Hey Psquad,

It's cold in England at the moment (shock😂), even my family members with "normal" skin are finding that theirs is dry. I've stuck to the same products recently, and am in need of a switch up...

The beautiful people at HelloSkin contacted me, and asked if I would test some psoriasis products for them. I chose the Epaderm Ointment as I have previously used the Epaderm Cream; with great results! 

I personally feel that ointments are better than moisturisers when it comes to treating my psoriasis. Normally, if my skin is tolerable, I don't use them as much because of their greasy-ness. When my skin flares up badly, I will use an ointment...always. I was drawn to this ointment because of the different ways you can use it...which i have put below...

So where is my Psoriasis bad right now?! Well I used this awesome form that I found on twitter, from Psoriasis Awareness, to show you guys where I am suffering at the moment and where I will be using the ointment:

I just downloaded the form and snipped the people out. The bits coloured in pink are where I am currently facing the worst of my pso. I find that these areas are basically where I have it all the time, with a few random patches sneaking up here and there.

Product Info:
The latest product that I have been using is called Epaderm Ointment

It can be used in three different ways;
1) To apply to the skin as needed
2) Skin cleanser
3) Added to a bath

HelloSkin perfectly summarise this product;
Epaderm 3-in-1 Ointment can be used as an emollient directly on the skin, as a skin cleanser, and as a bath additive. Epaderm Ointment contains only 3 ingredients and is effective in the management of dry skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.

The 3-in-1 formula in Epaderm Ointment helps to aid moisture retention in the skin and reduces itchy skin. Epaderm Ointment contains only 3 ingredients and is free from fragrances, colourings and Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) for reduced risk of skin sensitisation.

Ointments are the most effective form of emollient. Yet, some people don’t find them cosmetically acceptable due to their greasy feel. If you suffer from very dry skin and cracked skin then ointments are the right choice. Epaderm Ointment is highly effective when used at night for long-term moisturisation. It can be used by people in all ages including babies.


My Routine:
I tend to go wild with applying lotions and potions at night. I find that night is the best time to utilise when it comes to my psoriasis. I can apply as much as needed and let the products do their thing....then, wake up in the morning feeling happier that my skin feels better.

I don't particularly like using ointments on my face in the morning because they're too greasy for me to apply my make-up. However, as this product can be used as a skin cleanser, I have been applying it every morning as well when I wash my face.  It is absolutely brilliant to be able to find a product that can be used like that. Apply it as a cleanser and then moisturise.... double the treatment!!

I have been using a moisturiser alongside this product in the morning; cleanse, moisturise, make-up. Any moisturiser that you like to use will do - I personally am using one that is fast drying and non greasy.

When it comes to the rest of my body...I am not bothered about the greasy-ness of the product on my skin if I am applying it a night. I will just put my jammies (pj's) on over the top. If I am applying it in the morning I will apply it specifically where needed and then get dressed. I don't want the ointment to stick to my clothes or make them appear greasy throughout they day.

I tend to think, when it comes to ointments, because they leave a 'greasy layer' that they're protecting the skin from the cold weather as well. I have absolutely no scientific proof to back that up, I just like to tell myself that... ☺

At the moment my hands and feet are also extremely dry, I am using the ointment at night on my feet and sleeping in socks (just to save the transfer onto my sheets). In the morning my feet feel smoother, and are much less dry/cracked!!

Price:
Depending on which size you get: £5.69 - £16.20

Smell:
9/10; It is pretty much odourless, no strong medicinal smell is always a bonus (to me personally). Does have a slight twang...

Texture:
8/10; When applying to the skin in large areas it is hard to spread and you have to be quite hard on the skin to do so. When mixed with a little water, it breaks up a little and works into the skin much easier. Greasy like an ointment is - but whatdoyouexpect

Packaging:
10/10; I got the small tub so I can carry it around in my bag. If you got the 1kg tub, then that may not be possible. I like to take my products to work with me (or just wherever I am going) and apply when/if I want too.

I would probably buy the 1kg in future and just use the smaller tub for carrying some about in....or just any old tub I have lying around!!

Time Consumption:
8/10; It is quite solid when it is in the tub so you have to scrape it out.

Easy to use as a cleanser...dilutes easily with water, and doesn't take ages to wash off...even though it is greasy.

