Home treatment methods for psoriasis include frequent showering, skin hydration products, vinegar, plastic wrap and aloe, state HowStuffWorks.com contributors. Additionally, warm olive oil and tar-containing shampoos and creams are equally beneficial. While there is no cure for the skin condition, these home remedies help to lessen psoriasis symptoms and prevent outbreaks.
Soaking the skin or taking a shower hydrates dry skin and helps soften and eliminate thick psoriasis scales, explains HowStuffWorks. Lukewarm water gently removes scales without increasing itchiness. Covering the skin with a heavy moisturizer locks water into the skin to prevent infection - and the cracking and bleeding that often ensues. A vinegar compress can ease the itching caused by psoriasis; a washcloth soaked in a mixture of 1 cup apple cider vinegar and 1 gallon water does the trick, according to HowStuffWorks.com. Soaking fingernails and toenails in the disinfectant is also beneficial.
Covering psoriasis lesions is proven to help them disappear; kitchen plastic wrap and OTC patches further help seal medications and moisturizers placed on the skin. Aloe is highly-regarded for its soothing properties and in helping the skin heal from wounds and burns; 1990s research extended its use to include clearing psoriasis. Tar-containing bath additives help loosen psoriasis scales and are particularly effective against widespread psoriasis. Massaging the scalp with warm olive oil softens dead skin for easy removal; mixing 2 teaspoons to a glass of milk and adding the concoction to bath water may prevent future outbreaks, explains HowStuffWorks.com.