Can Dry Sauna Use Help with My Psoriasis?

Jesse Teske Jesse Teske

You’re struggling to get your psoriasis into remission; the constant flareups of red, scaly patches are causing a lot of frustration, itching, and discomfort. Severe patches occasionally cause bleeding.

Get your psoriasis under control with dry sauna treatments. A dry sauna session is an effective way to improve your psoriasis symptoms and manage flareups.

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes scaly red patches. These patches are dry, thick, and raised.

Symptoms

The most common psoriasis symptom is red patches of skin that appear raised from the rest of the skin.

While the exact appearance of these patches varies, some individuals have silvery scales or small scaling spot on their patchy areas.

These patches are itchy and sore. There may also be a burning sensation. If the patches get excessively irritated, they may start to bleed.

Psoriasis patches are most commonly found on the:

  • Lower back
  • Elbows
  • Legs
  • Knees
  • Scalp
  • Face
  • Palms
  • Soles of the feet

Treatments

The goal of most psoriasis treatments is to slow the growth of new skin cells and alleviate any discomfort associated with the condition.

You can improve your psoriasis by avoiding items that are known to trigger a flareup, like smoking and high alcohol consumption.

While some triggers, like dry, cold weather, are trickier to avoid, you can add moisture to an indoor environment with a humidifier.

There are steroid creams that reduce inflammation and slow the production of your skin cells.

Prescription medications look to change the response of your immune system so that your skin regenerates at normal rates.

However, many prescription medications have side effects and are expensive. They’re usually reserved for extreme cases.

An effective treatment alternative is dry sauna therapy. Dry sauna therapy involves regularly spending time in an enclosed space where the temperature reaches high temperatures (often between 90 and 190 degrees Fahrenheit).

How Dry Sauna Therapy Helps with Psoriasis

A dry sauna exposes the skin to warm temperatures. The dry heat in a sauna is particularly effective at penetrating the skin.

Exposure to heat alleviates irritation and inflammation of the skin. This causes psoriasis patches to decrease in size and improves problematic psoriasis symptoms, like itchiness and burning.

Cold temperatures with low humidity are believed to cause the outer layer of the skin to thicken. This thickening can trigger the immune system and cause a flareup.

It’s also important to note that dry sauna sessions don’t cause the skin to dry out, like some treatments that look to improve psoriasis symptoms with heat can.

Many individuals find their dry sauna sessions to be relaxing and rejuvenating. If stress is one of your psoriasis triggers, regular dry sauna sessions can help you manage and lower your stress levels.

In Conclusion

If you’re struggling to manage your psoriasis flareups, dry sauna sessions are an effective treatment option.

Dry sauna therapy works to reduce skin irritation and inflammation and helps you manage high stress levels (a common trigger for psoriasis outbreaks).

If you’re worried about the logistics of traveling to a spa or facility with a sauna, invest in a home sauna unit from Sun Home Saunas. We have a variety of units in different sizes and with different options.

One of our offerings is infrared saunas. Infrared saunas don’t heat the air; instead, they use infrared lamps that warm the body using electromagnetic radiation.

The heat in an infrared sauna doesn’t result in hot air like a conventional sauna. While some people enjoy the warm air in a traditional sauna, others find the heat too overwhelming and must cut their sauna therapy session short.

An infrared sauna takes care of this problem. Most of the heat from an infrared lamp warms your body, not the air. The sauna doesn’t get as hot, and you’re able to complete the entire length of your session.

The infrared heat can effectively penetrate your skin, improving your circulation and boosting the immune system.

Other sauna options incorporate red light therapy. Red light therapy uses light with a specific wavelength (between 630 and 700 nm) to warm the skin.

This particular wavelength is especially effective at penetrating the skin so that the light is delivered directly to your skin cells.  

This helps your body slow the growth rate of your skin cells and decreases irritation and itchiness.

Purchasing a home sauna unit lets you manage your psoriasis with dry sauna therapy while removing the logistical challenges associated with regularly accessing a sauna.

 

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