Infrared Sauna for Eczema and Psoriasis?
Eczema and psoriasis are two skin conditions which often leave the skin hot, itchy and painful. It's no surprise that for most sufferers this means a decrease in confidence and self-esteem. 15% of the Australian population suffer the effects of eczema alone. Unfortunately, there is no cure. However, infrared sauna offers a promising solution to manage these symptoms and reduce the physical and emotional toll.
Infrared Sauna provides a non-invasive, relaxing and refreshing approach to soothe itchy, sore, dry and reddened skin to help manage the symptoms of skin conditions including eczema and psoriasis. The 40minute session involves sitting (or stretching) alone or with some of your friends in our large full spectrum infrared sauna. The sauna uses dry heat through infrared rays to heat the body from the inside out rather than heating the air around you as you would experience during a traditional sauna session.
Infrared Sauna for Psoriasis
This autoimmune condition is caused by skin cells that grow too quickly. New skin cells pile up instead of shedding which leaves those affected with scaly, red and itchy skin. The level of psoriasis will often change depending on factors including stress levels.
Research has shown that rather than dry the skin out, the deep penetration of the infrared rays during your sauna will instead improve circulation, enabling healing benefits. This recent study revealed that infrared saunas 'enable multiple energy transfer as deep as 2-3cm into the subcutaneous tissue without irritating or overheating the skin and then accelerate blood flow...' The use of infrared sauna may assist to
- Help remove dead skin cells
- Help deliver nutrient supplies to the epidermis layer of the skin
- Help boost the immune system to function healthy and ward of nasty organisms which may be trying to invade through the skin
- Help excrete toxins through the skin
According to a member of the National Psoriasis Foundation
"Right away, I saw a difference in my skin....I am almost a month into this, and my skin looks quite a bit better. I won't be stopping any time soon, but now I am using the sauna every other day. I am already feeling very confident that I will wear shorts again this summer."
Infrared Sauna for Eczema
Eczema is more typically caused by environmental factors such as dust, heat, changes in weather, fragrances, stress or particular soap products.
The use of infrared sauna may assist with the management of eczema by:
- Decreasing stress which can be a large risk factor for a flare-up.
- Boosting the immune system so it can respond effectively in the event of a flare up
- Increasing blood flow to the area
- People often report a soothing feeling around the site of eczema following an infrared sauna session
"I often get eczema on my face and in my hairline. I used to feel really self-conscious and nothing I tried worked. Now, as soon as I start to feel a flare-up coming I do a session in the infrared sauna... straight away my redness and the itchy sensation goes away. If I do a few sessions, it's enough to keep the dry skin away as well. Now it's the only thing I need to use to manage my eczema" - Shaun
Healthy skin requires good circulation. Infrared sauna sessions increase circulation by deeply penetrating infrared energy into your body, helping to promote healing and rejuvenation.
Managing skin conditions is also about managing the triggers for flare-ups. Lots of sufferers experience the negative effects of stress and lack of sleep which is also enhanced through the use of infrared therapy.
So... its safe to say that a regular sweat session may be just what your body needs if you want to manage your eczema or psoriasis naturally. There are however other additional natural therapies which may be of benefit including Whole Body Cryotherapy.