Start Healing Your Psoriasis

There are thousands of psoriasis treatments out there. What I try to do is separate the wheat from the chaff to give you the supplements, products and other remedies that actually have an effect on P. It’s broken down into several categories below.

Creams and shampoos:

  • Soaps – Give your psoriasis a fighting chance in the shower! Read more.
  • PsoriaTrax shampoo – If you have scalp psoriasis, this is a great shampoo for tackling it. Read more.
  • Tree to Tub –  This all-natural range of skincare products is made from wild soapberries which are great for dry skin. Read my review (and get a discount!)

Supplements and vitamins

  • Turmeric – Studies have shown it improving psoriasis by over 80%. Read more.
  • Vitamin D3 – Nearly 60% of flakers are deficient in vitamin D3 and can benefit from it, click here to find out more.

Natural treatments

  • Apple Cider Vinegar –  Many, many flakers swear by this remedy.  Read more. 
  • Teas – Certain herbs can have a dramatic effect on inflammationRead part one, and part two.
  • Dead Sea salts – Cleopatra loved the Dead Sea and so do thousands of flakers around the world – here’s why.
  • Epsom Salt – These salts are fantastic for bath-times if you have psoriasis. Read more here.

Household items

  • Bedding – If your bed is covered in flakes every day, these bed-sheets will help immensely. Read more. 

51 Responses to Start Healing Your Psoriasis

  1. Donna says:

    Does anyone have psoriatic arthritis? I’ve just been diagnosed with it in my wrist and I’m currently on some pills to help with the pain but I’d rather use natural remedies – if there are any that work. Would love some advice!

  2. Rom says:

    Help me out i have psoriasis and even i cant sleep cause of itching and burning my body

  3. Des says:

    So…had i had it bad. Or at least what I think is bad.
    Anyway, I see a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner, & yes there is herbs/teas etc. BUT…
    She also give me these patches to put on my problem areas and I’m telling you it is like a miracle.
    I wear them overnight where ever is a problem & not only is it relief if I do it consistently enough the area where I apply the patch eventually goes back to normal skin like it never existed.
    Anyone else ever try this?

    • Lisa says:

      Yes, I have and they do work amazingly well. I also got them from a Chinese herbalist. I wear them when spots start getting bad, and they clear up – at least for awhile. Then they gradually come back in that reliable way that they have! The herbalist I was seeing has retired, so I will be running out soon. I have tried other bandages, but they are not nearly as effective. I hope I can find somewhere else to get them!

      • Des says:

        Do you have any idea what they are called or what the ingredients are?

        • Lisa says:

          I wish I did! The herbalist I went to made them herself and was very proprietary about everything. I am going to continue to search and experiment with other types of bandages. I will let you know if I discover anything revelatory.

          • Des says:

            Yea I’ve spent quite a bit of time trying to find out what it might be because my TCM doctor is the same…says they come from China but never lets on what they actually are – but they are more or less a miracle & I wish everyone could use them. If anyone knows please do share!

  4. Monique says:

    One of the things I have found really helps with flaky skin is the recipe of Julia from Florida: equal parts Apple Cider vinegar and organic glycerin. Mix it together and apply to skin. You can use a little spray bottle, or just mix it in a saucer and then smear it on your skin. Works a treat to keep flakes at bay, helps with itchiness too.
    Love this site – sooo helpful!

  5. Michelle says:

    I feel like hugging you through the computer! I have Psoriatic Arthritis and have never had too big of a problem with psoriasis, the arthritis has always been more of an issue with a little psoriasis under my nails and in some unassuming places. A few months back I devloped psoriasis on the bottom of my feet. I’ve bought so many different things for the psoriasis, sometimes it would get a little better and then would get worse, progressively getting worse over time. This continued to the point when visiting our son who is at University, I could hardly walk, had to always wear shoes and socks over Easter weekend (I try and be fashionable and it was NOT fashionable). We attended a church their for Easter before returning home and I remember praying and praying for God to help me with my feet, they were red, cracking, flaking and burning. On our long drive back home, the idea of vaseline was planted in my head. We got home with red, flaking, burning feet and globbed on vasoline, in the morning they were a little better. It is now 4 day’s later and I think I could actually pull of wearing sandles and not limping when I walk…hallelujah and praise the Lord! Last night I came across your blog and it’s only more help! Thank you so much for writing this, love your sense of humor about it because this stuff is maddening!! I will continue to use these ideas as this stuff will only come and go, getting better and worse through the years! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

    • Lisa says:

      Lugols iodine really helps with arthritis & so does food grade diatomaceous earth, you can make smoothies with berries and just mix those in too
      Good luck!

