Does epsom salt baths help psoriasis
Epsom salt is chemically magnesium sulphate that is not a salt in actual rather a pure mineral compound. Epsom salt is well known since ages for its health benefits, cosmetic uses and sometimes it is also used for gardening. Sulphate and magnesium has ability to readily absorb through skin making it very effective for different skin conditions such as psoriasis.
Psoriasis and Epsom salt are always connected because there are multiple evidences that show the improvement in patients with whole body psoriasis with Epsom salt bathing. Epsom salt is used for bathing purpose most of the time.
How Epsom salt Bath is Effective?
Epsom salt is a compound of magnesium and sulfate and both of these minerals have variety of health benefits such as:
- Magnesium is helpful in reducing the inflammation at the site of psoriasis and enhances the functionality of corresponding nerves.
- It exfoliates the scales and flakes of psoriasis skin.
- It reduces itching and soreness.
- Epsom salt reduces the skin irritation by decreasing skin stress.
- Epsom salt is great cleanser of skin and it also prevents the recurrence of psoriasis.
- Epsom salt can also moisturize and hydrate the skin and prevent its spread.
Epsom salt is effective for all type of psoriasis including scalp psoriasis. Epsom salt is used with other ingredients to treat psoriasis and its affects are always magical.
Epsom Salt Soaking Bath:
Although there is no complete treatment or cure for psoriasis but you can use different remedies that suits you to control its symptoms. Epsom salt soaking bath is another way to treat psoriasis and it has strong evidences for its effectiveness.
Simply you have to add two cups on average of Epsom salt and add in Luke warm water or cold water and soak yourself for 15-20 minutes. Human skin is the largest organ and it contains small pores that is why it works like a membrane. When your skin is exposed to Epsom salt bath, it is subjected to reverse osmosis, where magnesium and sulfate is absorbed in the skin and toxins are expelled out through skin surface. In this way your body will replenish magnesium and sulfate and get rid of toxins that play a critical role in worsening the psoriasis of skin.
Epsom salt bath reduces aches, swelling and inflammation. Epsom salt bath moisturizes the skin, loosening of flakes and scale and reduces dryness. After soaking bath most of the psoriasis related dead and dry skin is removed and skin become cleared. Therefore itching and redness is also reduced with more soothing effect.
You can add moisturizing oil to the Epsom salt bath for better result or you can apply moisturized on your skin after bathing. Regular use of Epsom salt bath is necessary to get better effects because a single Epsom salt bath could not treat the psoriasis forever. Therefore you have to continue it until you get rid of maximum of its symptoms. But if you feel your skin is not responding well against it then stop its use and your doctor immediately.