My Living With Psoriasis Blog

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Guest Post - Russell's Story

This is a beautifully written account by Russell. He took the time out to write about his experiences with psoriasis and has courageously let me share that story with you.



Russell's E-mail:

I tried most of the creams you have written about but nothing really worked for me. Things just got worse.

I did a great deal of research and found three things that have worked well to minimise the effects of Psoriasis. I developed it when I moved to a desert country, whether that was the trigger or not, I'm unsure.

The four things I tried were a healthy diet to detoxify, exposure to sunlight (UV), exercise to de-stress and a good cream regime.

I went on a strict four month detox diet. Within 3 weeks the small hard itchy areas that had started to develop receded back to normal skin conditions. I cut out sugar, processed foods, yeast, all oils (except small amounts of olive oil), cut down on red meat, no coffee, dairy products especially butter, cheese as well as margarine, bleached products like white flour, white rice and pasta. I also cut out anything acidic except for lemon juice. The only sugar intake was through fruits and a few teaspoons of honey for my immune system. I found out that so many food products like baked beans and tinned soup (even the top brands) contained excessive amounts of sugar. I resorted to buying only fresh foods and did not eat out.

I increased my intake of salads, vegetables, green tea, water, brown rice, brown pasta and fish. I also reduced my meal time portions and when I felt hungry I drank water. In most cases when one has a healthy diet and you feel hungry, your body is asking for water. Chips and roast potatoes were par boiled and baked coated with a bit of olive oil and fresh herbs. Bread intake was decreased but I made homemade whole-wheat bread as I could see what went into the recipe.

I would drink juice from a whole lemon with a tea spoon of virgin olive oil (watch out for fakes) to cleanse the liver on a daily basis. I actually started having a lot more energy as a result of the diet. Along with the diet I took a daily dose of Psyllium husk tablets for my colon. I also took an antioxidant tablet but one can get these vitamins through natural foods.

This worked for me but there are different detox diets available out there where it is up to the individual to try what's best for them.

Secondly, I increased my exposure to sunlight which did help somewhat. Nothing had eradicated the problem entirely but life was more bearable.

The third most important part was to exercise regularly to reduce the normal daily stress of life and having to deal with Psoriasis.

But here's what I have found to work well on top of the diet. I use Skin-Cap shampoo which has cleared my scalp entirely. On my body, I use a soft loufa to remove the scales and slightly reduce the size of the area without breaking the skin and then I build the skin up through moisturising creams.

I use Skin-Cap cream 2 times a day on areas that start to show. The really bad areas are covered in the cream quite thickly and then I use a surgical plaster to keep the cream in. I leave it on for 24 hours and then let the skin breathe for half a day and repeat the process. After a week, all of the red irritated parts have almost disappeared. Once the scales are gone, I keep moisturising twice a day to keep it away. This works wonders and my skin goes back to normal.


I still have to moisturise my entire body with a general cream like Bioderma twice a day and when I see a red area developing I use the Skin -Cap cream to stop it spreading. Areas that are persistent get the Skin -Cap daily just to be on the safe side. When a hard itchy area starts to develop I found that preventing it from spreading was a lot easier than trying to reduce it in size.

Contacting Russell.

On top of emailing about his struggles with psoriasis he has given contact details if anyone would wish to communicate with him about anything that he has written. 


From me:

I have never personally met Russell, he just emailed me about his story and I asked him if it was okay to share on my blog for others to read. I really feel that reading someone else's story gives you a sense of calm and clarity that you are not alone and that others out there face the same things you do. 

Thank you Russell, your story was truly appreciated.  
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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

TV Show - Optomen

Okay so, I have also received another e-mail from a woman at Optomen which is a TV production company. She would like me to write something about their up and coming show that is focused around psoriasis. They have mentioned that filming is to take place soon so anyone that would with to be a part of the show needs to contact them right away. 


