5 Natural Psoriasis Treatments You Can Try At Home Today

5 Natural Psoriasis Treatments You Can Try At Home Today

Psoriasis is best known as a skin condition however it can also be considered a systemic illness due to the involvement of the immune system, joints, nails and comorbidities such as heart disease, obesity and depression. Most treatments target the skin which can be effective at providing relief. However, for longer lasting results, it is also important to address the internal factors that drive the condition.

Psoriasis can benefit greatly from a holistic approach that takes into consideration the total impact of the condition, including mental, physical, social, emotional and financial wellbeing. This is why diet, lifestyle and other natural psoriasis treatments can play such an important role in the treatment and management of this condition. Better yet, many of these treatments are inexpensive, can be found around the home and are readily available for all to try; so why not start today?!

  • Ditch the fats – obesity is not only a risk factor for psoriasis flares but psoriasis is also a risk factor for obesity. Research has showed that psoriasis patients may have poor tolerance of foods high in saturated fatty acids – such as fried foods, processed foods and high fat animal produce. Instead evidence supports high intake of veggies and fresh fish.
  • Salty skin – If you have psoriasis, then you may have experienced that it often improves with the sun and salt (aka ocean swimming). Another word for this is ‘thalassotherapy’ and you can introduce this into your skin care routine by having an Epsom salt bath 1-2 times per week. Just add 2 cups to your next warm bath and soak away. Helps with stress too!
  • Huff and puff – We know exercise is good for us, but it is especially good for psoriasis. Research has shown that vigorous exercise for up to 3 hours per week can help to reduce the risk of psoriasis. Some examples of beneficial exercises include jogging, dancing, bike riding, walking up hills, aerobics, skipping rope and sports like football and tennis. For those prone to friction and injury as a trigger of their psoriasis, it is best to avoid exercises such as rowing or contact sports.
  • A little ray goes a long way – As we spend more and more time indoors, our skin often misses out on receiving its daily dose of vitamin d, a key player in regulating psoriasis inflammation. To get your daily dose of the sunshine vitamin, aim for 15 minutes of sun exposure on bare skin during low UVB times (mid-morning or late afternoon).  Leave at dawn and get home at dust? No problems – just roll your sleeves up and enjoy your lunch break outside. If UVB is strong, limit exposure to about 5 minutes.
  • Turn wine into water – Psoriasis causes very dry, flaky skin that sheds frequently. Staying hydrated helps to keep your skin hydrated and improves skin barrier function. On the other hand, frequent or excess alcohol consumption has been strongly linked to psoriasis severity as well as association nutrient deficiency, liver damage and obesity. Why not challenge yourself to 4 weeks alcohol free and instead replace it with 2L water daily.   

Sometimes the simplest of changes can make the biggest difference!

The Psoriasis Eczema Clinic is a leading clinic offering Complementary and Alternative therapies for the treatment of psoriasis, eczema, acne, rosacea and other chronic skin complaints. With over 30 years of clinical practice, we are recognized for our effective natural psoriasis treatments Australia wide.

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Fresh fish or fish oils: Which is best for healthy skin?

Fresh fish or fish oils

Fish oil supplements can have anti-inflammatory benefits, but is it better to take supplements or eat the real thing? Learn why we rarely prescribe fish oil

Over the years we have heard many arguments for and against the consumption of both fish and fish oil supplements for skin health.  A healthy diet rich in fresh fish would seem like the obvious way of topping up your Omega 3 stores, however fear of mercury contamination and our desire for an easy fix has meant more of us are choosing to take fish oil supplements. But when it comes to treating psoriasis and eczema, are fish oil supplements all they’re cracked up to be?

Diet Vs Supplements: What’s the evidence?

Fish oil is a rich source of omega-3 essential fatty acids.  These fatty acids are referred to as “essential” because the body cannot make them and therefore we are reliant on regular dietary intake to support the body’s needs.  Omega 3 fatty acids are required for many body functions including regulating inflammation, blood pressure, clotting, platelet aggregation, brain health and reproduction.

Due to their anti-inflammatory properties, it is only natural to feel that taking fish oil tablets would benefit an inflammatory skin condition; however the evidence is mixed at best.  A recent 2018 Meta-Analysis of the use of fish oil supplements to treat psoriasis showed no clinical benefit (Yang, S., et al, 2018).  Similar results have been found with eczema. 

The strongest evidence to date appears to be in favour of the consumption of fresh fish over the use of supplementation.  A 2007 study showed that high fish consumption (more than 1-2 serves per week) during pregnancy and late infancy decreased the fish of atopic dermatitis (LISA study group, 2007).  Fish consumption as part of a Mediterranean style diet may also be beneficial for psoriasis patients due its association with reduced cardiovascular risk factors, a common comorbidity of psoriasis. 

In summary, the evidence points towards ditching the fish oil supplements from your skin care routine and replacing them with more fresh, oily fish as part of a well balanced diet.