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 :)

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.

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.

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".

10/10 – Just a normal, smooth cream.

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…
  • 2 teaspoons of turmeric
  • 1teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • Peppercorns
  • 1 lemon
  • Agave (instead of honey – but honey would work)

  • 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!!

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…


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!


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!


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 :)

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

Let’s get involved!

So, Healthline contacted me about some programmes that they are running (this was a while ago so I must apologise for being so late to write about them!!!)

Evvvvvvvvvvvverryyonnneee loves a good selfie these days so they have created a hashtag for all those with psoriasis to get involved and take a selfie of themselves and upload it to Instagram, Twitter or onto their page. They didn’t state that it needs to be showing off your psoriasis, it could just be of you! However, if you want to show it off…then do J

Upload the photos to this web-link and for each photo uploaded they will donate $10 to the National Psoriasis Foundation.

You’ve got this
This programme is a collection of videos that are submitted by those living with psoriasis to give encouragement and words of wisdom to others.

Upload the photos to this web-link and for each photo uploaded they will donate $10 to the National Psoriasis Foundation.

Words you should know
This is a wonderful list of words that those suffering with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis should know. They are put into an interactive visual that explains each word as you hover over it. This is particularly helpful if you are new to the conditions or if you need an explanation of how you might be feeling.

Click here to see the word map for yourself.

Please get involved and participate in some of these programmes; the more people who get involved then the more community there is – it’s always good to know you are not alone and just knowing that there are others out there who share the same condition as you is really comforting. 

Also, for everyone that gets involved; there is money donated to our foundation!! The more money that we can raise, the better the research becomes. So get snapping!!!

Hey there beautiful people,

It has been a while since I have written a post.  I have been a bit here and there in my life, moving countries and what not. Sadly the last thing that I was able to keep up with was my blog. However, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been thinking of stuff that I need to write about.

I have recently moved from a tropical, humid country back to England…a cold, dry country. Whilst it has been a struggle to adjust, the hardest and most stressful part has been trying to deal with my psoriasis flare up.

What have I been doing you ask?
Well, I have been spending a lot of time inside (not specifically because of my psoriasis – just because I am home for the holidays) without makeup on and constantly treating my psoriasis. I like to not wear makeup as much as possible as I am pretty sure the makeup I use doesn’t help my psoriasis what so ever (I am not very makeup knowledgeable soooooo have used the same stuff since I was about 15!)  but this is something that I will addressing in the new year.
Which brings me onto...

The story of the Vaseline…
Before I tell the story – the fact that I used Vaseline is irrelevant (I think); you can probably just use any petroleum jelly product.

One thing that really stressed me out being back home was that my lips were/are constantly dry and cracked. Not exactly something that I enjoy. I started to put Vaseline on my lips. Then one night when my psoriasis was really bad I just put it over my face. I thought that if it will keep my lips moist and stop them drying out then why wouldn’t it work on my pso!! It was a moment when I had to try something new or I was going to resort to steroid creams, which I hate, because I was just getting to down about how bad my skin was. I didn’t apply it all over my face though, because it is so greasy and I really didn’t want to end up covered in spots as well.

I put the Vaseline on overnight and checked how it looked in the morning. I noticed straight away that the Vaseline tended to get rid of the white flecks on top of the skin and made the patches feel less rough overall.

I have started to use Vaseline more over my body, it doesn’t immediately get rid of the patches but it does seriously help the overall look of them and makes the patches less red and aggressive looking. One thing I have noticed is that without the Vaseline (a few nights I have missed doing it) my skin is worse in the morning – so whilst I think that it isn’t doing anything because the patches aren’t completely going away, it is clear what it is doing when I see what happens when I don’t use it.  

Where have I been using Vaseline?
Currently I am only applying it to my face, scalp line and torso. It is really greasy stuff so getting it out of my hair is an actual nightmare and takes a few rounds of shampoo in the morning to do so. Currently time isn’t an issue for my routine, but when I need to be somewhere in the morning I would probably avoid putting it on my scalp line and on patches actually on my scalp just because it doesn’t look nice if it isn’t washed out properly.

I have a lot of patches on my face and only put the Vaseline, liberally, on those spots (as in, I don’t apply it like a moisturiser and just rub it in everywhere). I also put it around my ears and down my neck where I have some patches.

The visible patches are the ones that I tend to focus on more, everything that I can cover wearing clothes or whatever tends to get left out of the OTT application of creams/ointments/lotions and potions.  However, I have been applying to my torso to see the effect on those areas.