A little bit about Optomen:

It is an “award-winning TV production company” who has made “high-profile programmes for both UK and US channels”. They have produced TV shows such as: Gordon Ramsay's Behind Bars (C4), Great British Menu (BBC) and Mary: Queen of Shops (BBC).


What Optomen had to say:

“Optomen TV are currently making a brand new health show for the Discovery Channel and we are keen to raise awareness of Psoriasis, in order for viewers to gain a clearer understanding of what it’s like to live with this condition. Our show will explore the symptoms associated with Psoriasis and how best to treat/manage it. 

We are reaching out to people with Psoriasis who would be comfortable taking about their condition on television. If anyone is interested, they should email us at 
healthshow@optomen.com with their name, location, contact email address and a brief description about themselves. As we are scheduled to film soon, we advise anyone interested to get in touch asap”

From me:

I am not entirely sure about specifics with this show but they summed it up pretty efficiently; it is a show that will be trying to raise awareness and understanding of psoriasis through people with the condition participating in the show and representing the psoriasis community.

I am a huge advocate for anything that is psoriasis related and hope that there are plenty of people out there who are willing to be a face for us all. It takes a lot of courage to talk about psoriasis and the way that it affects your life, so a big thank you to anyone who is strong enough to do so.

Contacting Optomen:

Email them at healthshow@optomen.com or www.optomen.com/casting  (I am not sure which so probably best to send an e-mail to the address and have a look on the website for other contact details if you don't hear anything in reply) with:
1.     Name
2.     Location
3.     Contact email address
4.     Brief description of yourself (I’m guessing age/type of psoriasis/profession/family details)

Other Optomen contact details:




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Monday, 24 March 2014

Psoriasis YouTube Videos!

After I was contacted by Betty about their up and coming documentary, I wanted to take a look and see if there was anything else that had been on TV about psoriasis. So, I went to YouTube and had a look around. I simply searched “psoriasis” to see what would come up and there are a lot of videos! Some of them explain what psoriasis is and that is what I want to share today.

Below are a few videos that I think are pretty decent in explaining what psoriasis is, what the types of psoriasis are, causes and symptoms (including common things that can flare up or trigger psoriasis) plus diagnosis and treatment.

I just want to include these today because I had never (ever) looked on YouTube for videos related to psoriasis before. I can’t believe how informative they are!! I’ve learnt what I know about psoriasis from my Doctor(s) and constantly searching medical sites and reading psoriasis articles. So, this is just a different way of learning about it that I wanted to share with you and that I am annoyed I never did before.

If you are a newbie to psoriasis and are lost and confused about what is going on and are too nervous or embarrassed to speak to someone about it – take a look. Honestly, even if you are a veteran of psoriasis-suffering and know a lot about it- look anyway as you never know if you might learn something new J

At the end there are a few videos on Psoriatic Arthritis. I don't really know a lot about it so decided to watch videos that told me about it. 

Lastly, they are quick and simple to watch – you don’t even really need to watch the video, you can just listen to the words. So put it on in the background if you are a busy-bee and you may gain something! 

YouBeauty: Understanding your Psoriasis. 

I love this video. I think it is brilliant at giving a brief but fully accurate description of what psoriasis is and why it happens. Plus, the graphics are wonderfully created to widen that understanding. 


HealthiNation: Three-Part series on Psoriasis

I enjoyed this three-part series as it gives a good overall understanding of psoriasis.

Part One: What is Psoriasis?

Part Two: Causes and Symptoms of Psoriasis.

Part Three: Diagnosing and Treating Psoriasis.

Nucleus Medical Media: Psoriasis

My ability to intake large scientific words is rather slow, so I watched this video a few times to actually grasp what all the big words meant (and trust me, there are a lot!) Still worth a watch as it is very informative and concise.

HealthiNation: Three-part series on Psoriatic Arthiritis

I genuinely knew little about this so I thought it would be beneficial to include something about it. It doesn't discriminate against age or gender so it is best to know the basics about it to keep a watchful eye out for yourselves. 

