Psoriasis is an inherited skin condition characterized by raised, scaly, red-pink areas with red borders. These scaly areas of the skin are known as psoriasis plaques, and they are not contagious. You’re most likely to see these plaques on the scalp, groin, lower back, elbows and knees, although they can occur anywhere on the body. You may notice that they “come and go,” perhaps triggered by stress. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, more than six million people in the United States suffer from some form of psoriasis. Taking regular salt water baths, at least once a day, may help reduce psoriasis symptoms.
Fill the bathtub with lukewarm water. You may use cool water instead if you prefer, but you should avoid hot water because it might increase your psoriasis symptoms.
Use a plastic measuring cup or a plastic scoop to measure out two cups of Epsom salts into the bath water. If you pour the salts in beneath the inflow of water from the tap, they will dissolve faster, and you can sweep your hands or feet through the water to help circulate the dissolved salt evenly. You might also scatter the salts throughout the water right away.
Sit or lay in the bathtub and let it fill until the water covers the parts of your body affected with psoriasis.
Soak for at least 15 minutes. You may want to use an egg timer or an alarm to regulate your time in the bath or simply bring a good book in with you.
Blot your skin with a towel once you get out of the bath. Then apply a moisturizing oil or other heavy, thick moisturizer to your still-moist skin.
- You can add moisturizing bath oil, oatmeal or Dead Sea Salts to the water in addition to or instead of the Epsom salts if you so desire.
- Avoid harsh, drying soaps in your personal care routine. Rather, try to use mild soap with extra oils and fats added to help keep your skin from drying out and possibly worsening your psoriasis symptoms.