There is no medical cure for psoriasis. Most people with psoriasis will be prescribed hydrocortisone cream or a similar topical steroid. It might work like a charm, but even if the psoriasis disappears, but these creams are only a temporary fix. Once the steroids are stopped, the psoriasis comes back. Sometimes worse! Additionally, you can’t use steroids long-term as they thin the skin (skin atrophy), and have many harmful side-effects such as diabetes, hypertension, and growth impairment (in children). If you have psoriasis around the eyes or eyelids, frequent and prolonged use of a topical corticosteroid can cause glaucoma and even cataracts.
Prof Huck-Hui Ng, Executive Director of the A*STAR’s Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS), led an international team of researchers to conduct the world’s first large-scale, trans-ethnic, genome-wide analysis of DNA samples for a study on psoriasis. He states, “there are different types of treatments for psoriasis, with each addressing a different root cause of the disease. The only way for a patient to know which treatment best works for his or her condition is to try each over time.”
So, while there is no medical cure, treatment involves a combination of good nutrition and the right skincare. Together, these can make a huge difference.
For diet, Turmeric has been shown to have excellent results in several clinical trials and studies. The key compound in Turmeric that makes a difference is Curcumin, which makes up 3% of Turmeric. The simple solution is a Turmeric supplement.
The right skincare will minimize the chances and severity of psoriasis flare ups. The most important step here is to stop using a harsh commercial cleanser, and you should learn to differentiate good soap ingredients from bad ones when it comes to ingredient labels.
For example, Cetaphil markets itself as soap-free, as if that is a good thing. In fact, it’s the complete opposite. A body wash or cleanser that is not soap is a detergent. Just look at the ingredients on the back of a Cetaphil bottle, it contains just water with a bunch of chemicals (three of which are endocrine-disrupting parabens, and two of these are banned in the European Union and Denmark for links to serious health problems!).