The ‘Psoriasis Top 10’ Survey…

As a member of the Psoriasis Priority Setting Partnership, we want to hear from you to help to identify the gaps in psoriasis research, which you feel are really important. Not only for your friends and family, but also help shape the treatment and service delivered from healthcare professionals.

You have the opportunity to direct future research by completing a quick online survey

 

 

 

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Exams, Stress & Psoriasis

Stress is known to be a common trigger for a psoriasis flare-up, and any form of stress will cause my psoriasis to break out. Last year, when I was finishing off my undergraduate degree, my skin went through its worst due to the stress of final exams and assignments. I have spent the last three months writing up my Masters thesis and this time round, I was determined to not let my psoriasis take control. I’m not going to say don’t stress, because that is impossible! I have, however, found ways in which you can reduce or control your stress. My blog post for HelloSkin shares my tips on how to handle heavy work load, stress and psoriasis.

Click on the following link to view my 8 tips: Exams, Stress & Psoriasis

10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me

Living with the condition psoriasis doesn’t come with a manual. It takes time to learn and understand how your psoriasis works and what is best for you through ‘trial and error’. It took me a long time to figure out what works well for my psoriasis and what doesn’t, and to be honest even after having the condition for 14 years, I am still educating myself about my psoriasis.

In a guest post for LEO Pharma, I talk about the 10 things I wish someone had told me about psoriasis. Click on the link below to have a read! 🙂 xx

Psoriasis- 10 things I wish someone had told me

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As a result of suffering from severe psoriasis, I have scarred and pigmented skin (aka ‘psoriasis shadows’) from all the treatments I have used over the years. For a long while, I have really struggled with the whole “confidence thing”, especially when it comes having my legs out during the summer months or on nights out. I would walk through shops, thinking ‘I wish I could wear that dress’ or see other girls wearing dresses and skirts, looking so carefree and always thinking ‘I wish I could just walk out the house in a dress, not have to worry about my skin’.

Anyways, to cut the story short, I recently invested in a bottle of Sally Hansen Leg Makeup after reading lots of reviews online,  and I’m actually really amazed at the wonders it has done for me. For the first time in so many years, I have been confident enough to wear a dress and walk out the house without being paranoid about my legs. It doesn’t guarantee you full coverage, but does give a nice layer, blurring out the pigmentation and scars, so they’re not as noticeable. I have been using the medium glow shade.

So if you have been struggling to cover your scars/pigmented skin, I highly recommend this product. Also, the directions on the bottle suggest that you spray it into your hands, then rub it evenly onto your legs. However, that didn’t really give me good coverage when I applied it like that, so instead I sprayed it directly onto my legs, and then blended it out evenly. The picture below shows the difference with and without the spray applied.

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Left: with Sally Hansen leg makeup. Right: without makeup

Dealing with the emotional stress

Living with psoriasis can have a major psychological impact on a person and bring a mixture of emotions to your life. Psoriasis can make you feel very low at times as well as embarrassed, angry and frustrated. It can also make you very self-conscious, depressed and feel socially unaccepted.

Check out my top tips on how to deal with the emotional stress of living with psoriasis by clicking on the link below- a blog post I did for LEO Pharma UK:

LEO Pharma: Top tips to help with the emotional stress of living with psoriasis

How I’ve been treating my Psoriasis

The questions I commonly get asked are:

  • How have I treated my Psoriasis?
  • What I’ve been using to calm down my Psoriasis?
  • How am I maintaining my Psoriasis?

Basically the answers to these questions are these magical products!

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Aloe Vera Gelly, Aloe Propolis Creme, Forever Aloe Vera Gel

I’ve done a blog on this before when I first started blogging [The Wonders of Aloe Vera], but recently quite a few people have been asking me how I’ve been treating my Psoriasis, so thought I’d make a quick blog post on it.

I wasn’t really a fan of ‘home remedies’ for my psoriasis. But these products have done wonders for my skin!

My regime:

  • Drink aloe vera gel 60ml 2x a day. First thing in the morning and in the evening before dinner (ie. ideally on an empty stomach)
  • Apply aloe vera gel after showering
  • Apply aloe propolis creme as often as possible throughout the day (at least twice a day)

My psoriasis cleared up after 7 months of using these products, and I haven’t touched my steroid ointments since! xx

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My results after 7 months of using the products.