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Alternative Ways to Treat Psoriasis

You have a lot of options for treating your psoriasis. Along with medications, there are also simple ways to fight flares and ease your symptoms.

There's more research on psoriasis drugs, which are closely regulated by the FDA, than alternative treatments. But if you find a solution that works for you, it could be a great way to make your skin feel better.


Scientists aren't sure how it helps, but many people say their symptoms improve when they get a little sun on a regular basis.

But don't overdo it. Sunburns can make patches worse. Ask your doctor how much time you should spend catching rays. When you go out, slather sunscreen on areas that don't have psoriasis on them. Make sure the screen is SPF 30 or higher and protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Those with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are less likely to bother your skin.

Alternative Skin Treatments

There are many things you can put on your skin to relieve itching, burning, and redness:

Aloe vera: It soothes skin and may improve psoriasis, although scientists haven't studied it enough to know for sure. Look for creams or gels that have 0.5% aloe. Steer clear of the tablet form. It can be dangerous.

Tea tree oil: It's sometimes added to shampoos and may help scalp psoriasis.

Oat extracts: These can be found in many skin-care products. They may ease itching and reduce redness. Soaking in an oatmeal bath may also help.

Dead Sea salts or Epsom salts: They can remove scales and relieve itching. Add them to a warm bath and soak for about 15 minutes. Use a lotion or cream to return moisture to your skin afterward.

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