Shea butter for psoriasis

The Best and Worst Beauty Ingredients for Psoriasis

Part of your psoriasis treatment might include everyday health and beauty aids, shampoo, and skin care items you can get at your favorite drugstore. It’s important, though, to check the ingredients labels carefully — and, of course, to know which ingredients will help relieve itch and loosen plaques, and which ones can irritate and even inflame your skin. Even from among all the psoriasis-friendly formulas, it might take some trial and error to find the best products for you. This guide will help.

Salicylic Acid

Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat psoriasis, “sal acid,” as it’s commonly called, is available in a variety of products, including shampoos, ointments, lotions, creams, soaps, and pastes. Salicylic acid helps to soften scales and exfoliate or lift them off your skin. Sal acid can be helpful as long as you use it according to directions. Too much salicylic acid, or salicylic acid left on the skin (or scalp) for too long, can cause irritation or stinging. If your shampoo has salicylic acid, focus it on your scalp rather than your hair, because it can weaken shafts, leading to breakage and hair loss (hair should return to normal once you stop using it).


Most shampoos contain sulfates to create a rich, foamy lather — without the froth, it seems, people don’t think their shampoo is working. However, sulfates can irritate the scalp. If you have a sensitive scalp and psoriasis, look for sulfate-free shampoos. Sulfates may be listed under ingredients as sodium laureth (or lauryl) sulfate or ammonium lauryl sulfate.

Coal Tar

Coal tar is another ingredient approved by the FDA to treat psoriasis, including scalp psoriasis. However, you might want to test coal tar on a small area of your skin to be sure it doesn’t cause irritation or redness. Because coal tar can make your skin more sensitive to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, be sure to apply sunscreen to treated areas if you’re going to be outside for any length of time. “Coal tar can be messy, so some people don’t like to use it,” says Stefan Weiss, MD, of the Weiss Skin Institute in Boca Raton, Fla. Refined coal tars such as liquor carbonis detergens (LCD) have less odor and cause less staining, but they’re also less effective and can be harder to find.

Tea Tree Oil

“At one time, tea tree oil was seen as the panacea for psoriasis,” Dr. Weiss says of the oil that’s extracted from the leaves of a tree native to Australia. “Now, not so much.” Some people report that tea tree oil helps relieve symptoms of their scalp psoriasis, and others find they’re allergic to it.


The trace element zinc is found in many topical psoriasis treatments and some shampoos. A study from the Skin Disease and Cutaneous Leishmaniasis Research Center in Mashhad, Iran, found that a topical emollient containing zinc pyrithione proved to be an effective treatment for localized psoriasis.

Argan Oil

Extracted from the nuts of the argan tree of southwestern Morocco, argan oil is rich in antioxidants and has been popularized as a food, a health treatment, and a beauty ingredient. However, according to a recent review in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, there’s a lack of clinical studies to definitively support its effectiveness.

Shea Butter

Shea butter is full of moisture, which can make it an effective ingredient in skin care products. When you have psoriasis, it’s important to keep your skin moisturized, Weiss says. Skin creams made with shea butter tend to be thicker, he says, and when it comes to moisturizer, the thicker, the better. Heavy moisturizers for psoriasis help lock in the skin’s natural moisture.

Anti-itch Ingredients

Several ingredients have been approved by the FDA for treating itch: calamine, hydrocortisone (a weak steroid), camphor, diphenhydramine hydrochloride (HCl), benzocaine, and menthol. Try them with caution, however, because some of them can increase skin irritation and dryness.

Fragrance or Alcohol

If you have sensitive skin, look for fragrance-free skin care products and shampoos. Scents added to make products smell good or just to neutralize their odor can be irritating (“unscented” might not be fragrance-free). Also, Weiss advises avoiding products that contain alcohol, because it is drying.

Some people are more sensitive to some ingredients than others. If you’re not sure how you’ll react to a product, test it on a small area of skin before using it. And if you’re stumped, ask your health care provider for suggestions that will soothe skin as they ease off plaques.

