Natural treatments for psoriasis: a look into the world of scaly skin

Hand and elbow psoriasis

Looking for a natural remedy for psoriasis? Let’s talk symptoms, triggers, risk factors, and natural treatments for this common skin condition.

Psoriasis is an itchy, flaky nuisance—but it’s more than just that. This skin condition affects 125 million people worldwide, yet it’s still wrapped-up in mystery for many.

We’re here to shed some light on this intriguing condition which is often misunderstood and mistaken for other skin conditions. We’ll also give you a bonus: facts about natural treatments for psoriasis and information about products that can help! So sit back and let’s learn all about psoriasis.

What’s the deal with psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune skin condition, or in other words, a disease where the body attacks its own healthy skin cells. In this disease, the healthy skin cells are being attacked by the immune system. It speeds up the life cycle of the skin cells.

Instead of the month-long cycle, it occurs in just a few days! So, this leads to a build-up of cells on the skin’s surface, resulting in characteristic red, scaly patches. But it’s not just the appearance: psoriasis can also cause pain, itching, and even joint pain in arthritic cases.

How do you know if it’s psoriasis?

Psoriasis on elbow

Before we dive in to the natural treatments for psoriasis, it is essential to know what symptoms you’re dealing with. Psoriasis can present in various forms according to type, but here are some common symptoms to keep an eye out for:

  • red, raised patches of skin covered with silvery scales
  • small, scaling spots
  • itching, burning, or soreness
  • dry skin that can crack and bleed depending on severity
  • thickened, pitted, or rigged nails
  • swollen and stiff joints

Now that you know the symptoms, you might want to narrow down the type of psoriasis you have. Here are the specific symptoms of the different types of this skin disease.

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Types of psoriasis

Widespread psoriasis
  1. Plaque psoriasis. This is the most common type of psoriasis and it typically occurs on the scalp, ears, elbows, hands, trunk, navel, knees, and feet. Plaque psoriasis can also present with psoriatic arthritis, which presents with common arthritis symptoms like joint pain, swelling, and redness. This type of psoriasis can also cause eye inflammation.
  2. Inverse psoriasis. Unlike plaques psoriasis that occurs in visible area, inverse psoriasis presents in skin folds. Symptoms include shiny, red, swollen skin on the eyelids, neck, armpits or even in the genital area.
  3. Guttate psoriasis. This type is common in children and presents with small pink or purple plaques on the arms, torso, and legs. Guttate psoriasis often occurs after streptococcal pharyngitis, a bacterial infection of the throat and tonsils.
  4. Erythrodermic psoriasis. This is a very rare psoriasis type, and it presents with severe symptoms. It covers more than 75% of the body with burn-like redness, with scales that shed in large sections.
  5. Pustular psoriasis. This psoriasis type presents with bumps or blisters filled with pus and red to purple areas. Pustular psoriasis typically occurs on the hands or feet, but can also occur as a widespread flare-up.
  6. Palmoplantar psoriasis. This psoriasis type affects palms and soles and causes thickened, raised, and discolored skin causing plaques or pustules on these areas. This can make the skin crack and bleed, and may also lead to pain.

If you suspect you have psoriasis, it’s essential to see a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis.

Triggers & risk factors: What sets off psoriasis?

Hand psoriasis

Psoriasis is a lifelong companion, but it doesn’t always have to always prevent you from enjoying life. Several factors can trigger flare-ups or increase the risk of developing the condition.

  • Stress. Being stressed weakens the immune system and negatively affects the skin barrier. Stress can also increase inflammation throughout the body, which can worsen symptoms.
  • Infection. When you have an infection, your body’s immune system goes into overdrive to fight it off. This can lead to the immune system attacking healthy skin cells, which can trigger a psoriasis flare.
  • Injury. Injuries to the skin can trigger psoriasis flares. This is known as the Koebner phenomenon, where the immune system attack healthy skin cells, leading to a flare.
  • Medications. A number of medications can trigger psoriasis, including lithium, medication for high blood pressure like beta-blockers, and antimalarial drugs.
  • Alcohol. Drinking alcohol can set off psoriasis because it dries out the skin and increases inflammation.

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What can you do about it?

While there’s no cure for psoriasis, various treatments can help manage symptoms and improve the skin’s appearance. Let’s explore some options.

  1. Topical treatments. Creams and ointments can help soothe the skin and reduce inflammation. Topical steroids are commonly used in patients with mild symptoms (covering less than 20% of the body). These, however, have cons like remissions and decreasing effect.
  2. Light therapy. Controlled exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, either natural or artificial UV light can help slow down skin cell growth.
  3. Oral or injected medications. For more severe cases, medications like biologics may be prescribed. Biologics are substances that stop the reactions in the body that cause psoriasis.
  4. Lifestyle changes. Reducing stress, quitting smoking, and cutting back on alcohol can help keep psoriasis flare-ups away. It’s also essential to maintain a healthy diet and stay physically active.
  5. Alternative remedies. Some people find relief through alternative treatments like acupuncture, meditation, or herbal remedies. The good news is that we have the perfect natural remedies that can help people with psoriasis. CANhaveTODAY offers all-natural treatments for psoriasis. Read on to find out what we have for you.

Essential oils: Soothing natural treatments for psoriasis

CANhaveTODAY's soothing salves stacked in a pyramid

Centuries of records prove the usefulness of essential oils in promoting wellness and improve various skin condition, including psoriasis (Ashraf et al., 2023). These aromatic plant extracts have unique properties that can help soothe the skin and alleviate symptoms this condition cause. CANhaveTODAY’s soothing salves are formulated with different combinations of essential oils that have strong properties on reducing psoriasis symptoms.

