Psoriasis is a skin condition that leaves the skin looking “scaly” and feeling itchy to the point of burning, and painfully tight.
Psoriasis happens when the typical life cycle of skin cells is essentially put on fast forward, which causes too many of the cells to build up on the surface of the skin. There is not a cure for psoriasis, but health decisions and topical or oral treatments can all help manage the symptoms both visually and tactilely.
Discover how manuka honey for psoriasis can be used as a soothing healing agent on itchy, irritated skin.
How Is Honey Used For Healing?
Honey has been used by humans as a healing agent for thousands of years. Honey’s high density, natural sugars, level of acidity, and inherent antibacterial properties all make it the perfect natural treatment for skin conditions.
Honey can even help treat antibiotic-resistant skin issues, because it is very different in molecular construction from over the counter or prescription treatments.
The only problem with honey is that dilution makes it much less effective, which means that using any garden-variety honey will not be nearly as effective if combined with other ingredients as it is raw, and who wants to cover themselves in raw honey?
The question then becomes, how do we harness the amazing natural healing of honey on psoriasis without becoming a sticky mess?
The answer lies in manuka honey, and more specifically, manuka honey for psoriasis skin creams.
What Makes Manuka Honey So Special?
The difference between manuka honey and other more common types of honey (such as clover, orange blossom, wildflower) appears at the chemical level.
Most honey produced helps with healing because of natural levels of hydrogen peroxide that occur within them. Manuka honey, on the other hand, has a unique enzyme called “methylglyoxal”, a small and water-soluble molecule that is incredibly strong.
Manuka honey is especially helpful when dealing with non-healing or chronic skin issues – such as psoriasis.
Manuka Honey for Psoriasis
Manuka honey is specifically known for its ability to relieve skin discomfort and improve the appearance of skin problems from staph infections to scars – and it does the same for psoriasis.
Manuka honey works twofold to treat chronic conditions such as psoriasis when it is applied topically.
The first use helps to soothe the irritated skin and eliminates the “itches so bad it burns” component of psoriasis flare ups. With repeated and consistent application, the antibacterial component can help prevent the buildup of skin cells that characterizes psoriasis.
Manuka honey and manuka honey oil are specifically helpful when combined with certain products that prevent chemical elements in the honey from being neutralized. Some patients do report that taking a spoonful of Manuka orally or putting raw manuka honey on their problem areas helps, but that can get expensive and messy.
Manuka honey can be especially expensive in the United States or Europe, because it is almost exclusively produced in Australia and New Zealand. This means that shipping, taxes, and tariffs all factor into the total cost of an already pricey product. To avoid the mess and expense, it is best to search for products that contain manuka honey, instead of just ordering it raw.
The Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream is composed only of natural products, such as organic olive oils and grape seed oil, and Manuka honey components such as the beeswax and honey itself.
It is recommended that users apply the cream to slightly damp skin, but it can also be applied to skin that is dry. The damp skin application method is not only more effective, it also extends the life of your product!
Many people enjoy that the cream is smooth and silky, but not oily. The organic, natural ingredients also mean that the cream is gentle, even on the most sensitive skin, such as lips, eyelids. and the area below the eyes.
The cream’s effectiveness can be increased with either wet or dry wrapping, to ensure that the cream does not rub off of the skin and prevent habitual scratching or itching. With either wet or dry wrapping, you'll also want to make sure you choose the best type of clothing for psoriasis as well.
Give manuka honey for psoriasis a try, it just might be the psoriasis relief that you’ve been waiting for!
Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for The Eczema Company. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes.