Happy Psoriasis Awareness Month!
Hi Jaclyn, Please tell us little bit about yourself.
My name is Jaclyn King, I am 25 years old, I am a licensed esthetician, medic, and contractor, and I live in a small town in BC, Canada.
When were you Diagnosed with Psoriasis?
At first, when I was very young, I was misdiagnosed with eczema. It wasn’t until I was 18 that I was properly diagnosed by a dermatologist with guttate psoriasis.
What do you think caused it?
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, often inherited from a parent, which is true in my case. However, it started out as a small patch on my stomach and scalp that was always manageable growing up. It wasn’t full body and considered severe until I was 16 after I had a strange allergic reaction to a plant or possibly something I had ate which seemed to really aggravate and bring out my psoriasis to how I am used to dealing with it today.
What Foods do you Avoid?
I was instructed by a naturopath to eat an alkaline-based diet. This means avoiding all processed, pre-packaged foods, refined sugar, peanuts, citrus or any acidic food, nightshades, coffee, artificial coloring, dairy, wheat, pork, and beef. This diet is particularly hard to follow and can get kind of boring, so I may still allow some “no” foods depending on how my skin and digestive tract are feeling that day
What Foods do you Eat to Heal?
Lots of nuts, fish (gotta get that omega 3), avocados, sweet potatoes, broccoli, brown rice, chicken, garlic, and I take a turmeric supplement daily and try to incorporate it into my meals as much as I can.
Do you avoid gluten and what do you think about Gluten sensitivity in Psoriasis?
Personally, I don’t know if gluten affects my skin as much as it affects my digestive health. Eating too much wheat makes me feel sluggish and low energy. I still do eat it, but I try not to overdo it, and I am not opposed to gluten-free options.
Let’s talk Breakfast
Fruits are great first thing in the morning. I love to make smoothies and find them more energizing than coffee. Nuts and seeds are also excellent sources of protein to keep you full until lunchtime. I eat eggs often, as I’ve never had an issue with them, but if someone wanted to avoid eating eggs in the morning I would suggest overnight oats or banana pancakes (look up 3 ingredient banana pancakes – super quick, easy, and tasty). Gluten-free bread, bagels, or English muffins are also great options that should not be overlooked.
Name your top 3 Triggers
- Red wine
- Orange juice
Stress management and self-care are huge for fighting psoriasis. We’ve all been caught in that stress/flare upcycle, and it’s horrible. Keeping your skin moisturized and on a good skincare routine is also huge. Regular facials can help with flare-ups on the face. Lastly, Journaling, It sounds weird but, writing what you did, ate, drank, how you felt each day is a big help on tracking what could potentially be a trigger for you as well as help with stress and your overall mental health.
What would you tell those who are newly diagnosed and looking for answers?
You’re not alone! This does not make you gross or dirty, you are a warrior, and you will get thru this. It can be exhausting trying to find a skin routine that works for you, and the amount of products out there can be overwhelming. I suggest starting with food, do an elimination diet, and see how your skin reacts. Did it clear up any? Slowly reintroduce the popular trigger foods and figure out what works for you.
People with psoriasis won’t always have the same success with the same treatment plan. Everyone and their psoriasis are different. Also, know that psoriasis is an internal problem, and the rash is a result of that. All the creams in the world will never solve it but can provide some relief. Don’t be overwhelmed, be patient, and try out different options to see what works best for you. I’ve had psoriasis for 19 years and am still working with my body as it is a forever changing condition.
Find out more about Jaclyn’s story through her Instagram @psoriasisprincesa