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Flake Update: Ethiopia And The Flare-Up That Never Was

Addis Ababa

The gap between the rich and the poor is never far away in Addis. But neither is the sun. And my skin loved it!

I recently went to Ethiopia as part of a regional training workshop. Before packing my bags, I knew that I would probably loosen up on my anti-psoriasis diet… but I underestimated by just how much.

Along with three other colleagues, we went out every night. Had bottle after bottle of St. George and Meta beer, ate burgers and fries, and passed out for less than 5 hours of sleep a night. And the skin damage? Zilch!

I know. I was shocked too. According to all my past experiences, I should have had the epidermic equivalent of Chernobyl: total utter skin meltdown. My skin should have resembled blended ham. And yet it didn’t. On some mornings, I even woke up thinking it looked even better than usual.

So, what can I attribute this too? For one, I think my reaction was delayed. A week after getting back home, I began to pay for my gastric crimes. Even though I was back on the omega-3, fish, kale and what have you merry-go-round, my skin was pretty pissed off.

And secondly, I think it may have something to do with being high. And I’m not speaking about cannabis.

The city where I stayed, Addis Ababa, lies at an altitude of 7,546 feet (2,300 metres). That’s freaking high, it’s like walking in the clouds. This means UV radiation is easier to absorb, which in turn would have sky-rocketed my vitamin D3 levels for a week. And we know what that means: slowed-down skin production.

So there you have it flakers. Do not forget to take your vitamin D3, which I write an in-depth post about here. It is absolutely crucial.  

If you ever have a chance to go to Addis, I would definitely recommend it. As my photo shows, its a highly-juxtaposed city, with skyscrapers sitting beside street children hawking cigarettes. And yet the rate of development is enormous – I counted over 30 building sites from one roof corner at my hotel. It’s a dynamic city, and its good for the skin.

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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.

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