There are many different types of psoriasis, each with its own set of symptoms and characteristics. We know that dealing with skin conditions like psoriasis can be frustrating because it is not always clear what causes them or how to treat them effectively. That's why this article aims to shed some light on natural methods to alleviate psoriasis symptoms and help you manage during your day-to-day. We'll look into some of the most common symptoms you may be experiencing, and provide natural solutions that may benefit your skin.
What causes psoriasis and what might I experience?
Psoriasis occurs in different places and at different times depending on the individual. Some experience it in childhood, adulthood or during pregnancy. Because of its variability, it's hard to pinpoint exactly why it occurs. Still, most believe that the cause of psoriasis is related to a problem with the immune system which causes skin cells to grow too quickly. This rapid overgrowth of cells is what causes the well-recognised scales and thickened red skin.
Psoriasis is also more common in people who have family members with the condition, although this isn't a guarantee that you'll develop it.
As we mentioned before, symptoms of psoriasis can vary from person to person - they may be mild or severe and can come and go over time. Most individuals with psoriasis suffer from plaque psoriasis, where the skin becomes thick and scaly in certain areas. These plaques are usually accompanied by flakes and itchiness. Some other symptoms you may experience are:
- Red, swollen skin
- Silver-coloured patches of scales
- Very dry, cracked skin that bleeds
- Crumbling pitted nails
- Swollen joints and stiffness
Patches of psoriasis can appear anywhere on your body, but common problem areas tend to be the knees, scalp, and elbows.
Natural treatment options for psoriasis
If you've been experiencing these symptoms, rest assured that there are many options that you can try out to help you manage them. Let's take a look at some natural treatments that could alleviate your symptoms.
Hanna's healing protocol involves feeding the skin from the inside out, as this can help your skin to heal and regenerate itself. Probiotics are one way to do this, as they introduce healthy bacteria into your system which can help with many different skin conditions, including psoriasis. You can add probiotics to your diet through fermented foods, like Kimchi, but we also recommend using our multi-strain probiotic. We've designed this high-quality supplement to help with gut health and skin inflammation.
Prebiotics are a type of dietary fibre that feed the good bacteria in the gut. Many foods contain prebiotics, such as oats, bananas and onions, but many find it helpful to take them in supplement form. Prebiotics keep the good bacteria in your gut flourishing, helping to reduce inflammation. This is beneficial for psoriasis sufferers, as it can help to reduce redness and itching while keeping the skin healthier. A balanced microbiome is essential for keeping our immune system functioning properly, which is why prebiotics and probiotics can be a big help for those with psoriasis.
Keeping the skin moisturised is important for preventing dryness, itchiness, and flaking. Hydrated skin is also less likely to crack and bleed. For this reason, it's essential to regularly moisturise the rough and dry areas of your skin, and help to prevent further damage. Our skincare range always contains natural ingredients that won't aggravate sensitive skin or cause further irritation. Our products are free from harmful chemicals and can be directly applied to your psoriasis patches to help soothe and hydrate them.
Natural topical treatments
Other natural treatments include ointments and sprays, such as our soothing spray. The air is full of pollutants and allergens that can exacerbate psoriasis flares and irritate sensitive skin.
That's why we've created a soothing spray that acts as a barrier between your skin and the outside world. It's also infused with blackcurrant and sunflower oil to provide additional hydration and itch relief while leaving your skin feeling soft and moisturised.
Light therapy treatments
Light therapy with a lamp involves exposing the affected area to UV light to help reduce inflammation. However, natural sunlight can also be helpful for those with psoriasis, as it's a free source of vitamin D. Spending time in the sun can help to improve your skin health, but it's important to be careful not to overdo it.