Can shea butter treat psoriasis

shea butter benefits for psoriasis

Does shea butter cure psoriasis

Shea Butter is becoming very popular in cosmetic industries now-a-days because it is full of nutrition and has plant origin. Shea butter is made from plant nuts through extraction of plant seeds. It is very special product because it is obtained through an African plant Karite Tree that is only native to some regions of Africa. It is very famous among African women and sometimes termed as Gold of the women.

Psoriasis is resulted from genetic immunity disorder where skin cells go to over-proliferation leading to redness, itching, scaling, inflammation and dryness. Shea Butter is another herbal remedy that is considered effective and safe as compared to other medical remedies.

Why shea butter is suitable for psoriasis?

Shea butter has humectants nature because it stores a lot of moisture that is its key feature for treatment of moisture. Skin dryness aggravate the psoriasis diseases therefore moisturization provides smoothness and softness to reduce symptoms. Shea butter has following nutrients and ingredients that make it best for psoriasis treatment:

  1. Vitamin A or retinols that are also presents in many creams and ointments used for treatment of psoriasis. Vitamin A is helpful in regeneration of healthy skin cell and replacement of old scales flakes and psoriatic skin cells.
  2. It contains Vitamin E that provides protection to the skin against UV rays damage and decreases the inflammation of the skin.
  3. Shea butter contains noticeable amount of vitamin D that has magical effect during treatment of psoriasis. Vitamin D prevents the flares of the psoriasis and reduces the duration of treatment.
  4. It contains fatty acids or sometimes termed as fatty acids like stearic acids, oleic acids, and linoleic acid that are natural fatty acids which hydrate, moisturize, and soothe the dry skin and prevents the formation of scratchy psoriasis patches.

Due to presence of all skin friendly ingredients it has following properties that suits to treatment of psoriasis:

  1. Shea butter has emollient properties that seal the moisture in the skin by hydrating and lubricating the skin. It forms a protective layer on the skin that prevents water loss and sterilizes the skin. This is helpful in preventing the secondary infections at the site of psoriasis and psoriasis to become complicated.
  2. Shea butter has anti-inflammatory properties that aids in reducing inflammation, redness dryness, itching and pain.
  3. It softens and nourishes the skin by providing extensive moisturization that make skin healthy free of scales and dryness.
  4. Shea Butter has outstanding soothing properties that work by calming the skin from irritation caused by psoriasis rashes.
  5. It has wound healing properties that is why it speeds up the recovery of the psoriatic skin. Shea butter act as healing ointment for psoriasis wounds.

How to apply shea butter on psoriatic skin?

Shea butter is chemically butter therefore it is easily managed for topical use. It can be used by two ways:

  • You can directly apply Shea butter on psoriasis skin. When it is applied on the skin, it melts at body temperature. Light massage is encouraged at the sites and leaves it for few hours.
  • You can also make psoriasis cream at home with Shea butter by mixing it with other ingredients such as coconut oil, tea tree oil, chamomile oil and peppermint oil in different quantities. Now apply it to psoriasis areas it will have soothing and cooling effect and will treat psoriasis more quickly.

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