My story

Smile if you’re flaking!

Hi, I’m Jack.

I’m 26 years old, my star sign is Libra, I love gorging on pickled tomatoes , and until fairly recently… I used to leave a trail of crusty, dead skin behind me like some kind of perverse magic trick.

But that’s in the past. After having psoriasis for over ten years, I finally discovered how to “treat” it, to keep it at bay.

I first developed “P” during my first year of secondary school. The skin on my thumb randomly started to look increasingly raw, like someone had taken a peeler to it.

Then the psoriasis began to spread. It followed me around like an evil, red troll, attacking my arms, my armpits, my face and even my eyelids.

Like most flakers, I went through the typical motions. I went to my local doctors, who gave me some hydrocortisone cream.

It worked like magic! My psoriasis really disappeared, and I was back to my happy-go-lucky, slightly-awkward 13-year-old self. And then, a couple of weeks later, my tube run out… and the P came back with a vengeance.

I could hear it saying:  “Jack, did you really think you could get rid of my this easily?”

Over the next few years, I tried everything I could get my hands on. I went to a homeopath who prescribed me tiny drops of snake poison (his reasoning was that snakes shed skin, too, therefore I must be reptilian!) I went to a London Chinese herbalist, and drank bitter asian herbs that cost me an arm and a leg. I tried dozens of steroids and creams.

But nothing worked for long

For a while, I just thought “so what” and lived with it. But who can deny that it has an impact on your self-esteem and your social life? My skin was in tatters,and it did have an effect on me.

  • I was refused summer jobs because of the way my skin looked. Nobody wanted a waiter or sales assistant with ugly skin.
  • I wore long-sleeved shirts all the time to try and hide the angry mess underneath.
  • I could feel the local barber’s disgust when he cut my hair because of the scalp psoriasis.
  • I got stared at by a) girls b) kids c) bosses d) dogs like I was a leper.
  • Psoriasis consumed my thoughts on days when I had horrid flare-ups.
  • My skin would literally rip when doing certain physical activities. Sports were a no-no. Yard work was a no-no.
  • Moisturising every day is a pain in the neck, and I must have ruined dozens of jeans and shirts with oily, heavy moisturisers.
  • My joints were becoming increasingly sore. The prospect of getting psoriatic arthritis became bigger.

My hands when they were still bad. Yeah, I’m grumpy here.

How I “cured” it

Eventually I grew desperate. I didn’t believe in the naysayers saying you had to take biologics for it, super-duty steroid creams, or just learn to live with it.

Forget that. I had normal skin once, so what happened? I wasn’t born with this, I thought, so I began to research the hell out of it.

I bought books on Amazon, went on psoriasis forums, registered on alternative healing sites, and experimented on myself.

And I’m glad I did, because today my psoriasis is not something I worry about. As long as I follow what I have discovered, it stays under control. And my skin is loving it!

To give you a bit more details, I experimented with supplements and vitamins. I had over 5,000 IU of  vitamin D3 a day, among loads of others.

I experimented with diets; I became fruitarian for over three months. I became vegetarian for a time. I cut out gluten and other food groups I thought were triggers. I even did a ten day water fast in 2008.

And along the way I hit on the sweet spot! Now, if I stick to what I know, my psoriasis disappears. If not, it comes back.

Why Psoriasis Blob?

There’s a lot of bullshit out there, and as a person who has effectively “cured” his psoriasis, I want to share what works for me and a few of my friends who have psoriasis.

Don’t fall for the hype, there’s no magic cure or fix for psoriasis. It takes a lot of time to start seeing changes, sometimes up to six months. But it is doable.

On Psoriasis Blob I try to post advice once a month on how to deal with psoriasis. I also recommend products I’ve tried or have been recommended to me.

While diet is the core of my approach, I find supplements, probiotics and certain key shampoos and creams indispensable for the rare occasions when I pig out on fast food or hit another trigger.

I want to give people hope that psoriasis is something you can treat. I’m living proof.

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97 Responses to My story

  1. Michele Blitz says:

    You are terrific! I just discovered your blog…in the space of an hour I have ordered the
    tumeric pills and made a list of everything else. Please keep the up! I need your help!
    Thank you so much for sharing your funny self about an unfunny disease that we have.

    • redblob says:

      Glad you liked it Michele! Try the turmeric tea as well, once you manage to suppress the gag reflex it doesn’t actually taste all that bad 😉 Please keep us updated on how you get on!

  2. Cher says:

    What about treatment for scalp psoriasis? same treatment as yours Bob?

  3. Ashley says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this… I have had psoriasis for 6 yrs now and after much experimenting I can tell you that taking vitamin D and fish oil gummies help, I also drink aloe vera ,mixed with juice to cover up the taste, at least once a day. I’ve also recently discovered that after washing my body with my normal body wash I scrub my body with charcoal soap ( or face wash) and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it with cool water. Also one last thing I do is coat my soars with coconut oil and it keeps the spots really moisturized. ( I used to wake up with blood all over my sheets until I started doing this). I know this is a lot for a 6 yr old but it you could incorporate all of this or most of this into her daily routine it would help so much. Good luck

  4. w0dc says:

    Does a psoriasis toenail just grow out? did you fix any of your psoriasis nails? I think the oil spot covers my entire big toe toenail, what is that about? How can it be fixed? I have a lot of turmeric, garlic and onions in my diet.

