Sometimes psoriasis leaves my skin so tight and uncomfortable that I wish I could step out of my own body. There are times when it feels like my skin is a size too small for my body, similar to how my pants feel after Thanksgiving dinner. One of my goals for 2013 is to explore and research natural remedies for treating psoriasis. I decided to start with a few that I’ve used when I’m feeling particularly uncomfortable and needed some extra oomph:
After a night shower, I rub a little bit of olive oil directly onto the dry patches. Be sure to wear soft clothing that you don’t mind getting ruined. It’s a greasy feeling, but you’ll wake up with your skin still feeling moisturizer. In doing some additional research, I learned that due to its emollient properties, olive oil will keep the drying skin supple and less prone to damage, while the anti-oxidants will encourage normal skin growth. Another way to use olive oil as a treatment is to combine 2 teaspoons with a large glass of milk and then add the mixture to your bath water. Or if you are dealing with psoriasis on your scalp, massage some warm olive oil on your scaly patches. It will help soften the dead skin and make it easier to remove. Tip: Put the olive oil into a spritz bottle to avoid a huge puddle and excess oil in your hands.
I’ve mentioned this before but it’s a really great option for pinpointing stubborn spots or areas that are particularly irritating. After applying your medication or moisturizer, wrap your body in plastic wrap to help keep the application in place and keep it on your body instead of rubbing off on your clothes or bedding. The plastic wrap is an odd feeling to get used to, especially sleeping in a hot room. For the first few times, it may be easier to wrap up one or two spots so you get used to the odd feeling.
All cases of psoriasis are unique, so I ask you not to get frustrated if any of the home remedies do not work immediately for you. These home remedies are not designed to replace the current treatment plan that you’ve worked on with your healthcare provider. They are to help provide instant (overnight) relief when you are feeling uncomfortable.