7 Popular Diets for Psoriasis, Ranked Best to Worst
One of the first things people ask when diagnosed with psoriasis is whether a change in diet could help. The truth is, the jury is still out on that one—to date, there is only a little scientific evidence to suggest dietary changes may significantly improve psoriasis symptoms. Yet some patients swear by the difference their dietary choices have made, and plenty of doctors support trying a change to see if it could help.
“Since psoriasis is an inflammatory skin disease linked with other internal inflammatory conditions, as well as obesity and other metabolic issues, seeking ways to address symptoms through diet change—either as a first-line treatment or in combination with other psoriasis treatments—is a very good consideration for many patients,” says board-certified dermatologist Todd E. Schlesinger, M.D., of Dermatology & Laser Center of Charleston in South Carolina.
But not all diets are created equal, especially when it comes to benefiting psoriasis. While some could potentially help ease psoriasis symptoms, including itching and scaling, others could possibly cause you to flare.