There may not be a magical cure for psoriasis, but there are plenty of at-home methods people use to manage their symptoms. Natural remedies may not prevent a flare-up or treat severe psoriasis, but many are worth trying and can really work to soothe itchy skin and reduce redness and swelling.
“Most of these can be excellent companion treatments to other therapies,” says board-certified dermatologist Rhonda Q. Klein, M.D., F.A.A.D. “But always check with your dermatologist before combining natural and Rx therapies.” She recommends doing a patch test on your arm when first trying a new topical product—including natural ones—before applying it to large areas of your body, in case you experience a bad reaction.
Aloe vera, a succulent plant with gel-filled leaves, has played a role in alternative medicine for thousands of years. People of many cultures use aloe gel to treat skin conditions, including psoriasis.