All CANhaveTODAY salves possess the soothing and calming powers of tea tree oil and lavender essential oils! A powerful antimicrobial, tea tree oil can help fight off infection and relieve inflamed skin (Orchard & van Vuuren, 2017; Chin & Cordell, 2013). It’s also known to have antifungal and antiviral properties, which can help prevent secondary infections that may worsen psoriasis symptoms (Nenoff et al., 1996; Teng et al., 2021).

A favorite among essential oil enthusiasts, lavender oil is known for its calming, relaxing properties. It can help reduce stress and anxiety, which may help prevent psoriasis flare-up (Koulivand et al., 2013; Rousset & Halioua, 2018). Additionally, its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties make it an excellent choice for soothing inflamed skin (Esmael et al., 2020; da Silva et al., 2015).

You see how CANhaveTODAY can help with psoriasis, and these are just the common ingredients of the salves! Let’s explore how each salve improve psoriasis flare-ups with their unique blend of essential oils.

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Healing Legends

Healing Legends

Worry not about psoriasis flare, Healing Legends is here to give you relief! This soothing salve is made with myrrh, frankincense, and bergamot essential oils. This trio is a force of nature for healing skin damage, reducing inflammation, moisturizing, and fighting microbes—your itch, redness, and bumps will disappear in no time!

Did you scratch your skin and caused skin damage? Healing Legends is perfect for that. Myrrh essential oil, a natural antiseptic, can help cleanse and heal that damaged skin (Batiha et al., 2023; Gebrehiwot et al., 2015). Its anti-inflammatory properties can also provide relief from itching and discomfort (Shalaby & Hammouda, 2014)!

If the itching is too much you can’t focus or sleep, Healing Legends can give you your much-needed comfort! Frankincense essential oil has potent properties against inflammation that can help reduce redness and irritation associated with psoriasis. Studies have also shown that frankincense can inhibit the production of key inflammatory molecules, which may help prevent the breakdown of the skin’s protective barrier (Halim et al., 2020, Agwa et al., 2022).

The unpleasant appearance, itch, and irritation are worrisome, you get stressed, and the symptoms get worse. You can avoid the exacerbation of psoriasis with Healing Legends! Known for its uplifting and calming properties, bergamot oil can help reduce stress (Navarra et al., 2015). Additionally, it has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce skin inflammation (Marotta et al., 2016; Ferlazzo et al., 2016).

Soothing Juggernaut

Soothing Juggernaut

With the powerful fusion of frankincense, arnica, and cypress essential oils, you can rely on Soothing Juggernaut for easing your psoriasis flare-ups! We know that frankincense oil can alleviate the irritation caused by psoriasis. But did you know that arnica and cypress are great for psoriasis symptoms, too?

Are you worried about your skin’s appearance? Cypress oil has been found to reduce inflammation and promote circulation, making it a valuable addition to psoriasis treatment (Selim et al., 2014, Shaheen et al., 2020).

Soothing Juggernaut can also help with the irritation and burning sensation that comes with psoriasis flare-ups. It contains arnica oil, which is known for its pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties (Iannitti et al., 2016). It’s a great choice for treating skin affected by psoriasis (Vishwakarma, 2022). It can hep reduce redness and swelling, providing relief from discomfort.

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Waters Mist

Waters Mist

Our Waters Mist salve is another amazing help for psoriasis symptoms. This product contains high concentrations of tea tree oil, lemongrass, and cinnamon essential oils, all of which possess potent properties to help you with your psoriasis.

Waters Mist can reduce your symptoms and help eliminate the risk of exacerbation, thanks to its lemongrass essential oil content. Lemongrass oil has strong anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties that can help alleviate itching and redness associated with psoriasis (Boukhatem et al., 2014). It also has a refreshing, uplifting scent that can help reduce stress and tension (Goes et al., 2015).

The cinnamon essential oil in Waters Mist can also promote the well-being of psoriatic skin! This warm and spicy oil has antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties that can help combat skin infections and reduce the swelling, itch, and bumps (Behbahani et al., 2020; Jantan et al., 2008).

Treat your psoriasis symptoms naturally

Psoriasis on hands

There are a number of things that can trigger psoriasis flares, including stress, infections, injuries, medications, and alcohol (Nair & Badri, 2022). If you have psoriasis, it is important to identify your triggers and avoid them as much as possible. But in cases where you get flare-ups, there are natural products that can save your skin from irritation.

Essential oils are natural plant extracts that people have been using for centuries for their therapeutic properties. They are helpful in treating various conditions, including psoriasis, due to their activities against inflammation and microbes. CANhaveTODAY offers products that contain powerful essential oils that can reduce your psoriasis flare symptoms. Why not try Healing Legends, Soothing Juggernaut, or Waters Mist? They are safe and effective in helping treat psoriasis. Just remember to do a patch test first!

FAQ

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin disease causing the production of too many skin cells. This causes the development of red, scaly patches on the skin, known as plaques.

How is psoriasis diagnosed?

Psoriasis is usually diagnosed by a doctor who will examine the skin and ask about your medical history.

Can psoriasis be cured?

There is no cure for psoriasis, but there are a number of treatments that can help for symptomatic relief. These include:
– Topical treatments such as creams and ointments that can help to control the symptoms. CANhaveTODAY’s soothing salves possess anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, moisturizing, and healing properties, making them ideal choices for managing psoriasis symptoms.
– Light therapy, like ultraviolet B (UVB) light therapy and narrowband UVB light therapy, which can help to slow the growth of skin cells.
– Systemic medications like oral medications and injections that help calm down inflammation.

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