** Originally posted by edictamg **
Hello All,
I have signed up to this forum explicitly because I wanted to share my recent findings on how shea butter can help with psoriasis.
I have never been officially diagnosed with psoriasis but when I was recently very frustrated (and scared) about the constant itching and scaling of bumps on my elbows, I really started doing my own research online to see what what my condition might be. As far back as I can remember I have always had bumps on my elbows that looked like warts, almost, but I have never thought much of it other than it being a nuissance every so often when it itched. The periods of itching would wax and wane with months in between.
Recently I moved to Africa and I experienced the worst symptoms yet. Both my elbows (especially the right one) had huge red, flaky, itchy bumps that spread mid way the lower part of my arm. It was horrible!! By the time I had time to go to the doctor’s the condition had ameliorated enough that I felt it would be useless to go without the severe symptomps present (I figured if the doctor could not see it bad he wouldn’t be able to see to what extent this was a problem). I don’t know why this logic, but this is what it was.
Since then (about two months ago) not only have I not had ONE episode of itchiness or flakiness, but neither have my elbows looked so good!! I was recently marvelling at how this is the FIRST time I am able to see my elbows with NO bumps what so ever. This has never happened to me. My elbows look beautiful now!
So what is the secret? I really, really, really believe it has to do with my use of 100% shea butter. Where I live pure shea butter is extremely inexpensive and easily accessible. Because, in my experience, shea butter is very expensive in the United States (especially pure, virgin one), I thought “what the heck, might as well take advantage of this resource”. Shea butter is the only thing I use all over my body after I shower, and I carry a small amount of it in a container in my purse as to often smooth some over my hands, elbows, and knees.
I had read about the healing properties of pure shea butter, including it helping as an anti-inflammatory agent for individuals with arthritis and such. Here, shea butter is sworn by to heal and treat a long list of conditions.
I would have loved to be able to post a before and after picture, but since I didn’t know there was going to be an “after”, a before picture is not available. Trust me, the difference is amazing!
All I can say is, give it a try!! Use it daily for a while and see what happens!! If you have psoriasis in the scalp, shea butter will be great in conditioning your hair too! I am in LOVE with shea butter for how it leaves my skin feeling baby-soft and now for helping with my condition.
Best of luck to you all.

Shea butter for psoriasis

Shea butter, also known as karite, is valuable botanical oil. It is extracted from the seeds of the tree of the same name. The area of shea growing covers the Eastern, Central and Western Africa.

Shea butter benefits

Shea butter is one of the most popular cosmetic oils with a wide range of applications for the face and body.
Unrefined Shea butter is an environmentally friendly component, with excellent protective, softening and moisturizing effect which is very effective for psoriasis treatment.

Shea butter is a source of vitamins A and E, necessary for the normal condition of our skin.
Vitamin A promotes regeneration (renewal) of cells, making the skin rejuvenated. Also, vitamin A effectively soothes and nourishes dry, acne, gaunt skin.
Vitamin E slows the aging process and reduces the risk of appearance of cancer cells due to its antioxidant properties, improves microcirculation.

Use of Shea Butter is effectively shown in the following cases:

  • for the treatment of eczema, psoriasis, allergic dermatitis; it greatly contributes to body psoriasis treatment in particular
  • for the treatment of burns, bruises, wounds, with muscle aches and sprains;
  • for pain in the joints has anti-inflammatory and anti-edema effect;
  • protects the skin from the negative external influences – heat (natural UV filter), cold, radiation and the sun;
  • helps to restore the skin after peeling sunburn;
  • softens the rough skin of hands, heals the cracks on the lips, heels;
  • excellently heals diaper rash in infants;
  • helps to improve circulation, during a massage;
  • for the prevention of stretch marks during pregnancy;
  • helps to prevent the appearance of scars;
  • soothes sensitive skin after insect bites, irritations, or after shaving.

Besides, Shea butter can be used as a rejuvenating tonic for flaccid, flabby and sagging skin, and generally for mature face, which already have wrinkles and other signs of aging. This is caused by its regenerative properties, and also affects synthesis of collagen fibers in the skin, which are primarily responsible for its elasticity.

