This blog leads the way to information and advice on psoriasis. I look at what psoriasis is and ways in which you can help to treat psoriasis including changes to your diet. Finally, I will look at ways in which switching to skin care rich in active natural ingredients, can help to soothe skin that is prone to psoriasis.
WHAT IS PSORIASIS?
Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes skin cells to develop rapidly. This can create thick, scaly patches that may be itchy and uncomfortable. Sometimes, symptoms develop on the face.
Facial psoriasis often develops from scalp psoriasis.
Lesions extend downward from the scalp and may appear as red or purple itchy areas. On occasion, silvery-white scales can form.
A person with facial psoriasis will often have dead skin cells in their hair. At first glance, this may resemble dandruff from dry skin or skin sensitivity.
Psoriasis on the face will most commonly affect the following areas:
- the eyebrows
- the hairline
- the skin between the nose and upper lip
- the upper forehead
Facial psoriasis can sometimes affect the eyelids, extending to the eyelashes. This can cause red or purple discoloration, swelling, and crusting of the eyelids.
Psoriasis on the face can be difficult to treat because the skin is thin and sensitive.
- Use only gentle, natural skin care products. Look for those containing Jojoba esters and plant Squalane to restore moisture and sebum balance, Chickweed to help relieve itching, Perilla oil and Shea butter to moisturise and soothe irritation, Chamomile and Calendula for their anti-inflammatory and healing action, and the skin-soothing herb Marshmallow
- Avoid harsh household products, biological washing powders, fabric conditioners, drying alcohol (ethyl alcohol/ethanol), foaming agents such as sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and products containing perfume and colouring.
- If you suffer from psoriasis of the scalp, choose a natural shampoo suitable for psoriasis. Take your own brand of gentle shampoo and conditioner when you visit the hairdressers to avoid irritation from branded products. Shampoos containing Bromelain, a protein digesting enzyme found in Pineapple, break down excess dead skin cells, reduce inflammation and calm the immune response
- Treat yourself to an Epsom salt or Dead Sea salt bath. Dead Sea mud can also be used as a body treatment and apply body butter before and after bathing to soothe and moisturise your skin (Coconut oil, Avocado oil, Shea butter)
Some treatment options for facial psoriasis include:
Ultrasound exfoliation with a soothing seaweed mask
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Foods suspected of aggravating psoriasis include animal fats, acids, spices, salt and stimulants such as alcohol, tea, coffee and soft drinks. Increasing your intake of essential fatty acids can often help. Another cause may be overgrowth of the fungal infection Candida albicans. Removing sugars, refined starches, alcohol and yeast-based foods from the diet is worth exploring.
Psoriasis has been linked with consumption of acid-forming foods and the recirculation of toxins from the intestinal tract. A switch to a more alkaline diet and detoxifying your intestines can aid the absorption of nutrients, enhance immunity and improve health.
Treatment regimes that work well for one person may not help another, but some basic tips are beneficial for most people.
- It is generally accepted that there is a link between psoriasis and the nervous system, and managing stress levels, for example by learning some good relaxation techniques and getting a good night’s sleep, will usually help.
- Using only natural fibres such as cotton and silk clothing and bed linen will help to reduce irritation.
- Psoriasis is often improved by moderate exposure to sunlight. Apply a hydrating moisturiser before using a sun lotion. Some sunscreens block pores and aggravate itching and flaking.
- Developing psoriasis on the face can have psychological effects, such as anxiety or depression. These are both possible triggers and future complications of psoriasis and tend to resolve once symptoms clear up.
- Although some people may be anxious or self-conscious about another individual seeing their skin up close, it is important that people understand psoriasis.
It is also vital to understand that anyone can develop psoriasis, and that it is not contagious.