Psoriasis is a kind of skin disorder that triggers the fast production of skin cells. Experts calculated that patients with psoriasis could produce skin cells ten times faster than normal. The overproduction of skin cells can lead to the development of bumpy patches covered with scales. These patches usually appear on the patient’s elbows, knees, scalp, and lower back. However, patients with severe psoriasis may develop patches covering almost every area of their bodies.
Psoriasis can be triggered by emotional stress, medications, surgical wounds, scrapes, cuts, and infections. The first symptoms usually appear in early adulthood. The most common symptoms are fiery red skin, silver-colored scales, discoloration of the fingernails, and several red spots. The exact cause of psoriasis is still unknown, but existing data shows that it is not contagious and can’t be passed to other people through physical contact. Other studies linked psoriasis and genes, claiming that the disease runs in the family.
Fortunately, there are a lot of existing treatments and remedies for psoriasis. Some of them are designed to control the production of skin cells, while others are used to alleviate the itchiness and pain caused by the disease. This article lists some of the effective home remedies for psoriasis.
Exposure to the sun’s UVB rays can help slow down skin cell growth and skin shedding. In addition, a study conducted in 2019 showed that patients who spent more time under the sun during the morning had milder symptoms of psoriasis. There are also small-scale observational studies claiming that patients with psoriasis suffer less during summer months or warm days.
Experts support the claim that gradual exposure to morning sunlight temporarily alleviates psoriasis symptoms. Therefore, patients are encouraged to go outside every morning for brief periods, between 6am to 9am, and expose their affected skin to the sun. However, experts also highlighted that too much exposure to sunlight can worsen psoriasis and may lead to more complications like sunburn. So, patients are reminded to put sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher (if possible) to give the skin extra protection from UVA and UVB rays.
Patients with sensitive skin, existing skin conditions, and a history of skin cancer are prohibited from using this remedy.