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Every Nonprescription Remedy I’ve Tried To Treat Psoriasis That Actually Worked

Posted on March 01, 2022
Article written by
Katya Meltaus

Although I’ve only had psoriasis for a couple of years now, I have tried a lot of things to help with my symptoms. Some of them were well-researched and evidence-based, while others were late-night panic purchases I made in a desperate itching frenzy. I will share what’s actually worked for me here.

Some of what I’ve tried, such as supplements, are intended to address the symptoms of psoriasis by strengthening the immune system, providing anti-inflammatory effects, developing immunity via supporting the gastrointestinal system, aiding detoxification, and addressing nutrient deficiencies. Others I view more as assisting once the psoriasis is already there and involve soothing the skin and limiting itchiness.

Remedies That Work for Me

Through a lot of experimentation, I’ve found what works best for me right now.

Topical Products

After applying topical steroids, I slather myself in a thick layer of Aquaphor. Not only does it seal in the steroids so they can do their magic, but it also keeps my skin well-lubricated and softens scales. When my skin is hydrated, it is the least itchy.

TheraNeem Scalp Therap Shampoo and Conditioner alleviate scalp itchiness and dryness. Salicylic acid bodywash helps loosen scales and, in turn, decreases itchiness.

Over-the-Counter Medicine

On really itchy nights, Benadryl is the only thing that allows me to get some rest. Doctors can also prescribe a stronger version, but this did the trick for me.

Lifestyle

Regular therapy and acupuncture help with my stress; stress worsens psoriasis or at least your attitude toward it.

Prioritizing exercise and sleep is crucial for my well-being. Both are essential for immune health and functioning.

Supplements I’m Trying

Below are some supplements that I currently use that might be helping but the jury is still out.

  • Probiotics may be helping to balance bacteria levels and reduce inflammation in the gut.
  • Vitamin D supplements are intended to strengthen the immune system. Vitamin D deficiencies have been linked to psoriasis.
  • Fish oil supplements are intended to decrease inflammation in the body while improving the immune system.
  • Multivitamins cover my nutritional bases to avoid deficiencies.
  • Evening primrose oil supplement helps with hair regrowth since I’ve lost a lot due to scalp psoriasis. It may help reduce redness, itching and irritation related to psoriasis.
  • Glycine powder, taken in my morning green tea, is supposed to support liver detoxification.

Read more about supplements for psoriasis.

Next Steps for My Treatment

I am due for more blood work early this year, at which point I will see if any of my supplements are making a difference in my nutrient levels. However, I feel that I will never know the impact any of these remedies is having, given that my symptoms are now masked by my biologic. In the summer, I plan to taper off my biologic and will then be able to see what my psoriasis is doing now on its own, given these nonprescription remedies.

MyPsoriasisTeam columnists discuss psoriasis from a specific point of view. Columnists’ articles don’t reflect the opinions of MyPsoriasisTeam staff, medical experts, partners, advertisers, or sponsors. MyPsoriasisTeam content isn't intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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Katya Meltaus is an early childhood educator living in the Bay Area. She has been managing severe psoriasis for the past two years. Learn more about her here.

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