Part One: What is Psoriatic Arthritis?

Part Two: Living with Psoriatic Arthritis.

Part Three: Treating Psoriatic Arthritis.

Psoriatic Arthritis: Understanding the disease.



Hopefully some of these videos have been insightful for those that are lost inside a world of psoriasis, I know that they were informative for myself so I just wish they are for others as well. I am sure that there are plenty more videos on YouTube (do be aware that some of the videos that come up...do not fit within an informative criteria but each to their own). 

Please, inform me of any videos that you find that you think are brilliant and I will happily add them to the list to help others out there. 

Have a wonderful and informative day!! 

Alternative links to follow if the videos above do not work properly:
1. YouBeauty: Understanding your Psoriasis

2. HealthiNation Series (Psoriasis)

3. Nucleus Medical Media

4. HealthiNation Series (Psoriatic Arthritis) 

5. Understanding Psoriatic Arthritis
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TV Documentary - Betty

Hello all,

I have been contacted by Betty who is a company that produces “high quality factual television.”
(http://www.betty.co.uk/) Let me tell you why :)



What did they contact about?

They are creating a new documentary that is being made and broadcasted in the UK (therefore only people actually within the UK can be a part of the documentary). Their inspiration for this programme is “to raise awareness about psoriasis and other conditions by following people as they try to regain confidence and try to find love.”

This, to me, sounds like a very helpful documentary for those who have psoriasis. It will bring to light the fact that we are not alone and that the problems that we face daily – others also face! Plus, raising awareness of psoriasis can help widen understanding and acknowledgment and reduce prejudice.

Do note that this documentary isn’t just aimed at people with psoriasis. It is hoping to cover a wide variety of medical conditions that effect and hinder people’s lives. However, they have asked me to write about it to help spread the word and hopefully spark an interest in someone out there to take part! Psoriasis isn’t their main focus and every medical condition is equally important and relevant.

A brief description from Betty:

“We are looking for people to take part who have a medical condition or body issue and feel it can make dating and new relationships a bit tricky- It could be anything from vitiligo, to severe acne scarring or drastic hair loss.

The programme will be a heart-warming and uplifting series about relationships and finding love. We are looking for single people who feel that their love lives have been affected by a medical condition and as a result, may not feel entirely comfortable with being open about their medical condition/history when they first meet people.

The series will look at how much we reveal about ourselves to potential partners at the start of a relationship and how it can be trickier for those with medical/physical conditions. Throughout the series, our contributors will be raising awareness about their medical/physical conditions and documenting how these conditions can impact on their daily lives. We want to give a respectful insight into a variety of conditions, to both educate our viewers and at the same inspire others who may be in the same situation.”

When and where?

It should be aired through a Discovery Network in 2015 (specifics on dates and times aren’t well known this early on in production – but roughly around then). Also, I asked whether the website would have any section dedicated to information but they don’t have anything on there yet – but the “website should have some promotional material for the programme in a few months when we [Betty] have a title.”

They are currently trying to spread the word about this documentary and are trying to cast people to be involved in it.

How do I apply to be a part of the documentary?

If you would like to contact Betty about this documentary then email them at love@betty.co.uk and someone from their research team will get in touch with you to discuss details. The search for those to star in the documentary is already in process and will possibly continue from now until May/June time.

A little something from me:

I completely understand how daunting this might be to those who have any medical condition; not just psoriasis. The thought of people you don’t know seeing your most intimate ‘flaws’ can be highly intimidating. However, the only way that awareness can be raised is for those strong enough to lead the way. I would personally like to be considered for this documentary to show a face for others who might be too scared to but I currently live in Thailand and will be for a while so unfortunately can’t contact Betty’s research team to apply.