  6. Shannon says:

    this is so helpful! i came across your blog trying to find new ideas for treating my three-year-old daughters psoriasis (which she has had since she was 4 months old). eating a mostly raw plant diet has done wonders for her skin but i’m excited to try tumeric as an herbal supplement.

  7. w0dc says:

    Awesome blog, sharing this link on my page and Psoriasis groups. 🙂

  8. I have been suffering from this for about 2 years. My hands and the bottoms of my feet are so bad. Constantly deep cracking and bleeding. I have tried EVERYTHING. I am allergic to tumeric and it kills me that I can’t try it. I feel like a leper and I can only work from home with very VERY low pay because everyone thinks it is contageous. No health insurance and I earn too little for obama care. Sometimes I am almost suicidal because there is no relief in sight.

    • Ann says:

      Your not alone…I feel ya too. Somebody today asked me if my chicken pox is getting better..

    • pkirkwood says:

      Same with me exactly. Had to phone my boss recently because scales on my feet were so bad I could not walk down stairs. Coal tar and dead sea soap work miracles for me. I only get p on my hand and Feet. Lots of Coal tar solution and a tiny bit of hydocortinzone and dead sea soap.

  9. Darrell says:

    I’ve stumbled upon psoriasisblob and i now have some hope to have a better life living with psoriasis. Besides all the great advice i have read i’m waondering is there a great moisturizer to help against psoriasis? Kind regards

  10. Chris says:

    All this time, since man describes the disease we have since the Roman age we suffer. There is no cure, just a lifelong search for relief. We suffer and we carry our disease on our shoulders, like a cross. There is so much suffering, so many people feel so helpless. We all feel mutilated and ugly sometimes. At least we have eachother..

  11. Erik says:

    I had tried the soaps on my own before reading this and they are amazing. But also what about evening primrose oil? I think it works pretty well.

    • redblob says:

      It’s funny, out of the 1402985982753 things I’ve tried, I never experimented with evening primrose oil that much. What kind of benefits have you seen Erik?

      • Jo says:

        I take a high dose EPO and had some good results, patches reducing and some stubborn areas have even cleared up!

  12. As for a diet – an acquaintance of mine had a bad psoriasis or eczema on her scalp. I never saw it as it was covered by her hair but said it was bad. A while ago I met her at a party and she excused herself for not being able to drink alcohol or eat the food served as she was on a two month diet therapy based on just boiled potatoes and (I believe) rice. She said her scalp has cleared but the most amazing thing was the condition of her face skin. This was the most beautiful – almost radiant – skin I have ever seen. Just the visual effect would probably justify the treatment – although she complained about the bland diet and said she was constantly having food cravings. Yet the visual effect was astounding. I could not believe it. She said her treatment included also drinking some herbal potion. The treatment was recommended by some alternative health practitioner in Bulgaria (just next to Serbia where you are right now!). I could try to track her and ask for more details if you are interested.

    • Vladik says:

      Hi Nikolay,

      I would be interested in more information about that diet. I’d really appreciate it.

      Thank you

      Vlad

  13. Billie says:

    Dan, I have pustular psoriasis and go to phototherapy twice a week. I’ve had decent success, but I was told I will need to continue the rest of my life. I live close to the doctor’s office, so it has been doable. In the last year, it has never gone away completely, but has kept it “in check”. Hope this helps!

  14. Heather says:

    I had better luck when I went into the doctor’s office for the light treatment. The only difference being that I took a medicine that made me light sensitive. I was in high school so it was easier to manage going in 3 times a week. I barely use my at home light panel. It mostly makes me itch more… like I need that!

