While some people grow out of skin disorders like eczema as they age, many others don’t. Eczema and psoriasis can be caused by a variety of different things, however, there are a number of natural treatments that work universally. While reducing the amount of processed food you eat and increasing the number of healthy fats and healing foods that you eat is always a good start, below are a few more natural treatments that you can try once you have your diet figured out.
Omega 3 fatty acids are found in fatty fish such as mackerel, trout,and salmon, as well as in shellfish like mussels, oysters,and crabs. A study published in the British Journal of Dermatology found that increasing your intake of fish oil can help reduce eczema symptoms. That said, fish oil is only recommended for those who don’t also suffer from blood problems like hemophilia, and those not on blood thinners. If you really don’t like the taste of fish, you can supplement instead with fish oil capsules.
CBD oil is becoming increasingly popular due to the number of health problems that it can treat. However, did you know it is also available in topical form? Well, it is, and it can be purchased from health food stores as well as online from websites like CBDGiants.com. When applied topically in the form of salves or balms, CBD stimulates an anti-inflammatory response. It helps to reduce itchiness contributing to immunosuppression while promoting recovery. To receive these benefits, it is recommended that you use a CBD topical twice a day for two to three weeks.
Acupuncture is an alternative therapy that originated in China. It has proven benefits for everything from infertility to depression, and it’s also a good alternative treatment for those suffering from eczema. During an acupuncture session, needles are inserted at specific pressure points of the body related to the problem you are experiencing. Research has shown that acupuncture can help with the itchiness of psoriasis and eczema while also lessening the symptoms. Do make sure, though, that you visit a licensed professional should you wish to try this treatment.
Another topical treatment that can help with skin conditions is aloe vera. This plant helps by cooling the affected area, calming the inflammation, and reducing the itchiness. You can use it directly from the aloe plant (just cool it in the fridge or the freezer first), or you can purchase the juice or gel from a health food store. Although aloe vera won’t help to completely clear eczema or psoriasis, it can provide temporary relief from some of the more annoying symptoms of the condition. Tip: if you choose to use aloe gel purchased from a drug store, make sure to read the ingredient list. Aloe products that contain alcohol can make your condition worse.
Nearly 32 million people in the United States suffer from eczema and psoriasis. If you are one of them, consider trying one of the above alternative treatments and let us know if it worked in the comments.