I hope that some of you out there will have that confidence to contact Betty and star in the documentary. You would be judged by none of us that understand your pain and tribulation. You may even be someone who makes a difference in other people’s reactions when they see psoriasis (or another equally as important medical condition). I hope to see this documentary at some point in 2015 and see someone with psoriasis on there.

Please, always feel welcome to contact me and talk to me about anything. If you are reading this but don’t have psoriasis but do have another medical condition or body issue then I am writing to you as well. I believe that experiences and emotions which I may have or have had are similar to what others experience. I am open to communication from anyone who needs someone to talk to. It is tough thinking that you are alone and all of us have been there at some point at time. If you are considering contacting Betty but are worried or nervous or whatever…then email me for a chat! I seek pleasure in talking to others out there who totally understand.


More about Betty:

If you want to see what TV programmes they have produced then http://www.betty.co.uk/programmes/all should take you to the right place!

Their other contact information: http://www.betty.co.uk/contact

Their Twitter account: https://twitter.com/bettytweetsTV



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Guest Post - Diet and Psoriasis

This post is by a fellow Psoriasis Sufferer from somewhere around the Globe.
He has written a little something specially to share information about how a diet can effect Psoriasis. Enjoy! 
Check out his wonderfully informative blog at: http://byebyepsoriasis.com/ for more posts. :) 



How Diet Affects Psoriasis – Reduce Psoriasis Symptoms Through Food

Many people think that there is little to no correlation between food and psoriasis. That being said, new research has emerged that suggests that this is incorrect. So many people are starting to realize that psoriasis is intrinsically linked to the digestive system and is commonly associated with specific food allergies.
 One study  in particular demonstrated that "Fasting periods, low-energy diets and vegetarian diets improved psoriasis symptoms in some studies, and diets rich in n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids from fish oil also showed beneficial effects." 
While it isn't necessary to implement all these strategies, it is important to note that they can make a difference in your psoriasis symptoms and quality of life. 
Let's take a closer glance at these dietary adjustments as well as other related practices that are effective in healing P.

Vegetarian Diet

There is some speculation about one of the potential causes of psoriasis being what is known as “Leaky Gut Syndrome”, where the small intestine (which is the immune system's first line of defense) is aggravated by large food particles and yeasts travelling through the digestive tract. This causes all kinds of problems such as damage to the intestinal wall, allowing foreign bodies to permeate it. This may explain why many psoriasis sufferers are also plagued by IBS symptoms and other digestive issues.
While this theory lacks adequate empirical evidence, it may still serve as an illustration of how psoriasis is affected by certain foods and how allergies to new foods can develop out of it.
A vegetarian diet is helpful because it ends up eliminating both red and white meats which are very difficult to digest and are notorious causes of inflammation. Without these foods in your diet, your digestive system will be given a much needed rest from breaking down tough foods and therefore be allowed to recuperate.
Another beneficial aspect of the vegetarian diet is that it prevents you from eating out often; since meat is a staple at take out joints and restaurants, being a strict vegetarian will force you to find alternative (and healthier) meal options.
Still, there are vegetarian foods that are widely recognized as being psoriasis triggers. Further modifications are needed to eliminate those problem foods.

The Modified Anti-Inflammatory Diet

This avenue is an optimal one for anyone who suffers from a skin condition. While it is technically pescetarian (which breaks the veggie rule), it eliminates several other problem foods that seem to be common allergens. This is a far cry from the commonly embraced anti-inflammatory diet which allows foods contain lactose or gluten. I suggest eliminating both lactose and gluten for at least 4-6 weeks to see if psoriasis symptoms abate. Some psoriasis sufferers find that getting rid of just those two ingredients alone seems enough to start the skin to clear quite noticeably.
Here is the bare bones diet: all of the foods are the simple, wholesome and natural: rice, fish, loads of fresh fruits and veggies, lots of seeds, nuts, olive oil (or hemp oil).
Foods that are off limits: Meat, Bread, Dairy, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Refined Sugar, anything that could cause inflammation.
I starting adhering to this diet exclusively about a year ago. While it may be seem impossible  at first to pass up on so many tasty and prevalent foods, it is totally worth it, if you want to start seeing a serious difference in your skin and you health overall.