Shea butter helps for a pretty short period to smooth facial wrinkles on the face and considerably improve tone, elasticity and overall freshness of the skin.

Shea butter for skin

As shown by numerous studies, regular use of Shea butter prevents many skin problems, including its diseases.

In particular, Shea butter can also be used as therapeutic and preventive agent for various outer skin diseases (psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema), or for the early healing of burns, cracks, wounds and cuts on the skin.

Shea butter is considered the best moisturizer in the world. Triglycerides contribute moisturizing and protecting of the skin from adverse external influences. Fatty acids are needed for humidification and preservation of skin elasticity, have regenerative properties and stimulate collagen synthesis in the skin. It is suitable for care of all skin types (even for overly sensitive).

Update on argan oil

• Used traditionally in Northwest Africa for its cosmetic, bactericidal, and fungicidal activity.

• Rich in vitamin E, oleic acid, and linoleic acid, which are believed to contribute to the perceived cutaneous benefits of this vegetable oil.

• Reputed to impart antiacne, antisebum, antiaging, moisturizing, and wound-healing activity, but clinical evidence is sparse.

• In a small study, the nightly topical application of argan oil resulted in a moisturizing effect, and in statistically significant decreases in transepidermal water loss and increases in the water content of the epidermis.

For more than 800 years, native Moroccans and explorers in the region have cited the health benefits of the topical use or consumption of argan oil.1 The oil, derived from the fruit of Argania spinosa, is a slow-growing tree native to the arid climate of Southwestern Morocco2-4 as well as the Algerian province of Tindouf in the Western Mediterranean area.5 For many years, it was primarily the populations of the Essaouira and Souss-Massa-Draa regions of Morocco that benefited from the production and use of argan oil.6 Largely through the efforts of the Moroccan government, as well as cooperating nongovernmental organizations and private entities, argan oil is now also a well-established ingredient on the edible oil as well as cosmetic oil markets throughout the world.6

Dr. Leslie S. Baumann

Traditionally, the vegetable oil has been prescribed for reputed cosmetic, bactericidal, and fungicidal properties and as a treatment for infertility and heart disease.3,4 In fact, investigations related to the cardiovascular benefits of virgin argan oil consumption have suggested antiatherogenic, cholesterol-lowering, antiproliferative, and antioxidant benefits.7-11

The vitamin E–rich oil has a reputation for imparting antiaging, hydrating, and antioxidant activity to the skin and ameliorating conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, wrinkles, and xerosis,12 and, in fact, has been used to treat these conditions as well as dry hair,3,13 hair loss, skin inflammation, and joint pain.3 This column will focus on the topical uses of this botanical that has been dubbed “liquid gold.”12


Oleic acid, an omega-9 monounsaturated fatty acid, is abundant in argan oil (43%-49%) and has been found to act as a penetration enhancer by disturbing the skin barrier.14,15 Linoleic acid, an omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid, found in concentrations of 29%-36% in the oil, is integral in the biosynthesis of inflammatory prostaglandins through the arachidonic acid pathway.4,16 The presence of linoleic acid may help prevent or mitigate inflammation. Linoleic acid is also a component of ceramide 1 linoleate, which is diminished in dry skin. Topical application of linoleic acid can raise ceramide 1 linoleate levels in the skin, thus reducing xerosis.17 Argan oil also contains the saturated fatty acids palmitic acid (11%-15%) and stearic acid (4%-7%).2

Though argan oil is mainly composed of unsaturated fatty acids (80%),1,18,19 the unsaponifiable fraction (1%) is replete with antioxidants, including sterols, saponins, and polyphenols.4,19 The polyphenolic constituents, primarily gamma-tocopherol, which is considered the most efficient among the tocopherols at scavenging free radicals, are thought to account for the antioxidant effects of argan oil.1,2,18,20,21

