Living with psoriasis is not easy. The constant judgement from others, scales falling everywhere, the dryness, and don't get me even started with the itching. OMG! I struggled with this a lot back when my psoriasis was really bad, and the itching leads to sometimes scratching very hard that you rip your skin and you start to bleed out. I shared in one of my YouTube videos, but in this blog I want to share how you can treat itchy psoriasis and prevent yourself from waking up in the middle of the night from the constant itching.
Treatment #1: Use Coal Tar
If you haven't tried coal tar or coal tar shampoo, PLEASE give these products a try! If you click on the pictures, you will be able to purchase these products from Amazon, or you can also try finding them at your local drug store. This is an off the counter product.
Coal tar comes from coal and wood. It is used to apply over psoriasis patches and reduces the skin cells that form dry and big patches on the body. This product does not burn when you apply it over your skin. Do be careful when applying and going outside when the weather is hot as you can get skin burns. I personally found it best to use it at night right before bed, this way it prevented my sleep getting disturbed from all the overnight scratching and waking up in the morning to a bed sheet filled with dead skin flakes. There will be a detailed video on my channel explaining on how to use coal tar for psoriasis and my personal experience with it, so go check it out by clicking here.
Treatment #2: Use Black African Soap & Epsom/Dead Salt
I have been using black African soap and epsom salt for
the past 3 years now, and I will continue to use them for the rest of my life.
Black African Soap is made up of Shea butter which acts as a great moisturizer to lock in those skin cells that often dry up living with psoriasis. This soap also does not contain all the other ingredients that soap contain like alcohol that can further make psoriasis worse and itchier.
Epsom salt contains magnesium in it which is amazing for removing the dead skin cells that form over the skin from psoriasis.
Instead of scratching and peeling your scales, take an
epsom salt bath for 15-20 minutes, and all the flakes
will shed off by themselves, which will lower itchiness
on the skin.
Again, clicking on the pictures of either products will allow you to purchase them!
Treatment #3: Shower The Right Way!
This may sound odd, but how you shower plays a key role with not only controlling the itching of your psoriasis, but also improving your skin's health! Which means improving your psoriasis (all things have to be considered like your diet).
The following is my shower routine for psoriasis which has helped a lot for itchiness and improving my psoriasis condition (along with diet and lifestyle changes of course):
Step into the shower and turn the water to luke warm (never hot!)
Scrub your body gently with the black African soap
Rinse off with COLD water (yes cold cold water)
(when you are taking an epsom salt bath, sit in luke warm water)
Following these steps has personally improved my psoriasis condition, and further helped with the itchy and dryness of my skin. Your skin does need attention, so please do give it! As I mentioned before, you can find information on healing psoriasis naturally on my YouTube channel and Instagram page
I want to help and inspire people to take a different approach when it comes to healing psoriasis naturally. It can be done. Many have done it for sure. I myself is an example of this. The choice is ultimately yours. You have to be the one to believe you can heal your psoriasis. Despite what others tell you, or what you have told yourself, you have to be persistent on your own healing journey and understand that it is not a linear journey. You will have highs and you will have lows, but from my personal experience and from coaching clients, you can do it!
That is it for this week's blog post.
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-The Psoriasis Bodybuilder