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Psoriasis Update – April 2018

Hey girls (and boys),

My psoriasis has been really bad lately – it hasn’t been this severe for years, it’s so bad that I am considering making an appointment with my dermatologist. I haven’t used any medication from my GP/DERM for my skin in absolute years and instead I’ve been treating it with natural beauty products – so I think I will be disappointed to use chemicals on my skin again for a quick fix. I’m undecided what to do.

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I have an idea why my skin has gotten bad again and to be honest I’m blaming quite a few things. I was sent a product to review from a brand (which I’ll name and review another time) and noticed after I used it that it contained not just one paraben but a whole lot of them. I always try to avoid parabens and I’m disappointed that this product contains parabens as it is aimed for those with skin disorders. I’m also blaming the peroxide I used to make my hair blonde. I’ve dyed my hair back to my natural colour as it would only get worse the more bleach I used. I have a ring of psoriasis along my hairline, I have it down my ears, all over my face, my eyebrows (which I waxed – another trigger maybe?) and my hands and wrists are terrible – I’ve noticed the stares alreadfy – the ones that hace CONTAGIOUS written all over them… it has made my self esteem drop massively. Maybe it’s because I don’t wear rubber gloves when washing the dishes (washing up liquid is harsh on skin and contains lots of nasty ingredients).  I’ve also changed my lifestyle a little too, for the better but maybe that has had an impact on my skin too. I’ve quit smoking for just over three months – I’ve become vegetarian again and cut out meat for nearly two months. Maybe I’m just having a flare up regardless of all the things I mentioned above. Does psoriasis need an excuse to flare up? No. So, yeah… I can’t pinpoint what has caused my skin to flare up but I do have an idea.

I just wanted to give you all an update on my skin as the photograph I posted on Instagram has made my emails and DMs go through the roof. I’m so grateful for the support I have received and the recommendations. I’m currently using a couple of products from Mayka Skincare, Moogoo Skincare and Dr. Botanicals – and Pure Potions have been kind enough to send me a few samples so I’m looking forward to receiving them. I’ll give it a week or two and make my decision as to whether to receive treatment.

I will keep you all updated.

Thanks again.

Love

kaatie


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Salcura Bioskin DermaSpray & Zeoderm Cream For Psoriasis | My Review & Pictures ❤

 Hello Everybody ❤

This post is for all my fellow psoriasis warriors.

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Having psoriasis can be so depressing at times, can’t it? I think I really need to get it into my head that once my psoriasis does clear up, it will eventually return, sometimes with a vengeance. For some reason, once my skin is clear, I always think I am cured of this stupid skin disorder and basically get my hopes up that my skin will be normal and beautiful forever more. I suppose it is about time I realised that no matter what I do or what I use on my skin. Psoriasis will be with me for life! 😢

For 23 years now my psoriasis has been clearing up, flaring up then clearing up again and its something I still haven’t gotten used to. I’m not sure if I ever will.  When I do have a few lucky weeks (mainly summertime) and my skin is happy and healthy it clears up brilliantly, I’m able to get my legs out and wear my favourite LBD (little black dress) and actually feel attractive for a while. But, good things must come to an end and before you know it, my psoriasis comes back, literally overnight.

For the last few months, my skin has been wonderfully clear with not a spot or scale in sight. But, as Autumn has crept up, unfortunately so has my psoriasis. As soon as we hit September, my skin has gone from being completely clear to 80% covered in a week. It’s shocking how fast psoriasis can flare up.

So we are in December now, and like every Autumn/Winter I’m cursed with unattractive skin. Especially my feet. They look so horrendous and I know it does not sound very pleasant but they look like cigarette burns on my skin, hundreds of them. Most of the time, when I do have a flare up I only have the red, sore looking, guttate spots all over my body and luckily, I rarely have silver plaques and my psoriasis never itches like most other sufferers skin tends to do. But, this time however I’ve got the full monty! The redness, the silver scales and the itch. I suppose my skin is the worst it has been for years.

My Review

A few weeks back I was sent a Skin Therapy Pack for psoriasis from one of the UK’s best skincare brands, Salcura.

