10 All-Natural Psoriasis and Eczema Treatments
Although separate conditions, eczema and psoriasis share the symptoms of painfully dry, tight, and itchy skin. Thankfully, these home remedies have been proven to alleviate symptoms and offer some much-needed relief to your stressed skin.
Apply: CBD-Infused Creams
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CBD skincare may be trendy today, but eczema and psoriasis treatment is one place where these products may shine. The skin has its own cannabinoid system, and topical CBD activates these receptors. Some research shows that topical CBD can help decrease inflammation and help lessen the likelihood of flares, says Jeanette Jacknin, M.D., a holistic dermatologist in Solana Beach, CA. More research is needed, but if you’re interested in CBD-infused skincare, look for a good quality brand that contains a high level of CBD, she says.
DIY: A Bath
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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. These are easy to buy in bulk online. This is one of the many natural eczema treatments you can customize to suit your specific needs. Here are eight more home remedies for rashes your skin will thank you for.
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 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial compared treatment with a combination of topical steroids and a commercially available curcumin supplement with topical steroids alone in psoriasis patients. Published in BioMed Research International in 2015, the study found that the curcumin and topical steroid was 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.
Apply: Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has long been used to soothe skin inflammation and burns, and it is also an astringent. If you have weeping psoriasis sores, ACV may help ease itching and scaling, says Dr. Jacknin. (Do not use if you have open sores.) Add about a half-cup to a tubful of water. When it comes to eczema, you can apply witch hazel to a weeping lesion; the witch hazel also has astringent properties that can help dry it out, she says. Here’s more info on how to take a skin-soothing apple cider vinegar bath.
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Flax, hemp, or neem seed oil contain fatty acids that may help soothe psoriasis, says Dr. Jacknin. “This is a nice thing to apply instead of scratching, which will only aggravate the area,” she says. Here are some other home remedies for dry hands.
Avoid: Your Triggers
There are many things in your environment that can trigger eczema flares, including outdoor allergens (like grasses), dust mites indoors, harsh chemicals like dyes and scents in detergents, and chemicals in water that you bathe in, says Dr. Jacknin. Do your best to decrease your exposure to these: run the air conditioning (with a good filter) in the summer when the pollen count is high, use dust-mite resistant coverings on bedding and pillows, wash with free & clear detergents, and get a filter for shower water.
Apply: Essential Oil
Add one or two drops of lavender or rose essential oil to a lukewarm bath, suggests Dr. Jacknin. Another option, she says, is to dilute the oil with a carrier oil like jojoba, and apply the mixture directly to skin. “This is very healing,” says Dr. Jacknin. Here are 21 common reasons for an itchy scalp.
Apply: Aloe Vera
Pure aloe vera gel is rich in anti-inflammatory and healing compounds and provides a nice cooling sensation for itchy skin. 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.
Part of reducing the chance of a flare is proper stress management, says Dr. Jacknin. Drinking calming teas before bed, like chamomile, lavender, and lemon balm can soothe your nervous system. You might also consider brewing the tea and, once cooled to lukewarm, using it as a warm compress on affected areas.
Eat: Fish Oil
Some research has linked the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil to improvement in eczema and psoriasis. While the nutrient may decrease inflammation, overall the data is promising—but limited. In lieu of popping supplements, eat whole food sources of these fatty acids, like salmon, sardines, and flax and hemp oil, says Dr. Jacknin. These are the eight best home remedies for itchy skin.
- Jeanette Jacknin, M.D., holistic dermatologist, Solana Beach, CA.
- BioMed Research International: “Oral Curcumin (Meriva) Is Effective as an Adjuvant Treatment and Is Able to Reduce IL-22 Serum Levels in Patients with Psoriasis Vulgaris.”
- Dermatology Practical & Conceptual: “Diet and Eczema: A Review of Dietary Supplements for the Treatment of Atopic Dermatitis.”