    Peace
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  5. Rose says:

    I’m just discovering your site! My daughter has had P since birth. We’re at the end of the line with medication. She’s using Dovobet gel and Protopic 0.1% and until she gets a little older, nothing stronger can be prescribed. Phototherapy is futile for the time being since she’s too afraid to get into the booth (she’s 6), and diet changes are a no-go as getting her to eat at all is a battle. Water contact causing burning and stinging, so bathtime is a battle that doesn’t happen as often as it should. She can’t wear tights or any tight fitting clothing due to weeping sores that stick to her clothes (which is impacting her much-loved dance classes). Her bedsheets are bloody and she cries in her sleep due to itchy discomfort. Recently she started losing her fingernails and toenails, causing some embarrassment in school.
    I’m at such a loss… but I’m so happy that I stumbled upon your blog! I have a list of things to try, and a little bit of hope. Thank you! Please keep your posts coming! 🙂

    • redblob says:

      Hi Rose. Many thanks for stopping by! That must be really difficult for your daughter, I hope she gets better soon. Its hard enough to deal with as an adult, can’t imagine having to go through it as a child! I’ll try, its really hard to find the time though. Good luck and keep us updated on your journey!

  6. Ashely says:

    Thanks for taking the time to suggest this… For me it’s getting exposed to sunlight as much as possible, drink plenty of water and cut out as much sugar and fried foods from my diet.

  7. Amber Vaglica says:

    What diet do you follow? We are trying whole foods: fruits, veggies, whole grains, fish, no pasta , red meat, dairy or processed foods

  8. Kaylin says:

    Tanning has helped me! Try it out. I tan for short periods of time. 6-10 minutes in a bed that has UVB bulbs.
    My guttate was triggered by strep. 80% of my body has been covered in this terrible stuff. It’s been about 2 months and it is FINALLY going away.

  9. Barbara Meyrowitz says:

    Hi, I have been married to a wonderful man who has had this for over 40 years. I just got it myself. With my husband like all of you tried Doctors and anything he could get his hands on .From what I watched with him is his always got from STRESS. To me as an in law I could see it get worse over night after we were invited to attend anything he didn’t want to go to, or just had to wear long sleeves in summer. 2nd thing that has helped Diprolene and it also comes in a liquid form. If you get this from your Doctor 2 things it Can stain sheets clothes and jeans. The key for getting rid of this as an observation is YOU MUST be faithful with your creams & lotions. He added Methotrexate (From the Doctor) it is a pill for Arthritis. It has been proven to help people with psoriasis. Well Thank you all for taking the time to read this. Please be faithful with you creams ,meds what ever you choose to do. Stay away from Stress. ( Meaning you know John Smith at the office is having a birthday) Make honest plans before and rsvp no. I made a promise to the keeps that I must keep. And DO IT. Than it is not a lie. Thanks again Barbara Ankner Meyrowitz

  10. Ondina says:

    Hi, very interesting Blog! I’m very happy I found you. Now, what can I do to help my skin, I have erythodermic psoriasis which is the worst of the worst! I’m desperate PLEASE HELP!

  11. Ashley says:

    I have had psoriasis for 6 yrs now and I’m still trying to figure out how to live with it… What do you do to make your flare ups stay under control?

  12. Ezrah says:

    what ended up taming your flareups?

  13. Jossemar Arias says:

    Hello!!! Please, where can I find how to handle my diet? My psoriasis is getting much worse.

  14. Gayatri says:

    Hi just read your blog. Thank you very much , may you heals completely. 🙂

  15. Brenda Godwin says:

    Thank you very much! God bless you!

  16. Cool blog man, and congratulations on finding the sweet spot that worked for you. I can relate to the skin tears, the stares and a lot of the other BS it sounds like you were going through. Good luck fighting the battle and keep on posting!

  17. kara says:

    Hello my name is kara, I have been using turmeric too, its great!!! i am glad it works for you also, you really go through a lot having psoriasis.

  18. jenny says:

    Bonjour Crust! I am a 33 yo beautiful (if i do say so myself) woman and have had psoriasis since i was 14 . . . i’m unable to spend the $450 every third month for stelara and unwilling to risk skin cancer tanning it away, so i spent my youth wearing jeans instead of a dress, having to explain myself in the bedroom etc; back when i was in high school and college there was really no good info on homemade remedies, and none of it gathered in one place, and these were the options given to me by docs. Thank you so very much for making this site, I am trying things here and there and feel like they are really helping, as is the sense of camaraderie i feel knowing there are others out there! i only wish i had known about apple cider vinegar so many years ago . . .thank you so very much.

    • redblob says:

      bonjour jenny! thanks for commenting! sounds like you’re pretty well acquainted with The P. luckily for a large part of my life i lived in London and with the national healthcare system, P treatments were very cheap… not that they did any good 😉 based on the side effects of stelara and other biologics and their cost i wouldn’t want to go on them either. glad to hear that you found some value in this blog. i never expected to get so many comments and as you say, the sense of community is really inspiring. and ACV is great.

  19. Sonia Saxton says:

    I have suffered all my life with psoriasis; I’m 56 now and finally, yes finally I am free. I take two parts (teaspoons) turmeric and one part (teaspoon) cinnamon every morning in warm water before I eat any thing, plus one 500 mg of curcumin twice a day after meals and wow, what a difference. It doesn’t just cure psoriasis, it give you a great energy boost.

