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Natural Ways to Help Control Psoriasis, Eczema and Other Autoimmune Skin Disorders

Psoriasis, Eczema and Lichen Planus are autoimmune disorders that negatively and severely effect the health of the skin. Cases vary amongst sufferers. Symptoms may include severely itchy skin, cracks, flaking skin, lesions, blotchy, raised skin and sometimes weeping skin. For those suffering from Lichen Planus, the skin becomes raised with a purplish color. In cases of eczema and psoriasis, the irritated, itchy skin generally appears red.

Poor nutrition, smoking, alcoholic beverages and commercial personal care products loaded with chemicals can compound the problem for those suffering from these disorders. The reaction of society and loved ones can cause stigma, embarrassment and stress. Stress, emotional trauma and loss of sleep are a catch-22 as these all can make the condition worse.

An autoimmune disorder is one in which the body's immune system cannot differentiate between harmful cells and healthy cells. Essentially, the immune system attacks and damages healthy and harmful cells alike, and the body responds by producing new cells at an alarmingly rapid rate. For autoimmune related skin disorders, topical steroid creams including cortisone are often used as a treatment. Steroid creams, however, are reported to have numerous side effects including memory loss and mood swings. Over time steroid cream may also interfere with the ability for the immune system to defend the body.

Natural products can help in managing the symptoms of these disorders. Trial and error is required, however, as successful treatment can vary between individuals. What works for one individual may not work for another.

If you suffer from Psoriasis, Eczema or Lichen Planus, begin your natural approach by focusing upon your nutritional needs. Our skin is our largest organ, and it can be a mirror of how well we eat. Learn about good nutrition and ensure that you are eating ample amounts of fresh produce, quality protein and healthy fats. We do need certain types of fats in our diets, especially those rich in Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids. Increasing one's regular intake of Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) has been reported to dramatically improve the wellbeing of those that suffer from Psoriasis, Eczema, Lichen Planus and other skin disorders. Do not expect to see immediate improvement in your situation, but consistent intake of quality Omega-3 essential fatty acids in the form of salmon or a good fish oil/capsule supplement, will not only help your overall health, but there is a promising chance that it will benefit your skin disorder as well. Learn all that you can about nutrition and focus upon eating as well as you can.

Topically, natural products have a wonderful reputation for helping those suffering with psoriasis and eczema. Look for natural products that are formulated specifically for your disorder. The below list shows some of the ingredients that are best known to help with these disorders.


  • Dead Sea Salt
  • Bolivian Pink Salt

Lipids (Vegetable Based Oils and Butters) Rich in Essential Fatty Acids:

  • Traditional and Nilotica Shea Butter
  • Acai Berry
  • Almond
  • Argan
  • Black Raspberry Seed Oil
  • Blackberry Seed
  • Blueberry Seed
  • Camelina
  • Camellia Seed
  • Cranberry Seed
  • Evening Primrose
  • Flax Seed
  • Grape Seed
  • Hazelnut
  • Hemp Seed
  • Kukui Nut
  • Maracuja (Passion Flower)
  • Papaya
  • Sesame
  • Strawberry Seed
  • Sunflower
  • Watermelon Seed

Essential Oils:

  • Carrot Seed
  • Helichrysum
  • English Chamomile
  • German Chamomile
  • Lemon Balm (Melissa)
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Myrrh
  • Patchouli


  • Carrot Seed
  • Helichrysum
  • German Chamomile
  • Roman Chamomile

Other Natural Ingredients:

  • Colloidal Oatmeal
  • Cosmetic Grade Clays
  • Sea Kelp
  • Neem Powder
  • Vitamin E Oil


Avoid synthetic ingredients and substances as much as you can. Avoid Fragrance Oils and products scented with synthetic fragrances. Look to natural laundry cleaning products and other natural household products. Try to avoid room fragrancing products that are not natural.

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