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.
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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