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 with this article by Wild Naturals!
How Is Honey Used for Healing?
Honey has been used by the world 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.
And this is manuka honey we are talking about, not your average runny honey, and here’s why. 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, and wildflower) appears at the chemical level. Most produced kinds of honey help 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, eczema, and even dry or sensitive skin types!
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, though we’ll get to how to use it on your skin in a less sticky manner shortly.
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, which can be more effective than prescription drugs for psoriasis.
Manuka honey as a potent ingredient for skin care products is 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, not to mention impractical.
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.
This is why we offer Wild Naturals Eczema & Psoriasis Cream and Manuka Honey Cream for people struggling with psoriasis and eczema, as well as other skin types looking for healthy, glowing skin. Many people enjoy that the cream is smooth and silky, but not oily as many psoriasis creams can cause thanks to cheap ingredients like parabens and mineral oil. The organic, natural ingredients also mean that the cream is gentle, even on the most sensitive skin, such as lips and the eyelids.
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 for a longer-lasting relief to your psoriasis. Give manuka honey for psoriasis from Wild Naturals a try, it just might be the psoriasis relief that you’ve been waiting for!