Happy Psoriasis Awareness Month!
Please tell us a bit about yourself
Hi! My name is Alice, I’m 22, and I’m studying for my masters in Mental Health at university. I use my platform to advocate for body positivity, mental health, and face equality. I’m passionate about celebrating difference and everyone’s uniqueness! When I’m not doing this, I enjoy playing music and theatre, I spend a lot of my free time playing the trumpet.
When were you Diagnosed with Psoriasis?
I had the condition for a few years on my scalp before my diagnosis. Doctors often brushed it off as dandruff before it began to spread beyond my scalp. I finally got a diagnosis when I went to the doctors as a teenager with an ear infection, and I was told the medication wouldn’t work due to my Psoriasis. I was overjoyed! Finally, a medical professional acknowledge that it was Psoriasis! Since then, it’s spread across my body.
What do you think caused it?
I’ve tried to find a direct link to the cause of my Psoriasis, but the closest link I could make was that my condition was inherited. Although nobody in my direct family has the condition, members of my extended family suffer, so we believe it’s down to our genes.
What Foods do you Avoid?
I avoid anything in excess. I tried to eat a varied diet and still drink alcohol from time to time. I’ve tried many diets trying to heal my skin, but nothing has worked entirely. So I’ve found the best thing personally for me is everything in moderation. Yes, if I overeat sugar or too much dairy, my skin lets me know. Still, if I’m sensible with what I consume and try to moderate everything, I can keep my Psoriasis maintained. I’ve repeatedly been told to try celery juicing- However, I’m sadly allergic, so I think that’s out the window for me!
Do you avoid gluten, and what do you think about Gluten sensitivity in Psoriasis?
For me, personally, there isn’t a link between the two. When my Psoriasis got really bad in 2017, I tried all kinds of diets and cut out various elements like gluten, meat, dairy, and nightshades. All at different times. However, none really created a drastic change to my Psoriasis. So, I do continue to eat all of these in moderation.
I’ve seen that cutting out gluten works for some people, and I’m so happy for them! I think it’s important for everyone to experiment with different food groups until they find something that suits their lifestyle and calms their Psoriasis, everyone is different!
What do you do to Heal?
I think acknowledging the other sides of the condition, beyond physical are extremely important. I try to take care of my mental health too, practicing mindfulness and participating in activities I love. Like making music when I can, to improve my mood and decrease my stress levels.
Name your top 3 Triggers.
Number one is definitely stress. When my skin was at its worst, I was covered from head to toe in redness. I was in the final year of my bachelor’s degree, and I worked two jobs alongside the top of that. I had no time to stop, and my skin definitely reflected this.
My second biggest trigger is alcohol. I never realized how big of factor alcohol was for me. My Psoriasis really flared at university, when I was partaking in student culture and going clubbing multiple times a week.
Finally, my mental health has always been a big trigger. Although it’s fairly similar to the first point about stress, I know when my mood begins to lower, I definitely see changes in my skin.
As I’ve said, throughout the university, these three factors had such a negative impact on my skin. Once I graduated, I took a year away to work in New Zealand, something I’d always wanted to do and saved money for. I improved my mental health, my stress levels dropped, and I stopped going out drinking excessively. As a result of this, my skin really cleared up, not entirely, but a noticeable amount.
For flare-ups on my face, I like to use rosehip oil as I find it calms the redness and soothes my skin. Alongside this, Allay Organics has been a saviour, as it’s specifically designed for chronic skin conditions like Psoriasis. When my body is in a flare, I like to soothe my skin with a bath. I recently started taking Immune Strength Capsules from Kiara to help boost my immune system during a bad flare-up.
What would you tell those who are newly diagnosed and looking for answers?
Reach out to others in the community, when I was first diagnosed, I had no idea of the world that was here on Instagram. A community where people celebrate their natural skin and uplift each other. I’ve learned so much about self-love and confidence from everyone I’ve met on the psoriasis community on Instagram.
Read up on everything and try diets, immune supplements, creams, etc. But, remember that just because it worked for someone else doesn’t mean it’ll work for you! Everybody is different. What it takes to heal your skin might be very to me or anyone else in the community.
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