Glycerin is considered great for skin as it attracts moisture and thus helps maintain beautiful and healthy skin.
Researchers believe that the glycerol present in glycerin plays a role in skin maturation and allows the skin to mature properly.
- Liberally apply glycerin on the affected area.
- Leave it on for as long as possible.
- Use it two or three times daily for a few weeks or until you are satisfied with the results.
10. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera gel is an effective topical treatment for many skin problems like sunburns, damaged skin, burns, and many others. It also provides relief from the symptoms of psoriasis by treating skin irritation by soothing and rehydrating it. It forms a protective layer on the broken skin and promotes healing.
Plus, it is rich in many bioactive molecules that have antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory compounds. Thus it helps fight inflammation and boosts the immune system.
- Extract the translucent gel from an Aloe vera leaf.
- Crush and apply it to the affected area.
- Leave it on until it is completely absorbed by the skin.
- Repeat three times daily for several weeks.
Additional Home Care Tips
- Take a daily bath or shower, but do not scrub the skin too hard as it can irritate the skin and trigger an attack. Use a body wash instead of bar soap, which can be drying.
- Keep the skin moist and clean.
- Use humidifiers to add moisture to the air.
- Avoid scratching and picking at the lesions.
- Wear soft clothing made of natural fibers like cotton and linen.
- Avoid psoriasis triggers that may cause flare-ups.
- Stay away from dyes and perfumes that can irritate your skin.
- Appropriate sun exposure also helps in the treatment of psoriasis. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, UVB exposure helps slow down the rate of growth and shedding of skin cells. Some medical professionals recommend that psoriasis patients sunbathe at least three times a week for about 30 minutes.You can start by sunbathing for about 10 minutes and gradually increase the time. However, remember to avoid sunburn. Make sure to consult a dermatologist to find out how much sun exposure would be appropriate for you and whether you need to apply sunscreen.
- Use relaxation techniques to manage stress, one of the most common triggers for psoriasis.
Between 10 and 30 percent of patients suffering from psoriasis tend to develop psoriatic arthritis. So, do consult your doctor if you have symptoms of arthritis.