I have psoriasis on my scalp and inside my ears. I have gone through several prescriptions from family doc. and dermatologist. Nothing works anymore. I really don’t want to continue to use topical steroids for this condition. Could you suggest anything? Internal, topically, home remedies??
Anything would be helpful.
Thanks so much for your question! I understand that you have tried many things and they do not seem to be working to calm symptoms for you. My suggestions tend to involve a more holistic route. Western Medical Doctors tend to push Western Medications. I believe that these can do harm as well as good and should be used sparingly only when absolutely needed. These medications only deal with symptoms and do not get to the root of the problem, which is why the symptoms come back. Almost always, the root of the problem leads to diet and stress – i.e – what you put into your body and how your body processes it. I am not certified in nutrition, so I cannot diagnose and treat psoriasis…but I can make suggestions that have worked for my clients, friends and family…and here they are:
Look into food allergies, like night shade plants (tomatoes, bell peppers, etc) dairy, wheat and shellfish
Stop all sugar!! Refined, brown, turbinado, artificial sweeteners, etc. Sugar leads to poor health and inflammation. It is hidden in a ton of packaged foods like sauces, breads, dressings, crackers, dairy, etc. This is difficult to cut out but you will feel the benefits after a couple weeks of quitting cold turkey. (Small amounts of organic honey and agave are ok still.)
Try a raw food diet for a month: I have several clients who have been cured from dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis with dietary changes. These clients all eliminated processed foods, and in two cases, went about 90% raw. Here are some resources for raw food diets:
Pure Mamas: Raw Food and Drink
Raw Food Helps with Skin Problems
Visit an Acupuncturist who also practices Traditional or Non-Traditional Chinese Medicine. Psoriasis has direct and indirect links to internal imbalance in the body, which then affects your immune system. TCM has been shown to help when combined with Acupuncture and dietary changes.
Put more good fat into your diet: Omega 3s, 6s and 9s are very very important and usually missing from the Traditional Western American Diet. Look into supplements and add them into your diet. I like Carlson’s and Udo’s brands. You can also cook with and eat these oils: olive, coconut, flax seed, grape seed, etc.
Topically, Vitamin C (like Sanitas Topical C,) shea nut oil and squalane are very helpful to keep skin hydrated. Be sure to also eliminate harsh detergents, soaps, perfumes, dyes, and any other synthetic chemicals from your face products, laundry detergents, and hair products.
Balance your lifestyle to eliminate extra stress. Stress can make symptoms worse. Yoga is a wonderful tool for balancing stress – and it’s a great workout! Cut down on caffeine – and do not drink coffee (decaf or regular) as it can mess with healthy digestion and raise the stress hormone called cortisol. This is especially important around mealtimes and later in the day. So, if you have to have a cup of joe, make it at least an hour after you eat breakfast and 30 minutes before eating anything else.
Try LED Light Therapy. Red and Infrared Lights help trigger the healing processes in the skin and encourage healthy cell renewal while calming inflammation. I’ve seen this work for dermatitis in many cases and its definitely worth looking into.
Here is a post on Eczema, but it has some suggestions that may be helpful for you.
I hope this helps! Good luck to you, and let me know if you have any other questions!