A New Zealander living in London for the past 12 years with designs of return home once I've made my first million (not any time soon then).
Visiting a natural remedy nursery near Kerala in India I bought a bottle of this supposed psoriasis cure. It is a plant extract (10%) mixed with coconut oil (90%). Quite greasy, but used on face, elbows and hair line before bed each night has done wonders! Unsure how to buy it online, but interested if others have tried it and found it helpful or not.
@Kathy: the tub I got is very thick, so I wouldn't put it on my scalp (unless I was bald, which is not that many years away now).
Use pinetar or coaltar shampoo for the scalp, and sudocrem for other areas.
As per my warning above though, don't treat ALL areas or it will start coming out in new places, some of which may not be ideal.
Sorry to be blunt, but your dermatologist sounds like a quack. There is a definite relationship between what we ingest and the heath of our bodies, skin included.
Personally I find that alcohol is a huge contributor to my flare ups, as is caffeine, and stress. I haven't tried going gluten-free, but others on here say it helps them.
As for the wine, as with everything in life, moderation is the key. Have a tipple to relax, but over indulgence can lead to flare ups.
Enjoy your wine, and find a new skin doc.
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So glad you've found something that helps/relieves it Dave.
Some years ago I found a pinetar shampoo that did wonders to my scalp psoriasis and went crazy with it aiming to cure the snow once and for all. It worked wonders for a day or so, then it appeared on my face (where it had never been before) and came back with a vengence on my scalp.
My take away from this life lesson is this: psoriasis needs to come out somewhere. Treat it in the areas you don't want it (e.g. face and uncomfortable/public-facing areas) and leave it alone everywhere else (e.g. scalp, elbows, legs, etc).
Unless the gluten-free diet is the miracle cure all of us are seeking, be careful which areas you apply the creams to unless you're ok with it making an appearance elsewhere you may not want it.
Best of luck with that, and keep us all posted on progress as you may have found something to help a vast number of us fellow sufferers.
Hey Janelle, so sorry to hear its impacting you so much, especially when sun and seawater are incredibly helpful in clearing this up (albeit temporarily).
My 2 cents worth: if anybody looks at you funny or comments, just imagine they're checking you out, and react in the natural 19 year old way (e.g. "pfft, perve!"). Ignore the pink marks and white flakes, the more stress you feel, the more you feed the beast. You're just as beautiful, just with extra layers, and anybody that can't see that obviously hasn't spent 5 minutes in your company.
Completely in agreement with Iva here. Keep moisturising your tattoo and keep it hygienically clean. The p will give up focusing on your tattoo over time and just appear there as often as anywhere else. To avoid trouble spots (e.g. face) I moisturise the spots morning and night - leaving other non-visible areas such as elbows alone so the p has somewhere to call home.