At Home Treatment for Psoriasis

At home treatment for psoriasis

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As most of us psoriasis suffered know, psoriasis is a seriously unpleasant skin problem, that often requires a fairly brutal treatment … or not!

But fortunately, it was not the case for the author of this testimony, Melanie, who found a less expensive and more respectful remedy for her health.

Melanie, shared her recipe with me and agreed for me to share her experience with you, my readers. So, thanks very much Melanie for being so kind and generous. But …

First of all: this is a personal testimony. It cannot in any way replace the opinion of a doctor. Each case and its causes are different.

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So, what’s her home treatment for psoriasis?

But first things first …

The diagnosis …

I have always had very fragile and reactive skin. A few years ago, when my scalp began to itch continually, that fat dandruff appeared and I started to bleed.

Sometimes have a little pus and have a lot of pain in these inflamed plaques. I first thought of a new form of eczema of allergic origin or due to stress.

During my annual appointment at my dermato-allergist, the verdict fell: I was having psoriasis for the first time in my life.

I was sent home with a treatment fit for a horse, and the very promising phrase: “Psoriasis, your new friend … for life!” Knowing that sometimes psoriasis flares can be related to morale, so that didn’t help!

Psoriasis, what is it?

Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease, that is, persistent over time, and can recur periodically.

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It is an itchy business

It is not contagious. The cause of its appearance remains unclear, although several possible factors have been involved (stress, fatigue, diet, family history or even autoimmune disease).

Specifically, the skin consists of several layers, including the epidermis on the surface, serving, among other things, protection against external aggression.

This layer is constantly renewed, in three to four weeks. The problem with psoriasis plaques is that at their level this cycle takes place in just four to six days!

The young epidermal cells accumulate on the surface of the skin, where they should not end up, forming the dander (layers of white dandruff) and all this process causes inflammation.

This can, in the most serious cases, require a special at the work place if the employee is recognized as disabled due to the severity of his or her illness!

Without going this far, in addition to skin discomfort and aesthetic discomfort, psoriasis can have many side effects:

  • Pain within the inflamed areas
  • A decreased social life (it is difficult to plan outings during the outbursts)
  • Discomfort which could lead to depression

I would only have my hair loose and going to the hairdresser was a torture because it was inevitably going to be a subject of conversation.

I know of some people who would not wear short sleeves even in summer to hide their arms.

So, here is Melanie’s home treatment for psoriasis…

At home treatment for psoriasis
My treatment prescribed by my dermato-allergist

Having followed my dermato-allergist, I stopped at the chemist on my way home and purchased all that items I was prescribed.

So here I am back home with a bag full of bottles and creams of all kinds.

My treatment is therefore:

  • Some oral antihistamines, and more, because you never know!
  • Several bottles of cortisone gel to spread on the scalp every night and let it sit at night, to calm the inflammation.
  • A pharmacy shampoo, not reimbursed and costing a fortune, for the two morning shampoos necessary to remove all the cortisone from my scalp.
  • Food supplements based on fish oil, also requiring a small budget, to help me fill the gaps and keep “a good morale”.

If my plaques do not decrease, my doctor proposes to me also put under “anxiolytic“.

What a pleasure, I can tell you!

Now comes the fun bit …

First day after the night mask and shampoos:

Yeeeeah! It seems to be working. It itches me less! I am following this treatment daily for a complete two weeks and I can finally let my hair free from time to time. I am happy!

As my plaques have calmed down, I decrease the frequency of the treatment as indicated by the doctor. And there, disillusionment: I cannot!

My scalp does not itch on the day of the cortisone treatment and washing, but the next day the itching and patches come back.

It is at this moment that I realize that this heavy horse treatment, which is the most time consuming operation, is costing me an arm and a leg, and as a bonus damages my hair, does not work! Or rather, it simply hides my symptoms.

Then I realized that in fact, no one, neither me nor the doctors, have asked the simple question: “What is the cause?“.

The day I have cracked my shampoo bottle

In the process, I began to look at the composition of what the doctor had prescribed. Take the example of shampoo… We agreed that my scalp is raw, irritated, inflamed. So, why does my “adapted” shampoo contain irritating surfactants?

Here is what Wikipedia has to say about sufactants:

While it does not contain parabens, but a substitute molecule called, are you ready? … methylisothiazolinone. Molecule used as a preservative, but with a very high allergenicity.

In a statement in October 2014, the French Society of Dermatology is concerned about the presence of this molecule in cosmetics and the increase in cases of related allergies.

So in other words, I was placing this notorious allergen on inflamed plaques daily and blithely. As for the fragrance, soberly named “perfume” … it’s a bit vague as a name, no?

Often this term means that it is a synthetic fragrance that is used, so it is likely that it is composed of phthalates, a well-known endocrine disruptor.

So I decided to stop. ALL!

I will not wash my hair with shampoos, I will not trust my pharmacy anymore!

Thanks to the Internet I made my own home treatment for psoriasis
Thanks to the Internet I made my own home treatment for psoriasis

In the process I came across some blogs advocating “no-poo“. No-poo is the “no shampoo” technique, in other words … no shampoo, which means no rubbish products.

But we can use so many other things instead!

For example, if baking soda seemed too aggressive for my hyper reactive skin, I would be using clay-based pastes that cleans it.

Then I found Sidr powder, which like the shikakai soothes the scalp. I was doing only one “wash” a week, and the rest of the time if I had greasy hair, I would rinse well with water and finished with massages of the skull.

Then, the miracle happened!

And from that moment … My plaques have dissipated, my scalp became clean, I saved a lot of time in the morning.

My hair does not smell the “clean” odor of chemicals, on the contrary, they smell like hair. And a healthy hair, it does not stink chemicals (in any case no one has avoided me since)!

Now, I prepare my little washing pasta once every two weeks, I sometimes rince my hair in clean water in between.

And all is well: my scalp does not become greasy again, and I have had no more plaques since!

I concluded that in my case, psoriasis was caused by too much chemicals and that my body said stop!

Finally, I thank my dermato-allergist for forcing me into this situation as without her prescribing me this “horse treatment” I would have never thought of improvising my own at home psoriasis treatment.

Even without skin problems, for our own health sake, we have everything to gain by stopping spreading our skull with endocrine disruptors and allergens.

It’s been a year since “no-poo” and I found each other, and I can say that both of us are for life! And how it does me good without hurting me: live life without chemistry!

Melanie P.

Well, here you have it. Thanks again to Melanie, I can imagine that many of you will give it a try.

What do you think about Melanie’s experiment?

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  • Goldroad (jay)

    Psoriasis is definately not a fun experience.  I like that you were able to find a remedy that was not as harsh as daily chemical based shampoos tend to be.  The scalp actually had a chance to heal and to calm down.   Thanks for sharing this very informative post.  I hope it help lots of people with other scalp conditions as well.  Thanks again,


    • John

      Thanks so much for reading my article on psoriasis treatments that you can do at home. I am glad that you found it useful and I hope that you will follow some of my suggestions.

      Let me know if you have any questions, okay?



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