5 Psoriasis Home Remedies That Do More Harm Than Good

For every malady, there are heaps of home remedies that claim to cure it. Especially when the condition is something “incurable” like psoriasis, scores of well-intentioned cures and remedies will be proposed all over the Internet.

Sure, many of these psoriasis home remedies are pretty darn effective – they may not cure psoriasis, but they can certainly provide relief. But some of them are either useless or even worse, dangerous, especially when used recklessly.

You’re smart enough to know this, of course, but when you’re desperate to relieve red, inflamed, scaling skin – you become very…um, open minded. Perhaps a little too willing to try something that would normally make you raise an eyebrow or two.

So to spare you from experimenting with certain psoriasis home remedies that can cause more harm than good, here’s a little roundup of the worst psoriasis home remedies out there!

Baking Soda for Psoriasis

Okay, very mixed feelings about this one. Does baking soda work for psoriasis? Yes, it’s great for reliving itchiness and removing scales. Is it safe? Not entirely – it’s very alkaline and can disrupt your skin’s natural pH balance, especially if used long-term. It’s also quite abrasive and should never be used to scrub your skin with.

The verdict? If you’re going to use it, use it as a paste made with castor oil and use it sparingly. Again, don’t exfoliate your skin with this. It can cause tiny yet painful little scratches.

Bleach Bath for Psoriasis

Sounds a bit scary, but it is without a doubt a cheap and helpful alternative. Some even swear by it, claiming it’s actually the only alternative treatment that destroys the itch-causing bacteria and provides relief.

But as popular as bleach baths may be among psoriasis sufferers, keep in mind that results vary. Maybe it’s about how much bleach you use or how sensitive your skin is, but you will probably love or hate this home remedy. Overall, we’d give this a “meh” rating simply because yes, it is definitely anti-bacterial, but no, bleach is just not something you want to be regularly dousing your skin in. So, unless this is the only thing that works for you – there are other, better, safer options to get some relief, my friend.

Lemon Juice for Psoriasis

Like many incurable skin conditions, psoriasis is always being subjected to a wealth of home remedies and DIY fixes; and one that’s seen increasing popularity lately is lemon juice. So how useful is it?

One word: avoid.

Not only does dousing already inflamed psoriasis patches in lemon juice hurt like hell, it can do more harm than good. That’s ’cause lemon juice is super acidic, with a pH of around 2. That level of acidity can mess with the pH of your skin’s natural acid mantle, which is a crucial form of protection against fungi and harmful bacteria.

Citrus oils are also known to be phototoxic, which means that when you go out for some sun to get your dose of psoriasis-fighting Vitamin D – the lemon juice can cause your skin to be more sensitive to the sun, resulting in a higher chance of sunburn. And you don’t need us to tell you that sunburn on psoriasis is no walk in the park.

If you must use lemon juice, dilute it with water. Better yet, drink it – ingesting lemon water is great for psoriasis.

Vaseline for Psoriasis

Vaseline for psoriasis is…complicated. We have an ongoing love-hate relationship with the stuff. On one hand, there’s nothing – nothing – that provides that near-impenetrable, protective seal of moisture like Vaseline. And it works oh, so well on quenching dry, cracked skin.

But at the same time, Vaseline doesn’t actually quench dry, cracked skin – it simply forms a seal that creates the feeling of hydration while in fact it does nothing to nourish, heal or restore natural moisture to the skin. In other words, Vaseline’s sort of like the McDonalds of psoriasis topicals – a delicious quick fix without the nourishment.

Lucky for us, there are a few all-natural Vaseline alternatives that seal and protect as well as petroleum jelly while providing the moisture our skin really needs.

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