  20. ella says:

    Pso_flaked

    Dont lose hope what youve experience weve experience too as a psoriasis patient..long patience self management to lessen this red spot..17years of suffering..so sick boring and tired..stop smoking stop alcohol all the things that trigger it esp avoid stress for it triggera most…try turmeric tea for drink and powder for your skin…or better search benefits of turmeric it helps me a lot for just 2 weeks…

    • Pso_flaked says:

      Hey Ella! thanks a lot. Yeah I read a lot about turmeric, so I have stocked up on it now, hopefully it will show results soon 🙂

  21. Prashant says:

    Hello Pso_flaked, It was nice to read your P story, and I can related being a long term flaker to go through this especially in your teen years. P definitely shatters your self esteem and confidence levels due to the psychological impact of not able to look clean and fact that P sometimes is beyond control like a volcano erupting here and there.:) I have myself had moments of frustration, anger and ‘why me God’ thoughts. Meditation has helped me greatly in this area for deal with my emotions and also improve self esteem and being level headed inspite of flareups. Mindfulness or vipassana meditation will help you immensely in being objective about your thoughts, emotions and being less reactive to what happens on the body! Hope this helps

    • redblob says:

      Great message Prashant. I am also a big believer in the positive effects of meditation and try to make time for vipassana.

    • Pso_flaked says:

      Thank you Prashant! Yes, I have started attempting to practise meditation regularly with my yoga routine. I think I am in better control of what affects my self confidence! Again, thank you for this platform redblob! I’ve been trying new teas and the psoriatrax shampoo, it’s a humble attempt to control P, but at least it is a start 😀

  22. Pso_flaked says:

    Hey guys! Brace yourselves for a long post! I am relatively new to accepting the P community goodness and I stumbled upon this page when looking for psoriasis support groups. This is such a great website, it has had me excited and smiling for about 24 hours now, and boy, am I grateful or what! I haven’t felt so motivated by anything in so long now. I had my first flare up in early 2012, on my right foot and ankle. I was in my second semester of university and misunderstood it for some sort of a skin infection. When I visited home for summer holidays, a dermatologist treated it with cortisone and asked me to wrap my feet in cling film while sleeping. It never really went away completely. By 2013, I had a huge flare on my left ankle and right calf, which got worse until the summer of 2014. I had no idea it was psoriasis and so I scratched every time I was itchy, and oozed with blood. Then, another dermatologist broke it to me: I had my grandfather’s skin, only worse. But I was able to control it with all the goodness back home when I visited my family again. When I arrived back in Canada, there were no new flares, just the usual winter flaking on my feet. I did yoga and lost some extra kilos, things were great. Then came Aug 2015 and boom, Aunty Pso visited unexpectedly with the stress of academics. I had to move to an unsafe town where I was mugged twice, isolated from all my friends and I have no family in this country, for my last internship. There were new areas P covered me in – scalp, arms, thighs, behind the knees, between my toes, hands and palms. It hasn’t seemed to stop since then. I am now back to university for my last semester, re-united with my friends. My close pals and my long distance boyfriend are very supportive and acceptable. However, I feel like this is eating up my self confidence, shattering me with every new flare. It has now reached my underarms, neck and back. I am about to graduate with a chemical engineering major, but I have stopped worrying myself about grades. I have tried going back to yoga but I don’t see it stop. Just yesterday while I read Jack’s article about teas, I realized I had forgotten about how green tea made me happy, so I will get back to that too. But I really would like to know how you flakers managed to conquer your self confidence with P. I have accepted it as a part of me but every time someone looks at my flares, it feels like salt grains in my skins. Recently, I shook hands with my manager on the last day of my internship and he commented on how I don’t have the smoothest hands. It did not feel nice. When I visited home for new years, I saw how my mother nearly cried looking at my skin. I cannot feel half as strong as I did back in 2014 when I defeated this disorder once. Reading about other flakers and their lives gives me a lot of hope and I wish can devise the commitment to do everything in my power to feel more relieved.

    • Lisa says:

      Hey, i know exactly how you feel. Mine showed up when I began a very stressful high school about 4 years ago. I was eating a lot of crap and it became really bad…Eventually I learned about how diet plays a role and made an effort to cut starchy foods and sugar. I still eat them of course, but in moderation.

      When you look in the mirror, you have to condition yourself not to see it. The more you fixate, the worse it becomes. Seriously.

      Supplements work for some people but they never worked for me.. One of the easiest diet changes you can make is adding a clove of raw garlic to a salad. Cilantro, too.

      Weird thing about the garlic: When I started eating them regularly, my P became really red and itchy, then after a few days, turned brown and eventually healed. I had a huge spot that broke apart into 4 tiny spots. Maybe too many details lol, but it was pretty interesting.

      Also, there’s a great lotion from France called BIODERMA Atoderm PP Baume Ultra-nourrissant. I use it when I get out of the shower and it really helps.

      Good luck and feel better!!!!!!!

    • Debbie says:

      I recommend reading the book “Healing Psoriasis: The Natural Alternative” by John O. A. Pagano, D.C. One of the suggestions in the book is to take slippery elm. For me, this tea is the most beneficial thing I can do. Within one week of taking it, my symptoms were significantly reduced. You can purchase slipper elm powder at Baar.com. You place ¼ to ½ teaspoon of slippery elm bark powder in a cup of warm / hot water. Drink one cup in the morning. It’s not the best tasting drink, but if you squeeze a little lemon it – it helps a lot.

  23. Debbie says:

    I’ve used Balmex, which is similar to Desitin (Zinc Oxide 11.3%). It doesn’t treat the skin, but it adds an extra layer of protection. My doctor recommended it and I found it useful during my period. It reduced genital inflammation and soreness.

  24. Armada says:

    Hey I have done some research on this and I found that both Protopic and Elidel are useful and don’t produce skin thining but the specialist are concern about the relation of both of them with the appearance of cancer. I did some more research and found out that there is another drug called Desitin that could also be an alternative and is less dangerous than any of those drugs for genital psoriasis. Has anyone heard about DESITIN? They are different concentrations based on the amount of Zinc in it: Desitin Maximum Strength Paste (zinc oxide at 40%), Rapid Relief Cream (Zinc Oxide at 13%) and Desitin Multi-Purpose Skin Protectant and Diaper Rash Ointment (Petrolatum at 70.3% which I don’t know what is this…).