Intermittent Fasting

This is another powerful tool when it comes to treating P. It has seen a lot of popularity recently, in popular media and on the web. Some styles of intermittent fasting involve switching on-off between days of normal eating followed by a full day of fasting. In other kinds, instead of abstaining entirely, you switch to one meal a day and skip the others. Another variation called the 5:2 diet suggests that you stick to an average diet 5 days out of the week and select the remaining 2 days to perform two eighteen hour fasts respectively.
Whatever method you end up trying (if you try it at all), keep in mind that balance is essential. Eating too little can result in more harm than good.
For more info on the subject, watch this fascinating documentary.
I also suggest that you consult a doctor or healthcare expert before starting any new diet or dietary restriction method.

In Closing

These guidelines are meant to help you achieve your goals in psoriasis reduction. They are anything but consistent. If changing your food intake hasn't worked for you, don't feel discouraged. Psoriasis is hard to manage and doesn't always react to positive lifestyle changes immediately. Don't give up hope.
It's also vital that you be comfortable with yourself, just as you are, in the present moment. Don't wait for your psoriasis to begin going away before you take the time to love yourself and others.
I wish everyone peace and clear skin.
Matthew Bridge is a musician, professional blogger, psychology major and fellow psoriasis sufferer. He operates www.byebyepsoriasis.com as a comprehensive source for natural and effective psoriasis treatments and remedies, as well as coping methods and psychological strategies for dealing with the disease. 



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Saturday, 8 March 2014

Tar Shampoo; what I use and their reviews!

So, saw this article in the Daily Mail titled; Coal tar shampoo was a standby for psoriasis and eczema. So why HAS this trusted skin treatment disappeared?” and I got a bit worried. I really hope that tar shampoos are not going to disappear. They may not completely clear up psoriasis but for me they really help with controlling my scratching and of course they do help with psoriasis symptoms – less flakes, less bleeding, less pain, less itchiness. Plus, personally, I really like the smell of them.

I tend to get really bad psoriasis in my scalp. I think I make it worse as I am really bad when it comes to scratching it. However, the worst part is that I don’t realize I am scratching it until it’s too late and I have already made it worse. I guess it is one of those bad habits you develop over the years and just become oblivious to.

At home I have always used some kind of tar shampoo and I think I always will. Over the years I have enjoyed using them. They stop the scalp from irritating you and it does drastically (for myself anyway) reduce my need to subconsciously scratch my scalp. Also, when you use them the suds go over your body when you wash it out – I don’t see how that can hinder reducing the symptoms of psoriasis. Well, it makes me feel as though it helps my skin…and if you think that; you are more likely to have a positive attitude!

I have used;
1.       T-Gel; this was one of the first ones that I ever used.
2.       Capasal; this is a product I know I have used, but can’t remember a lot about it.
3.       Alphosyl; this is the one that I used most recently for about 2 years on and off
4.       Polytar; this is the one that I am currently using.

I am just going to write a bit about the products that I have used below and my experiences with them (if you aren’t interesting in reading about it or already know about them, then just skip to the end :D)

T-Gel
This is the first ever tar shampoo that I used. I still remember to this day how weird I thought it was. It was some odd brown colour and the smell swamped that bathroom within seconds. It was kind of thick, gloopy and sticky. As I didn’t really know how to use them, I put a fair amount on and quickly realized that was a mistake as they tend to lather up a lot! I didn’t want to use conditioner with it as I wasn’t sure if it would reverse the effect of the shampoo. Tar shampoos tend to make your hair feel a bit like straw so I started using a conditioner with the shampoo. I only used it at the ends of my hair because I didn’t want it to be on my scalp; this did help with brushing my hair afterwards.

