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Home remedies: Banana skins can help alleviate the itchiness of psoriasis

Banana peel is a source of salicylic acid, which helps your skin to shed its outer layer

The kitchen cupboard ‘cures' that really do work.

This week: Psoriasis

THE skin condition psoriasis occurs when the turnover of skin cells malfunctions and new cells are produced more quickly than older ones are shed.

This leads to inflammation and a build-up of scaly patches, which can feel itchy and become sore.

Scratching can break the skin, but a treatment for the itchiness can be found in your kitchen fruit bowl – a banana peel. These are a source of salicylic acid, a natural peeling agent which helps your skin to shed its outer layer.

"You can use the inside of the banana skin to help remove the scale," says consultant dermatologist Dr Anthony Bewley. "It's really safe and effective, and it will help relieve the itching of mild psoriasis."

All you need to do is gently rub it over the affected area.

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