Applying to the skin in a all-over-moisturiser fashion is a little more difficult UNLESS it is diluted with water. It does take a while to apply to all the skin so I focus on the pso areas first/mainly, and if I want to - apply it to the rest of my skin thereafter.

Overall:
9/10; 
You can literally notice the difference it makes after the first couple of days;
Using as a cleanser; my face feels smoother,
Patches aren't flaky,
Patches aren't red,
Skin feel smoother to the touch,
Longlasting effects,
Good for all body use,
Applying to skin; too greasy for my face (but it's an ointment; so whatdoyouexpect),
Used another moisturiser alongside it (fast drying and non-greasy),
Can be used in three ways,
Does take a little while to wash-off,
Would buy again/keep in my lotions and potions collection

I was extremely happy with the results of this product. Ointments tend to be less preferred, but from my experience, they really do have great results.

Psquad community: 
I asked the world (I say world - I mean the people that follow me on social media) what they thought of ointments and the Epaderm Ointment (if they had tried it)....

"I have this it works well for me, smell could be less medicinal but I like it"

"I have never heard of it. I don't mind ointments too much, but I hate how they take so long to be absorbed and they get everywhere"

"She [her daughter] has been prescribed this to be used as an emollient before putting on her steroid cream to try and ease the harshness on surrounding skin. She is only 6 but she likes it and has told me it stops her "scabies" itching"

A gift for you: 🎁
HelloSkin have been kind enough to offer my readers a 10% discount if they choose to give this product a go...who doesn't love a discount! 

If you want to give the product a go, then you can purchase it here using the discount code HELLOKARA. (As far as I am aware you can only use the code once.)

HelloSkin:
They have a beautiful website to help people find products that best suit them; to treat their skin condition. Their website it pretty ingenious as it takes you through questions before displaying the products, so that what you're looking at will help you the best. You can follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

As always, I love to know what people think, so get in touch and leave a comment with your views on ointments and/or the product in general.

Love and kisses,
Kara

**HelloSkin gifted me this product, for the purpose of a rewiew. My post are, and always will be, my personal opinion on products that I have tested; regardless of them being gifted or self-purchased. My blog is to honestly review products for the treatment of (my) psoriasis; my passion**

Hey Psquad, 

How is everyone?!

The latest product that I have tried is: Sanex AtopiCare:


I became interested in trying this product when I saw it on the TV...I was like 'oooooo...I wonder how that'll work with my psoriasis', and off I marched to the shop to buy some. 

I currently use Sanex Dermo Hypo-Allergenic as my body wash, so thought it'd be a good addition of product for me to try! Whilst I use the body wash...I really wasn't aware of the skin moisturising range that they did. I was torn between two moisturisers and stood in the shop for a good 10mins debating which one I was going to actually use. In the end this product won because;

"For extra dry, reactive, even atopic skin. Control skin hypersensitivity. Fights severe dryness. Soothes itchiness" < ticks quite a lot of boxes for what I want in a moisturiser. 

Product Info;
I bought my bottles from Wilkinson, they're usually £6.00 per 400ml bottle but I bought mine when they were on offer for £3.00 per bottle. I bought two at a time as I seemed to use a lot up. 

You can see/buy it at Wilkos or Boots. Wilkos is the cheapest option, which is why I went there....

My Routine;
So I used this product as normal...all over body and face twice a day. It is quick and easy to apply but it does take a while to absorb. It is quite a greasy moisturiser, and didn't tend to sink into my skin quickly. That doesn't really bother me as I use it at night and first thing in the morning so my skin always has time to let it skin in. 

However, I stopped using it on my face in the morning, and just used my Simple Hydrating moisturiser instead. I noticed that it made me break out after a while of using it on my face (applied every night). Whilst it helped my psoriasis, being spotty instead wasn't really a good trade for me. After about the 2nd or 3rd week I stopped using it on my face altogether, and just focused on using it as a body moisturiser. 

My Review: Overall Score ; 7/10
Effective at stopping psoriasis flaking
Smoothed patches
Reduced red inflammations
Made skin less itchy - has a good soothing quality
Doesn't have a super long lasting effect in cold weather
Couldn't be used as a face moisturiser (for me)
It is greasy feeling, takes a while to absorb into skin

The Additional Information:

Time Consumption; 9/10
Super easy to apply - spreads onto skin like butter (not butter that's been left in thr fridges as that is like stones)

Texture/Absorption; 6/10 
A little too greasy, does feel as though there is a 'film' over the skin for a while once it's been applied. Took a while to skin into the skin.

