After observing flaky red spots on her knees four years ago, Kim admitted on her reality TV show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, that she indeed suffers from the skin disease.

Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition, characterized by skin inflammation and red lesions covered with silvery white scales that appears on knees, elbows, the scalp and lower back. It has a genetic predisposition and, for Kim, must have come from her mother. But the star has not let it interfere with her career. “People don’t understand the pressure on me to look perfect. When I gain a pound, it’s in the headlines. Imagine what the tabloids would do to me if they saw all these spots,” she said.

While psoriasis isn’t completely curable, it is definitely controllable. The power to treat yourself lies in your own hands. Prescription steroidal creams and lotions do work in alleviating psoriasis symptoms, and if you’re not quite willing to take pills, here are some things that can soothe the rashes and reduce the frequency of flare-ups.

1. Medicine Cabinet
Dietary supplements such as fish oil and vitamin D are found to reduce inflammation in psoriasis. (Related Article: Have A Healthy Heart With These 3 Supplements)

2. Personal Skincare Products
Sure, your ever-fragrant soap and long-lasting perfume can keep you fresh and make you smell great, but they might also be a trigger for psoriasis. Most soaps and perfumes contain dyes and artificial fragrances that can inflame psoriasis rashes. Choose products that are labelled perfume-free and meant for sensitive skin. (Related Article: How To Detox Your Skin Naturally)

3. Pantry
Certain functional foods such as oats, cranberries, nuts and fresh fruits and vegetables can improve psoriasis treatment.

4. Natural Remedies
Research has shown that certain natural remedies can help fend off the inflammation associated with psoriasis and also reduce itchiness. Soothing aloe vera gel, when applied topically, is known to show benefits. Similarly, apple apple cider vinegar can help relieve scalp itch resulting from psoriasis. Tea tree oil is another antiseptic remedy that can help get rid of any irritation or itch.

5. Soak Up In A Good Bath
A lukewarm bath with some Dead Sea or Epsom salts may work wonders to remove scales and reduce itching. A soothing oatmeal bath works just well. Make sure to lather on a good moisturizer for added benefits. (Related Article: Soak & Snooze: 5 Detox Bath Ideas)

Be wary of smoking and alcohol as these are known psoriasis triggers. A healthy, gluten-free diet can also prevent a psoriasis outbreak.

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