Put Down The Breast Milk and Nobody Gets Hurt

So I think anyone who has psoriasis or has caught themselves glued to a Kardashian Marathon on TV (you know who you are, “just dusting the entertainment center and it was on in the background”) knows about the infamous breast milk episode. If you don’t, here’s the recap: Kim K. has psoriasis and she heard that breast milk helps to control the outbreaks. So, being Kim K., she kinda steals some of her lactating sisters’ breast milk to try it out.

First and foremost, allow me to clear this up for you before you go popping up at a friends home grazing her fridge for breast milk; BREAST MILK DOES NOT HELP TO CLEAR UP PSORIASIS. I know the feeling of complete desperation when you have an outbreak, trust me. But please don’t throw a milk pumping party based on KK’s little stunt. That being said… Why don’t we chat about what WILL help when you have a flare up.

There are really so many different things you can do to manage your psoriasis but lets narrow this blog down to topical treatments. A topical treatment would be anything you put on top of your skin. Topicals slow down or normalize excessive cell reproduction and reduce psoriasis inflammation.

Over the counter:

Salicylic acid: This is classified as a peeling agent and works by causing the outer layer of skin to shed. It acts as a scale lifter, helping to soften and remove psoriasis scales.

Coal Tar: This works really well for me. It does smell a little funky but you get used to it. “Tar can help slow the rapid growth of skin cells and restore the skin’s appearance. In addition, it can help reduce the inflammation, itching and scaling of psoriasis. Generally, the higher the concentration of tar, the more potent the product.” (psoriasis.org) I personally like the Grandpa Brand and I swear by their tar soap. If I am using tar creams or ointments, I typically wrap that part of my body in saran wrap because it is a little messy. Leave it on for a few hours or even overnight if you can and then bathe as usual.

Soaps, Lotions and Perfumes… oh my! I always take lukewarm showers, never too hot because it irritates the skin, and I steer clear of soaps with any fragrance in them. If I don’t use my Grandpa Tar Soap, I use baby wash. (So basically I smell like I am either 3 years old or 103 years old). The same goes for my lotion. Simple, no perfumes or chemicals. Again, I find baby lotion works well for me. OK ladies (and gents)… here’s the tricky one. Perfumes and/or colognes. I know, I know… you have a hot date tonight and you don’t want to smell like Benjamin Button (or maybe you do, depending on what age he’s at). I recommend spraying your clothing, setting it aside and letting it settle. So i promise you will smell great and since you aren’t directly applying it to your skin, you’re definitely minimizing your chances of irritation.

Prescriptions:

I CANNOT stress this enough: do NOT use anyone else’s skin creams when it comes to prescribed lotions and creams. Everyone’s skin is different so please do not use anything unless it is prescribed to you. Consult your doctor about any creams or sprays in general but SPECIFICALLY if they are not over the counter.

Typically your doctor of dermatologist will prescribe a steroid cream or spray of some sort. These did not work for me but they have worked for many other people I know.

The key to all this is to be patient. Find a combination and regiment that works for YOU. It took me some time but I did manage to get a system going and a flow and It sounds like a lot of work, I know, but once you get into the swing of things, all this applying, spraying, wrapping, washing, rubbing… it will become second nature.

Moral of the story is: Milk a cow, not your friends; it’s not cool.

 

*** Are there any products you use that work for you better than others? Do you have any tricks you want to share? (psst.. we won’t tell) ***

Allow me to introduce you to Brooklyn the wonderpup

A lot of people ask me why my blog includes my dog… and I’ll tell you…

 

When I was diagnosed with Psoriasis, it was a really difficult time for me. I was dealing with a lot of things all at once. My engagement had recently ended, my father was diagnosed with cancer (he’s in full remission now), I lost my job and now I was just left to stare at this strange person in the mirror every day. She was lonely and sad and scared and alone and, well, spotty. The disease seemed to grow so fast, faster than doctors could diagnose correctly. Faster than any creams could cure or sprays could calm. And then there was the pain. I would be up many, many nights suffering through the pain. The spots and scales would itch and become raw. They would bleed and burn and I was up all night, miserable.

But my nights weren’t spent completely alone. After a long day of judgements and staring, I would open my apartment door and Brooklyn would run to me, wagging her tail and jumping up and down. She didn’t see a spot or a blemish or a “disgusting” girl who people didn’t even want to sit next to on the bus… she saw mommy.

You see… My family and friends did the best that they could do to deal with the emotional toll of this disease. But sometimes all I needed was a hug. And I had hugs and kisses and cuddles waiting for me every night, without one single word of judgement or look of disgust. To Brooklyn it didn’t matter what I looked like on the outside and that is why she is my little wonderpup, my little nurse and my cuddle buddy every night.

Dating with Psoriasis

First of all, allow me to apologize for my small leave of absence. Fear not, I’m back! NOW… let’s tackle this little issue: Dating with Psoriasis. UGH.

To sum it up briefly, it sucks. People can be particularly unkind and surprisingly vain. It’s difficult to meet someone for the first time and explain a skin condition that can be a little disgusting maybe and a little off-putting. I am on a few dating websites and I try to broach the topic fairly soon. It saves me time and aggravation. I don’t let it get me down though and neither should you! Be confident and own your flaky, raw skin. They don’t like it??? Maybe you could teach them a thing or two about what having “tough skin” really means.

I would love to hear anyones stories though! I’m sure theres some winners out there!!! I wonder, do you think it’s better to save the pso. talk for a few dates in or do you address it before you meet or on the first date??

We love you Grandpa!!

Grandpa Brands is responsible for making a soap that literally saved my skin. When asked what I should wash myself with in the shower, my doctor recommended I use tar soap. After minutes (maybe hours, years or ions) pacing the soap section, I grabbed a Grandpa’s “Wonder Pine Tar Soap”, ran outside in the rain and began lathering myself. O.K. maybe I embellished. I drove home and took a shower.

At first I thought “yikes, this doesn’t smell good” but to be completely honest you get accustomed to it. And let’s face it, if you have psoriasis (it also works for dandruff, eczema, and other skin irritations) you will do anything to take care of your skin. I am now a HUGE FAN. (***NOTE: If you don’t have psoriasis, Grandpa offers many other products. Some help with acne, some supply your skin with some vitamin E and some just smell really awesome.)

Kimberly over at Grandpa was kind enough to send me a case of samples (loving you Kim!) and I would love to spread the love =) Shoot me an email at seeingpspots@gmail.com and I’ll send over a bar with some literature on this amazing brand.

Thanks again Grandpa!!! ❤

“The Skins”

Hey Doodlebugs! So, today Brooklyn the Wonder Pup and I watched old episodes of Roswell on Netflix (that super old, super dorky T.V. show about aliens, yes). So they have these other aliens and they call them “Skins” because, well, they shed their skin. I actually had to laugh. It reminded me so much of my flakey days so I just couldn’t resist posting a picture. 

 

Poor aliens. We feel your pain. Flake away!