Monday, January 25, 2016

Lets Talk Psoriasis

I have to admit; I love trying to make the best out of every situation and obstacle that comes my way. However, sometimes I cannot help but feel like I am being defeated. Through out my journey I have encountered numerous of challenges, but I always remind myself that it is important to remain strong and optimistic. Its just hard, being prescribed a ton of medication, and hoping to find the one that will work, or trying numerous diets, and hoping that maybe that will work too. Or when your skin has finally cleared up, and in an instant your skin is covered in patches again. It is hard, and I understand.

I remember when I was a kid I was always ashamed whenever I would hear my mother speak to others about my skin. I always wanted to keep it one big secret, but little did I know my mother was on to something.  She explained to me that communicating with others about my Psoriasis would help her understand it better, and also receive great advice on medication and home remedies. Although there has not yet been a cure, it can be controlled. So I have decided to share what my favorite home remedies, and medications are. How they are used, and how they have helped me.

Scalp Psoriasis 

For many years I have been using MG217. It is a medicated coal tar shampoo, and it works amazing with Scalp Psoriasis.  I normally use it twice a week, and when I apply it on my scalp I will leave in on for 5-10 minutes.  I have to be honest, the smell and color is not very appealing, but if you look past that you will see results in no time. Every time I use this shampoo it helps with the itchiness and flaking. Overall, this is a great product that is extremely affordable and effective.

If you are looking for something more natural this will be your best friend. I love making DIY hair masks. It is extremely easy, affordable, and works incredible with dandruff, frizzy hair, hair growth, and of course Scalp Psoriasis. When I first started making hair masks, I started making it with two ingredients: banana and olive oil.  My mother would mix it in a blender, and I would apply it dirrectly on my scalp, and leave it on for 10-20 minutes. When I would wash it off, my scalp was a lot cleaner, and my hair looked and felt amazing. As the years went by I began getting more creative by adding avocado, honey, and coconut oil. All these natural ingredients definitely help reduce the Psoriasis on the scalp, and it is a plus because it leaves the hair looking and feeling amazing.

The Face and Body 

Having Psoriasis on the face is incredibly difficult. If you are like myself, and suffer from acne and Psoriasis, you will understand that finding products for your face that help treat both at the same time is almost impossible. However, I found that some home remedies work very well. When my Psoriasis or acne gets bad on my face, I like to make a mask made from honey, lemon, and oatmeal.
                           1 teaspoon of oatmeal
                                                3-4 drops of lemon (Optional)
                             1 teaspoon of honey
Mix all of the ingredients together, and apply. Make sure your face is clean and dry. 

Apple cider vinegar is definitely a must have. Mix some water with a little bit of apple cider, and you got your self a toner. This easy trick not only helps with Psoriasis, but it also helps with acne. It is easy to make, works great, and it is affordable. Also, apply some apple cider before shampooing hair, and it will help with dandruff, frizz, and scaling/flaking.

This is something I began to use recetly. I found Psoriacare because I was looking for something new to try. While using this I noticed my skin began to have a lot of improvements. My skin was no longer itching, no longer flaring, and if I did have a few patches, it was barely noticeable. I recommend this because it is natural, it has no artificial fillers, no artificial colors, and it comes in veggie capsules. It is taken only once a day, and it brings 60 capsules. 

I try my best to keep my Psoriasis under control mainly through diet. Whenever I eat unhealthy foods, I automatically see the difference in my skin. I try my best to also keep my skin moisturized, and staying away from anything that contains harmful chemicals. I avoid stress as much as possible, and I also avoid hot showers. It may sound like a lot of hard work, but I can honestly say it is worth it. I enjoy taking care of myself, and exploring different remedies that can work, and it is even more rewarding when I can share my discoveries with you. If you have any questions, please leave a comment, and I will be glad to respond. Thank you :)

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

My Experience With Psoriasis

I know, this is not the average selfie picture, but for so long this is something I have been wanting to do. I will never forget the day I took this picture. I had recently moved to a new city, and my skin disease was flaring up. I had just hopped out of the shower, and when I looked at myself in the mirror; I did not recognize the person looking back. I stared at myself with a blank expression, I felt hopeless, and I could not believe this was I. My eyes were filling up with tears, and all I could say was “I don’t know what to do”. 

I was diagnosed with Psoriasis at the age of four, and at that age I was not aware of what Psoriasis was. It wasn’t until I was twelve years old that I had my first bad experience with my skin disease. I was in school having lunch with my some of my classmates, and one of the girls noticed the psoriasis I had on my arms. She yelled from across the table “ew what is that?”, and everybody that was sitting near me focused their attention on me, and I quietly responded “nothing” she looked at me with disgust and said “ew it looks like you have warts”. I will never forget how embarrassed and humiliated I felt. All the kids sitting around me looked at me in disgust. I was left speechless. My blood felt like it was boiling from the embarrassment, and at that very moment my life changed. I felt like what I had was a curse. As soon as I got home that evening I locked myself in my room crying, wishing I had a way out of my disease, but I didn’t. I remember how uncomfortable I felt in my skin after that experience. I would sit in class trying to hide my arms underneath the table, I would get nervous if I saw some of the kids looking at me funny, and I would try my best to never attract any attention. It was torture. Until one day a cold front came by, and I remember how comfortable I felt wearing a sweater, and from that moment on I never wanted to show my skin again. 

I learned that Psoriasis is more than just a skin disease. It is something that affects you mentally, physically, and can cause depression, as it did to me. For many years I struggled with my Psoriasis because I was treated and looked at differently. After being humiliated and embarrassed for what I had, I never wanted to go to school nor be around people. Growing up I had numerous insecurities, so I would cover my skin by wearing long sleeves, sweaters, and long pants. I would spend my summers indoors, trying my best to avoid pools, beaches, water parks, or anything that involved showing my skin in public. I spent six years going to school with long sleeve shirts, and long pants trying my best to avoid reliving that terrible situation. I was miserable. I took the one thing that made me different from others, and I hid because I was ashamed of it. However, I would never change a thing from the past because everything I went through made me who I am today, and I love who I am. My skin disease no longer defines me or controls me. I control it. I've learned to embrace my skin, and love it because imperfections are beautiful, and this is part of who I am. I no longer hide and pretend, and I will never allow another person or society define what beauty is. I have made the choice to love myself, and to be content with who I am as an individual despite my flaws. Living in a world where everybody wants to look perfect, I don't want to be anybody but myself.

This is currently where I am today with my skin, and whether it is in good or bad conditions, I am content. I want to show people that being different is a good thing, and imperfections make you beautiful. You should never be ashamed of who you are or what you have. 

P.S I have not been using any fancy medications for a while now. I have controlled it by simply moisturizing, watching my nutrition, working out, and controlling my stress. Thank you for reading :)