    Desitin seems to be made for children and could be efficient for our problem. I am definitely going to try it!, sounds less aggressive than anything else out there and could be use permanently without trouble by the look of it!

  25. armada says:

    Hi guys, just a quick question. I know many of you use the Protopic 0.03. But I heard of a cream that might be even less aggressive and efficient called Elidel. Can someone comment on this?

  26. Jessa says:

    Do you take your vitiamins all at once? I get get every once and a while when I take to many. Its weird my arms are getting better but now I have a couple new small spots on my back!

  27. Jessa says:

    Hello! Wondering if you take any vitiamins? I have had the p for about 7 years I am 28! I started taking vit d about a month ago as well as a lot of the other things I continue to do… Like trying gluten free.. Etc.. Just wondering!

    • redblob says:

      Hey Jessa! I do – my fridge is like a pharmacy 😀 I take a normal multivitamin and a B-vitamin complex every day, but those are for general health. The ones that I have found that are good for skin are vitamin d3 (has to be d3), omega 3 (high doses of 2000mg plus) and biotin. Peppermint oil can also be a good addition to help with digestion issues if you find that diet plays a role, like it does for make of us 🙂

  28. Karman says:

    I’m 24 and first noticed the elbow patch about 2 years ago. In the past year other spots show up. And now it’s spreading like crazy. Ears, private area (literally the worst), legs, arms, hands, and elbows. I don’t have insurance to see a doctor – just been trying OTC creams. They sometimes relieve the itch but it’s not going away. I am very interested in details on your diet. I didn’t think of that but at this point I’d be willing to try anything. Is it strictly meat, vegetables, and fruit?

    Thanks,
    Karman

    • Karman look into apple cider vinegar. I have extremely bad psoriasis on my penis. I treat topically with some apple cider vinegar and drink 3 tbsp in 16oz of fiji water a day. It’s amazing. I’ve tried everything you can imagine including what the doc prescribed. This works and it’s great for your body.

  29. Mercedes says:

    Hi Jack,
    Great to hear that you found your solution. I’m going through the blog and i cannot and I cannot figure out exactly your diet. Do you have anywhere where you explain it? I’ve also been gluten free, sugar free(even fruit!), vegan, nut free, supplements, super foods…. What does your diet consists of? I had 3 months of holidays in Spain and my skin was getting slightly pinkier and less itchy (never ever goes away), but as soon as I came back to work, that’s it, bright red. It makes me think the aircon/heating in the office has a big impact, even if it isn’t the cause.
    Looking forward to hear about your diet.
    Thanks

  30. Tara Mary Schmitt says:

    I used to do a green tea bath (well, really swabbing my plaques with it, not a bath). But, it seemed to exfoliate and reduce the swelling! Like apple cider vinegar.

  31. Erica Small says:

    SO glad I came across your blog!!!! Saved to my favorites and will be checking in often now. Thanks so much for the info and rock on !

  32. Claudia says:

    I see that you use certain vitamin supplements, teas and soaps. Is there any particular diet you followed that helped. I.e would you recommend excluding or including specifics foods in your diet ?

    • redblob says:

      I do, I’m on a fairly strict diet. And by strict I mean horribly restricting and antisocial 😀 No gluten, no processed food, no fried food, no food with preservatives, no sugar apart from fruit. Its hard but manageable. When I’m out I just order salads or meat and vegetables.

      • Husna says:

        Hi Jack! Thank you for this great blog!! I’m also psoriasis sufferrer for ten years and now I’m 25. I’m on a Pagano diet (gluten and diary free version) for 4 months and great changes started to happen. I was wondering how much time did your clearence process take until your %100 clearence? And could you please share your blood type? Thank you!

  33. Allen says:

    I’d say Claudette works for the pharmers. I’m 44 and have had this for….15 years, maybe a few more. You mentioned the tonsillitis maybe being a trigger, hadn’t thought of that. Seems like i got this after a tetanus shot though, hard to say. I don’t know where it came from but I want it gone. It’s been pretty mild for the most part, started out as a dime sized spot on right elbow for a few years, then a little bigger. Got some small patches on knees, then other elbow, then ears, a little bit on scrotum, then right hand knuckles and fingers, a little on left hand. The patches on knees went away (i was prescribed halobetasol propianate) not sure if that is spelled right. Anyway, patches on knees went away when i doctored them and the shit has went into overdrive on my hands and right palm and starting a little bit on left palm. I feel sorry for you folks that have this godforsaken stuff all over your bodies. I’m afraid that is where it’s going to end up being if I don’t get this under control. I started the bragg vinegar tonight and i have the tumeric stuff ordered and i am also typing this with surgical gloves on with copious amounts of petroleum jelly under them.

