5 Tips to Cope with Psoriasis

by Lindsey Tugman
Health & Medicine
Today’s THV
Feb. 13, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) — Psoriasis is a non-contagious skin disorder. The most common places to see these patches are on the legs, knees, elbows, arms, scalp, ears and back.

1. Take a soothing bath. Skin disorders have a catch-22 when bathing. Yes, it softens the patches, but on the other hand, too much water can also dry the skin. Think about softening the water with a capful of olive oil.

2. Moisturize often. To get the best benefits from your favorite cream, apply it generously after bathing. On persistent spots, a petroleum-based product is very effective, which is a thick healing ointment.

3. Bask in the sun. Doctors sometimes prescribe a regimen of ultra-violet light from a special light or tanning bed. But, if you live in a sunny climate, getting a moderate amount of sunshine enhances your production of vitamin D, which is very helpful in controlling this skin problem.

4. Watch your diet. Eating a rainbow of fresh fruits and vegetables and fish high in omega-3 helps to reduce inflammation. If you’re not a big fish eater, there are supplements that provide this healthy oil.

5. Curb stress. Psoriasis isn’t easy to contend with, however stress is a known factor. So keep your mental state in check through exercise and relaxation techniques.

Hopefully these tips will help you stay flare-free and feeling better.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Psoriasis Home Remedies

1. The Importance of Omega 3s

Omega 3 fatty acids, as found in flaxseed, nuts and especially fish has been proven to reduce the symptoms of psoriasis. It is recommended that you take in about 5 g of omega 3 fatty acids each day, so taking supplements as well as adding source foods to your diet is a great way to get all you need. Flaxseed is available as in oil, powder and whole seed form and can be added to salads, pastas, smoothies or cereals. Fish may be the best source of omega 3, particularly albacore tuna, salmon, herring, sardines and mackerel.

2. Soothe the Scalp

Dry, itchy and sometimes painful scalp is a typical symptom of psoriasis. Apple cider vinegar is one of the best home remedies for psoriasis, particularly for the scalp where oils and other materials cling to the hair. It not only helps to cleanse and disinfect the hair and scalp, it balances the Ph, soothing itch and irritation. Dampen dry hair thoroughly with apple cider vinegar and then wrap in a towel or shower cap. Allow the vinegar to set for at least 20 minutes and then rinse with a mild shampoo that does not include sodium laurel sulfate as an ingredient. Once your hair has dried, gently massage the scalp with a fifty-fifty mixture of aloe vera gel and jojoba. Continue daily until your symptoms subside and then repeat occasionally to prevent itchy scalp.

3. Sea Salt Soak

Add about a cup of sea salt to a warm bath tub to help exfoliate dead skin cells and soothe psoriasis. While warm water can help to soften psoriasis plaques and wash away dead skin cells, hot water can actually irritate the skin, so make sure that the water is warm enough to be comfortable, but not so hot that it steams or turns your skin red. You can also use sea salt scrubs and body washes daily to help control your symptoms.

4. Olive Oil All Around

Olive oil may be nature’s best skin care product, as it soothes dry skin, helps prevent aging, fights acne and helps to slough off dead skin cells. Olive oil can be applied directly to affected areas as often as needed and will not clog the pores or irritate sensitive skin. It can be applied lightly as a moisturizer, heavier to deeply penetrate plaques or used as a soothing massage oil for the entire body.

5. The Healing Rays of the Sun

While we all know the dangers of too much sun exposure, but many doctors feel that the benefits of the sun outweigh the risks when it comes to treating psoriasis. Sunbathing is one of the best treatments for psoriasis and can bring you fast relief. Remember to cover unaffected parts of your body with minimum 15 SPF sunscreen and take caution not to burn. In the winter months or to supplement your sunshine, UV lamps inside your home can be extremely helpful.

Source: http://www.livestrong.com/article/3390-need-psoriasis-home-remedies/#ixzz2KSnsNQbQ

Food & Exercise for Better Skin

Eating too much sugar certainly isn’t wise for your waistline, but did you know that overindulging in dessert can add years to your face? And even if you do strenuous cardio workouts each week, you’ll be missing out on potential anti-aging body benefits if your schedule doesn’t include yoga, weight training and rest.

Find out if you’re making one of these eight common diet and exercise mistakes, and get smart prevention strategies that can keep you slim and youthful for years to come.

1. You overdo dessert

The breakdown of sugars, called glycation, damages the collagen that keeps skin smooth and firm. To prevent this natural process from careening out of control, Dr. Naila Malik, a dermatologist in Southlake, Texas, sticks to low-glycemic carbs like whole grains. They’re naturally low in sugar, and the body processes them slowly to limit the loss of collagen. If you want to sweeten up your tea or oatmeal without making your skin look older, try all-natural stevia. It’s an easily digested herbal sweetener that doesn’t trigger glycation, said board-certified dermatologist Dr. Nicholas Perricone, an adjunct professor of medicine at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine.

2. You spin away stress

Taking your work angst out on the bike or treadmill might make you feel better for a little while, but incorporating yoga into your fitness routine regularly may help you look younger and prevent breakouts while whittling away stress. Sounds like a winning workout to us! “Yoga moves like child’s pose, downward-facing dog and sun salutations improve circulation – the boost of oxygen is what gives skin that lovely yoga glow,” said Dr. Hema Sundaram, a Washington, D.C.-area dermatologist. New research finds regular yoga practice may reduce the inflammation and stress that speed skin aging. If you need another reason to “om” away your stress: High levels of tension can spike hormone production that leads to breakouts or aggravates conditions like psoriasis. “Controlling stress keeps your skin calm,” said Dr. Annie Chiu, a dermatologist in Los Angeles.

3. You always pick coffee over tea

Research suggests that green and black tea contain protective compounds – like EGCG and theaflavins – that help prevent skin cancers and the breakdown of collagen, the cause of wrinkles.

4. You pretend to be allergic to dumbbells

Following a regular strength-training routine that creates better, more supportive muscle tone will help you firm sagging skin from the neck down. “I am religious about strength-training, and I always tell patients to do it more as they get older,” said Dr. Patricia Farris, a dermatologist in Metairie, La. “It’s like adding volume to the face with fillers, except on your body,” Farris said.

5. Your meat and dairy aren’t organic

“Hormones in traditionally produced dairy, poultry and meat may contribute to acne,” said Dr. Katie Rodan, a dermatologist in the San Francisco Bay area. She says that her patients who eat those less frequently – or at least choose grain-fed beef and poultry and organic dairy – often notice their skin looks better.

6. You don’t give your body a break

When your exercise routine is so intense that you’re tired all the time but can’t sleep at night, you’re setting yourself up for overuse injuries – not to mention dark circles and bags under your eyes from those sleepless nights. These symptoms could be a sign of overexhaustion, said Ryan Halvorson, personal trainer, IDEA Health and Fitness Association expert, and author. Other clues that you’re working out too much include extreme muscle soreness that persists for several days, unintended weight loss, increased resting heart rate, interruptions in your menstrual cycle or decreased appetite.

7. You’re missing alkaline-rich foods

Kimberly Snyder, a Los Angeles nutritionist and author of “The Beauty Detox Solution,” said she sees a big improvement in her clients’ skin and hair when they eat more alkaline-forming foods, such as parsley, almonds, kale, pears, lemons and apples. “If your body is too acidic, which can happen when your diet is unbalanced, it leaches the alkaline minerals, such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium, that allow us to have strong, healthy bones, teeth and hair,” Snyder said.