The biggest change? Acceptance. I have accepted psoriasis will follow me the rest of my life.
This might not sound life-changing, but it is. Acceptance is a step towards reducing stress, which can be a trigger for psoriasis flares. In fact, I cannot remember when I last shed a tear about having psoriasis – and there have been many. There have been days when I’ve sobbed into the SO’s arms, wailing that I do not want to ever blame Bubby for my psoriasis suffering or that I look like a monster.
So that’s an improvement, isn’t it?
Areas with psoriasis
- Multiple lesions on each eyebrow and forehead (flat and look more like dry skin)
- Several lesions on the right temple
- Lesions on each sideburn
- Lesions on left elbow (which look more like dry skin)
- One lesion in my left middle fingernail
- One Australian 20cent coin sized lesion on the back of my left shoulder (which look more like dry skin)
- Two Australian 10cent coin sized lesions on my right butt (which look more like dry skin)
- Multiple lesions on my scalp and genitals
The other change is my psoriasis patches. I do not have photos from my worst days, because I felt sick looking at myself in the mirror. I was also too busy keeping my head above water with caring for a newborn.
My patches now are less raised and not as red and angry. While the patches on my face are larger, the ones on my legs and my right boob are gone – I’m counting my blessings.
So what am I doing about it now?
Well, honestly? Very little these days.
I use either Alpha Keri Rich Cream and QV Skin Lotion to moisturise my body after a shower, and Alpha Keri Ointment or Lucas’ Papaw Ointment on the driest lesions. These are sometimes applied more throughout the day – it depends on the weather and what activities we have.
I use Lush’s Herbalism Cleanser and Clarisonic Mia 2 to exfoliate my face. It’s followed by either Olay Total Effects Day Cream or Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturiser (morning), or NIVEA Daily Essentials Rich Regenerating Night Cream or Neutrogena HYDRO BOOST Night Concentrate (night).
I cover the lesions on my face with makeup, if I’m going to a meeting or an event. Dermablend‘s cover creme covers the worst of the lesions well.
And that’s it: no steroid creams, no vitamins, no injections and no pills.