Psoriasis is a long-term skin condition that occurs from the over-activation of the body’s T-cells, resulting to the appearance of white or silvery skin patches. These plaques on the skin may be found on the scalp, elbows, and the knees. Different treatments for psoriasis are available, such as light therapy and other systemic medications. However, you can also try simple remedies to alleviate its symptoms at home.
Keep your skin moist.
Dry skin can irritate the skin of psoriasis patients even more . It can also make the skin itchier. As these symptoms worsen, the patient may scratch the affected area, causing more psoriasis patches to grow. Thick ointments such as Vaseline could help moisturize the skin. After showering, pat your skin dry thoroughly and apply the ointment after.
Bathing rules should be followed.
Bathing regularly is good, but bathing too often can also make the skin dry. It is important to use lukewarm water when taking a bath, not hot water. When drying yourself, don’t towel off. Pat yourself dry instead. To make your water more skin-friendly, it is advisable to add bathing salts or oilated oatmeal to your bathwater.
A bit of sun is helpful.
Ultraviolet rays from the sun has been proven to treat psoriasis, but patients should be careful not to expose themselves too much to cause sunburn as this could worsen the condition. A sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher can be applied to the unaffected skin to prevent this from happening. A good start for sun exposure would be 20 minutes thrice a week. Before following this routine, it is advisable to consult your doctor first since certain medications for psoriasis do not work well with sun exposure.
For more information about how you can manage psoriasis symptoms effectively, book an appointment with us at Deschutes Dermatology Center by calling 541-330-0900 or filling out this online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you!