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Salcura is used by many people all over the world who suffer with skin disorders such as eczema, dermatitis as well as psoriasis and acne amongst others.  I first came across Salcura a few months back after seeing my blogging friend Cathy (review genie mum of 3) post a review on some Salcura skincare products – she recommended I try Salcura for my psoriasis.

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In my Skin Therapy Pack was Salcura’s, Bioskin Zeoderm Cream and Bioskin DermaSpray, (which smells divine) as well as some Lemon Essential Oil and some tasty, healthy nibbles. (Mixed berries and sunflower seeds to help care for my skin from the inside.)

Before I share my review, I just want to add that the products I’m reviewing are not a miraculous cure for psoriasis but rather treatments to help maintain healthy skin by moisturising very dry skin, soothing irritated, red skin (which I’m very prone to) and calming the itch associated with psoriasis and eczema. Remember everybody’s skin reacts differently to products so bear in mind that this is my own personal experience whilst using Salcura. 😘

Salcura’s Bioskin DermaSpray

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Salcura’s Bioskin Dermaspray is a skin nourishing spray that is a hassle free, liquid alternative to emollient creams. It is totally free from artificial fragrances’, parabens, steroids and other harsh ingredients that are unsuitable for sensitive amd problem skin. The ingredients that make up DermaSpray are of 98% natural origin, the most active ingredient being Sea Buckhorn which is rich in nourishing Omegas.

First time I used the DermaSpray, I instantly fell in love with the scent. I’m not really sure what the smell is but after reading the ingredient list, I assume it is peppermint oil. It smells lovely. I kind of went overboard with the spray because it smells so god damn good. It would be fab if Salcura could bottle that scent as a perfume. I reckon it would be a sell out! Beautiful! 😂😍

I’ve been using the DermaSpray two times a day after my morning shower and after my night time bath. It is recommended that you  use it around 3-4 times a day but I’ve had great results from only using only it twice. I’ve also been using the spray on my scalp too and have seen great improvement so far.

What I love about the DermaSpray is how quickly it soaks into the skin. My biggest pet hate is heavy, greasy creams that take ages to dry along with messy creams that require hand washing after use, (I’m lazy, 😂) but with DermaSpray, all you have to do is spray, wait a minute for the liquid to soak in then go about your day. DermaSpray is great for people like myself who prefer to moisturise without using messy creams.

Since I first started using DermaSpray about two weeks ago, I can honestly say I have not itched once, so I’m happy about that! Although it hasn’t made any improvement to my actual psoriasis just yet, and by that I mean clearing them up, it has definitely calmed the irritated itch I had and left me with smoother skin. I’m hopeful my skins appearance will improve with frequent use. It has only been two weeks since I first tried DermaSpray, so hopefully I will see better results in the next couple of weeks. I will keep you updated!

I believe how DermaSpray works is by penetrating deep into the skins barrier to support healthy skin growth, nourishing new skin cells in their early development. So fingers crossed that my skin will be better off when this ‘new’ skin appears at the surface. 💪😊

For more information about Bioskin DermaSpray click this link to be taken to Salcura’s website.

Salcura’s Bioskin – Zeoderm Cream

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Bioskin Zeoderm Cream is a unique blend of natural skin essential omega oils, vitamins and minerals. It has been specially formulated to help severe skin dryness and is an alternative to steroid treatment creams. The cream is of 99% natural origin with the active ingredient being Natural Volcanic Zeolite, which is rich in rejuvenating minerals. Like DermaSpray, Zeoderm cream is free from harsh ingredients. 👌

Zeoderm cream is recommended for use in conjunction with Dermaspray or DermaSerum when psoriasis is pretty extreme or going through a bad flare up. The cream provides intensive hydration, moisture and nourishment for people who suffer with problematic skin disorders.

The great thing about Zeoderm is it can be used on all areas of the body including the face. It is also safe to use whenever you want as there are no limits to how much you can use or how long you can use it. This pretty much proves it is safe and gentle on the skin, as most creams that are used to treat psoriasis have a restriction to how long and often it can be used.