I can’t remember what specific T-Gel I used as they have a few varieties now, but I am pretty sure it was the “original formula” one. After googling them, I would quite like to give the “extra strength” one a go AND I see they do conditioners…fabulous!!

Finding this product: reading about the product and where to buy it.
The website gives you places where you can buy the products and also great descriptions of them!

Capasal
I honestly don’t remember a lot about this product; however, I am pretty sure it is a brown colour and does have the same sticky quality as T-Gel (maybe a bit thicker)! I think the reason why I stopped using this product was because it was a prescription on the NHS. I used T-Gel before I had something prescribed and the prescribed shampoo was Capasal. When I turned 18 my free prescriptions stopped and I started to realize I shouldn’t rely on products I was given without researching and find my own to use. That’s when I moved onto Alphosyl (that my mother found – she knows best after all) and quickly forgot about this one. I don’t know where to buy it or even if you can buy it anywhere, but I found it on Amazon that says you have to fill on a form and are only given one bottle (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dermal-Laboratories-Capasal-Therapeutic-Shampoo/dp/B00433ZYO2/ref=pd_cp_d_1). It might be worth asking a pharmacy for more details on this shampoo if you wanted to use it.

Alphosyl
Alphosyl was the tar shampoo that I used for the longest amount of time. I actually don’t know where I got it from because my mother used to buy it! It was a 2-in-1 product which meant that I didn’t need to worry about conditioning my hair as it had that in there for me. The first time I ever used this product it shocked me because it was green!! I suddenly thought ‘that doesn’t seem right, is it off?’, but no, it was completely fine and was meant to be green.

I only have good things to say about this product, it made me feel happy when I used it because I knew it was making my psoriasis better and sometimes would use it as a body scrub…just because I didn’t see how it could harm!!

Finding this product: reading about the product and where to buy it.
It gives you a description of the product and also other peoples’ reviews. Good to have a read if you want to know if it worked for others.

Polytar
This is the shampoo that I am currently using. I am currently living in Thailand and was given this shampoo when I went to the doctors. It was only when I googled it that I read about the disappearance of the products – and what inspired me to write about my tar shampoos. I have been using this product for about 3-4weeks and I already like it. It is a runny brown liquid that does tend to go literally everywhere if you aren’t careful with pouring it into your hand – I have adopted a ‘pour it directly onto my scalp’ system that tends to work best and avoids wastage. I like smell of it as well! I was told to use the product 3-4 times a week and therefore have done so. I don’t use a conditioner with it and it does make my hair feel like very very dry straw!! It feels okay when it is dry, it’s just impossible to brush my (extremely matted hair) whilst it is still wet. That might just be my hair type though.

I also was looking about and saw that it cost about £20.00 in the UK just for one bottle!!!! That is extremely expensive for a shampoo when you consider the size and lasting time. On my photo in this article, the price is about 500baht which is around £10.00 - still kinda expensive for a shampoo. I hope that they don’t go off the shelves and become really expensive products.

Finding this product: reading about the product and where to buy it.

So, those are my experiences with tar shampoos. I know that I will always use a tar shampoo; they just make me feel better and more positive about my psoriasis on my scalp. I have been looking at the internet to find out more about tar shampoos as I never really bothered to look before today. I wanted to include a few links to websites that give you more precise information about them; what they do, what they include, their side-effects, etc…

Please read the information if you haven’t already. It gave me information that I didn’t know before. Also, if you don’t use a tar shampoo then I highly recommend giving one ago – but of course, if you don’t have scalp psoriasis then it probably isn’t worth it or if you just aren’t interested in a tar shampoo then don’t bother.

IF you haven’t used one before then read about them online! I urge this because there, like everything in psoriasis world, are possible side-effects. They may not give me or others side-effects but they might for you. Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease read and make sure that you know what they are and what to look for in case you get them.

Information Websites:


Thank you for reading!