Topical uses

Unroasted kernels are used to produce cosmetic-grade argan oil, which is used in moisturizing creams, body lotions, and shampoos.2 Although argan oil contains components that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory features and there are many patents on the use of argan oil in skin care, there is a dearth of published research studies looking at the effect of argan oil–containing skin care products on aging, inflamed, or dry skin. A study by Dobrev evaluated the efficacy of a sebum control cream composed of saw palmetto extract, sesame seeds, and argan oil applied twice daily to the face over a period of 4 weeks in 20 healthy volunteers, 16 with oily skin and 4 with combination skin. All volunteers tolerated the product. A visible sebum-regulating or antisebum efficacy was observed in 95% of the subjects. Clinical evaluation scores and casual sebum levels decreased significantly after 1 month of treatment. Dobrev concluded that this argan oil-containing formulation was efficacious in lessening the greasiness and improving the appearance of oily facial skin.22

By Consultaplantas/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0

Shown is Argania spinosa fruit, the source of argan oil.

In 2014, Tichota et al. created a topical argan oil nanostructured lipid carrier formulation to enhance skin hydration and tested it in a single-blind controlled trial with healthy volunteers over a 1-month period. The investigators observed that nanostructured lipid carrier entrapment in the hydrogel formulation did not have an impact on colloidal size or occlusion, and, clinically, skin hydration was improved in the participants, suggesting the effectiveness of argan oil as a liquid lipid for this indication.23

Early in 2015, Boucetta et al. reported on their study of the effects on skin elasticity of the daily application or consumption of argan oil in 60 postmenopausal women. During a 60-day period, the treatment group of 30 subjects consumed dietary argan oil; the 30 members in the control group received olive oil. Both groups also applied topical argan oil to the left volar forearm. Skin parameters, including gross skin elasticity, net elasticity, and biologic elasticity, improved significantly with both oral and topical treatments. The researchers concluded that argan oil use confers an antiaging effect to the skin through enhanced elasticity.24 Boucetta and another team previously showed that daily consumption or topical application of argan oil in postmenopausal women yielded significant reductions in transepidermal water loss and significant increases in epidermal water content, suggesting that the botanical agent ameliorates skin hydration by reviving barrier function and preserving the water-holding capacity.25 The same team also demonstrated in 30 healthy postmenopausal women that the nightly topical application of argan oil over a 2-month period yielded a moisturizing effect, with statistically significant reductions in transepidermal water loss and statistically significant increases in the water content of the epidermis observed.26

As a cosmetic agent, argan oil, which is popular in France, Japan, and North America, is touted for hydrating and revitalizing the skin, treating acne, and imparting shine to the hair. The therapeutic activities of topical argan oil are reputed to be antiacne, antisebum, antiaging, moisturizing, and wound healing, but such claims are based on traditional uses with only a small body of supportive clinical evidence.2,27

Generally, argan oil prices are as high as $40/100 mL in the European, Japanese, and American markets.27 Topical argan oil has been characterized as having a brief shelf-life of approximately 3-4 months.2,28 A 2014 report on a 1-year study of the oxidative stability of cosmetic argan oil by Gharby et al. found that argan oil quality remains satisfactory when stored at 25° C and protected from sunlight, but storage should not exceed 6 months to meet industrial standards. A rapid loss of quality was seen when argan oil was stored at 40° C.29

Psoriasis is a skin condition in which patchy areas arise that are flaky and itchy. If it’s left without treatment, the itchy symptoms can lead to further irritation and possible infection.

Argan oil is a clever choice for psoriasis relief. It contains vitamin E, which assists the skin with repairs through antioxidant power.

Learn everything there is to know about argan oil for psoriasis right now. Explore the finer details so that you know argan oil is definitely good for psoriasis.

Is Argan Oil Good for Psoriasis?

Argan oil is good for psoriasis. This natural oil contains many different molecular compounds that target itchy patches of skin.

Reducing irritation and hydrating the skin are the key factors that make argan oil good for psoriasis.

Every person is different, however, so trying the oil on a temporary basis is a smart way to start.

Do you know that there are specific symptoms that signify a psoriasis breakout is occurring? Learn all about these indicators so that you can take action with argan oil’s assistance.

The Symptoms of Psoriasis and How Argan Oil Can Help

Psoriasis is a chronic disease where the body produces excess skin cells. This activity is one of the main symptoms experienced by most women.

