Traveling With Psoriasis

So, as you may or may not know, I do tend to travel a lot. Whether it’s for work or play, traveling with psoriasis can suck! So what do I do?

This weekend I was in Chicago attending the HealtheVoices conference and it was amazing (but I’ll come back to that in another blog). What WASN’T amazing was my packing skills. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been on a plane (not nearly as many as Beyonce but you know…) and I still can’t get it together. I’m always scrambling last minute. (insert frantic emoji)

SO … I decided to get it together.

BECAUSE my skin is so sensitive and I do need special creams and lotions and shampoos, I packed myself a little “Pspot-On Carry-On” toiletry bag. Everyone is different and I am no medical professional but I’ll tell you what I pulled out of my little bag of tricks… (and, no, it wasn’t a lamp).

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We know clothing is important (for your skin, sanity, so you don’t get arrested… stuff like that) but let’s focus on some products. Here’s my arsenal:

-Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap

-Grandpa’s Pine Tar Shampoo

-Blue Eiffel Naturals Face & Body Wash

-TheSleepyCottage sleep mask

-Any sort of baby lotion

-VitaminC Packet (just because)

-My own soft washcloth

-Any perfume I want (so long as I spritz it on my clothes and not my skin)

-A clean pair of panties (ask my mom… i can hear her nagging now… “Do you want to die with dirty underwear??” OK MAAAAAA, They’re packed! Ya Happy?)

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I tucked all my toiletries into this beautifully sewn bag and It was a wrap! Why didn’t I think of this sooner????

Moral of the story??? Just have a handy toiletry bag ready to go. Throw some of the amazing products I suggested in it (or don’t) but be ready. You never know where a spot may go….

HAPPY TRAVELS !!!

 

You Get A Giveaway! You Get A Giveaway! Everyone Gets A Giveaway!

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So, FREE stuff rocks.

With that said, I’m having my first giveaway soon! Thanks to Etsy and all the absolutely amazing people working so hard on there, I’m happy to say that I’ll be giving away at least 5 really amazing travel packages. Why?

Well, I travel a lot. And it’s been really tough on my body and my skin. A lot of the time I carry my bag on just because it’s easier (or because I’m cheap and not paying $25!!) – so I know if I bring my creams and medicines and special shampoos, I risk having them tossed.

In the near future I’ll be posting a blog about traveling with psoriasis and to the first 5 people who post a picture of their psoriasis or their battle with psoriasis on my Facebook page …. Facebook.com/SeeingPspots … I will be sending you a toiletry bag (I have men’s and women’s, don’t worry) with creams and oils and soaps and lots of fun stuff to bring on your next trip.

I’ll be in touch soon but for now LIKE my Facebook and follow me. I’ll let you know a week in advance when this will take place.

Hugs and Love to you All!

#KeepCalmAndSpotOn

 

The First Psign Of Pspots…

I dreaded this day but it’s here: The first sign of psoriasis.

I know it seems small from the picture (it’s a camera phone, cut me some slack) but my psoriasis seems to be making a triumphant return! yay!

No, seriously. My psoriasis seems to be creeping up on me. It started on my legs (as seen in picture, along with a wrestling belt – don’t judge me) my torso and, lastly, my face which is tough because, if you didn’t notice, I’m a woman and we like makeup sometimes. So what do I do?

For my face, I just do my best to keep makeup off of it as best as I can. I wash it but not too often because I don’t like to dry my skin out. I’m a big fan of tar soap so I apply that or some other “derm. approved” face wash.

For my body I stick with the Tar soaps or baby wash. I keep my showers at a warm, not hot, temperature. I wash my hair as infrequently as it allows (gross but true). I moisturize and I APPLY MY MEDICATIONS! If you have been given topicals by your doctor, please… use them! Nip this in the bud. But if you have no topicals, can’t afford the medications or just need time to get to a dermatologist, I encourage over-the-counter creams with tar. They smell, they’re not pretty, but slap that sucker on to your skin and saran wrap it up overnight.

The key is to find your own flow, your own routine, and just stick with it. Keep informing yourself regarding different treatment methods and what’s out there for psoriasis. Stay ahead of the game and on top of your health.

** I always encourage you to seek professional medical attention. All views and opinions here are my own and I am NOT a doctor **

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) ***

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!!! ❤