Have a fantastic day and hold your head high – psoriasis or no psoriasis.
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Bio-Oil

So, I know that Bio-oil is most commonly used as a product to help with stretch marks and uneven skin tone, but I thought that if it would/could help with that, then maybe it will help with the roughness of my skin that is caused by psoriasis. I also have un-even skin tone where the areas of psoriasis are redder than my very pale skin. When an area of psoriasis starts to get better, I also end up with a silver tinted skin patch which looks the same as a scar; therefore, I decided to see what bio-oil does to my skin condition and whether or not it helped.

Info:
You can buy Bio-Oil in most places. I found this specific one from Costco but I am sure that they are everywhere (Boots/Tesco/Superdrug) or somewhere online.

A description of their product that they have online:

Bio‑Oil is a specialist skincare oil that helps improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone. It is also effective for ageing and dehydrated skin. Bio‑Oil has won 167 skincare awards and has become the No.1 selling scar and stretch mark product in 17 countries since its global launch in 2002.”

I honestly can’t remember how much this one cost me, but from Boots.com;

·         200ml = £19.99
·         125ml = £14.99
·         60ml = £8.99

The Review:

I bought a rather large bottle of the oil because I wanted to use it all over my skin. I decided to do my body first because it is very greasy and I didn’t know if it was going to cause my skin to break out in spots (not sure if that is a huge problem for others, but I have psoriasis on my face and the thought of having psoriasis and spots is just too much for my confidence to deal with).

I also decided to only do it at night before I went to bed, again, due to the greasy-ness of the oil, I didn't want to go to work and have my clothes sticking to my skin. Or worse; have it stain my work clothes and look a bit like an unwashed tramp.

I found it easy to spread around and it helped with the fact that the bottle itself has a controlled top so it doesn't spill out everywhere in huge quantities! I did stand up and walk around for a bit so that it had time to sink in and I wasn't going to get into bed and have it all come off on the sheets.

After some time, I did notice a difference in the redness of the patches and the texture of the patches was less rough – the white ‘scales’ were also reduced and smoother. Due to this positivity I decided to use it on my face (jut avoiding areas that I knew would make my skin break out)! It too made a difference; the larger patches of psoriasis were less defined and it was smoother.

Again, with many of the products I am testing, it is not meant to ‘cure’ psoriasis and therefore, it didn’t. It did however help with the appearance of it and didn’t do any harm to the rest of my skin. I will probably always keep a bottle of Bio-Oil around because it makes the skin smoother and less red. I would probably team it up with another product to get its benefits.

The results:
Price: 6/10 – It is kind of expensive (depending on what size bottle you buy – I bought the biggest one) for a product that doesn’t cure psoriasis. But it is a good product for keeping your skin smooth and reducing the red patches.

Smell: 10/10 – I personally love the smell of this product. It has a sweet smell and in turn makes your skin smell lovely.

Texture: 6/10 – It is extremely oily (not surprisingly) and therefore is rather greasy. It does take a long time for the oil to skin into the skin and can if you don’t wash your hands properly afterwards does get onto other surfaces.

Packaging: 6/10 – Nothing special. It is just a simple clear tub (helpful for seeing the quantity you have left) and a white lid. Depending on the size you can carry it around with you for re-applying in the day if you so choose.  

Time consumption: 6/10 – Doesn’t take long to apply to the skin and the bottle design is good! However, it does take a long time to skin into the skin and can get stuff greasy.  

Overall result: 7/10 – I like this product; it makes your skin feel good and smooth and can help reduce the redness of the patches psoriasis leaves. However, it isn’t a secret cure for psoriasis and doesn’t end up getting rid of it completely (not for me personally anyway).

I hope that you try this product as I was most happy with the way that it smoothed the areas of psoriasis. I find that when it is calmer and less white/scaly/red, it is less noticeable.

Try it yourself, you might be pleasantly surprised! 




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