Psychology of Psoriasis

Healing psoriasis has happened, and continues to happen to people. Persevere with hope that it will happen to you.

Psoriasis is recognised by World Health Organisation as a disease that causes painful, debilitating, highly visible physical symptoms. It is also associated with a multitude of psychological impairments. For many reasons, psoriasis can be psychologically devastating.

If psoriasis gets you down, you’re not alone and there is a way up again.

Your life may become difficult when psoriasis is present in highly visible areas of the skin such as the face and hands. Related psychological problems can affect every day social activities and work. It causes embarrassment, lack of self-esteem, anxiety and increased prevalence of depression. Other emotions like anger may also present themselves. If this is what you feel then think of it as just a temporary state.

Ask yourself whether your current feelings will make any difference to your life in 1 or 2 years from now if you decide to take action to control psoriasis. What you do now to heal yourself is a gift to your future self.

Here is a list of what you need in order to control and heal your psoriasis:


No money is no excuse.  Healing psoriasis does not cost money. Healthy, wholesome food and mindset should not cost any more than processed foods. PsoriasisLife has plenty of articles about foods for psoriasis.


Time plays a role in your stress levels. More time usually means less stress. Time management and delegation can gain you more time to spend on affirmations or meditation. Just 15 minutes a day of deep breathing and clear thinking can get you started. Fast food is not necessarily faster than whole foods. Remember that it also takes time for the benefits of your actions to assimilate through your body. Some of the research case studies have measured benefits to psoriasis 3-6 months after action was taken.


Bottle it. You’ll need plenty of hope, and store your surplus for when you are on the edge of giving up hope. Hope for healing psoriasis is real. The case studies and scientific articles in PsoriasisLife are proof of this.


PsoriasisLife is dedicated to giving you factual information, at no cost. Each article offers a solution that you can learn about and apply to your own treatment.

Self discipline

When you make a plan to think, eat, drink, breathe and move according to your goals for a healthier lifestyle, you need to stick to it. All success begins with self-discipline. It starts with you.


Failure will not happen if your determination to heal is strong enough. Your determination can be the most optimistic distraction for you when you are overcome and psoriasis gets you down.

Three useful tools to help you with your determination are affirmations that you chant based on what you are going to achieve; goals that are visible to you throughout each day; making yourself accountable to those around you so they can support you.

We are a forum and invite you to share your thoughts and feelings.

With love

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WHO. Global Report on Psoriasis. 2016, 16

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Feeling alive and well with Dead Sea salt

Bathing and sunbathing at the Dead Sea for four weeks resulted in:

  • a decrease of Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) of 81%
  • a 78% decrease in keratinocyte hyperplasia (where the keratinocytes would otherwise have an increased reproduction rate)
  • almost total elimination of T lymphocytes from the epidermis, with a low number remaining in the dermis. (The presence of T lymphocytes in the epidermis triggers the psoriatic autoimmune response)

(Schiener R, 2007).

Dead Sea salt concentration is 29%. That is, roughly 340 grams of salt per litre of water and this dilution varies with rainfall. Oceans have a salt concentration of just 4%. All salts are not created equal, however. Only 4-8% of dead sea salt is sodium chloride, compared to ocean salt which is made up of 85% sodium chloride (Schiener R, 2007).

The Dead Sea is one of the saltiest bodies of water on the face of the Earth, and also one of the lowest at about 430 metres below sea level. The Dead Sea is bordered by Israel and Jordan and is located in the Jordan Rift Valley, a long valley created by a geologic fault line. At around 100 metres below the surface, Dead Sea salt becomes so concentrated that it forms crystals that fall to the sea floor.

The Dead Sea salt content is a unique blend derived from rocks on the land that are eroded by rainwater. All rainwater contains some acids that form when carbon dioxide combines with water, creating a mild carbonic acid solution. These acids slowly break the rocks down over time, creating charged particles called ions that eventually find their way to the Dead Sea, oceans and other bodies of salt water through runoff.

Gaining benefits from the Dead Sea to treat your psoriasis can be achieved, in part, by soaking in the unique blend of salty brine (or a simulated version) in your own space. This is based on the assumption that fortnightly visits to Israel are not currently on your radar.

The benefits of bathing in Dead Sea salt solution are most likely related to the high magnesium content. Magnesium salts are known to bind water, influence the proliferation of keratinocytes in your epidermis and promote and repair the skin barrier (Proksch, E 2005).

