BY CLAIR WHITTY
Let’s talk about psoriasis. This is a chronic autoimmune skin condition where the skin can be inflamed, with red and scaly patches, these patches can be itchy, and can crack and bleed. The skin cells are producing faster than in healthy skin causing this build-up of scales. for example, on the elbows and knees but it can develop on any part of the body.
There are many contributing factors including hormonal imbalance, stress, and digestive problems. You may be intolerant to certain foods and these are best avoided. Foods that can aggravate include: alcohol, chocolate, dairy, sugar, yeast, gluten, or wheat especially during a flare-up. Keep an eye on the products you put on your skin, they can have nasty ingredients that can cause problems too.
There are many supplements that you could consider. The main ones I would recommend would a probiotic, Vitamin D, an Omega 3 fish oil supplement to help reduce inflammation, with Milk Thistle to support liver health.
You will need a cream to keep the skin hydrated. Take a look at Holos – This is More, Get Better Butter. It can be used on the face, hands, body, and feet, and is suitable for eczema, psoriasis, or any dry irritation of the skin. It’s a deeply hydrating creamy butter, suitable for sensitive skin. The product is a blend of Organic Shea Butter, Organic Cocoa butter & Jojoba oil with essential oils of juniper and lime. It’s vegan and cruelty-free. It can be used as a treatment and a maintenance cream. Holos creator Niamh Hogan says “Users are seeing improvements in their skin after a couple of days. It cleared up my own dermatitis which I had for 4 years”.
Nutritional practitioners and Functional Medicine practitioners take an individual approach to your health. They look at your diet and lifestyle and help you to make the changes needed. You might be interested to take a look at Dr Hyman.com and see his 8 Strategies to Eliminate Psoriasis, I think you’ll find it an interesting read; I know I did, there is some useful information in there.
Psoriasis can be complex, we don’t have a quick fix, but we are happy to chat with you to help guide you in the right direction.
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