Natural treatment for skin conditions eczema and psoriasis.
Eczema (atopic dermatitis), and the closely associated Psoriasis, are two very common skin problems.
Eczema is a skin rash that is also referred to as atopic dermatitis, inflammatory skin condition and contact dermatitis. This is generally a chronic disorder that involves scaly itching skin that may be dry or weepy. This condition can range from mild to severe and can fluctuate throughout the seasons or even throughout the day. Itching these lesions can lead to bacterial infections.
Psoriasis is a complex, reoccurring autoimmune disorder characterized by red, flaky patches on the skin. Even though there is no cure, many treatments exist to ease the symptoms.
Both eczema and psoriasis are potentially allergic conditions that can be triggered by environmental factors and dozens of other external and internal irritants like:
Metals (such as nickel in jewelry)
Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
Stress or anxiety
Reaction to certain drugs
Certain infections such as strep throat
While psoriasis is most often linked with external allergic triggers, eczema is often caused by food allergies. However, although they’re different diseases and have varying triggers, their treatments have many commonalities.
“The itch that rashes” meaning, there’s really no rash until you start scratching the itchy area. Hence, the first thing you need to do is to stop scratching! Addressing the itch, there is a really simple natural ways to relieve the itch: chickweed based herbal cream, also a saltwater compress over the itchy area.
You’ll want to use a high quality unrefined sea salt. Simply make a solution with warm water, soak a compress, and apply the compress over the affected area.
Baking soda is an effective way to treat the itchiness. Simply dissolve 1/3 cup of baking soda into 1 gallon of water, and then soak a washcloth into this mixture. Wring out the cloth and then apply it directly to the affected skin. Repeat this several times.
One of the best ways to control the build-up of skin is to make sure skin is well moisturized. Petroleum jelly is an effective moisturizer, so simply apply a small amount to the affected areas each day. It is also important to apply moisturizer within a few minutes after a bath or shower.
Try aloe vera gel, calendula lotion or cream, and chaparral lotion on irritated skin.
Coconut Oil has been found to be an excellent natural treatment for relieving psoriasis and eczema. A common recommendation is to take 2 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil each day. It can either be consumed directly from the spoon, or you can mix it into a fruit smoothie, sautee vegetables with it, or use it as a replacement for butter when eating pancakes. Another option is to apply coconut oil topically onto the affected area 3 times per day.
Allergy is ultimately an inflammatory condition and diet can profoundly influence inflammation throughout the body. Follow an anti-inflammatory diet and avoid pro-inflammatory ingredients.
Plenty of fresh vegetables, avoiding processed foods and getting an appropriate amount of healthy fats. Foods high in antioxidants such as dark berries, leafy greens and spices like oregano, ginger and turmeric should be accentuated in the diet.
Eliminate milk and all milk products, which may irritate the immune system.
Wheat and gluten are also highly inflammatory therefore it is recommended to reduce its consumption.
A few studies have also found that decreasing the consumption of fatty meats (such as pork) helps to reduce the appearance of scaly patches. Reducing caffeine consumption was found to have a similar effect.
Skin disorders are often strongly linked to psychological stress; conversely, stress-relieving techniques can often be extraordinarily effective in providing relief. Try visualization or hypnotherapy to take advantage of the mind/body connection in allergic skin disorders.
Get more sunlight! Exposure to the sun can enhance the production of Vitamin D, which has been found to be effective at treating psoriasis and eczema.
Take gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). This unusual fatty acid is found in evening primrose oil, black currant oil and borage oil but is very hard to come by in the diet. GLA appears to have nourishing effects on skin, hair, and nails. Take 500 mg twice a day and expect to wait six to eight weeks to see results.
Other supplements to consider:
Probiotics (loading doses)
Omega 3’s (EPA/DHA)
Evening Primrose oil