Other symptoms might be more detailed, such as:

Cracked and Bleeding Skin Patches

The main ingredient within argan oil that specifically targets the skin is vitamin E. It moisturizes the skin while offering healing elements for these cracked and bleeding areas.

Inflamed Patches

Vitamin E is also linked to reducing inflammation and possibly enhancing metabolism for these patches.

Scales Across Inflamed Skin

A rapid turnaround of the skin cells with less inflammation leads to more comfortable conditions when scaly skin is present.

Itching, Burning and Soreness Associated With Dry Skin

Partnering with vitamin E is squalene, which is also a moisturizing compound. They work together to hydrate the skin.

Their efforts lead to more comfortable conditions than previously felt.

Swollen Joints

Argan oil rapidly absorbs into the skin where it can potentially impact any joint issues associated with psoriasis. Anti-inflammatory properties calm the joint area.

Thickened Nails

The main reason why argan oil is good for psoriasis is the fat-and-moisture content. Polyunsaturated fatty acids and squalene are just two of the compounds found within argan oil that hydrate and soften the skin and nails.

Therefore, thickened nails can be balanced out as they grow into healthier tissue.

Other substances relieve itchy sensations, such as:

  • Phytostenols
  • Tocopherols

These compounds are complemented with nutrients that include vitamins.

Women might enjoy the antioxidant and antiseptic power of vitamin E, but carotenoids and fatty acids also offer their own assistance to the skin. They work as a balancing act so that the skin has the right level of oils every day.

Would you like to know how to use argan oil on psoriasis? Get to know the best steps below.

How to Use Argan Oil on Psoriasis

Knowing how to use argan oil on psoriasis is how every person can reap the optimal benefits from this natural resource.

Follow these basic steps below. Each instruction contributes to the oil’s efficacy on the skin.

Dedicate Time to Psoriasis Care

Apply argan oil twice a day. Carve out time in the morning and evening for this beauty regimen.

Cleanse the Affected Areas

Lather up a cleanser that’s free from artificial ingredients, such as chemicals, fragrances or dyes. Gently massage each area with the cleanser.

Rinse and Pat Dry

Use lukewarm water to rinse the cleanser away.

Pat the skin dry with a soft towel. Do not rub the patches.

Apply the Argan Oil

Drizzle up to two drops of argan oil onto the fingers. Use a circular motion to massage the oil into the patchy skin.

Allow the oil to absorb into the skin.

Continue with this spot treatment twice each day to notice relief from psoriasis flareups.

Many women also deal with scalp psoriasis. Are you curious about argan oil for the scalp?

Explore the scalp’s options for psoriasis relief with argan oil right now.

Can Argan Oil Also Help with Scalp Psoriasis?

Argan oil is effective on scalp psoriasis. Do you know what this condition is from a clinical standpoint?

Scalp psoriasis is a skin condition where patches of irritated and thickened tissue occur on and around the scalp. You may or may not see the patches, but you’ll definitely feel the itchy sensation.

The issue that persists with scalp psoriasis is treatment options. Shampoos designed for this condition don’t have much time on the skin before being washed away.

That’s why argan oil is a clever product for itch relief. Women can directly apply the oil onto the scalp and leave it there.

It has a chance to absorb into the scalp for the entire day. No other shampoo product has that kind of power.

Would you like to use argan oil on the scalp now? Continue on to learn how to apply the oil in just the right way.

How to Use Argan Oil on Scalp Psoriasis

Using argan oil in the proper manner will give it the best efficacy on the scalp.

There are two basic ways to use argan oil for scalp psoriasis. We’ll cover both strategies below:

Overnight Treatment

  1. Drizzle up to three drops of argan oil onto the scalp; use more if necessary.
  2. Carefully massage the oil into the scalp by using circular motions with your fingers.
  3. Cover the scalp with a cap or towel.
  4. Sleep with the oil on the scalp.
  5. Shampoo with a mild product in the morning.