Price; 7/10
It is quite a watery/liquidy solution and I seemed to use it fast, I ended up going through near enough a bottle a week. I know psoriasis means long term treatment, but as it wasn't used on my face as well, I'd want a product that can do both. 

Smell; 9/10
Does have an tiny odd smell to it...not off putting but just a little hint of something I can't quite put my finger on!! Maybe just a smidge medicinal. 

Packaging; 8/10
Good bottle with pump dispenser. Easy to take with you if you're travelling or going away for the weekend. Pump doesn't lock which is rather annoying and I have had to wrap it in a bag when taken with to save being dispensed in my bag on the way. 

I did use this product for about 2-3months and found that it managed to keep my psoriasis in check. Ideally I want something more suitable for me so I am still on the hunt for the next product to try!!! 


If you have and ideas or suggestions then all are welcome. Leave me a comment or message me on my social media; Twitter and Instagram handles @LWPsoriasis


Love Kara xXx

Hey Psquad,

It's pretty chilly in England 24/7. Even our summer is winteresque to most. I recently went to South Africa for a friend's wedding. Now, South Africa is hotter than England, and I didn't want to wear neck to ankle clothing. I wore shorts or dresses a lot of the time (it was pretty windy whilst I was there so wore leggings a fair amount too). The dresses were 3/4sleeves so my arm pso wasn't on show. With the shorts I'd wear a top/lightweight cardi combo, or a 3/4 sleeve....or even a jumper if it was cold in the eve. Mostly people saw the pso on my legs, but if I was soaking in the sun (a great way to help pso calm down) I'd just have a vest top on.

My friends knew my skin condition story, but their families and friends didn't. I had gotten pretty used to not being ask pso questions as it's never really on show here. So when I wore shorts/dresses around others who didn't 'know' me and they saw my pso...you could see the glances, and see the desire to ask questions in their eyes. I had forgotten how that felt for while, so I felt quite vulnerable to what I think people are thinking (for the first time in ages).

Most people's first thought were that something has bitten me or I'd had a reaction to something (makes sense as it's SA and we were mostly in farm land)....one family member massively panicked and was ready to rush me to A&E (which I thought was just the most adorable thing ever). Others were keen to ask what it was and what it meant and why it was there. But the wonderful thing that I had forgotten is; that people are mainly just inquisitive to know what something they've not seen before is. No one looked at me with disgust or pitty or fear, they just simply wanted to know. Wanted to know - am I OK? My friends sister, once I had explained, was rather emotional about it. The empathy that she showed was really very sweet. When you live with something 24/7 you forget that it's not common for others to know it exists.

Pre-wedding panic:
Upped the skin routine
Bought in new and old creams to ensure the pso wasn't flaring
Avoided all trigger foods
Moisturised endlessly
Avoided makeup as much as possible
Gentle exfoliating daily
Even thought about going on sunbeds (which is not like me at all)
Nearly tried to fake tan myself, but didn't want to look like a cheetah (even if it IS my spirit animal)
Tar shampoo adoration grew immensely
Oat baths on the regular
Generally over thought everything, and went into a panic overload - a completely rational response ;)

The dress:
For the actual wedding day I was a bridesmaid. We had to wear one of those infinity dresses...armless...backless....chesty....! It was safe to say that this sent my mind into overdrive. 'There are going to be professional photos' 'your back is on display' 'your arms are out' 'it's floor length so good leg coverage there' 'chest pso can be kinda be covered' 'long hair will work to drape over the back' ...you knoooowww just the classic does-my-butt-look-big-in-this worries with some added pso-drama. Standard.

To boot; I actually couldn't try on the dress until I was in SA so had a good 4/5months of worries about how it'd look. I had Googled endlessly the different ways to style the dress and I had found a style I wanted that crossed over the back and gave v.short sleeves. I also bought a shawl in the same colour as the dress  as a back-up if I still felt uneasy.

Turns out that two of the other bridesmaids went for the same style as the one I wanted which made me so happy!! I did add in the shawl because I wanted some cover from the sun (it was a hot af day, we'd be in thr sun for hours, no bag = no block, I burn easy) but wouldn't have if I wasn't worried about burning - as I felt comfortable with the style, and even more comfortable knowing that I matched two others!