  34. Noor says:

    I’m 15 I currently study the AS levels, I’ve been suffering with it since I was 13 and I’m really against what everyone say about it not having a cure. I can’t really remember how my skin looked like before, it makes me tear up everytime. You may think that I’m still 15 and young but trust me, all people say I’m older than my age. I’m aware to almost everything, I can’t really study with a peace of mind like everyone, it takes so much effort to stay on top in my studies. However, I still manage to do it. I’ve tried the dieting, I have two dermatologists which keep track of it with me but they don’t actually care. No one does, I’m distant with my family emotionally the only thing we talk about is studies. It doesn’t feel right to open up to them about how I feel, I’ve had two huge breakdowns, they’re trying to help but sometimes they just argue so much to ruin my mood for studying and flare up my psoriasis. If you notice the change of my psoriasis condition during one day of stress with them, your mind would blow up. I don’t really talk to my friends at school about it either, I’m social but that doesn’t feel right either. I don’t really have anyone to talk to about this. Last week, the doctor offered me ultraviolet light treatments, it would only take 5 minutes so it wouldn’t distract me from school but my father refused since they’re only available at morning sessions and he has work. The thing with me is that I forget easily, I didn’t have a grudge on him or anything but it upsets me. I feel different, left out somehow. It just happens to come back everytime, I never talked about whats with me to anyone before except now, since you’re young just like I am and feel the need to explore the world but can’t. I’m sorry if you have nothing to do with this but I just couldn’t help it.

  35. jellis says:

    Hi, I don’t have Psoriasis but my doctor believes I may have Seborrheic Dermatitis. And I am hoping the Dead Sea Salt will help because the Neutrogena T/Gel Extra Strength is not working. In fact it has no effect on it at all!

  36. Cheryl Pope says:

    What should I not do? I have this habit of wanting to pull the loose crust, is this bad? Am I making it worse? And now I realize that when my head is sore, I know a bump is next, and it’s so annoying, it feels like a pimple that wants to pop, and it really hurts, should I just leave it be? I have this thing that I do thinking I am helping it go away, so not true, huh… I just don’t want bald spots…..

  37. June Rosario says:

    Reading your story is awesome, I too have had psoriasis for 25 years and have had tried all kinds of creams, meds foom dr.s and they only work for a while. I am stressed with all the flakes I go through every day and someday I would like to see some improvement on my skin. Thanks for sharing your story.

  38. Chantelle says:

    I’v had Psoriasis since i was a baby, so for at least 17 years now. I’v tried everything, some things worked but it was hard keeping track of it as more and more came up… I’ve finally found something that worked well for it…. In high school i was always an outsider and people always used to ask me what was on my hands and arms…i probably had a million people asking and i always had to explain what it was…I also had people moving away from me, looking at me differently.. I became stressed a lot and hated my appearance.

    I’m glad to come across your blog and the comments knowing i wasn’t alone and that it was not just me…also knowing i can get through this…thank you!

    • redblob says:

      I know how ostracizing it can feel to have psoriasis Chantelle. Hang in there, it is manageable, and there is definitely light at the end of the towel, complete with peachy skin as smooth as a baby’s butt.

  39. Emily in Oregon says:

    Hi Jack,

    I stumbled across your blog today… can’t tell you how great it was to hear your story and read about all the cool things you’ve tried and are trying! Thank you for making your page so humorous and user-friendly! …And now have Curcumin, Adovia Natural Dead Sea Mud Soap, and Psoriatrax in my Amazon shopping cart! I’m tired of wearing long pants in the dead of summer. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing with the Flaker community 🙂

    • redblob says:

      Great stuff Emily 🙂 Soon you can ditch those pants and run around naked, if its not too chilly in Oregon of course. Wishing you all the best.

  40. Takemeawayxo says:

    I love this. I cannot wait to read more about your journey, and I cannot wait to start trying some different things myself.
    I’m 25 and have had psoriasis since I was 14.
    I ignored it initially, flakes in my hair weren’t the biggest of deals. Growing up around my stepfather, and my father and a family friend, all having over 60% coverage, I wasn’t too phased by my mild case of scalp psoriasis.
    At some point this became more spread. Underarms and genital regions were the next to go, probably after 5 or so years oh having it. Being 19 with this flaring up was not most ideal, but it still wasn’t too red nor too flakey.
    This stayed the norm for a while, until at the age of 23 one patch appeared on my shin. Again didn’t think much.
    But 9 months after my 23rd birthday I moved to Australia and all hell broke loose!
    I now have THE flakiness scalp, patches on my back and front, arm and elbow. The ones most effecting me being on my face, only small but not what I want!
    It seemed to consume me in just a matter of years.
    Maybe moving to the opposite side of the world and starting anew life? Maybe the weather and difference in air? Maybe my change of diet?
    I am stumped. Hopefully something in your blog helps

  41. Els says:

    Hi Jack!

    So nice to discover your online blog. Thank for sharing your experience and tips and tricks on psoriasis! I’ve just recently had psoriasis patches flaring up all over my body: arms, back, belly and inner thighs. It’s never been this severe. I’ve always had skin problems (reaction on paper diapers, soap, nickel, …), but never this much. Usually I had some eczema patches. As of tomorrow, I’ll be undergoing light therapy in the hope of reducing my patches. What’s your take on light therapy?

    Kind regards,

    Els

  42. Katie says:

    Hello redblob, I recently found your website and wanted to thank you for sharing your experience with psoriasis. I was diagnosed more than 10 years ago and still struggle to control my condition. Sometimes I find a treatment that helps and then suddenly it stops working – so frustrating! I think one of the things that works for me is rotating treatments that I know help. You have inspired me and I look forward to reading more of your blog entries, and your reader comments, too! Thank you!!

  43. christafari says:

    Thanks for this blog. You are genuine brotha! I have been taking one or two shots of Bragg’s a.c.v for about two and a half weeks. I don’t know if it helps for everyone but I can see a big difference. its still there but some of my worst patches are thinning out big time ! My itching and the build up have significantly decreased…thanks again bro and for giving us “skinwalkers” a place to feel normal.

  44. Emma says:

    Just discovered your blog… P is the bane of my life, and now going to try a few of your tips… trial and error… Look forward reading more.

  45. Jessa says:

    I can’t wait to start reading this blog more! Just found it today! So inspired!

