Psoriasis-prone skin can be uncomfortable, unsightly and difficult to manage, but we know that diet may have an important part to play in the management of this troublesome skin condition. Much of the health of our skin is thought to come from the inside, so as much as health care products and more natural cosmetics can help, diet and lifestyle are an important part of supporting your skin. With some of my top diet tips, flaky, tender skin may be a thing of the past as you can begin to help get that problem skin under control.
Psoriasis-prone skin staples
For psoriasis- prone skin, there are a few basic dietary principles which are essential for helping to supporting your sensitive skin:
- Plenty of H20 – Regardless of your skin type, I can guarantee you’ll see quite surprising results with some simple H20 treatment. Dehydration is so detrimental to skin, yet so many people are in this state without even realising! Water helps to flush out your system, keep your bowel moving, rid your body of any extra toxins, keeps skin properly hydrated, plus it can help keep your appetite at bay.
Body weight may also have links with psoriasis so appetite regulation is also super important. Drink at least 1.5l of water daily, and this doesn’t include any other liquids, including tea or coffee! Many people assume they drink lots of water, when in fact, they are drinking lots of caffeine. Caffeine acts as a diuretic which will only contribute to you losing more water in the long run
- Beta-carotene –Beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A in the body which is an important nutrient often recommended for sensitive, troubled skin. Beta-carotene is found in abundance in yellow, orange and red vegetables so, make these a part of your diet and aim to eat the colours of the rainbow.
- Zinc – Zinc is important for skin healing and the regeneration of new skin cells, so is another important nutrient in the management of psoriasis. To help promote effective healing, include surplus beans and nuts in your daily diet or consider topping up with a low dose supplement
- Omega-3 – Omega-3 is naturally anti-inflammatory which may be useful in cases of angry, persistent psoriasis. We know that inflammation is a key factor in psoriasis which is why losing weight may also be useful – obesity is also an inflammatory condition. Oily fish is a great source of omega-3 so try to include 2-3 portions per week, or for a plant-based alternative, walnuts make a filling snack option.
- Probiotics – It’s so true that beauty comes from within, but more specifically, from a healthy gut! We are gradually learning more and more about our gut flora, and how the balance of bacteria here can have an influence over other areas of the body. Research suggests that probiotics could help support the skin and even help with conditions such as psoriasis or eczema. Try introducing more fermented foods into your diet such as sauerkraut, or why not try a good quality probiotic supplement
Psoriasis-prone skin food musts
Some top food picks for psoriasis-prone skin include some of the following:
Avocado - Avocados are extremely rich in healthy monosaturated fats. These healthy fats are anti-inflammatory, nutrient-rich and help to support the structure and hydration status of your skin.
Green tea – Green tea is especially rich in antioxidants and is thought to help promote the health of the liver. Psoriasis and liver health are thought to have links so improving digestive health with particular focus on this liver can, in many cases, be helpful. Opt for a good quality green tea and why not try substituting this for your regular brew.
Turmeric – Another anti-inflammatory food, turmeric is a fantastic option when it comes to psoriasis. Add it into your diet as it has been used traditionally – with healthy fats such as coconut oil and warming spices such as black pepper,or opt for a supplement to benefit from a higher strength dose
Psoriasis-prone skin don’ts
There are also some foods to avoid if psoriasis is getting you down:
Alcohol – Alcohol is pro-inflammatory and also puts pressure on the liver. It seems that alcohol intake and psoriasis may be linked and research has flagged a positive association – as alcohol intake increases so does the risk of psoriasis, so cutting your consumption could be beneficial
Processed meats – We know that psoriasis is an inflammatory condition so pro-inflammatory foods are ones to be avoided. Unfortunately, processed meats fall into that category. Not only are they pro-inflammatory, but they are high in saturated fat which your liver needs to process – a double whammy. Avoid cured meats, bacon and sausages in order to be kinder to your skin
Sugar – Sugar is not only pro-inflammatory but it also contributes to unhealthy weight gain – controversially perhaps even more so than the intake of fat! Limit sugar and processed foods in general – aim to eat fresh and watch your portion sizes too, as these are all important steps for effective weight management.
Feed your face too...
As much as diet is important, we want you to feed your skin too! Your skin is super absorbent and will soak up any cosmetics or products that you apply to it. So why not try out our Salcura DermaSpray Intensive which can help to relive itching caused by psoriasis and other irritating skin conditions? The delicate balance of ingredients including sea buckthorn oil and manuka honey can help to gently moisturise, nourish and heal damaged skin.