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Natural Remedies to Soothe Psoriasis

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Medications, topical creams and self-care strategies aren’t the only way to get relief from psoriasis flare-ups. There are also a variety of natural remedies that can help relieve itchy, dry scales and patches. Here are eight natural ingredients to consider. 

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Oregon Grape

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Haven’t heard of Oregon grape (AKA mahonia or barberry)? It’s one of the most promising natural remedies for psoriasis. Several studies have found the herb to be effective in treating mild to moderate psoriasis, because it appears to slow skin cell growth and ease inflammation. Look for creams containing 10% Oregon grape for maximum skin-soothing benefits. Just check with your doctor before you try Oregon grape, especially if you're pregnant or nursing.

Aloe Vera

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If you’ve had a sunburn, you’re probably familiar with aloe vera. Some research shows that this plant extract can help reduce redness, itching, scaling and inflammation, all symptoms associated with psoriasis. Try a cream that contains 0.5% aloe and apply it to the affected area a few times a day. It may take as long as four weeks to see results. Skip aloe supplements that you take by mouth, however. They don’t help with psoriasis and may not be safe.

Capsaicin

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The same ingredient that makes chili peppers spicy may help soothe your skin if you have psoriasis. Capsaicin, which can be found in creams and ointments, helps block the sensation of pain, a common complaint for psoriasis sufferers. It may also reduce inflammation, scaling and redness. Follow label directions carefully, though, and don’t use too much. If the cream causes a burning feeling or swelling, stop using it and talk with you doctor.

Fish Oil

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Fish oil isn’t just great for boosting heart health; it may also be helpful in treating psoriasis, though studies show mixed results. Psoriasis is an inflammatory disease, and omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oil, have anti-inflammatory properties. The idea is that quenching inflammation soothes symptoms and could also lower your chances of a psoriasis flare-up. 

Dead Sea Salts

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The next time you take a warm bath, add in some Dead Sea salts. Dead Sea salts can help remove scales and soothe inflamed, itchy skin. Just soak in the tub for about 15 minutes. The salts can dry your skin, so when you’re done with your bath, make sure to apply moisturizer while you’re still damp.

Tea Tree Oil

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While no scientific studies have proven its effectiveness, some people suffering from scalp psoriasis find that shampoos containing tea tree oil are helpful. The essential oil is thought to reduce inflammation and help with shedding dead skin. If you notice an allergic reaction to tea tree oil, stop using it right away and contact your doctor.

Turmeric

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If you’ve ever had Indian food, turmeric is the spice that gives the food its signature yellow coloring. Turmeric may help reduce psoriasis flare-ups thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. You can find turmeric as a supplement in powder, extract or liquid forms, or as a spice. Just note that high doses can cause an upset stomach.  

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar is a common ingredient in cooking, but it may also help relieve the itching of scalp psoriasis. Just mix equal parts (about ¼ cup) of apple cider vinegar and water in a spray bottle. After you shampoo your hair, spray on the mixture. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes and then rinse it out.  Avoid applying apple cider vinegar to cracked or bleeding skin. Doing so could cause a burning sensation.

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