The prevalent minerals in Dead Sea water are magnesium salts that are known to benefit inflammatory diseases. Research carried out by Proksch et al (Proksch, E 2005) examined the effectiveness of bathing in a salt that is rich in magnesium chloride from deep layers of the Dead Sea. The study used one of several commercially available mineral products harvested from the sea.

Volunteers with dry skin submerged one forearm for 15 minutes in a bath solution containing 5% Dead Sea salt. Their other arm was submerged in tap water as control. The skin condition of the volunteers was tested before and during the study, for skin hydration, roughness, and redness.

Here is what the research found in all test groups:

  • Skin hydration was enhanced on the forearm treated with the Dead Sea salt which means the treatment moisturised the skin.
  • Skin roughness and redness (indicators for inflammation) were significantly reduced after bathing in the salt solution.

This demonstrates that bathing in the salt solution was well tolerated, improved skin barrier function, enhanced stratum corneum hydration, and reduced skin roughness and inflammation (Proksch, E 2005).

 Buy Dead Sea Salt

Dead Sea salt is harvested and made available commercially. The big challenge with buying the salt for use at home is determining how genuine the product is. The Dead Sea salt used in the study by Proksch is Mavena® Dermaline from Switzerland.

Make your own reconstructed Dead Sea salt

The minerals that have been found in the Dead Sea water are magnesium, sodium, calcium and potassium; but the highest concentration is that of the electrolytes chloride and bromide. A composition of Dead Sea salt is listed below. At your own risk and at low cost, there is an opportunity to formulate your own blend of salts so that you can have regular bath soaks without packing your suitcase.

Magnesium chloride 31-35%

Potassium chloride 24-26%

Sodium chloride 4-8%

I will just end this article here abruptly since I have been overcome by the temptation of a salt bath, book and beverage. A magnesium bath soak is definitely a favourite thing and 15 minutes never seems long enough.

Much love

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Schiener R, Brockow T, Franke A, et al. Bath PUVA and saltwater baths followed by UV-B phototherapy as treatments for psoriasis: a randomized controlled trial. Arch Dermatol 2007;143:586-596.

Proksch, E. , Nissen, H. , Bremgartner, M. and Urquhart, C. (2005), Bathing in a magnesium‐rich Dead Sea salt solution improves skin barrier function, enhances skin hydration, and reduces inflammation in atopic dry skin. International Journal of Dermatology, 44: 151-157. doi:10.1111/j.1365-4632.2005.02079.


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Psoriasis reduces harmful effects of indoor ozone pollution

It is easy to believe that shedding psoriasis contributes to indoor pollution. You may be convinced each time you use a towel, hairbrush, or change your clothes. Fortunately, you would be mistaken.

This article reveals how psoriatic skin can help to reduce harmful ozone gases from indoor environments and therefore actually improve air quality. Yes indeed, we are extraordinary in so many ways.

Household dust contains squalene from skin flakes.  Households also contain varied amounts of ozone gas that is potentially harmful to our health. Skin flakes that contain squalene remove ozone from indoor air, and psoriatic skin contributes to this ozone removal twice as effectively as ordinary skin.

A 2011 study by a Swedish group of researchers painstakingly collected and analysed dust from 500 bedrooms and 151 day care centres of young children living in Odense, Denmark. Skin flakes that contain squalene have been detected in more than 97% of the dust samples collected.

The study team estimate that dust containing squalene at 60 parts per million would contribute about 4% to overall indoor ozone removal. Therefore, squalene in dust contributes to the scavenging of ozone in all settings occupied by humans (Charles J. Weschler, 2011).

About ozone

Ozone is a significant ingredient of smog. It is a highly reactive and unstable pollutant gas capable of damaging the linings of the human respiratory tract. Ozone forms in the atmosphere through complex reactions between chemicals directly emitted from vehicles, industrial plants, and many other sources. Key pollutants involved in ozone formation are hydrocarbon and nitrogen oxide gases (CalAir, 2015).

Exposure to ozone at a level above ambient air quality standard can have a negative impact on human health such as lung inflammation and impaired lung functioning. Ozone exposure is also linked to coughing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and the worsening of asthma symptoms. Ozone is not only harmful to humans. Increase levels can also damage plants and materials such as rubber, fabrics and plastics (CalAir, 2015).

About our epidermis

Our epidermis is the outer layer of the cells that make up our skin. The thickness of the epidermis is usually only .05 mm thick on the eyelids and is 1.5 mm thick on the palms and the soles of the feet (NCI, 2018).