  46. abdul gafur says:

    I am new here,and I am from India and a kind of senior citizen 🙂 I am 57 years old and managing this for the last 30 years. My mother was having this and she is 87 now and completely cured of P for the last 10 years.

    I have never tried any Allopathic medicine . Here one doctor had developed one oil which consists of 50% coconut oil and 50% of Wrightia Tinctoria (this is a plant which is seen in southern part of India) and recently they have made capsules and ointment of the same stuff. This have not cured completely my P but helped me to manage without any hassles for my life – social and otherwise.

    Last year one large patch appeared on the lower part of my leg which is itchy and not going away, so now I am thinking to consult one dermatologist because a painless lump also appeared in the lower part of my naval lymph gland (is anybody else having this experience- thickened lump?)

    I am doing yoga regularly and some jogging also on a treadmill. Drinking lots of water and doing good exercise always helped me. Drinking alcohol directly increases the difficulties. Anyway my hats off to Jack who is helping himself and others by doing this immense work. As one of our famous philosopher says “one who is doing something for his pleasure should be helpful for all others”.

  47. Tanzeela Khan says:

    Hey!!… I read your story and happy that you are cured because it’s haunting my dreams at the moment. I live in Dubai and I’m a working girl. i cannot wear skirt because of it. And the amount of psoriasis on my body is like 40%. Sometimes it feels like needles in my body.

  48. Debbie says:

    Hi Jack,

    I, too, am happy to have found your website. I’m 49 – have had psoriasis all my life, in a mild form up until the last few years. In addition to diet, exercise and stress – I believe the weather (cold) and my hormones play a role as well. You mention that diet is the core to your approach. I would be interested to know more. I, too, believe diet is a key component, but I haven’t quite figured it out yet. This week I’ve started using the apple cider vinegar based on your suggestion and I have noticed some improvements – so thank you! I take slippery elm powder almost every day. I place about ¼ teaspoon in a mug (with some cinnamon – to make it taste better) and add hot water. I drink this tea in the morning and a cup of American Saffron tea at night. For a few years this combination gave me great results (from Healing Psoriasis – the Natural Alternative by John O.A. Pagano, D.C.). While my psoriasis symptoms are reduced, they are not eliminated so I will continue to read your “blob” for more ideas! Thank you.

    Debbie

    • redblob says:

      Hi Debbie,

      Thanks for commenting! I find that all those factors you mention play a role in my psoriasis. What is heartening to read is that you’ve already pored over Pagano’s protocol and come across Edgar Cayce presumably, who first recommended slippery elm. Those jigsaw pieces are coming together and I know you’ll unlock that mystery combination that will beat it.

      My current diet approach is very fresh and vegetable based, with oily fish and a lot of white meat. I also eat green salads nearly every day and make green juice when I can, while cutting out gluten, dairy, processed foods and simple sugars when I have the self-control to do so! I’ll try to expand on this in a future post.

  49. Nate says:

    Hey Jack,

    I’m a teen who has some raging genital psoriasis. I haven’t tried anything extraordinary besides vaseline or not doing anything that involves moving my legs. It’s a real pain and I’m embarrassed to talk to my parents about it. Suggestions? It’s a real nuisance and I’m constantly thinking about it.

    PS… This is a little gross so prepare yourself…
    I’ve had psoriasis for awhile but ever since it flared up real bad on my willy, I’ve this leaky stomach condition where (what looks like) mucus drains out of my butt, and I’m wondering if this is linked to P. I saw an old comment by “Todd” mentioning it but I was just wondering if you knew anything about it.

    This stomach problem and P are like the little kids that always try to annoy you and play on your phone… They just won’t go away.

    • redblob says:

      Nate, mate, please go see a doctor. You need to give them a sample of your poop. The mucus “could” be linked to a yeast problem, which many believe exacerbates psoriasis by leading to candida overgrowth and a”leaky gut”. Get that leaky butt checked out! And take some anti-fungals while you’re at it, either natural ones, like turmeric or coconut oil, or something prescribed by your doctor. Hope it calms down, down there.

  50. Lo Kai Wen says:

    Hey Jack, I had P patches on my back arms and some on my face. I followed a diet close to John Pagano’s, with mostly organic food. My psoriasis cleared in three months.

    What diet guidelines do you follow?

    • redblob says:

      Hi Lo Kai Wen! I started off my journey by following Pagano, before modifying it later. Like his, my diet is essentially about reducing pro-inflammatory foods and increasing anti-inflammatory foods. In that regard it is similar to the typical Mediterranean diet. I also began supplementing with some herbs and vitamins that have research behind them, as well as juicing. My wheat and dairy consumption is virtually zero right now. That is it in a nutshell.

  51. Sheena says:

    I am so excited and happy I found your website! I’m 30 and have only had P for a few years but they have been horrible years. P has had such a negative impact in my daily life. I have severe P on my scalp and finding a new place on my body every couple of months. I’ve tried playing around with my diet and haven’t found anything that works yet. I’ve gone to a derm and she prescribed me topical cream which helps almost over night but I can only use it so often and my P comes back with vengeance. I’m so over being a ‘flaker’. Thank you for sharing your story! I hope to learn from you and others like us!

  52. Katie says:

    Hi. I was just wondering what exactly you do daily for your P? Do you have exact things you take/do everyday? And what is your diet like? I have P mostly on my arms and legs and tiny spots on my back and stomach. I’ve had it since I was in 2nd grade and I just turned 29, so I’m pretty used to it and have learned to just deal with it and ignore the stares.