The compliments:
Someone saying, especially in a time of self-doubt, 'you look stunning' or 'I think you look fantastic' it quite literally and ear-to-ear smile guarantee for me. People at the wedding said such nice things, which really does give a confidence boost to an outfit. Especially one that you had an excessive amount of self-doubt about wearing.

My thoughts:
I think once people hear you say (in whatever way you phrase it) 'it's a skin condition, and I am ok' then they relax. I am not saying that living with pso is easy, nor that the lifestyle with it is a walk in the park. I just felt for the first time, in a long time, that all my anxiety about showing off my pso and wanting to wear what I want - was all for nothing.

I spent A LOT of time prior to the wedding day worrying and fearing and, to an extent, hating myself. It's funny how all that previous tension and anxiety can all just dissappear and seem like a waste of time and effort. I regret spending so much time looking at all the negatives that could have happened. I think it's easier to focus on the negatives as it sets a precedent for your mentality, 'it couldn't get worse than that, so anything else is a bonus'; it's just a self defence method that protects you.

It is also easier to look in hindsight and wish you'd done something differently - but looking back and wishing you'd done something differently is good for future experiences. After the amount I built this up in my head and how little I needed to; I'll be using this experience to help me through the next one - as there will, without a shadow of a doubt, be one.

Thanks for reading!
Love, Kara xXx

If you have a story you want to share, get in contact.
Dont forget to share you secret to; sharemypsecret@gmail.com, and I'll create a poster for the Psoriasis Psquad community to see.
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I don’t know how many of you feel like me...but I often wonder if what I think about having a skin condition or wonder if what I experience with a skin condition is completely odd and bizarre. I don’t personally know anyone else who has psoriasis; sometimes this makes me feel like no one understands my thoughts or like I can’t express myself and people will understand. It would really help me to know that on a day to day basis that others think the same, feel the same,  experience the same, hear the same, are asked the same or something the same as me.

So....I introduce the new project of mine which is called “Share my Psecret” where I hope people will send me skin condition related comments/experiences and most importantly thoughts. It doesn’t need to be psoriasis related, any skin condition secrets are more than welcome.

It can be completely anonymous or you can share your first name and age. I will create posters of the secrets to share via social media for people to read.

If you want to tell a story along with your experience then please do. It is very comforting to know that you aren’t alone and that there are others out there who understand the day to day life with a skin condition.

If you would like to send a photo with the secret, then that is completely OK.

Please send your psecrets to sharemypsecret@gmail.com and I will take it from there. :)

Get sending!!!
Kara xx

First review of 2016 :)

Info:
So after trying out the turmeric cream for a few weeks, I have come to LOVE IT.  I tried one from the brand called "Passport to Organics". This is a cream that is meant for your face and neck so please note that I only used it on my face and neck...not over my whole body.

There was a very herby smell to the cream which is not like any other product that I have tried before. I used only the turmeric cream for about 3-4 weeks (well, I used up the whole tube) and instantly loved the results.

I would put the cream on about twice in the morning before I did my makeup and then about twice at night before I was going to go to sleep. It dried very fast so I didn’t need to worry about my face being greasy and not being able to put my makeup on in the morning before I left the house.

I saw that straight away the redness of my psoriasis patches was decreased and the flakiness of the skin was gone. I love when a cream can so this as those are two of the most annoying side effects of having psoriasis...especially when you’re trying to put a face on in the morning.

I also found that putting on the cream made my hands super soft, which is great in the colder months when my hands get really dry and horrible from the weather...it was the perfect instance of the saying "killing two birds with one stone". I also put it into my hair line and over some of my scalp where it was bad....

I tend to shower at night and so I find that putting the cream on before I blow-dry my hair, and then again once after I have finished before I get into bed on any patches that have since dried out. I would just keep topping up the bits that dried out if my skin was soaking it all up then I had no problem putting more on! It is great waking up in the morning and feeling fresh faced...my skin felt smooth all over and not dry at all. Over night the cream really helped with the flaky bits of pso and the red patches were less vibrant. It got to the point with this cream where a lot of my patches almost disappeared :) absolutely great results...

Like I said, I ended up going through the whole tube in about 3-4 weeks and I was really gutted when the thing ran out as I was loving it so much!!!!!!! I am sure if I wasn't moving onto the next product that the pso on my face and neck would have pretty much cleared.

