Does anyone out there know of a way of controlling psoriasis on the skin that is inexpensive and actually works. It's driving me up the wall. I can't find anything that works.
By sharylesley from South AU
There is no "cure" for psoriasis. It is a condition with long term effects. If the home remedies recommended don't work, then you need to see your doctor, or dermatologist, to be sure that that is really what you have, and see what they recommend. (07/13/2009)
Try goat soap. My partner swears by it. (07/14/2009)
After your shower or bath when skin is still wet rub areas with towel, then "finger" rub areas to remove the scales. If you shower at night then put full strength apple cider vinegar on your skin using a cosmetic pad and leave on overnight. The vinegar smell will fade away after a bit. And it helps control the itching.
If you shower in the morning still do the vinegar at night. In the morning use any good moisturizing lotion on the areas. If there is scale buildup I use one of those pads you buy to clean flat glass stove tops and gently rub the areas removing the scales because anything you use hinges on it being able to get to the skin. It took a few months, but I find that the area becomes clear, no scales and redness is diminished.
Vinegar is not a harmful drug so is safer to use. It may sting or burn a bit at times if you had to be aggressive with the scales, but that goes away fast. When I can I get some sun naturally by taking a walk without sunscreen to tan my arms and backs of hands especially and it helps mask the redness, too. Psoriasis is an immune disorder and you never really can rid yourself of it unless you take prescription drugs off and on that have way too many side effects.
I have had it since I was 14 years old and it got much worse when I found I had diabetes and low thyroid. It was heartbreaking to find that now it was here with me all year long and not just in the winter months in spots. If tend to get lazy doing this and after a long while the scales begin to return so I scold myself and get back to it. You can use olive oil or peanut oil to help soften scales so they remove easier like putting it on before shower or bath, descaling, then taking your shower or bath.
There is also one prescription cream Fluocinanide 0.05% that I use off and on for around eyes and on cheeks because you don't want to use vinegar near your eyes. Since it is a drug I don't like using it on a large area on continual basis. Good luck and don't be afraid to read and try things that might help. (07/14/2009)
I have been so lucky to only have very small spots, usually one at a time. When they do pop up, it is usually on my stomach, penny or nickel size. I cover the spot with Vaseline and a band aid. I change the band aid and re-apply Vaseline twice daily and most times by the 4th day the spot is gone. My sister has it very bad, completely covered, but she won't try my Vaseline. She has noticed that stress makes it flare up big time and chlorine bleach, in washer or in swimming pool helps clear it up. Good luck with this terrible condition. (07/14/2009)
There was an article in our local newspaper a month or so back talking about skin issues such as this. A doctor recommends this to his patients and apparently it has worked quite well. Put a 1/4 cup bleach (yes, bleach) into a bathtub of warm water. It's dilute enough so its not strong, but apparently does something to the bacteria that causes the problem. Can't hurt and worth a shot. (07/14/2009)
Sunshine! My hubby has it and the sun helps. Also, in the winter he goes to the tanning bed. Cortisone cream helps with the itching as well. The more stress he has the more it flares up.
I've also switched to moisturizing fragrance free soaps, and fragrance free detergents, and fabric softeners, too.
Also we noticed that if something works, it's short term. We are always trying new things. (07/14/2009)
I have Psoriasis and have never found anything that works long term. I use a pumice stone every time I shower on my elbows, worse part afflicted. The heat makes it worse and inverse psoriasis is horrendous. I have heard that swimming in chlorine helps, as does not stressing out. Good luck to everyone, I have tried Sayman salve, sulfur ointment, and OTC creams. Nothing works long term. (07/14/2009)
While I am in the shower I put on a thin layer of olive oil. I have had psoriasis since I was 15 and have used a lot of medicines and this has helped me so much. I have learned that different things work differently all the time, if it does not help right now then try again at another time. But so far out of all the medications just the simple olive oil has helped the most. I wish I would have discovered it years ago. (07/14/2009)
I heard that rubbing the inside of a banana peel on the affected area will help. Good luck! (07/17/2009)
For myself, as well as, my daughter we use a bar of soap (can't let it sit in water) called all-purpose soap from Neutrogena. It was designed as a face wash soap, but when we went to visit family and were out of body wash I decided instead of calling out to someone I would try that instead. It actually made it feel better. (09/09/2009)
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