Spot Treatment

  1. Dab one drop of argan oil onto each itchy patch on the scalp.
  2. Allow it to remain on the scalp for the entire day.

The overnight treatment serves scalp psoriasis better than the spot treatment because itchy patches can occur at any time in this skin area. Use the spot strategy when you need to head out the door in the morning.

Apply either treatment each day for relief from scalp psoriasis.

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It’s always empowering to learn about a natural treatment for psoriasis. Argan oil offers relief on several different levels.

In this article, you gained knowledge about these features, such as:

  • Symptoms of psoriasis
  • How argan oil can help psoriasis
  • Using argan oil on scalp psoriasis

Rely on nature’s bounty when it comes to argan oil for psoriasis. This chronic condition can be controlled with nourishing nutrients from Morocco.

It’s your turn to tell us all about argan oil and psoriasis. Do you have any clever tips to tell other women?

Share your thoughts in the section below. What are your experiences or plans with argan oil?

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Understanding Argan Oil And It’s Benefits

Understanding Argan Oil And It’s Benefits

September 1, 2019 5:21 pm Published by Darren Gurr

  • Argan oil is a vitamin E- and fatty acid-loaded oil derived from trees native to Morocco, and it poses a bunch of benefits for hair and skin.
  • When applied to your face, argan oil may help protect against sun damage, hydrate skin, reduce signs of aging, and even help control oily skin.
  • One study suggests that argan oil may prevent and treat stretch marks in their early stages.
  • Argan oil may also have benefits for hair. Historically, Moroccans used it to treat hair loss. More recent research suggests it can help repair damaged hair.

If you heard of a golden elixir that promised better skin and hair and literally grew on trees, the too-good-to-be-true sirens would probably start going off in your head. However, if the cure-all in question is argan oil, you can quiet your inner alarm bells. Turns out, argan oil packs some pretty amazing science-backed benefits for your skin, hair, and body.

What Is Argan Oil?

Argan oil comes from the argan tree, which grows almost exclusively in southwest Morocco. Argan oil is extracted from the kernels of the argan fruit, which resembles a large olive.

Traditionally, Moroccans applied argan oil topically to treat everything from eczema and psoriasis to wrinkles and hair loss.

You’ll find argan oil primarily in two forms: edible, food-grade argan oil, which comes from roasted argan kernels and can be ingested, and cosmetic argan oil, which is extracted from unroasted kernels, and is intended to be applied directly to the skin or hair.

Nutritionally speaking, argan seeds punch above their weight. They’re chock-full of monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants, and contain more vitamin E than olive oil. All of this helps give argan oil its skin- and hair-boosting benefits.

Argan Oil Benefits

Hydrates skin and boosts elasticity

Argan oil has become a staple for the many benefits it has for skin. Perhaps the most obvious of these is argan oil’s ability to make skin feel soft and supple. Argan oil’s composition of fatty acids and vitamin E give it moisturizing properties and the potential to improve skin’s hydration.

Prevents and treats stretch marks

Argan oil is just as useful below your neckline. Applying an argan-oil-containing cream can prevent and treat the early signs of stretch marks

Reverses and prevents sun spots

In addition to improving your skin’s texture, argan oil could improve the look of your skin. An itchy, stingy, red sunburn isn’t the only havoc UV rays can wreak on your skin. Sun exposure can lead to hyperpigmentation (aka dark spots or age spots). But argan oil has the potential to help reverse and prevent skin discoloration. Researchers believe this ability comes from argan oil’s high concentration of antioxidants — and particularly its vitamin E content — which helps neutralize the free radicals and prevent oxidative damage to pigment cells.

Controls oily skin and reduces breakouts

Though counter-intuitive, argan oil may also be a saving grace for those with oily skin. A small study that examined argan oil’s anti-sebum powers (sebum is the oil secreted by our skin) found that using a topical argan oil cream twice a day for four weeks was linked to reduced sebum levels and a less shiny complexion, according to a research review published in Alternative Medicine Review. This could make argan oil an effective way to treat acne.

Ultimately it is up to you on how you would like to use it. But consider trying a little ‘liquid gold’ on your hair or skin.

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