Price:
7/10 - I paid about £20 for the tube (I bought it off of Amazon) Since I loved this product so much and did a bit of research into the brand  - they have their own website and A LOT of different products.

Smell:
9/10 - Smells herby, but it doesn’t smell chemically, like a lot of skin condition creams - really not a bad smell at all, and the smell doesn’t "linger".

Texture:
10/10 – Just a normal, smooth cream.

Packaging:
9/10 - Lovely tube of cream; simple design - easy pump top to get the cream out.

Time Consumption:
10/10 – For me; having a none greasy cream that works well is the best! I can put it on in the morning and get ready for the day and it doesn’t bother my routine so much. Or, I can put it on at night and know that it isn’t going to make my hair greasy or make my sheets oily. Perfection.

Overall rating:
10/10 - I absolutely LOVE this product and would 100% buy it again!! No side effect at all; work really well with my daily routine.

As treating my skin condition will be a "long term investment" I popped the price as only 7/10 as I used a fair amount within a short period of time - if I was to buy one a month then it would surely add up. However, you can’t really put the price above how well a product works with a skin condition...

I would definitely suggest checking this product out and giving it a go.

Let me know in the comments below if you give it a go and your results...

Kara x

After reading about how good turmeric is for you – I decided to give marking a tea a go.
I looked up some recipes on line and made my own up from what I had read. A lot of the recipes included ginger and I really don’t like ginger – they included some other ingredients that I also don’t like. So; below is my concoction of turmeric tea…
Ingredients:
  • 2 teaspoons of turmeric
  • 1teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • Peppercorns
  • 1 lemon
  • Agave (instead of honey – but honey would work)


Method:
  • Started off filling up two mugs with water (to know the right amount) and put it into a saucepan – brought the water to a boil
  • Added in the turmeric, cinnamon, peppercorns and salt
  • Stirred it all in and let it boil (for 10-15mins)
  • Put the juice from 1 lemon into a mixing jug and added in 1 tablespoon of agave
  • Once the tea had boiled for the 10-15mins I added it into the mixing jug and gave it a good stir.
  • Put the tea into a mug and tried my first sip!!


Verdict:
Overall it actually didn’t taste toooo bad. The turmeric and cinnamon complemented one another and the peppercorns are meant to help the digestion of turmeric into the body (mentioned in the “Turmeric and Psoriasis” article). I think I personally put a bit too much lemon into the mixture as it did taste quite bitter and dry – a little bit like how lemon water taste if you put too much lemon in – and did leave a dry mouth feel. I couldn’t really taste the agave or any sweetness from it so if you do have a sweet-tooth then I would suggest adding more in.
When I got to the end of the mug, there were a lot of “bits” at the bottom – either from where the ground turmeric and cinnamon hadn’t mixed properly or lemon bits. Next time I will definitely look at pouring the tea through a strainer to get rid of those parts as it is not the nicest end to a cuppa.
I didn’t feel nauseous or sick from the mixture at all – which I am glad about! I was worried that it might have been rather “heavy” for my stomach or end up making me feel unwell as I had never had it before. It didn’t though!!
I have left half of the mixture to try cold a bit later on. It might be nice as an alternative to iced-tea.
I think I will be trying this again for sure, but I may tweak a few of the ingredients to try and improve the taste a little.
Have you ever tried turmeric tea? Let me know your recipes below…


“SEARED GOLDEN CHICKEN, MINT SAUCE (KIND OF) & SPRING VEG FEAST”



INGREDIENTS (serves 4)

Olive oil
White wine vinegar
Dried red chilli flakes
Skinless chicken breasts (x4)
150g broad beans
150g sweetcorn
100g green beans
40g venus rice
20g feta cheese
Fresh mint

For my first attempt at a psoriasis-friendly meal, I have used a meal idea from Jamie Oliver’s “EVERYDAY SUPERFOOD” cookbook. I personally think this book is great, it’s full of healthy meals and all of his recipes give you the calorie content and macro-nutrient breakdowns, plus there’s loads of really great nutritional information at the back.

 So, whilst I am easing myself into cooking (I am actually a terrible chef!) I have used one of his recipes as a guideline. The original recipe used asparagus and peas, however after starting to cook I realised that we had run out of both – it was the day before the weekly food shop – so had to improvise a bit! There was also a mint sauce using fresh mint which I will come to below!
So the first thing I did was start boiling the venus rice in a pan, as this takes about 35-45 mins to cook. This is optional and was not in the original recipe but I added this to fill it out a bit and include a little bit of good starch.  BEWARE! – venus rice does make a nice purple mess!

