The Wonders of Aloe Vera

Hello again! As I have mentioned in my previous blogs I suffered from a severe outbreak earlier this year. I have always used steroid ointments prescribed by the doctors to treat my psoriasis, but only found this to be effective to an extent and a short term solution as the psoriasis comes running back as soon as I stop using them, and I’m back to square one!

So this is a quick blog just talking about what I have been using to get my skin under control again.

I have always heard loads of things about aloe vera and how amazing the healing properties of aloe vera are. Not only for psoriasis but for many other skin conditions too. So I did some research online and read lots of testimonials from other psoriasis sufferers using Forevers Aloe Vera drinking gel to treat their skin, so I thought why not give it a try?

The Forever Products I use:

  • Forever Aloe Vera Gel
  • Aloe Vera Gelly
  • Aloe Propolis Crème
  • Aloe-Jojoba Shampoo and Conditioner
The Forever Aloe products that work wonders for psoriasis
The Forever Aloe Vera products

I drink 120 ml of the aloe vera gel every day, 60ml first thing in the morning and another 60ml in the evening before dinner and I apply the aloe vera gelly daily after showering and the aloe propolis crème atleast 2 times a day. I have been using these products for 5 months now and my skin has and continues to improve.

A word of warning! A week into using these products I did notice my psoriasis getting worse and redder. But that is actually a sign of the aloe working. It is hard but you just have to stick at it, because the end results are definitely worth it! As time went on I saw slight changes, but didn’t actually see a drastic change in my psoriasis until a good 3-4 months of using the products, and 5 months on my psoriasis is speedily improving. Also, the aloe-jojoba shampoo and conditioner is amazing for scalp psoriasis. I suffered badly from psoriasis along my hairlines, and now my scalp is completely psoriasis-free!

Below is an image of the progression of my skin throughout the time I have been using Forever Aloe products:

The progress of my skin. The first image of my arm was taken in February and the last image was taken at the end of April.
The progress of my skin. The first image of my arm was taken in February (2015) and the last image was taken at the end of April (2015).
My arm now, 90% free from psoriasis.
My arm now, 90% free from psoriasis.

My Story in a Nutshell

Hello everyone! Ok I’m not really sure where to start on this one. I have wanted to do this blog for such a long time and now that I have come to write it I have no idea where to start! Ahhhhh!!

I guess the best place to start would be at the beginning. I was first diagnosed with psoriasis at the age of 4, so in all honesty I don’t really know what life is like to have completely “normal” skin and not having to worry about it. And even though I have had this condition for such a long time, does not mean I am used to it and I’m fully comfortable with having this condition. I still have my weak points, my bad days and my insecurities and psychologically, it’s a constant battle! Psoriasis really does know how to knock your confidence. There isn’t a day where I don’t think about my psoriasis and it’s the first thing I think about every day. My day begins and ends with treating my skin, and at the end of the day I’m drained and exhausted!

Initially, my psoriasis started off with a few patches here and there, mostly on my elbows, knees and behind my ears. And then when I hit my teens, it took over, attacking 90% of my body. Those of you who have psoriasis know exactly how stubborn it can be at times. So after trying a combination of different treatments and medication I slowly managed to get my skin under control again.

Psoriasis sufferers all have different journeys. For some sufferers, psoriasis comes and goes, some have had it constantly throughout and some people have probably just had it once in their life and its never come back since. I have always had it. I do go through phases where it drastically calms down and its hardly noticeable, with a few patches here and there, and then equally go through phases where it aggressively comes back, but I have never been completely psoriasis-free. It tends to gets worse during exam time due to stress, and having just finished my final year at university resulted in my recent severe outbreak.

Pictures of my recent outbreak earlier this year

Pictures of my recent outbreak earlier this year
Pictures of my recent outbreak earlier this year

I know I’ve made this blog seem a little dull and negative, and people always say that there are positives in every situation, and I used to think really?! What are the positives of living with a visible chronic illness? But I have realised that there are. Having psoriasis has shaped my life and the way I am and I now appreciate the smallest and littlest things in life. My recent outbreak has taught me a lot and it’s definitely been toughest and hardest part of my long on-going journey with psoriasis so far. I was at such a low point and I can’t even describe the headspace I was in at that moment in time. I have always ignored my psoriasis and never used to talk about it openly because I was ashamed of it, and I let my psoriasis take over and control my life. But then I don’t know what happened. One day something randomly clicked and I thought I’m not going to let my psoriasis control me anymore. It made me realise that by me hiding my psoriasis really means that I am not accepting who I am and I’m hiding away from myself. This motivated me to start blogging about my journey to help others and help raise awareness , because I know exactly how tough and daunting this journey can be.

I just want to end this blog by saying wear your scars with pride and be proud of who you are. Psoriasis is not contagious. Awareness is!

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My scars (July 2015)

 

My top tips for Psoriasis

1. Moisturise as much and as often as you can! It is so important to moisturise your psoriasis. Moisturising will reduce flakiness, itchiness and redness as well as help to heal your skin. Find a cream/ointment that you find is working, this may take some time. Personally, I suggest using more natural products so it does not irritate your skin. I like to give my skin a natural balance, giving it a break from the steroid ointments and creams I use, because as us, psoriasis sufferers, all know unfortunately they’re only a short term fix!.

I will talk more about what products have/are working for me and my psoriasis in my upcoming blogs.

2. Try not to pick and scratch! Keep finger nails short if you can. I know that can be asking for a lot and I know how tempting it is to scratch!! Literally makes you go crazy!! But it is only going to make your skin worse.

3. Have lukewarm showers and bathes. Hot water can irritate your skin. I find that hot water makes my skin very red. Possibly add dead sea salts to your bathes. This helps reduce the itchy sensation and also exfoliates your skin, getting rid of the dead skin cells. Remember to moisture straight after.

4. Try to keep stress levels to a minimum. I am probably the worse person to tell you not to stress because I deal with my stress very poorly! But lately I have been trying different techniques to reduce my stress. Do a little research and find ways and techniques that may help you reduce your stress. For me, I have found that going out for walks and getting some fresh air helps me.

5. Maintain a healthy diet, with lots of fruit and veg. I know there is more to diet and psoriasis, and, again, I will talk about that in my upcoming blogs.

6. The very obvious one- drink as much water as you can.

My First Blog!

Hello everyone!

I am finally posting my first blog! I have wanted to do this for a long time now, but I have been busy with exams and to be honest a little part of me has been afraid… But here goes!

I’ll start by introducing myself. My name is Damini. Many of you may or may not know that I have been suffering with psoriasis most of my life. However, over the past 6 months I have had quite a tough battle against this disease. But I can finally say I am starting to win!! I have been through a roll coaster of emotional and psychological challenges throughout my journey with this condition, in particular these past 6 months. Even though I have had this condition for 18 years, I don’t think I have ever gotten used to it and I am constantly educating myself about this condition.

Psoriasis gets seen as “just” a skin disorder and the psychological impact psoriasis has on a person are underestimated. So I have created this blog in aim of raising awareness, to share with you my journey and on-going experience with this condition. And also, giving me a chance to hear from other sufferers and their stories.

Psoriasis is not contagious. Awareness is!