I remember when I was a little girl I had to go to the dermatologist because I had patches of red scaly skin on my body. I was diagnosed early on with Psoriasis. What could have been worse for a little girl, having to deal with dry patches all over her body and know that I’d have to deal with this for the rest of my life?
Psoriasis is a common skin condition that changes the life cycle of skin cells. Psoriasis causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin. The extra skin cells form thick, silvery scales and itchy, dry, red patches that are sometimes painful. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, psoriasis affects 7.5 million people in the United States (NPF, 2012).
From a young age, I had to take great measures to treat my condition, including exposure to sunlight, ointments, creams, laser treatments, coal tar (gross), steroid injections...you name it. At times, it would go away for a period of time but then would always resurface. There is no cure for Psoriasis and therefore at an early age I knew this would be a lifetime of struggle.
I started testing out various skincare products at an early age. Psoriasis affects the scalp and skin and therefore various shampoos, lotions, body washes, etc, would be harmful to my body. When I was young, we didn't have access to all-natural skincare products so I used brands from the drugstore and Victoria’s Secret like every other teenage girl. Little did I know that most of these lotions would have a negative effect on my skin and the patches would flare up, causing major embarrassment and pain. My scalp was also affected so I had no choice but to use special shampoo and conditioner, and boy did those have a nasty smell.
Many harmful chemicals in products, both skin and beauty, can increase the effects for psoriasis patients. Using natural products will tame the patchy and itchy areas on the body. Here are a few natural ingredients to look for:
• Tea Tree Oil - used as an anti-inflammatory agent that can help treat psoriasis
• Olive Oil - softens dead skin, helping to remove patches
• Pine Bark Extract - helps with the reduction of inflammation associated with psoriasis
• Coconut Oil - helps to hold in moisture, decreasing the flare up for psoriasis
• Oatmeal - helps to relieve the itching and redness associated with dry skin and psoriasis
~Rochelle Truxal, CEO/Founder