A personal perspective from Rosa in Psoriasis Awareness Month
Psoriasis is where my passion for skincare began. I developed the condition during my first pregnancy more than 25 years ago and it got worse with my second, so I needed to understand why.
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is an auto-immune condition that affects the skin by causing it to produce too many cells and at a much faster rate than is normal.
This overproduction of cells forms into red crusty patches of skin covered with silvery scales which are sometimes very itchy. Cell renewal is normally 3 to 4 weeks but in psoriasis it’s just 3 to 4 days
There is no cure for psoriasis but there are treatments in the form of medicated creams, ointments etc. These will need to be prescribed by a dermatologist.
Psoriasis is not infectious.
Tips for living with psoriasis
Having a healthy lifestyle and diet really does help. So, eat the rainbow. Lots of colour - blueberries for example, which are high in antioxidants.
Reduce alcohol and sugar. Sugar irritates the skin and too much alcohol causes inflammation. Neither of which are good for psoriasis suffers.
Exercise regularly. Something you enjoy and that makes you happy - Reduce stress, do a form of exercise that you enjoy and makes you happy – whether that’s running, dancing or even just a regular stroll in the park.
Meditation and yoga are both calming and soothing to the mind - a must for psoriasis sufferers. Anything relaxing will be of huge benefit
Supplements that I have found really helpful for me are selenium and zinc, multivitamin, the B Vits in particular the B12, vitamin C and omega three fish oils.
Probiotics are also really useful because they help keep the gut nice and healthy. Sometimes skin conditions stem from the gut which is why keeping a healthy diet is vital.
As a beauty therapist and a psoriasis suffer, I am in a great position to help others living with the condition. People can feel conscious of how their skin looks and whether others are worried about it being infectious. But I understand the condition and can offer beautifully delicate treatments to calm an outbreak and provide some of that much needed relaxation I mentioned earlier.
So, if you’re living with psoriasis and would like a little relaxing me time then I’d like to offer you a 10% discount if you book during August – Psoriasis Awareness Month. Just get in touch - on 07719 568651 or firstname.lastname@example.org - and we’ll get you booked in.