When psoriasis lesions appear on various parts of the body, they can be accompanied by itching including severe itching but not all psoriasis lesions itch. Scratching only makes psoriasis symptoms worse but there are many ways to soothe and eliminate the itch without scratching the skin. Of the many ways to ease the itch, here are the top home remedies for psoriasis itching.
Why does psoriasis itch so much?
Unfortunately this cannot be answered satisfactorily because so much about this chronic skin condition is still a mystery. It is also still a mystery why some lesions will itch (or you will experience a pinching or burning sensation) while other lesions will not. This itch can even be in places where the psoriasis lesions are not present.
Psoriasis can also behave very mysteriously in other ways such as being mild one day and severe the next time you have a flare-up.
If you are struggling with itching, the following are some of the best home remedies on what to do for psoriasis itch.
- The first step to combat itching is to make sure that you moisturize very well so that your skin is not dry at any time which can worsen symptoms. Moisturizing well can also help to heal the lesions speedily. The heaviest, greasiest moisturizes usually work best to combat dry skin in someone with psoriasis. You can also use inexpensive products such as petrolatum, lard, etc. For a great moisturizer that should do the trick, click here.
- Using a capsaicin (active ingredient in peppers) containing cream can help deal with the itch as well because it helps block the nerve endings that transmit pain but there may be a slight burning sensation when a capsaicin cream is initially applied but a slight burning may help take your mind off the itch as you wait for the cream to work.
- Another of the best home remedies for psoriasis itching involve dissolving about a cup of Epsom salts which is great for soothing psoriasis or even better some Dead Sea salts and adding these to your bath water. You may also add a bit of an oil such as emu oil, castor oil, apricot kernel oil, black seed, oil, neem oil, coconut oil, borage oil or some cheap oils like mineral oil, baby oil, olive oil, etc.
- Speaking of olive oil, another anti-itch home remedy is to add about two tablespoons of olive oil to a cup of milk and use this as a soothing bath oil.
- Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has many benefits for psoriasis as discussed here, but it can also help to sooth the itch and you can do this by adding a cup of ACV to bath water. If you don’t have ACV, white vinegar will work but ACV is more beneficial for the reasons discussed here. You can also mix equal parts ACV or white vinegar and apply as a scalp treatment if you are dealing with scalp psoriasis and rinse after a few minutes. Only do this two to three times per week but do not apply if your scalp is bleeding or cracked.
- To make an anti-itch compress, add about 1 ½ cups of baking soda to three gallons of water and use this to eliminate the itch.
- Another beneficial compress you can make comprises of 3 tablespoons of boric acid which you can find at most if not all pharmacies and add this to 16 ounces of water.
- Taking a hot or cold shower can help to relieve the itch but experiment to see which way works best for you whether hot water or cold water, but if you use hot water, make sure you immediately moisturize after because hot water can be drying.
- Another of the best home remedies for psoriasis itching is to make sure that you incorporate the practice of covering your lesions often with a plastic wrap after applying a thick moisturizer and/or topical cortisone creams. The plastic wrap helps to hold the creams in place for the most soothing benefits and if you also use a cortisone cream, the medication will be better able to seep into the skin when held in place. You can also use over-the-counter patches instead of plastic wrap.
- Try aloe which has many skin soothing properties. You can use an aloe vera gel or cut up the plant and scoop out the gel and apply. You don’t have to rinse this off. If using the actual plant, do remember that it goes bad quickly so store in the refrigerator and discard once it starts to turn.
These are just a few of the top home remedies for psoriasis itching. Psoriasis can be such a frustrating condition to treat and it can be aggravating to not be able to scratch the itch. Just don’t give up and give the above remedies a try.
To go beyond just using home remedies to address the itch or other symptoms and actually address psoriasis itself including the root cause using natural methods only, you may want to get your hands on the step-by-step holistic guide, Psoriasis Free For Life. Read a review of this bestselling guide here.