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Psoriasis is a difficult autoimmune disease to manage and live with, as there is currently no cure. People diagnosed with psoriasis not only experience internal and external pain, but also have to deal with self-consciousness due to skin lesions. If you are one of the over 7 million people in the U.S. affected by psoriasis and want to learn more about how manuka honey can help, along with other management tips, continue reading.
What is Psoriasis?
Like many autoimmune diseases, little is known about the exact cause of psoriasis. However, our understanding of the immune response helps us understand why it manifests the way it does. In psoriasis, T cells, which usually protect the body against foreign substances, become overactive. This causes them to attack not only disease-causing substances, but also healthy skin cells. Normally, the process of skin cell death and regrowth would take about a month. However, for someone with psoriasis, this process takes only a few days, resulting in painful, red, itchy, scaly patches on the skin. This cycle does not tend to stop without treatment and can vary in severity based on factors such as stress, weather changes, cuts or scrapes, seasonal allergies, and dry climates.
Manuka Honey for Psoriasis
While there are not many studies specifically focused on manuka honey for psoriasis, it is believed to have great promise in treating psoriasis lesions. Manuka honey contains a unique component called MGO, which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. There are also countless anecdotal reports on the effectiveness of manuka honey in reducing the severity of psoriasis outbreaks and managing skin lesions. Using manuka honey alongside other treatments or on its own has no known side effects, making it worth a try for managing psoriasis symptoms.
Tips for Incorporating Manuka Products into your Routine
Here are some great and easy ways to incorporate manuka products into your daily routine for psoriasis management:
- Add manuka oil and/or honey to your moisturizer, body wash, face wash, shampoo, and conditioner.
- Dilute 100% manuka oil with your favorite carrier oil to apply directly to your skin. Alternatively, you can use a pre-diluted 10% manuka oil.
- Apply manuka honey directly to the affected area and cover before bed.
- Add manuka honey and/or oil along with Epsom salts to your bath for exfoliation and moisture retention. You can also add ground-up oats for added benefits.
- Try honey tapping, a gentle exfoliating technique using only honey and your hands or a spoon.
- Take at least one tablespoon of manuka honey per day to fight internal inflammation.
Remember to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new treatment or making changes to your existing treatment plan.
For more information on psoriasis and its management, check out these reputable external resources:
- National Psoriasis Foundation
- Mayo Clinic: Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
- National Center for Biotechnology Information: Manuka Honey as a Potential Treatment for Psoriasis
- National Center for Biotechnology Information: Psoriasis: Epidemiology, Clinical Features, Co- morbidities, and Clinical Dermatology
Incorporating manuka honey into your psoriasis management routine may provide relief and improve your overall well-being. Don’t forget to take advantage of a special discount code, SKINHELP, for 15% off any PRI Manuka Honey or Oil. Embrace the potential benefits of manuka honey and start your journey towards better skin health today!