Psoriasis is a common, long-term chronic disease with no cure. It affects approximately 2% of the people in the UK and can start at any age. Most often though, it develops in adults under the age of 35. Often confused with eczema, it tends to go through similar cycles, with flare-ups occurring and then subsiding for a while. But it is actually a completely different disease to eczema and needs a different treatment.
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes red silvery crusty patches to appear on your body. It’s most commonly seen on the knees, elbows, scalp and lower back, but can also appear anywhere on the body, including your torso. It can even affect your joints too. Most sufferers are only affected with small patches, but in some cases, the patches can be itchy or sore.
When it comes to helping your skin fight inflammation, the food you eat can help massively. So if you’re looking to improve your diet by including foods that will help your skin, look to include:
- Fruits – apples, blueberries, cherries
- Vegetables – broccoli, spinach, kale
- Whole grains
- Healthy fats, such as olive oil, seeds and nuts
- Fish high in omega-3 fatty acids
- Antioxidant-rich herbs and spices – such as thyme, sage, cumin and ginger
Products that can help with flare-ups
If you suffer from Psoriasis you’ll want to ensure your skincare products aren’t going to aggravate your symptoms. That means sticking to natural gentle products that work with your body, not against it. You’ll want products that are soothing and free from additives, preservatives and parabens.
Here’s a couple of star products that you will find in the Maldon Soap shop that are just right for you.
Described as ‘wonder in a pot’ this is perfect for sensitive, dry, sore and difficult skin. It’s very effective at treating the symptoms of Psoriasis flare-ups and for calming the soreness and itching that they can bring. You can also use it on chapped lips, bites and stings, spots and scars. It really is a versatile pot of goodness! You’ll find a list of ingredients and more details about it here.
This soap bar contains pure coconut milk and coconut oil, making it an incredibly moisturising bar. It also contains oats, for creaminess and gentle exfoliation. The high levels of coconut oil mean your skin will feel soft, supple and smooth – perfect for those with dry and sensitive skin. It’s helped a number of Psoriasis and eczema sufferers with their dry skin issues. You can read more about this soap bar here
Cocoa Butter & Oat Body Cream
A blend of deeply moisturising ingredients rehydrates and soothes any dry skin condition, including eczema & psoriasis. It’s particularly effective for dry menopausal skin. It leaves your skin feeling richly hydrated with a smooth silky texture that feels wonderful. The link to it is here
If you’d like more advice on Psoriasis and how you can manage it, you can head on over to the Psoriasis Association website: https://www.psoriasis-association.org.uk/. You’ll find a wealth of information on their website, designed to help you manage the symptoms and understand more about the disease.
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