discover all our advice to fight against this skin infection. Soothing itching, hydrating the skin, removing scales, reducing plaques… Everything you need to know about natural remedies for psoriasis.
What is psoriasis?
It is a chronic inflammation that affects the superficial layer of the skin. Psoriasis results from the accelerated renewal of cells in the epidermis.
Psoriasis is manifested by red inflammation of the skin and the presence of scales. These are thin strips of dead skin that are both thick and numerous.
With psoriasis, the keratinocytes, these cells of the epidermis, are renewed in 3 days instead of 28 days. This accelerated renewal of the epidermis goes hand in hand with an anomaly of the cells. The latter do not have time to mature normally.
Namely, this skin disease can take various forms (minimal or more severe). Some patients only suffer from discrete lesions while others present with real extents. Psoriasis can affect any part of the body. However, most often, it attacks the elbows, knees, legs, scalp and the lumbar region.
On the other hand, psoriasis turns out to be a chronic disease that progresses by flare-ups. The patient may experience periods of remission, but never recover from them.
Psoriasis affects approximately 2% of the French population. It can therefore be described as a common disease.
Most often, this skin disease turns out to be benign. Nevertheless, it can quickly become disabling on a daily basis and have a significant psychological impact on the person who suffers from it.
How do we catch it?
Psoriasis appears in genetically predisposed people (in 30% of cases). Generally, physical or psychological factors favor its occurrence.
Among the various environmental factors that promote the onset of psoriasis are stress, emotional shock or emotional trauma, taking certain medications such as beta-blockers, etc.
Namely, some women notice a resurgence of their lesions during their menstruation.
For its part, the sun can improve psoriasis as well as aggravate it beyond 15 minutes of exposure. As for tobacco and alcohol, they are not contributing factors but represent aggravating factors.
Second, psoriasis is not a contagious disease. Even in the event of prolonged contact with an affected person, there is no risk of catching psoriasis.
What are the natural treatments for psoriasis?
To wash with inflamed skin
Be careful not to further irritate your skin when washing. During this stage, favor the Aleppo salon or dermatological breads.
On the other hand, a mist of thermal water accompanied by circular massages will take off the scales. Work gently without ever scratching to avoid superinfection and the occurrence of new lesions. After surgery, rub a moisturizer or oil on your skin.
To calm inflammation and have hydrated skin
Several natural products are recognized for their soothing qualities.
The aloe vera
Aloe vera gel is recognized for its many benefits. Use it to hydrate your dermis, soothe it and heal it.
Do the following to apply aloe vera to your skin:
- cut a piece of aloe vera leaf in the middle;
- remove its spines using a pair of scissors;
- rinse the tip of the leaf under running water;
- slice the sheet in half along its thickness;
- scrape the inside with a spoon to recover the pulp from the leaf;
- apply directly to skin with psoriasis. The substance appears transparent and gelatinous.
Follow the same procedure to apply aloe vera gel to the scalp, taking care to beat the gel with a mixer to make it smooth. Also add a little mineral water. Gently massage with fingertips with an aloe vera solution and let the product sit overnight.
Use the product to easily loosen scales and soothe itching. Remove make-up with the liniment if your face shows signs of psoriasis.
Several oils have benefits on skin diseases such as psoriasis. Avocado oil is one of them. Rich in vitamin E, it hydrates and soothes. Pass it on the affected areas by massaging gently.
On the other hand, borage oil and tamanu oil have anti-inflammatory properties and can help treat psoriasis naturally.
Then carrot oil can also calm the itching. Apply it in the form of massages.
Finally, nigella oil, also called black cumin oil, has many virtues unknown to the general public. Thanks to its exfoliating and nourishing properties, this vegetable oil is ideal as a treatment for skin infections.
Mix a hazelnut of shea and 2 drops of chamomile hydrosol to act against skin inflammation. Apply up to 4 times a day to psoriatic plaques.
This natural product is one of the miracle cures for scars and psoriasis. It has an anti-inflammatory and moisturizing power. You can apply honey directly to the skin, but in a thin layer. Let it act for about twenty minutes.
For its part, nettle juice is effective in soothing inflammation of the scalp. Just mix a bunch of fresh nettle, then apply the solution to the affected areas, massaging gently.