Castor oil could potentially help alleviate psoriasis symptoms and reduce flares.
There are no research-backed guidelines for using castor oil for psoriasis. In anecdotal reports, people who use the oil tend to apply it directly to the skin with some cotton wool.
There are three primary types of castor oil that people use on their skin and hair. These are:
A person should seek immediate medical attention if they experience itching and swelling after using castor oil.
- skin rashes
Castor oil has many other applications for health and beauty. People have traditionally used castor oil as:
Many substances and lifestyle factors may trigger a flare-up of psoriasis. Avoiding these triggers can help people control their condition.
* food allergies
A doctor might recommend light therapy for psoriasis as UV rays may help control symptoms in the long term. Light therapy can range from natural exposure to controlled amounts of sunlight to artificial phototherapy in a clinic.
Doctors may recommend that people use topical creams and ointments to stop inflammation, itching, and dryness. These products may include:
- calcineurin inhibitors
- coal tar
- salicylic acid
- synthetic forms of vitamin D
- topical retinoids
Castor oil may offer some benefits for the skin due to its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. As such, it may help treat psoriasis, but there is currently no scientific research to support this.