The DIY Psoriasis Treatment: Body Scrubs
Essentially, a body scrub is a skincare product that mainly functions to remove dead skin cells through exfoliation. But it has other benefits to your skin as well.
Hello healthy skin!
Exfoliating soaps help lift the top layer of skin. This can help speed up the psoriasis healing process, allowing the body to replace scaly patches with smooth, healthy skin more quickly. Taking off the dead skin can also help medications and ointments work better. It can also help you feel better about how you look.
It's important to use body scrubs safely to avoid pain, infection, and bleeding. As with anything, a health professional or dermatologist can help a person choose the right product for them.
There's nothing quite like a homemade body scrub. Sure, you can splurge on fancy exfoliants (and there's nothing wrong with that), but there's something satisfying about crafting your own bespoke homemade blend, whether the goal is to help boost circulation, exfoliate away dead skin or just improve the overall look and feel of your skin.
Doing all of this on a budget is just the icing on the cake. Below, are five body scrub recipes I found helpful in treating my psoriasis skin.
Simple sugar scrub
Sugar may be something we all want to avoid in our diets, but when it comes to our skin, you may want to consider using a sugar scrub in your skincare routine. Sugar is an excellent natural exfoliant.
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 2 tablespoons of virgin olive oil (you can also use a nut or seed based oil such as avocado oil, coconut oil, or sunflower oil)
- your favorite essential oil
- a jar with lid
How to make your scrub: Place sugar in a bowl and add your olive oil, mix. Add 4-6 drops of essential oil (you can add more or less depending on how strong you want the scent to be). Using a spoon, fold the ingredients into each other. Don't stir or mix. Scoop into jar and seal lid.
Dead sea salt scrub
Dead Sea salt is said to improve blood circulation, resulting in healthier skin cells and a lower number of skin scales. Not only does coconut oil moisturize dry skin and hair, but it can help with psoriasis, too. That's because it helps to hold in moisture.
- 1 1/2 cups of dead sea salt
- 1 1/2 cups of virgin coconut oil
- essential oil (optional)
- a jar with lid
How to make your scrub: First, heat your coconut oil so that it becomes a liquid. Pop it in the microwave for a few minutes or in a pot on the stove. Fill 3/4 of the jar with the sea salt. Carefully pour the melted coconut oil into the jar of sea salt. Mix well.
Depending on the size of your jar, you can add or subtract the amount of sea salt and coconut oil. You want your scrub to be wet but not mushy and overflowing with oil. You can add a few drops of essential oil but you can definitely forgo it with this recipe.
Refreshing lemon and olive oil scrub
Thanks to its high fatty acid and vitamin E content, olive oil makes a great moisturizer for dehydrated skin partnered with lemon that can get rid of dead skin cells. The theory is that it might also alleviate skin patches attributed to psoriasis and dandruff.
- 3 cups of granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup of olive oil
- juice of one lemon
- zest from two lemons
- a couple drops of essential oil (I love rosemary for this one but you can also omit essential oil if you want)
- a jar with lid
Where on your body does psoriasis bother you the most?