5. Bathe With Care
A couple of final notes on using amended baths to treat psoriasis:
Most medical professionals will recommend bathing less frequently – only once every two or three days at most – to avoid drying out your skin. This is especially helpful during the winter months when air tends to be very dry.
Also, always towel off by patting skin (not rubbing) and remember to apply a good all-natural moisturizer immediately after your bath.
6. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
This cannot be emphasized enough. Keeping skin hydrated will help to remove plaques and speed healing. Apply a good all-natural moisturizer any time your skin starts to feel dry and especially after you bathe to keep skin from drying out. Extra virgin olive oil is one excellent choice for this purpose (you can even add it to your bath water for double benefits) as are many other vegetable-based oils. Apply liberally to skin affected by psoriasis to seal in moisture and deliver healing nutrients. You can also massage a tablespoon or two of oil into your scalp to help soften and remove plaques before you shower.
Another helpful tip is to run a small single-room humidifier during the winter months to help prevent dry skin. Single-room humidifiers are also readily available from most large chain home improvement retailers.
7. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is one of the most popular and widely used natural remedies for skin ailments – but this is no modern day ‘health craze’. Throughout history – (for at least a thousand years that we know of!) – people around the world have used aloe to nourish dry skin and hair, soothe burns and stings, and heal wounds. When applied to skin affected by psoriasis, aloe vera can be very effective at reducing redness and minimizing scaling.