The 9 Best All-Natural Remedies to Soothe Your Skinby Tracy Davenport, Ph.D. Health Writer
Many commercial beauty products contain fragrances, toxins, and chemicals that can be irritating to those of us living with psoriasis. Fortunately, there are many natural alternatives that can be incredibly soothing to the skin. Each of us has our own unique level of skin sensitivity, so when trying something new on the skin for the first time, be sure to use only a tiny amount in a small area until you know it works for you.
According to Lillian Lilly, Owner and Creator of Kind and Simple in an email interview, “Sugar is great to use in skin care. As a natural humectant, sugar draws in moisture to hydrate the skin, while its high glycolic acid content helps to soften and remove the outermost dermal layer. Additionally, sugar particles are small enough to function as an excellent topical exfoliator for sensitive skin without being too abrasive, like salt scrubs.”
According to the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, oatmeal has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. Researchers are now understanding why. Oat extracts have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which can help soothe itchy skin. However, raw oatmeal can be rough on skin if applied directly. Instead, try putting oats in a food processor to make them less abrasive and then mix them with olive oil for a gentle exfoliant.
Honey is known to have antibacterial properties and has been used for wound healing. It has also been tested on psoriasis. In one study, five out of eight patients with psoriasis showed a significant response in their condition to a mixture of honey, beeswax and olive oil. For a simple application to your skin, warm a tablespoon of honey and add it to olive oil. Gently apply and then rinse with warm water.
Avocados are full of healthy fats, vitamins, and antioxidants. It is no surprise that avocado can be good for your skin. Results of a small clinical trial provide evidence that avocado may also be good for psoriasis. Avocado can simply be pitted, the pulp removed and mashed, and applied to your skin. Rinse the avocado off with warm water after 15 minutes.
In tropical regions coconut oil has been used as a moisturizer for centuries. It is extracted from fresh coconut meat. While there has been little scientific experimentation on the use of coconut oil to treat psoriasis, it has proven to be a good overall skin moisturizer. You can find coconut oil in almost any grocery store. To use, wash your skin and then apply a thin layer of coconut oil to moisturize. If you are already prone to oily skin, gently wipe any excess oil off with a soft cloth.
Tea tree oil
According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, tea tree oil comes from the leaves of the tea tree and has been used as a traditional medicine for cuts and wounds by the aboriginal people of Australia. Tea tree oil can be found in some shampoos which may help relieve scalp psoriasis.
According to the Epsom Salt Council Epsom salt is actually magnesium sulfate, a mineral compound with dozens of benefits and uses. One use that could be a benefit if you are living with psoriasis is as an exfoliating agent. To keep your skin as smooth as possible, you can mix Epsom salt with coffee grounds and a gentle oil and stir until you have a smooth paste. Apply the paste to wet skin, rinse off and enjoy your glow.
Aloe is found in tropical climates around the world and can also be seen growing indoors as a potted plant. Aloe contains vitamins A, C, and E which are antioxidants. While the clinical uses of Aloe Vera are supported mostly by anecdotal data, the Egyptians called Aloe the plant of immortality according to the Indian Journal of Dermatology. You can find Aloe Vera gel in most pharmacies and it can be applied directly to the skin.
Turmeric has been used as a healing spice for centuries. Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric. According to a study published in the Journal of Cosmetics, Dermatological Sciences, and Applications curcumin gel may help relieve psoriasis. You can either buy a gel or you can also just mix the turmeric in a powder form with water and put it on your skin. Just remember that turmeric can be bright yellow in color and tends to stain clothes.