My first impression on the Zeoderm cream was that the cream itself looks like face mask cream. It has a earthly, pale green appearance  with a natural sweet scent which lingers on the skin after use. It is light in consistency and dries very quickly, which is ideal for me as I’m impatient and find it so boring and uncomfortable when waiting for treatment creams to dry.

I’ve also noticed that the silver scales I have seem to ‘melt’ and disappear after applying Zeoderm cream, which is amazing to see my skin being deeply moisturised, visibly before my eyes. When psoriasis skin becomes so dry, the scales/plaques we have can split/crack causing discomfort, bleeding and sometimes infection so to prevent this, I will definitely be using this cream to treat my dry areas from now on.

In regards to the redness I suffer with, I’ve yet to see a really big difference although the redness is a little bit paler and less irritated after only two weeks so I’m hoping with longer use, I’ll see greater improvement.

 If you would like to buy some Zeoderm for your own psoriasis treatment simply click this link to be redirected to the Salcura Website.

I’m about to do something I never ever thought I’d do as a psoriasis sufferer, and that is to show my skin to the world. Being so vain 😂 this is a very BIG thing for me as I’ve always been resistant to let anybody see my skin, out of fear of judgment. So, big pat on the back for Katie Rose for being brave. 😊 ❤

So here goes.

This is a picture of my foot before I started using Salcura Bioskin Products.

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Two Weeks Later

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Lemon Essential Oil

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I haven’t really got round to trying the lemon essential oil on my skin. It is often diluted in a carrier such as vegetable oil or creams and is a great way to add brightness to your skin and has great cleansing properties. I have been advised in the past not to use any citrus fruit on my skin as psoriasis sufferers are prone to have an allergic reaction / bad flare up after skin contact with the oil.

So, instead I have used it in my reed diffuser and I adore the uplifting aroma it has. Lemon Essential Oil has a wonderful aromatic effect on the mind. It is very uplifting, refreshing and improves focus and concentration. So every time I sit down to write, I pop some Lemon Essential Oil into my reed diffuser and it definitely helps cleanse my mind, helping me focus. Being a scatterbrain, this is just what I need, ha-ha! 😂

Apparently, the aroma of Lemon Essential Oil is also beneficial to those who suffer with anxiety and stress, being a stress head myself, I will be using the oil everyday to chill out and unwind. As psoriasis can be triggered by stress, hopefully the oil will help me de-stress and keep future flare ups, caused by stress, at bay!

Mixed Berries

Berries are delicious, juicy and sweet and they’re also good for your skin. They are low in calories, high in fibre, and contain lots of vitamins and minerals.

There are lots of powerful antioxidants in berries, including anthocyanins, quercetin, and vitamin C. Anthocyanins help to reduce inflammation and help prevent and manage arthritis. Quercetin can also decrease the inflammatory effects of the joints for people with inflammatory conditions like psoriatic arthritis.

Vitamin C is another antioxidant found in berries. It is largely responsible for the health of collagen, which helps maintain cartilage stores and aids in joint flexibility. Eating vitamin C–rich berries will also contribute to radiant, healthier skin and healthy, lush hair.

Sunflower Seeds

I’ve always praised the Sunflower for the wonders it does for the skin, especially psoriasis skin. Although I’ve never tried sunflower seeds until now, I’m a big fan of sunflower oil – you can read my sunflower oil and psoriasis review here.

Sunflower seeds are yummy little seeds with a mild, almost nutty taste. They are extremely high in vitamin E which is a god-send for all types of skin not just skin disorders.

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Sunflower seeds help moisturise skin from the inside, repairing and protecting the skins barrier and providing a great source of hydration an moisture to dry skin. The seeds are a full of goodness, as well as vitamin E, they are packed with zinc, iron and magnesium too.

Sunflower seeds are not only good for psoriasis skin but they are also a great source of nutrition for psoriasis sufferers who have psoriatic arthritis too.  Sunflower seeds are very high in vitamin E which is effective in reducing arthritis symptoms due to its anti-inflammatory properties. The seeds also contain copper which is vital for the function of enzymes involved in cross linking collagen and elastin, providing strength and flexibility in bones and joints.

