Two years ago, one of my dear clients told me a very sad story about his six-year-old son who was suffering from severe palmer planter psoriasis. Palmer planter psoriasis is a characterized by painful, pus-like blisters on the skin (typically on the hands and feet) and can be debilitating. His son was on multiple medications, including a high dosage of steroids, to alleviate his symptoms but was still in extreme pain and discomfort.
I was very saddened by this story, and was determined to find a way to help him. I spent several months conducting research on psoriasis, and speaking with leading experts on treatments. This led me to develop my candle treatment, which I am happy to say, has effectively cleared up his psoriasis and was featured in a clinical study in Psoriasis Advance Magazine (more about this later).
This was the beginning of my interest in and passion for treating psoriasis and eczema. Because there is so much to say, this will be a two-part post.
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a recurrent skin condition that affects between 2-3% of the population in the United States. Psoriasis outbreaks are the result of an acceleration of the skin replacement process. A normal skin cell matures in 21 to 28 days during its passage to the surface where a constant shedding of dead cells takes place. Psoriatic cells, however, turn over in 2-3 days at such profusion that live cells reach the surface and accumulate with the dead cells in visible layers. Psoriasis appears as raised red patches of skin covered with silvery scales. It can occur on any part of the body although elbows, knees and the scalp are usual sites. There is often accompanying itching.
Despite its relative prevalence, there is a lack of knowledge about the nature of psoriasis. A lot of treatments contain cortisone and strong systemic medications that affect the liver and can have long-term effects. In my research, I noticed that there was a lack of natural alternatives to the harsh chemical medications and treatments that are common, which is why I am providing you with the best natural alternatives that I have found.
Natural, Effective Remedies for Psoriasis
Cleanse your skin with ph-balanced cleansers that do not contain harmful foaming agents. If soap has an excess of alkali—and most of them do—this alkali promptly unites with the delicate fatty substances secreted for the protection of the skin, and removes it, leaving the skin surface dry and harsh. Cracks then form in the skin, and dirt works into them, frequently requiring the use of even stronger soap. This still further deepens the cracks, and so it goes, from bad to worse.
So, it is essential that you use a ph-balanced cleanser for your face and body. Avoid Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, and Sodium Lauryth Sulfate, which are sudsing agents used in most cleansers and are very hash for your sensitive skin. I also don’t recommend bar soap, as it contains lye and sodium hydroxide. Both our Foaming Cleanser and Creamy Cleanser are ph-balanced and free of harsh chemicals, and can be used on both the face and body.
When washing your face and body, do not scrub with a washcloth. Pat skin dry with towel, leaving is slightly moist. Then follow with a moisturizer, or psoriasis cream or candle treatment.
Moisturize your skin regularly. Psoriasis symptoms get worse when your skin is dry, so keep it moist with creams and lotions. Thick and oily moisturizers are often the best, since they are good at trapping moisture beneath the skin. Moisturizers are also useful for removing scales, especially if you wrap the area with plastic after applying moisturizer. I recommend our ultra-potent Supermoist for the face and our treated Hand and Body Lotion for the body.
Avoid dry, cold weather. Climate can have a big effect on psoriasis. For a lot of people, cold and dry weather can make the symptoms of psoriasis worse. In general, hot weather is better for people with psoriasis, although some have worsening symptoms when the heat and humidity rise. So it is best to keep cool, not hot or cold.
Use a humidifier. Keeping your skin moist is important, so use a humidifier during dry seasons of the year.
Avoid scrapes, cuts, bruises and infections. It is very important for people with psoriasis to avoid bruises and cuts. Trauma to the skin can cause a flare-up of psoriasis, either at the site of the injury or elsewhere, a condition called “Koebner’s phenomenon.” Infections can also cause psoriasis to appear. Be especially careful when shaving. Avoid insect bites, chafing, acupuncture, and tattoos. Wear long pants and long sleeves whenever possible. They will protect your skin.
Get a little sun. A little sun is good. Ultraviolet rays in sunlight slow the growth of skin cells, getting moderate doses of sun is a good idea. However, make sure they’re brief — about 20 minutes or so. Always use sunscreen on your face. Use sunscreen on the rest of your body if you’re out in the sun for any longer period of time.
Reduce stress. A lot of people feel that their psoriasis tends to flare up during stressful times. It is important to try to reduce your stress levels. There are things you can do to release stress: think positive thoughts, try praying or meditation, practice relaxation techniques or give yoga a try.
Use the following natural psoriasis treatments to target the source of the problem with no damaging side effects.
- Dead Sea Salts. This traditional psoriasis treatment to healing naturally has been used in the Middle East for thousands of years. Dead Sea Salts are Nature’s oldest secret to natural skin therapy and relaxation. Dead sea salts contain over 26 Nourishing Minerals essential for healthy skin function and leave your skin Smooth, Soft and Hydrated. Treatment: Put Dead Sea Salts in a bath and soak for 30 minutes.
- Vasseur Skincare Healing Serum. Our all-natural healing serum uses our trademark vasopeptides, pumpkinseed oil and carrot oil to aid in healing psoriasis and eczema patches. Use this on affected patches and it will reduce flaking and itching and help speed the skin healing process.
- Vasseur Skincare Candle Treatment. This is my unique and ground-breaking 100% natural candle treatment that is designed to deeply nourish, moisturize and treat skin. In the treatment, soy oil is treated with patent pending Vassorepair Peptides and Shea Butter to deeply penetrate and heal skin from within. Small amounts of the warmed, treated soy oil can be directly massaged into the skin. Because the treatment is heated and all-natural, it is able to penetrate the affected area deeper. Our candle treatment is particularly effective at treating eczema and psoriasis; a profile of the treatment was tested and featured in Psoriasis Advance Magazine by leading doctors from Harvard University.
Stay tuned – Part Two of my natural, effective remedies for treating psoriasis is coming tomorrow. Includes information on the link between diet and psoriasis and my one-week psoriasis detox diet.
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