    • redblob says:

      Hi Katie, cheers for reading and your question. I don’t have a set “daily” routine, but I would say diet, exercise and a few supplements are key to my regular treatment protocol. My diet is very close to Pagano’s, except I’ve eliminated/added a few items that work for me. Exercise is generally good for controlling stress, which in my case at least correlates with the severity of my P. Now onto the supplements and other goodies – I’m a big fan of turmeric, milk thistle; things that reduce inflammation and promote the normal functioning of the eliminatory organs. It’s a bit much to tackle in one comment – I’ll try to do a post soon!

      • katie says:

        Thanks!! I’ll look up the Pagano diet and look forward to your post. I did start taking turmeric and it’s helping a lot.
        Thanks again!

  53. Angela says:

    Hi Jack!

    Where to start? I found your blog by chance one night while I was procrastinating and looking up, for the billionth time, home psoriasis remedies on Pinterest. I clicked on ‘turmeric’ and it eventually lead me to your blog! I’m so glad it did!

    My family lovingly calls my ‘condition’ scaly-osis. As with everyone else, I’ve been there, done that. I am blessed enough to have an at-home phototherapy unit but I have been developing a resistance to my treatments. So annoying as I’m about 80% covered in scaly-osis. I have two dermatologists who have recommended different things. One recommends Biologics, not crazy about this, and the other says to increase my phototherapy exposure. Now I’m paranoid about skin cancer! My husband says he would rather have me covered in psoriasis and alive and bury me with clear skin – he’s such a keeper! :o)

    Anyhow, after reading about your luck with turmeric I order some right away. I have been taking turmeric supplements (2 a day) for 3 weeks now and I have yet to see any changes. I could not get the brand you recommended on your site but I did get the ones with the pepper additive. Did you take more than this? And, how long did you wait before you saw results?

    I will say this: I’ve done a lot of research on psoriasis and auto-immune disorders. I’m a relatively anxious person and have naturally high cortisol levels. What I found interesting is that when I’m pregnant, my psoriasis almost completely disappears, but when I give birth it comes back a few weeks later. My dermatologists have no explanation for this. I’ve done some research and have discovered that cortisol levels in pregnant women drop to ease them from the stresses of impending childbirth. Also, cortisol levels have a huge impact on inflammation and the immune system. So: decreased cortisol levels=decreased stressors=decreased inflammation=decreased scaly-osis!

    Maybe this isn’t new information, but for me it was interesting. I think that’s why I have such high hope with the turmeric supplements as it is suppose to help ease cortisol levels. I do firmly believe that psoriasis needs to be treated from the inside.

    Ok, this is a long post, but I’ve been waiting for weeks to get up the nerve to comment.

    Cheers to you and your blog!

    • redblob says:

      Cheers for your lovely comment Angela, and I’m glad you stumbled across Psoriasis Blob! I also have my fingers crossed that your scaly-osis has improved – any luck with the turmeric? When I started using it, I went in all guns blazing – swigging cups of turmeric and black pepper powder, wrapping myself in turmeric paste and cling film for the night, sprinkling it over everything I ate. It was nasty, but sometimes you just have to get nasty. Changes came gradually and I took around 2-4g daily.

      I’m also a pretty anxious person and find the pregnancy link with psoriasis pretty interesting. If I was a woman I’d have 50 kids running around! 🙂 Cortisol is the stress hormone as they say, so doing things to promote relaxation is good. Cardio and meditation are two activities that I’m trying to build into my routine, but it’s hard to find the time. Polyphenols in green tea also help to reduce cortisol!

      Take care and let me know how its going!

  54. Abe chahine says:

    Hi Jack, just wanted to say hello. My name is Abe. I’m 36 and have had P since I was about 18. I’m lucky enough to have found a wife that’s super supportive and goes above and beyond with helping me apply all sorts of creams daily and cooking healthy etc… Unfortunately for me I still haven’t found anything that works. I did however find a new derm who told be the benefits of Enbrel and P. It’s something for years I’ve put off because I didn’t want to take these drugs. However, I feel as though for me it’s my only chance for some sort of hope. I will follow your blog and enjoy reading posts that you share. Great job writing and with your research.

    Thanks man
    Abe

    • redblob says:

      Hi Abe, thanks a lot for reading and leaving a comment. Much appreciated. Hang in there! I know many people that have found relief for psoriasis after having it for 30, 40 years. Maybe Enbrel will give you that sort of relief and I sincerely hope it does. There are some solid inflammation-busting supplements, such as turmeric, which benefit many flakers, and may help to accelerate your recovery. Just remember to check with your doctor before going down this road. Thanks Abe.

  55. Todd says:

    Jack! This site was a good little find. Kind of funny how I found it. I was googling “psoriasis blog” and while typing I noticed “psoriasis blob” in the suggestion box, thinking it was some horrid manifestation of P I had never heard about! Anyways, I appreciate what you are doing here with your stories and suggestions for dealing with this condition of ours.

    I’m always on the look out for good blogs about P, because I’ve found the best advice comes from fellow sufferers. Most times I see a new doctor they all say something similar such as, “this is a disease for which there is no cure and you will be battling it your entire life” and then hurl some steroid cream at me before sending me away. Good Luck! Well, this can be pretty disheartening to a psoriasis sufferer, especially to someone who is seeking answers for the first time.

