Everything You Need to Know About Psoriasis


How Is Psoriasis Treated?

Although there’s still no cure for psoriasis, we’ve come a long way regarding how we can treat and manage it.

All you have to do is walk into a natural product store, and you’ll find a vast array of items that claim to be able to calm psoriasis flare-ups. Trust me, and I’ve tried all that I can get my hands on. Luckily, there are many options to trial with some giving some decent results.

Treatment will differ depending on your skin and the type of psoriasis you’re dealing with, but here’s just a small selection of different types of psoriasis treatments to consider.

Coal tar

Coal tar is a treatment you don’t need a prescription for. You can find it on the shelves of most pharmacies.

The main downside to coal tar is the smell. Some people love it, and some people hate it. My view is that if it does the trick, I don’t care what it smells like.

What I like about coal tar is you can use it as an excuse for enforced self-care. Tip a few caps of the liquid into a warm bath, and just chill out, soak, and relax.

What the coal tar is supposed to do is slow the rapid growth of skin cells associated with psoriasis, and it’s also supposed to reduce the redness that people suffer from.

Coconut Oil 

The moral of the story when it comes to coconut oil and psoriasis is keep your skin super moisturized all of the time.

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Coconut oil is a great product to use as it applies a lot of moisture, and your skin can use as much as it needs. Keeping your skin moisturized means your skin dries out less, which really helps reduce the flake of the overproduced skin cells, especially seen in plaque psoriasis.

Steroid Ointments

This one is not for everyone. Applying steroids to your skin can be viewed as being quite damaging.

I have steroid ointments on hand prescribed by my doctor, and I tend to use them either when natural items haven’t quite worked as expected, or when I can feel myself getting stressed out about the amount of psoriasis on my body. Also, I know that my stress can make my psoriasis worse, so I like to get rid of it fast, even if I know steroids aren’t the best for my body.

From my experience, steroid ointments are incredibly fast-acting and clear up my skin to the point of being manageable with natural items. There are so many different steroid variants, and it’s best to talk to your doctor about the severity of your psoriasis, and whether steroids are a good option for you.

Sunlight 

Sunlight is a treatment that needs to be watched incredibly carefully. For example, don’t get sunburnt as this can cause psoriasis.

Also, don’t go out in the sun if you’ve applied steroid creams as this can cause serious skin damage. However, a small amount of sunlight exposure can help some people’s psoriasis. Just make sure you monitor it closely.

The Bottom Line…

There’s still so much to understand about what psoriasis is. Even though we’ve known of its existence since way, way, way before any of us were even born – it’s important for us to keep learning about psoriasis.

Psoriasis is one of those elusive conditions that we learn more and more about every day, and we can’t pinpoint an accurate reason as to why some people have to deal with the condition and others don’t.

Although all of the information we provide right now may not ring true over the coming years, at least we’re doing absolutely everything we can to keep informed and educated about the research’s progress, so we know what to try and what to steer clear of, for now at least.

It’s vital we keep talking to our doctors and keep absorbing as much knowledge as we can to ensure we can lead the highest quality life with psoriasis, and keep staying positive. It can get hard, and painful, but psoriasis is a condition, not a way of life. We just have to manage it.

Resources

National Psoriasis Foundation (The History of Psoriasis)

Healthline (What Does Inverse Psoriasis Look Like?)

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