  15. Dan says:

    Thanks a lot for the great site! I’m in the midst of an angry flare up. Just got my Curcumin delivered this morning. Anxious to see how I respond to it. Has anyone had much luck with phototherapy? I’m on the brink of ordering an at-home narrowband UVB light. I’ve been doing some tanning (started with 3 minutes, think the sweet spot is about 5), and I seem to respond pretty well to it. My last flare was back in 2013 and it lasted all winter. My dermatologist had me on Taclonex, which seemed to just keep it at bay, but not actually heal it. It finally healed in the summer. Don’t know if it was a combination of the sun and Taclonex, or just the sun. During that flare up I went to Cabo, and after a week, it was almost all gone. Think the combo of sun and saltwater is huge. Soon after I returned home, it was back. Hesitant to go with the Taclonex again, as it is very expensive (they bill my insurance around $800 for a 60g bottle that lasts 2-3 weeks. US health care system…..) If I end up getting the light panel, which I probably will, I will keep you posted of my results.

  16. Karen says:

    I see where you say “diet is the core of my approach”…what kind of diet? What foods do you avoid? What probiotics do you take? Thanks! My husband has been dealing with this for 9 months…they are talking chemo meds and I am not having that at this point!! TIA

    • redblob says:

      Hi Karen. Yeah I really need to get round to doing a proper breakdown. In terms of what I avoid, it would be gluten, all the grains, processed food and a lot of fatty, fried food. It’s hard to pull off, I admit. My typical breakfast might be fruit for breakfast with one of the teas I recommend, a tuna salad for lunch and a caesar salad for dinner. I really emphasize greens – spinach, lettuce, kale – they are very anti-inflammatory and alkalizing. I do have cheat days, but this is the core of my diet. Will try to get round to doing a complete post on my routine soon…

      • Mary Lappa says:

        please do. My poor daughter is at her witts end and I think some dietary guidance might help. I love your blog and have just ordered many of the items you recommended. I pray they give her some relief!

        • Jeff says:

          Mary,
          Look into the Paleo diet. Or really any anti-inflammatory diet. Google aip psoriasis diet. Some very interesting information. All based on healing your gut, your autoimmune system and reducing inflammation.

          God bless. And don’t forget kids are resilient.

  17. Elaine says:

    I have also found a gluten free diet has helped me massively. Thanks for the supplement suggestions, I will get purchasing. Love the blog, thank you!

  18. Michelle says:

    I am soooo happy to have found this site. I have had P for almost 10 years, appearing as I was going through a divorce, and it has never fully gone away. I only have it on my scalp (and a bit in my ears) but upon doing a ton of research I believe I actually have psoriatic arthritis and the flares on my scalp are when it is intensely bad. Never made the connection until just recently and now trying to control the horrible itching and flaking from my scalp which is now raw and bleeding. I am trying a new curcumin supplement along with flax/omega oil and a topical oil to help soothe. I am scheduling an appt with a rheumatologist to see what else I should be doing/aware of. Any additional information anyone has on the arthritis side of psoriasis? Thank you to everyone for sharing their info and stories to help folks like me. It is truly appreciated!

  19. Ange says:

    I’m so so happy to come across such a light hearted and practical approach to P. I’ve had P since my first year at high school. feels like I have tried everything had just decided it is a part of who I am so I really haven’t done anything for years about it. I’m having a massive flare up at the moment and feel like I’m being slowly swallowed by it!!!

  20. Stefan hohberger says:

    My head almost totally cleared up after 4 weeks staying on a gluten free diet. Other very inconvenient infected areas cleared as well. I found studies on national psoriasis foundation that suggest that leaving out gluten can have a huge effect on some people. In addition to that I live a healthy life style eating lots of greens, vegetables, fish. I avoid sugars most the time. I although use the 5:2 diet to keep my weight down because a lower weight is although beneficial for symptom reduction.

  21. Rex Le says:

    Are there any books you guys recommend to read? Thanks!