    Dealing with P in an effective way takes a lot of research along with a lot of time invested in trial and error, as well as talking with other “flakers”. Like you, I have always believed diet to be the key in “curing” psoriasis. I recently bought Pagano’s book and find the leaky gut syndrome link to psoriasis interesting. Im not sure I buy the theory completely, but what the hell! I’m beginning to implement the diet. I’m hoping it helps me out some. Please do post more about the changes you are making to your diet as you learn more! I look forward to reading more. Cheers

  56. April says:

    Hi Jack, what a great website. Super advice on here. I’ve had P since I was 11 and the only time it has gone away is when I have been pregnant with my two children. It literally disappears overnight and as soon as I give birth, it comes back just as quick. April

  57. Karan says:

    Hi Jack

    What is the sweet spot you are talking about? Maybe you could link me? I have severe psoriasis on my legs that don’t seem to go away :C

    • redblob says:

      Hi Karan, I’ll try to expand on this in the coming posts. Essentially, it’s not a fix-all solution but more of a triangle. For me, diet, exercise and stress are so interlinked with my psoriasis that if one of them goes out of whack, I’m a walking flake volcano. Flakano?

  58. Mark says:

    Hey Jack-
    I just discovered your site. Thanks for sharing your story and your advice. I’ve had psoriasis for 45 years and I certainly have my stories. The most interesting one is that I have an identical twin brother, and he never had it, until about six or seven years ago, and it’s gone wild on him. It’s as if he stored it up for 40 years and then it went nuts. My case has been up and down, sometimes I have nothing, sometimes it’s sort of annoying. But it’s only ever been in a few unfortunate areas. For him, it’s covered most of his body. We both tried every treatment known to man. Here’s one that works for both of us. Get really ill. We’ve both discovered that when we get terribly sick, our psoriasis goes away.
    Mark

    • redblob says:

      Hey Mark. Cheers for your comment! Sad to hear about your brother’s sudden outbreak of P. Any idea what set it off? It’s curious you should make the last point, because I’ve realized exactly the same thing. Every time I get the flu my skin starts to look amazing. My gut theory is that the immune system is too preoccupied with fighting this other, higher-priority infection that it forgets about our flaky bits for a while. Who knows.

  59. David says:

    Clobetasol Propionate Foam, I repeat, FOAM, very simple to use as it is not a cream and I love it, a little bit spendy but not bad considering how little bit you need to use and you can get dressed 3 minutes after you apply it! Worth every penny to me.

  60. Claudette says:

    Braggs Organic Apples Cider Vinger/ Mother

  61. Claudette says:

    Yes, since I left the comment, I have not taken the Apple Cider and my symptoms and rash has gotten better. My doc is now testing my IGE levels as to try and get to a cause rather than topical treatment. Based on my research if a person has history of Strep throat, this can cause dormant Streptococcal bacteria so I am now focused on getting to the root cause.
    Thank you for responding.
    Claudette

    • redblob says:

      Best of luck Claudette. I had a very bad case of tonsillitis prior to getting psoriasis, so one half of me is suspicious that an infection may have been the initial trigger. I am still puzzled by why you had a negative reaction to ACV, but I’m glad you identified it quickly. May I ask what brand you were using so I can look into it? I hope you identify the cause of your P quickly.

  62. Claudette says:

    I have an outbreak which I think was brought on by the Apple Cider. It is the only thing I have changed in my diet in the past couple of weeks. Prior to using Apple Cider, I had occasional bouts of breakouts but this time it was worse. My upper arms are both covered. Not sure what to do so that is why I am writing to you all to see what has worked for you. Thanks for your input.

    • redblob says:

      Hi Claudette, thanks for writing in. Has there been any change since when you left the comment? Sometimes symptoms are aggravated when people start drinking ACV as it can cause a lot of bacteria and yeast to die off in the intestines, leading to P appearing worse in the short term. I would cut back on the amount that you’re drinking and monitor what happens. For me, and others I know, it has been a very valuable addition.

  63. Jay says:

    I’m 23 and got P when I was 18. I first discovered it as I was getting out of the shower and I noticed a little pea sized flake on my back that I picked off not knowing what it was. Within a week I was covered in it, around 80% of my body with guttate!

    I was put on Dovobet ointment (I now use Dovobet gel) which is a steroid cream. Now I know people say it’s stress related but like me you might just think “yeah okay mate nice one” and just go about life with the moisturising and everything, but it’s not until this past summer that I have been happy with P and that’s because I finished education! I finished uni so the stress involved disappeared, I broke up with my girlfriend and more stress disappeared as did my P.

    Now obviously I’m not cured and when I do get a flare up I tend to go on the sunbeds, moisturise and use the Dovobet as I mentioned earlier. I’m just writing this in case there’s a chance someone might find it useful. I hope it is. Oh and exercise is great for it too. I play football, swim, golf, tennis and go the gym too.

  64. MammaMia says:

    Psoriasis entered my world last year when my son, 11, came home with a “sore” on his finger. It was a rough year last year. It flared so quickly to both hands and feet. He lost 22 days of school, couldn’t write or walk. He has come very far in his treatment. Lots of trial and error. I stayed strong and resisted dermatologist #1’s recommendation to put him on methotrexate. We are onto dermatologist #4. He is currently using clobetesol 2x a day on the outbreak spots. I apply jojoba oil and aquaphor 2x a day. During winter we resort to wrapping his feet in plastic wrap overnight. Living in Chicago during the long, rough winters does not help! He changes his socks at least 3x a day. Wears gloves when playing outside and takes them to school to play (American) football and baseball at recess. He has changed so much. At his lowest point, he developed stomach and anxiety issues. That has resolved. He still has some moments of “woe is me” (I all him Eyore). But he bounces back and starts up again. I give him a probiotic every day and omega 3 oil supplements. I tell him that he is living a new normal. Long, Long road. But I don’t have to tell you that, right? Thanks so much for starting this blog. I am trying to help him grow up relatively normal, with flakes and all!

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