Do note that, if you are going to try using Vaseline – it is extremely greasy and will stain your clothes/bed sheets. Just wear PJ’s you don’t really care about and if you are worried about the bed sheets you can put a towel down. Everything is washable – that is my outlook anyway.

I didn’t intentionally decide to use Vaseline as a psoriasis product, but, I did it in impulse and I am really happy with the results.

Price: 10/10 – It is literally so cheap and you can buy it anywhere!! I think the one I bought was less than £2 for a decent (carry-able) sized tub.

Smell: N/A – There isn’t a smell to be honest.

Texture: 8/10 – I go through phases of liking the texture of Vaseline. It is a really gluey/sticky products but it goes onto the skin so smoothly. I think I don’t like the way that it is a nightmare to get off (i.e. off your hands after you have applied it and don’t want to get grease onto things that you touch) also it is impervious to a quick water removal.

Packaging: 10/10 – I love the Vaseline tub. It looks like and literally everyone at some point in their life has owned or used it….no questions asked.

Time consumption: 6/10 – Whilst it goes on so easily, it is an actual nightmare to get off (for me because of the way that I apply it to my scalp line and to my ears and whatnot), however, you could probably get it off with a warm towel and gently scrubbing if you didn’t apply it to your scalp. Once I have devised a routine to getting it off in the morning, it is a lot less frustrating. It is still annoying though but one of those instances where…the annoyance is worth the results? (If that makes sense at all)

Overall result: 9/10 – I love Vaseline; I used it all the time for my lips so would never not use it. Especially in England where my skin is so dry. My skin feels smoother and the patches of pso are noticeably different. It is enough to use – I can deal with how my pso looks whilst using Vaseline however if you are still striving for it to be completely gone…Vaseline might not be the product to do that. BUT, it is a fabulous product to use whilst looking J

Get a tub and give it a go! You probably have it somewhere in your house already.

Hi my name is Marcie, I suffered from psoriasis for about 10 years starting at the age of 16 and on into my mid-twenties.  It was painful and itchy but worse than that; it caused me social anxiety and unhappiness.  Psoriasis was preventing me from living the life I wanted to live.  It’s something you have to be tough to deal with or you become tough. 

I spent a lot of those years learning about psoriasis; its causes and treatments and also how your diet, lifestyle and exercise can help.  By 2008 my psoriasis was in remission and I was back to living the life I wanted to live.  Instrumental in my recovery was of course diet (paleo, probiotics), getting regular exercise, good sleep and trial and error with topical treatments.

One topical treatment in particular that helped me was Sausage Tree Cream.  Its key ingredient comes from a special plant called the Sausage Tree which is indigenous to Southern Africa.  I learned about the plant during a visit to South Africa, experienced its curative properties and, because it was not available in the US, began importing it for my own use and for my friends and family.

One reason why I hadn’t heard of the Sausage Tree (Kigelia Africana) before is because its native habitat, Southern Africa, has been marred by social strife and trade embargoes.  While Southern Africa is home to 30,000 plant species, many of which likely have medicinal value, very few of them are known to Western civilization.  The Sausage Tree is an exception in that it has recently begun to be clinically researched and shows promise for a variety of skin maladies.

The following is a description of the product:
According to clinical research the ingredients in Sausage Tree Cream work by supporting the natural healing processes of skin including the production of collagen, elastin, and melanin while also moisturizing, calming and soothing skin irritation.  The botanical ingredients stimulate the local immune system and render the skin inhospitable to potentially harmful bacteria and pathogens.  The product is therefore unique in that it addresses a variety of disruptors to healthy skin and skin related problems.

More Info:

Price: 29.99USD, one bottle will last a fairly long time.  With generous application it lasts me 6 months. (International Shipping fees are roughly - or the equivalent of - 10USD)

Ingredients: Sausage Tree, Aloe Vera, Lavender, Tea Tree Oil

Smell – Almost odourless, with a hint of lavender.

Texture - Thick creamy texture.  It spreads easily and absorbs in about 5-10 minutes.

Packaging – Plain white cream-tube holding 75ml and weighing approximately 3 ounces.

Time consumption – Detailed directions can be found here, but otherwise it takes approximately 5-10 minutes to apply and absorb and can be inserted into any skincare routine.

Overall – we’ve been receiving positive feedback and I hope it can help others as well.  Let me know your experience.