But perhaps you’re looking to increase your options. Natural remedies may be one of these options. Some believe that they can assist in calming psoriasis flares and managing the condition.
Of course, they aren’t the same as prescription medications given to you by your healthcare professional. There’s also a lack of scientific backing for natural remedies.
You should always consult a doctor before using any natural remedies, as they may interfere with other treatments.
Still, here are some things — many of which you probably already have on hand in your kitchen pantry — that could work for you in the short term.
Check the label of your favorite cereal to see if it contains vitamin D. If not, you may want to find one that does.
Vitamin D can regulate the growth of cells and change the way your immune system works. These two features of the vitamin are thought to help with psoriasis.
Adding vitamin D should start through your diet with foods or supplements. It’s possible to get vitamin D from sunlight, but that risks exposure to harmful ultraviolet radiation.
The American Academy of Dermatology points to fortified foods or supplements as healthy sources of vitamin D.
Your collection of vegetable oils, nuts, and seeds just became more important to managing your psoriasis. Some contain omega-3 fatty acids, thought to help psoriasis. The following pantry staples naturally contain omega-3s:
- oils, like vegetable and olive
- nuts, especially walnuts
- flaxseeds and pumpkin seeds
How omega-3 fatty acids can help with a variety of health conditions, including psoriasis, is getting a lot of attention. This acid can fight inflammation as well as help your immune system.
Psoriasis is considered an immune-mediated inflammatory disease, so finding nutritional sources containing omega-3s is one step in combatting psoriasis symptoms.
The oils, nuts, and seeds in your pantry can provide the omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid. Two other omega-3s, eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids, are found in fish and fish oil supplements.
Vinegars may also help your psoriasis. They were used in ancient cultures for many conditions, including inflammation as well as healing wounds, infections, ulcers, and other ailments.
Apple cider vinegar is a popular natural remedy. It’s thought to help treat your psoriasis-affected scalp. You should consult your doctor and use caution when applying it to your scalp.
Trying it diluted in water may help reduce any burning sensation. If you have any cracked or open skin, avoid using vinegar, as it will burn and irritate.
Oatmeal may help you soothe your skin when irritated by psoriasis. In particular, colloidal oatmeal is considered one of the best forms of oatmeal to use on your skin. “Colloidal” means the oatmeal is finely ground and boiled.
You may try oatmeal straight out of the pantry to soothe your skin, but it may be a better idea to look for skin products that contain colloidal oatmeal.
No scientific evidence supports the use of oatmeal in psoriasis. However, studies have shown that it can improve your skin barrier.
People report it soothes their skin and reduces redness. Bath soaks, lotions, and other products are available that include this natural remedy.
You may have a container of honey in your pantry, just waiting to be used. You can combine it with olive oil and beeswax to create a topical treatment for your psoriasis.
Turmeric is an herb used for a variety of medical conditions, including inflammation, arthritis, and skin conditions. It’s a spice used in curry powder and is yellow in color.
The study recommended using turmeric topical ointment as part of a treatment plan for those with plaque psoriasis.
Ask your doctor if cooking with turmeric, taking a turmeric supplement, or using a turmeric topical may help your psoriasis.
While several foods in your pantry may help you with psoriasis, other foods are recognized as contributing to inflammation. You want to avoid inflammation as much as possible, as it can cause psoriasis flare-ups.
Stay away from ultra-processed foods and refined sugars. These items are often pantry staples and may contribute to worsening or flaring psoriasis.
There’s nothing wrong with looking beyond prescription medication for psoriasis treatments. But talk with your doctor before trying out a natural remedy like those found in your pantry.
Natural remedies may interfere with your current medications or worsen your symptoms. It’s always best to follow the advice of your doctor.