Beware!!


Meanwhile, I put 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the vinegar into a bowl with a pinch of chilli flakes (this was actually in the book!) and smothered the chicken breasts one by one before putting them into a frying pan ready to cook. When the venus rice only needs about 10 or 15 more minutes, put the pan on a medium-heat and cook for about 8-10 mins. Our chicken breasts were quite chunky, so they took a bit longer to cook so just make sure they are cooked through!
I put the green beans in a medium pan on a high heat for about 6 mins and the sweetcorn and broad beans in another medium sized pan for about 4-5 mins. The kale went in a large pan on a high heat for about 3-4 mins.
Somehow the timing actually went OK and when the veg and rice was done, I mixed them altogether and served with the chicken on top. And to finish, I crumbled the feta cheese over the top.
The original recipe also included a mint sauce using fresh mint, the green veg, a bit of vinegar and olive oil with a pinch of sea salt. I attempted this with dried mint and a bit too much olive oil and served in a separate bowl (just in case!) and it wasn’t too awful!


Let me know what you guys think..or how you would improve this meal idea! 

L x




Okay, so I’m Lauren, Kara’s sister (and best friend!) and I’m not great when it comes to writing about myself but I will just give you guys a very quick introduction so you know who’s writing! I have been in the background with my sister since she started this blog and I am very excited to say that she has invited me to post with her! I am studying personal training and nutrition and in the process Kara suggested that I use what I know - and am learning everyday - about nutrition to write posts for ideas for psoriasis-friendly meals. So, I have been doing extra research into what a psoriasis friendly diet is in the hopes of helping heal psoriasis from the inside out. I personally believe that everything we put into our bodies directly affects our skin and makes a big difference to what we see on the outside, in many ways. I used to have a terrible diet, smoke and drink way too much and role my eyes at people that said words like “yoga” and “kale”, however, since finding the gym and healthy eating, I would never consider my old lifestyle in a million years and hope that maybe my posts here can help and guide other people, or at least give you some inspiration to eat yummy food with us! …I LOVE to eat!

  So, whilst I am studying and qualifying, I’m going to share meal ideas, tips and general advice as best I can and would love feedback and suggestions from you guys too! I heard a saying in a film once (my memory isn’t always great!) “food is the only beautiful thing that truly nourishes us” and that has stuck with me ever since – sadly the film title has not though! So with that rather cheesy note, let’s get started talking food!
I’m going to just give a quick summary of what kind of eating we are aiming for, so if you’re reading this and already have a pretty good idea of what’s good for psoriasis and what isn’t, feel free to skip this part, or leave a comment adding to my lists!

HIGH ALKALINE & LOW ACID FORMING FOODS

This basically means that we should aim to minimise acid forming foods and eat lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and proteins from fish, poultry, tofu and lamb. Acid forming foods are things like red meat, pork, shellfish, all processed, fried and junk food, white carbs, tomatoes, strawberries and other red fruit and veg.
Instead, fill your diet with yellow and green leafy veg like kale, spinach, lemon, grapefruit, broccoli, sweet potatoes, corn, beans, peas, carrots, berries, cherries and many more!  Try to buy low sodium dairy products and limit eating eggs to once or twice a week.

All grains are acid forming, however everyone needs carbohydrates and “good carbs” like brown or black rice, brown pasta and gluten free grains like quinoa, buckwheat, corn and wild rice are all perfectly fine. Some of my research has suggested avoiding eating proteins and starches together too often, but please don’t cut them out of your diet completely or your muscle mass will breakdown!!
It might seem like just because you have psoriasis, you have to sacrifice eating foods you love, but my aim with my posts is to try and show you that this really isn’t the case at all. The biggest thing to cut out is junk food. Trans-fatty acids (TFAs) found in things like fast food, doughnuts, take-away food, cakes, luncheon meats, hot dogs, cheese etc are your worst enemy BUT they are everyone’s enemy! These chemically altered molecules that make these foods taste nice prevent the function of enzymes and the body’s metabolic processes – you are basically fueling your tank with bad fuel that stops your engine running the way it should! This is the same principle for everyone. If a marathon runner ate junk food all day, all the running in the world couldn’t out-exercise their bad diet. If the world’s best weight lifter didn’t get enough protein, carbs and fat, he would never make any muscle gains. Diet affects each and every person in the world.

