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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Psoriasis Control

My husband has psoriasis on his hands, legs, elbows and buttocks. From what I understand he has had it for much of his adult life. The creams he has been prescribed were of minimum effectiveness resulting in - at best - a slight recovering of the scaling skin but did not remove the redness.

I did some research on natural remedies and skin moisturizing and found glycerine to be a major factor for both. It is an organic compound used for:

Topical pure or nearly pure glycerol is an effective treatment for psoriasis, burns, bites, cuts, rashes, bedsores, and calluses. It can be used orally to eliminate halitosis, as it is a contact bacterial desiccant. The same property makes it very helpful with periodontal disease; it penetrates biofilm quickly and eliminates bacterial colonies. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glycerol)

 Doing further research, I discovered common kitchen vegetable oil to be a component for homemade creams and lip balms.

With this knowledge in hand, I prepared a (coffee) scrub and lotion for John to use. The scrub is a simple combination of 3/4 vegetable oil, coffee grounds and 1/4 glycerine. The lotion is made up of 3/4 vegetable oil and 1/4 glycerine.

It's too bad I don't have before and after pictures. It is incredible what the combination of liquids have done for John's psoriasis. After approximately three months, the patches of psoriasis are no longer scaly, and the red patches on his hands have faded to nearly normal skin color. Further, he no longer uses the prescribed cream on his hands. He uses only the homemade lotion.

While the glycerine is rather expensive if purchased from the hobby store, it does last quite a long time. I highly recommend adding glycerine to the lotions you have on hand or making homemade lotion with vegetable oil and glycerine if you have psoriasis or cracked, dry skin. You will see a remarkable difference in a few weeks.

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