I’m excited to try out a few other products in the Salcura range, so expect more reviews about the skin care brand and its products in the near future!

Below are the links to Salcura’s website and social media pages if you’d like to follow them.

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Thank-you for reading my Salcura review. I hope I have given all the info you need. If you have any questions for me drop me an email at whatkatieroseloves@hotmail.com or send me a message via my Facebook page – What Katie Rose Loves   and I’ll do my best to help. I will also be doing a Salcura Winter Skin Therapy Pack giveaway in the next few days so keep a look out on my Twitter and Facebook pages for the competition posts !  👌

Lots Of Love

Katie Rose ❤

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How FLORA’s Sunflower Oil With Vitamin E (Cooking Oil) Has Helped My Psoriasis Clear Up ❤

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You’re probably thinking to yourself “she’s absolutely mental, using cooking oil on her skin”

…and yes, you are 100% correct, ha ha. I have tried everything under the sun to help control my skin disorder. I’ve had some crazy idea’s too. One time I collected all my used Tetley teabags and dunked them into the bath. I had around 50 recycled teabags floating around on the water surface, ha ha. Crazy bitch! My teabag bath never made a difference in the slightest and made me feel minging but hey, desperate measures and all, it was worth a try! God loves a trier, right? 😊

What I have discovered in the 23 years of being a psoriasis beauty, is that natural products work so much better at healing my psoriasis than chemical ointments’, lotions and creams which doctors and dermatologists’ have prescribed for me in the past. The last time I used any prescribed medication and lotions to treat my psoriasis was in 2008; 7 long years ago. My GP gave me Dovenex and Oilatum bath emollient. My skin cleared up as always and after I stopped using… BOOM, came back with a vengeance. Since then I decided not to use any chemicals on my skin and instead, opt for the natural route.

One glorious day, I was out food shopping and cooking oil was on my shopping list. Browsing through the billion, zillion types of different oils I came across Flora’s 100% Sunflower Oil. I had a flashback to some ignored advice I received from a work friend. My fellow barmaid, Christine had psoriasis too and advised me to use vegetable cooking oil or sunflower cooking oil for a two-week experiment and she guaranteed I would be happier with my skin at the end. Why I never took her advice back then I don’t know. So thank you for the advice Christine ha ha. Eight years later. 😊

That evening, I had a lovely Sunflower Oil bath and after soaking for 5 minutes I knew the oil was working brilliantly. My skin felt like silk so I bathed for an extra 25 minutes to let the oil do its magic. I added a sprinkle of table salt into the warm water and made sure my hair was tied up. (although oil is good for the hair too, bathing in any type of oil will make your hair very greasy and will need to be washed multiple times) It’s a bloody nightmare to wash out.

After my first sunflower oil bath my silver scales became see-through and my red patches where calmer and paler in appearance, making them less noticeable. After continuous daily use my psoriasis is almost non-existent. I have lots of psoriasis products I need to review and my boyfriend has been calling me a fraud for blogging about psoriasis when my skin is clearing up. Ha ha. I use the oil every day now in my bath and really wish I had taken before and after pictures for you to see. On day one of using the oil, before I bathed in it. I was covered in hundreds of small, itchy red guttate patches. Especially on my abdomen and feet. Today, although I still have a few small spots here and there, my skin looks calmer, less noticeable and feels silky soft plus 80% of my psoriasis has definitely cleared up over the last few weeks. I’m so, so happy to find something that works. Woohoooooo!!! 😂

I 1000000000000% recommended you all try Flora’s Sunflower Oil or any brand of sunflower oil for that matter. It really has done amazing things for my poor skin. I’ve been so excited writing this post as I wanted to share my wonderful words about sunflower oil and hopefully help others.

Please, please, please give it a try. Trust me. For around £1 (bought from Home Bargains) this oil is definitely my best skin care buy EVER and I can’t remember the last time my skin looked and felt so amazing. ❤

Please note that sunflower oil will NOT cure your psoriasis but will help control it. Keep in mind that this is my personal review and my thoughts on sunflower oil. What works for me may not work for you. Everybody’s skin behaves differently to various skin care products. 😊

Love,

Katie Rose