Goat Milk Soap for Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a discomforting condition that causes the skin to grow rapidly, become hardened and scaly, create red patches, and feel extremely itchy. If you’re affected by this common skin problem, you know there is no immediate remedy. Today, let’s take a look at how goat milk soap can be beneficial to those with psoriasis.
If you or someone you know is afflicted by psoriasis, skip to the end to learn how goat milk soap can help.
Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes people to develop thick patches of inflamed skin covered with silvery scales. This is an autoimmune disease which means the immune system becomes overactive and mistakenly attacks the body's healthy cells.
- Itching, burning, or soreness
- Dry, cracked skin (sometimes bleeding)
- Small scaling spots (common in children)
- Swollen and stiff joints
- Red patches with thick, silvery scales
- Plaque Psoriasis (Most Common) - Causes dry, raised red skin called plaques anywhere on the body. Often seen as silvery scales, this region of the skin can feel extremely itchy and painful.
- Nail Psoriasis - affects fingernails and toenails which result in pitted, abnormal nail growth and discoloration. Onycholysis, which is the loosening and separation of the nail from the body can occur to some people.
- Guttate Psoriasis - affects mostly children and young adults due to a bacterial infection, such as strep throat. It causes small, water-drop-shaped, scaling to occur on the arms, legs, torso, and scalp. Occasionally, this results in a single outbreak that clears up on its own.
- Inverse Psoriasis - typically triggered by a fungal infection that affects the skin around the armpits, groin, breasts, and genitals. It causes patches of red, inflamed skin that can feel extremely irritable, painful and itchy due to friction and sweating.
- Pustular Psoriasis - an uncommon type of psoriasis that can spread in patches in the hands, feet, and fingertips. It develops fast and creates pus-filled blisters with additional symptoms such as fever, chills, severe itching, and diarrhea.
- Erythrodermic Psoriasis (Least Common) - can cover the entire body with a red, peeling rash that itches and burns.
- Psoriatic Arthritis - causes inflamed, scaly skin as well as swollen, painful joints. This can lead to stiffness and progressive joint damage with serious cases leading to permanent deformities.
Its believe that some people inherit genes from parents who have psoriasis, making them more likely to develop the disease. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, having a family member with psoriasis puts you at a higher risk of developing psoriasis in your life. This genetic disposition to psoriasis is only present in a small number of people, and the cause to only 2 to 3 percent of people who develop it.
As mentioned, psoriasis is an autoimmune disease. This means the body’s natural defenses is mistaking its own cells for “bad” cells and sends white blood cells to attack the skin cells.
Typically, your body is designed to fight against bacteria, viruses, and other bodily invaders. White blood cells, the protectors of your body, will be sent to neutralize, eliminate, and discard them. However, for people with psoriasis, the attack on skin cells causes the body’s production to go into overdrive. The result is an excess amount of skin being produced that builds up and creates scaly, silvery patches. This is also why areas of the skin become red and inflamed.
- Topical Corticosteroids and Prescriptions (Orally or Injected) - These are frequently prescribed medications to treat mild to moderate symptoms of psoriasis. It helps to reduce inflammation and relieve itchiness.
- Dietary - Changing diet or adding a vitamin supplement, such as Vitamin D, which helps the skin’s natural abilities to remove the skin and reduce the risk of bacterial infection.
- Light Therapy (Phototherapy) - uses natural or ultraviolet light to slow skin growth and reduce symptoms of psoriasis. This treatment is highly recommended to be administered by a physician to avoid worsening conditions or damaging the skin.
- Over the Counter Treatments - depending on the type and severity of psoriasis, there are some over the counter treatments available. Moisturizers, creams, and soap. These may not heal the skin, but they can significantly reduce any symptoms experienced.
Some people with psoriasis have used goat milk soap to help make their skin feel better. The benefits of goat milk soap, such as fatty acids which are naturally formed in goat’s milk, are known to reduce symptoms.
- What methods to reduce and minimize the painful symptoms of psoriasis work well?
- Are there products already in use, such as shampoos, body washes, shaving creams, soaps, bath balms, etc., which contain irritants or harsh chemicals?
- Do these chemical products result in the skin becoming more dry and itchy after using?
Finding treatment solutions to manage and reduce the symptoms of psoriasis can be challenging. However, there are many ways that goat milk soap can be added to your daily hygiene routine while contributing toward clearing the patchy spots from psoriasis. Goat milk soap for psoriasis can:
- Help hydrate dry skin and retain moisture, longer
- Promote the removal of dead, excess skin
- Protect against the harmful effects of the sun
- Reduce itchiness and soreness
Everyone’s skin is different, so we can’t promise that our goat milk soap will offer you the same relief that others have experience with their psoriasis symptoms. Also, this may not serve as a cure for psoriasis; however, goat milk soap contributes to the overall health of your skin by naturally moisturizing, hydrating and protecting. Overall, we hope you find the best products to soothe your skin and enjoy healthy, confident skin every day!
We, the people of Goat JoJo, stand behind all our goat milk soaps and products. While we strongly recommend our goat milk soaps, we do not intend to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any skin conditions, symptoms, or diseases. If you have a medical condition like psoriasis or experience skin conditions such as rashes, scaling, itchy, or soreness, our products have been known to help ease the symptoms that these skin conditions cause. While it may be possible that our products may reduce or even eliminate irritable skin conditions the results will vary by individual. Nonetheless, we encourage you to give our soaps a try and discover the benefits for yourself.