Psoriasis? It doesn’t have to hurt…

I have a client who suffers from severe psoriasis, and this winter has proven brutal on his skin. The inflammation, flare ups and extremely cold temperatures, have made this and for an extremely uncomfortable winter. The lack of humidity in the air, and the dry heat that are used to create comfortable conditions indoors really make it difficult for your skin to get the moisture that it needs.

So, when he came to me, I was able to give him some easy, effective recommendations to offer some relief. These were a few of my suggestions to him:

  1. Place a humidifier in your living and work spaces.
    • The extremely low humidity robs your skin of the moisture it needs
  2. Avoid wool sweaters and scarfs.
    • The itchiness of the fabric will make your skin feel worst
    • Wear layers of cotton clothing instead
  3. Cleanse your skin with oil.
    • In an earlier post, I referred to the ‘oil cleansing method’ (November 2013) . This is one of the best cleansing methods for ALL skin types, but most beneficial are psoriasis and eczema sufferers. To learn more about this method, please click here  .
  4. When bathing, avoid hot water, use luke warm water instead.
    • Hot water can irritate the skin
  5. Gently pat your skin dry after a bath.
    • If soaking in a bath, add organic oils to the water (jojoba, olive, aloe, etc).
  6. Use heavy ‘organic’ oils to moisturize your skin.
    • My recommendations are:
      • Olive
      • Jojoba
      • Aloe Vera
      • Vitamin E
      • Shea Butter
      • Almond Oil
      • Sapote Oil
  7. Limit alcohol consumption to 2 glasses of wine per wee
  8. Eat a diet rich in yams, sweet potatoes, carrots and squash, as well as leafy greens and tomatoes
  9. RELAX - Do not stress about ANYTHING