This is not to say that you can’t treat yourself once in a while, I love cheat days! The key is just to have everything in moderation. I love pizza as much as everyone else, but I know that if I want to be healthy, I have to limit how often I treat myself to it! I know that changing your diet and lifestyle takes time and that the results are never going to magically happen overnight, I’ve experienced it for myself, but over time you will see a huge difference to how you look and feel.
I’ve written a bit more than I anticipated so I will wrap up here until the next post – which will include a lot more food and a lot less ramble! 

My initial research into what foods are good came from “Dr. John’s Healing Psoriasis Cookbook”. If you’re keen to read up on what I’ve touched on in this post I would definitely recommend this book and have included a link for you HERE.

Thanks so much for reading! Any feedback on my first ever blog post is welcome!


L x
A small note prior to this post; I have created an Instagram account to post products that I am trying and food that my sister and I are creating to help with my psoriasis, if you would like to follow me @lwpsoriasis is where you'll find me :)

Turmeric:
So recently I have been told by a few people that turmeric is great for your skin and especially for skin conditions. I wasn’t sure what to think at the start as turmeric isn’t something that I would have thought could help improve my pso. So, I have looked into a few of the benefits of turmeric and skin and wanted to share this with you…

The benefits:
I took a look at a few websites to get a feel for what was great about turmeric. After reading around a little bit I noticed that most places were saying the same benefits:

·        Nourishing to skin
·        Anti-inflammatory
·        Reduce pigmentation
·        Reduce blemishes
·        Give skin a natural glow
·        Anti-ageing properties
·        Improve dry skin

It looks as though “curcumin”, which is found in turmeric, is the substance that helps with the above benefits. From reading more it sounds as though this substance can help more than psoriasis – there are references to it helping with cancer, Alzheimer’s, stomach ulcers, high cholesterol, viral infections and diabetes[1]. Sounds pretty great so far…

From the inside…
Due to the fact that it also says digesting turmeric is great for tackling psoriasis from the inside I am going to look into different ways of doing this in everyday meals. Psoriasis, whilst externally visible, has been said to stem from our gut and its ability to digest foods – if turmeric is meant to help with the reduction of psoriasis on the outside then adding it to food and trying to incorporate it into a diet must help!!

It seems that turmeric has a rather low absorption rate so there are ways to help increase this problem. Healthy and Natural World explains how to help get turmeric into the body via black pepper, mixing with fats and mixing with quercetin (a plant pigment). So, turmeric and black pepper on toast anyone? No, that doesn’t sound too appealing…SO – if you go to the link above they list some smoothies to try that can help get more turmeric into your body. I will be trying out some of these smoothies soon…

Curcumin tablets:
Another way to get curcumin (turmeric extract) into your system is by taking tablets. I looked around and they are pretty easy to get a hold of; Holland and Barrett’s does them, and there are multiple sellers on Amazon where you can get them from.

Let’s get started…
Turmeric is not something that I would have thought could help with psoriasis but after reading around about it I am keen to find some products and start testing them out. I am not even sure if there are turmeric based moisturisers or ointments but I am going to have a look about and see what products are best rated. My psoriasis is really bad on my face and scalp at the moment so I am going to look for products to help ease those areas and see if there are any amazing results.

Whilst tackling pso from the outside I am starting to focus more on what I put into my system. Sticking to foods that are best for pso and ensuring that I avoid foods that will increase a flare-up can only mean positive results.

If anyone knows of any turmeric products then mention them in the comments below and I have a look!!

If you want to take a look at a few of the websites that I found useful, then check-out the ones below…





[1] To read more: WebMD
Hey all,

I was asked by Hydromol to write an article about having confidence with a skin condition. It took me a while to write this article and I kept umming and ahhing about what to write and if what I wrote was good enough. 

Finally, I sent in a final piece...annnnddddd here it is!!!! :) 

Be Skin Confident, Be Fabulous by Kara Hooper

Leave me a message with what you think. 

Whilst you're there, read the travelling advice by Simon Jury, it's a great read and very useful advice!! 

Travelling Tips by Simon Jury, author of My Skin and I

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