Winter is dry skin season so if you or someone you love is suffering from Eczema & Psoriasis below are some all natural ways to help alleviate their symptoms from Board Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Jacknin along with information from an independent study in the International Journal of Dermatology.
Eczema & Psoriasis are two separate skin conditions, yet, they share symptoms of dry,
tight and itchy skin. Many people use products that go beyond their doctor-prescribed medications as a complementary method to manage the skin conditions. However, before considering any kind of treatment, it’s important to discuss it with your dermatologist and to try to learn more about the triggers of your psoriasis or eczema symptoms.
Oatmeal baths are also well known for soothing itch. Grind plain oatmeal and add a cup of the fine powder to a lukewarm bath; soak for 15 minutes. Another option is to soak in dead sea salts, says Dr. Jacknin. According to a study in the International Journal of Dermatology, bathing in the salt solution is not only well-tolerated, but it may also improve skin barrier function and lead to a decrease in skin roughness and inflammation.
Essential oils (Also found in Sugie Cubes All Natural Body Scrub in Lavender or Lemon)
Add one or two drops of lavender or rose essential oil to a lukewarm bath, suggests Dr. Jacknin. Essential oils are blended with carrier oils before they’re applied to the skin because direct use onto the skin can cause irritation. According to Dr. Jacknin, you can dilute the oil with a carrier oil like jojoba, and apply the mixture directly to the skin. “This is very healing,” says Dr. Jacknin.
Pure aloe vera gel is rich in anti-inflammatory and healing compounds and provides a nice cooling sensation for itchy skin. A 2018 study in Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences found the use of a mixture in an ointment form of propolis (50 percent) and aloe vera (3 percent) led to noteworthy improvements in patients with mild to moderate psoriasis after 12 weeks compared to the placebo group. If you have psoriasis, specifically, aloe vera may help ease the discomfort of psoriatic lesions, says Dr. Jacknin. Pure aloe vera gel can also be found at most drug stores and health food stores.
Many eczema treatments require topical care, but this one has more to do with what you ingest. Studies have linked the active compound in this spice, curcumin, to reduced inflammation in a number of skin conditions, including psoriasis. A 2015 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, published in BioMed Research International, compared treatment with a combination of topical steroids and a commercially available curcumin supplement with topical steroids alone in psoriasis patients. The researchers found the curcumin and topical steroid were more effective in treating psoriasis compared to a topical steroid alone after 12 weeks; those in the curcumin group also had lower levels of certain inflammatory markers.
We hope this article helps you and your loved ones with their skin conditions. Thank you for taking time to read it!