7 Effective Ways to Soothe Psoriasis Itch

If you’ve suffered from psoriasis, you know the painful itch all too well. You may have searched in vain for treatments and been left feeling even more frustrated. Gathered here are 7 effective treatments that people have found to soothe their psoriasis itch.

7 Effective Ways to Soothe Psoriasis Itch

1. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

This is your number one protection against psoriasis itch. Moisturizers will reduce redness and help your skin to heal. Choose a moisturizer that is thick and petroleum-like, instead of milky or watery lotions, for itch relief. Avoid moisturizers that have fragrances or alcohol, as these can dry out your skin and irritate it further.

2. Keratolytics

Keratolytics – a fancy word for skin peeling agents. These can help to minimize scaling and flaking, which reduces itchiness. Look for products that contain salicylic acid (no more than 3%). These will soften skin and lift scales without irritating your psoriasis further. Lactic acid, phenol, and urea are also good keratolytics to try.

3. Capsaicin

Capsaicin is the component in many chili peppers that gives them their heat, but it is also found in many creams and lotions. This ingredient helps to soothe psoriasis itch by blocking the nerve endings that transmit pain. Despite a slight burning sensation, many studies have found this to be an effective treatment for the itch of psoriasis.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

The ancient remedy of apple cider vinegar can be a soothing treatment for lesions of psoriasis on your scalp. Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water and apply to your scalp a couple of times per week, washing your hair a few minutes after application. If you leave it on, it could potentially irritate your skin further. Do not use this treatment if the lesions are cracked or bleeding.

5. Play With Hot and Cold Treatments

Some people swear up and down that hot showers worsen their itch, while others swear by them as an effective treatment. Find what works for you. Too many hot showers, however, can dry out your skin and make it itch even more. Cold showers and compresses have been found effective for many in reducing their itchy symptoms.

6. Acupuncture For Psoriasis Itch

While you may have a mental image of being used as a pin cushion, the reality is quite different. A review of acupuncture has found it to be an effective treatment in soothing the itch caused by psoriasis. Acupuncture can also help to control pain and stress.

7. Occlusion Therapy

This therapy is a process of applying thick amounts of creams and lotions to your skin, wrapping them in tape or plastic wrap, and leaving them for long periods of time. Many do this therapy while they sleep in order to allow the creams and lotions to be fully absorbed into their skin. It is best to discuss this with your doctor before using any steroids or medicated creams as part of this therapy.

Psoriasis itch can be highly disruptive and frustrating. It is our hope that even one of these suggestions may help you find the soothing relief for which you’re searching.

 

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