Psoriasis is a rather unpleasant and annoying skin condition. It is itchy, painful and irritating, and it also may leave scars if it is not treated. A revolution in psoriasis treatment came with vitamin D3. Scientists are still confirming its efficiency, but for now it seems to be giving positive results.
How it works
UBV light therapy is the most common treatment of psoriasis. Vitamin D is produced when the skin is exposed to UV rays, which means that sunbathing helps produce it. However, exposure to the sunrays may lead to skin damage, burning and cancer. In the therapy, this exposure is strictly controlled, so there are no such risks.
As vitamin D is proven to be beneficial for the skin and its regeneration, there are other ways to help your body produce it and heal psoriasis. You can boost your therapy by taking vitamin D supplements, using topical creams and adapting your diet.
There are plenty of oral supplements available as over-the-counter products. Since vitamin D is fat-soluble in, most of the supplements are oil-based. Since there are very few foods containing this vitamin, it may be a good idea to take it as a supplement, especially if you do not undergo UBV therapy. Make sure to take it as prescribed, and consult your doctor if you are taking other psoriasis treatments.
Topical creams with vitamin D are a relatively new, but quite efficient method for fighting psoriasis. They are only available with prescription. If your doctor considers it is a therapy for you, you will get a prescription and you can use the cream.
You should apply a thin layer of the cream one to three times a day, depending on the doctor’s recommendation. The side-effects are rare and mild, but in some cases there can be some itching or burning. These creams make your skin more sensitive to the sunrays, so do not expose your skin to the sun after applying the cream.
Food rich in vitamin D
Unfortunately, few foods contain vitamin D in its natural form. Still, there are ways to enrich your nutrition with natural vitamin D. Fatty fish like tuna and salmon are among the best sources of natural vitamin D. Cheese, egg yolks and beef liver also have it in smaller amounts. Include these ingredients in your diet, and you will have the additional boost of vitamin D in your body.