I can tell you from experience that every skin condition is alike, but also uniquely annoying in its own special way.
Luckily, we've all developed our own go-to cures, and many of them rely on natural ingredients that are already in our kitchens.
Remember: if your symptoms are severe, consult a doctor before trying these.
Here are 13 ingredients that give relief from a variety of chronic skin conditions:
This plant has been used in Indian medicine since ancient times, but recently more and more people are learning about its power to soothe inflammation - the root cause for a number of skin conditions.
An antioxidant called curcumin is the key to the plant's power. There are all sorts of ways to add turmeric to your diet, including tasty recipes.
2. Flax Seeds
The omega-3 fatty acids in these super seeds may reduce the amount of arachidonic acid in your body, which causes inflammation.
Like turmeric, flax can be taken as a supplement or in your meals. It can be ground up and added to smoothies and dishes, or mixed into salad dressing.
3. Baking Soda
It turns out there are dozens of clever uses for this pantry staple. For relief from itchy skin, mix a 1/2 part soda with 1 part water to make a paste, and spread it on the affected area.
4. Mineral and Essential Oils
There are a number of essential oils that provide relief for irritated and scaly skin, with different strengths depending on your symptoms:
- Adding a cup of mineral oil to a bath will help moisturize chronic dry skin.
- Lavender oil has been known to soothe irritated skin, especially with eczema. Just add a teaspoon to your bath.
- Tea tree oil can be rubbed directly onto the skin multiple times per week. It's known to soften the scaly patches caused by psoriasis.
5. Olive Oil
This is one of the most versatile ingredients for treating dry skin. Like essential oils, a few teaspoons in a bath will soften your skin and provide relief from itching.
Adding a glass of milk in the bath will ease irritation even more.
But olive oil can also be rubbed directly onto scaly skin to soften it, will make dried psoriasis patches peel, and can even be added to meals to help control your symptoms.