Published on | by redblob


Flake Update: “What’s Happening To My Elbow?”

Guess what fellow psoriasis blobs? The psoriasis on my elbow is fading!

I took this photo on 30 August 2013, using my webcam, so the quality is a bit questionable, but you can still see the pinkish patch of around 12-15cm if you squint really hard.


Over the past 10 or so years, my elbows have always looked rough. Rough as in “I just fell off a motorbike and slid a hundred yards down the highway on my elbows” rough. So, to see this kind of progress makes me happy.

Like a good portion of you, I imagine anyway, I’ve tended to shy away from T-shirts that expose my elbows, especially for work or in any professional engagements where maintaining a certain image is important.

Nowadays, I don’t really care that much, but it still pops up in my head, like “Oh, elbows are a bit bad today, won’t look good… Oh well.” And so, I’m looking forward to not having to think about it at all.

If you’re wondering what I’m doing to cause the healing, I can tell you it’s a combination of cutting out certain food and other lifestyle changes. Once I know for sure that my hunches are correct, I’ll post it up on Psoriasis Blob!

UPDATE: Four days later and the patch is still looking like its healing! It’s gotten a bit worse – I would say 20% to 30% – but it’s still visibly smoother and less red than before. The reason? Look at the top of the fridge in the photo. My girlfriend’s cousin is visiting and let’s just say we’ve had a drop or two of alcohol! 

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I'm just an average 28 year old living with psoriasis. Over the last decade, I've tried everything, from real snake poison to rubbing banana peels over my body. I've finally found an approach that's working for me, and I'm sharing it with all the flakers out there. But Psoriasis Blob is not about one man, it's a growing community of great, red people.

4 Responses to Flake Update: “What’s Happening To My Elbow?”

  1. Have you found that coffee aggravates things as well? I’m contemplating quitting, but then how will I get up in the morning? Lol

    • redblob says:

      Unfortunately, I had to stop drinking coffee Craig, despite it being as vital to me as H2O! It’s too acidic and I found did have a negative impact on psoriasis. I’ll write a post about it soon!

  2. manu says:

    Even a pint of beer makes my penile psoriasis bad… gosh, I hate it.

    • redblob says:

      I hear you manu. I’ve had alcohol four days this week – just a glass, nothing crazy – and my skin is terrible. Time to go sober until it heals again.

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