Years ago I took a job that kept me on my knees. Before I knew it I began to notice they were feeling rough and looking reddish. Soon the sores broke out and began to do the scaly thing. I had psoriasis.
I began to put lotion on them but it made no difference. I tried special lotions that were suppose to get rid of it. I used oils, medicated ointments. Blah blah blah. It seemed the more I did the worse it got. I was beside myself.
I decided it was time to become an expert on psoriasis. So I set about the work of finding out everything I could. The first thing I explored was the cause.
What is Psoriasis? Well it’s a condition of the skin where the cells build up forming scales and itchy, dry patches. It’s like the cells of the skin go crazy and start working to create more cells so fast that the body can’t keep up.
It all has to do with your genes and immune system. If you have psoriasis, the genes that signal your immune system get mixed up. Instead of protecting your body they make your skin cells work too hard and fast.
Experts say there are many things that can cause it to start like:
- Bug bites
- Cuts, scrapes and bruises
- Crawling too much on the hands and knees
- Cold dry weather
Basically anything that causes constant damage or irritation to the skin can trigger it.
- Exfoliate It’s important to keep the buildup of skin from happening. I removed it using a soft foam fingernail file. Salicylic acid also works somewhat well for this. (Or so I’ve heard. I used the file.)
- Moisturizing is a must Keep some sort of moisturizing lotion with you and use it every chance you get. I like to use something like Eucerin moisturizing cream but you can use anything as long as it’s thick and greasy so it will trap the moisture in the skin. Do make sure it’s not perfumed as that could cause irritation.
- Steroids work well to reduce the puffiness and slow the growth of cells. They come in a lot of different strengths. Use over the counter weak types for face and softer tissue areas, but for knees and elbows it may take something a little stronger. For that you’ll have to see your doctor.
Sunlight Many people say their symptoms have improved just by getting a little sun on a regular basis.
Aloe Vera This soothes the skin and anything that soothes the skin is good for psoriasis.
Tea Tree Oil Add this to your shampoo or even some of your lotion to aid in healing.
Oat extracts You will find Oat extract in many skin care products. Oatmeal baths are said to help also.
Epsom salts Can remove scales and relieve the itch if you add it to a warm bath and soak for about 15 minutes.
Diligence is the key word to curing psoriasis. I found out the hard way there are no shortcuts. But if you use these tools we’ve talked about, I know you can win the battle and live your life with smooth beautiful skin for life. And don’t forget to use a little magic.