    • Erica Small says:

      Healing Psoriasis- The Natural Alternative by John Pagano. Absolutely unbelievable how useful this book is. Have had psoriasis for 7-9 years ish. Recently finally decided I am done with doctors and medications. This book has helped me immensely and my psoriasis is 70% better after just one month of following the regimen. It’s incredible. I just stumbled on this wonderful website and a lot of what the author says I read in the book. Great site, thank you!!!!

  22. Lisa says:

    I’ve noticed that my spots are far less inflamed when I eat greek yogurt, and more inflamed when I don’t. Same with sauerkraut. I spent all of yesterday researching and found this website gutsense.org, which, while advertising products, also had quite a bit of useful information about digestion within the body. Also looked at all the UK and US national p websites, and some studies too, where probiotics were found to help the condition. The one takeaway I found is to be sure that if you buy the supplements, make sure cellulose is listed under the ingredients, because gelatin alone dissolves in the body before reaching the small intestine. Going to the pharmacy soon to buy Renew Life’s Ultimate Flora Probiotic, so I suppose we’ll see what happens.

    • redblob says:

      Good point Lisa. Probiotic supplements are very good for the gut, along with foods like sauerkraut, kefir, natural yogurt. It can help to soothe inflammation in the gut and, by extension, bring some relief to psoriasis, particularly in cases where it is influenced by diet.

  23. Tim says:

    Haha, love this blog. I’ve had psoriasis for over twenty years. I’ve recently had alot of luck with Argan oil. I put out on my affected areas 3 times a day and in just over a week, my skin is now down to just being pink. And back to normal in a few spots. I fully expect it to be gone in another week or 2. I’ve also started taking a really good multi vitamin. I should have done this years ago. Could’ve saved thousands of $ from all the stuff I’ve tried…

  24. Kelli says:

    What about just regular dips in the ocean??

  25. james says:

    Have the disease since my highschool days, my classmates started saying I have nail cancer. Not a really good joke though. Thanks for sharing this information. I have the condition on my nails and I think on my scalp too. My head is okay cos I got long hair, but I feel kinda embarrassed about my nails. It’s been kinda too long now, I think 4 years. I’m gonna try that vinnegar stuff. Im from the Philippines btw, And on my scalp I tried using this “AGUA OXINADA” plus a herbal ointment for dandruff. It kinda heals it in one day, but the dandruff flaky skin itch is still there if you’re not consistent. The redness goes away. I’m not joking. 🙂

    • redblob says:

      Never heard about this Agua Oxinada stuff, I’ll have to do some research! I used to have a problem with nails on my hands and feet, but thankfully it’s only an issue on m feet now. A bit of P still lingering around the big toes, doesn’t want to let go 🙂 Hope you see improvement with the ACV!

  26. Becky says:

    Thanks for cheering me up in a way that I didn’t expect, I’ve never laughed about my flakes before!! I’ve read so many online posts about psoriasis and none have the sense of humour I found here. About to crack out the ACV for my scalp. I didn’t realise it would help, and now I’m well excited. I’ve been eating lots of turmeric but didn’t know about the pepper, so thank you! Thanks for coming across as so encouraging and positive!

    A fellow flaker x

    • redblob says:

      Thanks for the kind words Becky! Ah, you must know about the great staining effects of turmeric then. I swear people at work thought I had jaundice at one point when I was covered in the stuff for weeks. Finally, after months, my “banana man” title has been replaced by colleagues calling me “anteater” following an unfortunate incident involving a sandwich, ants, and not paying enough attention at lunch. Prats 🙂 Hope your P responds well to the ACV and turmeric/black pepper combo!

  27. eadin mitcell says:

    You’re gonna help me my sister. We’re on the road to recovery now… thank you very much.

  28. Man, thank you so much for putting all this info up! You are a very kind and selfless person for helping so many!

  29. Gina says:

    Thanks for the blog. Have had scalp p since 2008. One thing I don’t see mentioned is coconut oil. If I use it overnite on the p consistently it helps a ton. You can also take it orally. Best price is at Costco. Nutiva giant jar 23.99. Also drink your water, a gallon a day really helps too. I haven’t tried the sea salts will do that. I make my own goat milk soap – you are right don’t use the nasty detergent bars. There are labeling laws and it can’t say soap unless it is. Good luck! Gina

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