In the upper layers of the epidermis, a 2-fold increase in epidermal growth was observed in psoriatic skin as compared with normal thin or thick skin (Lillian B Nanney, 1986).

The epidermis layer is made up of five sub-layers:

Basal Cell Layer

The innermost layer of the epidermis containing little round basal cells. These basal cells constantly divide, with the newly created cells pushing older cells toward the surface of the skin, where they are shed. The basal cell layer also contains cells called melanocytes which produce melanin to protect the skin from harmful ultraviolet rays, which explains why tanning causes skin to darken. Patches of melanin in the skin are responsible for freckles, birthmarks and age spots.

Squamous Cell Layer

The squamous cell layer is located above the basal layer, and within this layer are the basal cells that have been pushed upward, however these maturing cells are now called squamous cells, or keratinocytes. Keratinocytes produce keratin, a tough, protective protein that makes up the majority of the structure of the skin, hair, and nails. Psoriasis is a condition where keratinocytes are excessively produced.

The squamous cell layer is the thickest layer of the epidermis and is involved in the transfer of certain substances in and out of the body. The squamous cell layer also contains cells called Langerhans cells. These cells attach themselves to antigens that invade damaged skin and alert the immune system to their presence (NCI, 2018).

Stratum Granulosum & the Stratum Lucidum

The keratinocytes from the squamous layer are then pushed up through two thin epidermal layers called the stratum granulosum and the stratum lucidum. As these cells move further towards the surface of the skin, they get bigger and flatter and adhere together, and then eventually become dehydrated and die. This process results in the cells fusing together into layers of tough, durable material, which continue to migrate up to the surface of the skin (NCI, 2018).

Stratum Corneum

The stratum corneum is the outermost layer of the epidermis and is made up of 10 to 30 thin layers of continually shedding, dead keratinocytes.  As the outermost cells age and wear down, they are replaced by new layers of strong, long-wearing cells. The outer most cells of the stratum corneum are continually shed as new cells take their place, but this shedding process slows down with age. Complete cell turnover occurs every 28 to 30 days in young adults, while the same process takes 45 to 50 days in elderly adults, and faster again if you have psoriasis.

How does this make you feel?

People who live with a psoriatic are generally supportive and empathetic and I hope this is the situation you find yourself in. I cannot think of a better way to show your gratitude to this kindness, than by cleaning the air you share.

Healthy skin wishes

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CalAir, C. A. R. B., 2015. Ozone and Ambient Air Quality Standards. [Online]
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[Accessed January 2018].

Charles J. Weschler, S. L. A. F. G. B. J. T. a. G. C., 2011. Squalene and Cholesterol in Dust from Danish Homes and Daycare Centers. Environmental Science and Technology, p. 3872–3879.

Lillian B Nanney, C. M. S. M. M. L. E. K., 1986. Altered [125I] Epidermal Growth Factor Binding and Receptor Distribution in Psoriasis. Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 86(3), pp. 260-265.

NCI, N. C. I., 2018. SEER Training. [Online]
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[Accessed February 2018].


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Whey to go with psoriasis

This article weighs (wheys) in on the way (whey) to reduce psoriasis with, you probably guessed by now, whey protein. I can’t wait (wheyt) to share this with you. That’s it – I have now finished with the homonym humour, I promise.

XP-828L Bioactive Whey Protein is a dietary supplement made of a protein extract derived from bovine (cow) sweet whey that has been shown to be beneficial in psoriasis (Poulin Y et al 2005), (Poulin Y et al 2006).  It has been commercialised and patented as the product Dermylex.

Complex whey protein has previously shown potential in the treatment of cancer, hepatitis B, HIV virus, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis (Marshall 2004).

Results of treating psoriasis with bovine whey powder

A study was conducted on 11 adult patients with chronic, stable plaque psoriasis on two percent or more of total body surface area. Study participants received 5 g twice daily of XP-828L for 56 days.

PASI scores were used to measure psoriasis area severity index during treatment.  The majority of patients improved their psoriasis from day 1 of treatment with XP-828L, through to day 56 when they discontinued 5 g twice daily of XP-828L. PASI improvements continued through to day 112 even after daily dosage stopped on day 56. PASI was improved as much as 25% in 8 patients at day 56 and in 11 patients at day 112. This indicated that the patients could benefit from further improvement with longer use of XP-828L.

What is bioactive bovine whey powder?

Whey protein is the protein contained in whey, the watery portion of milk that separates from the curds when making cheese.

Whey protein is commonly used to reverse weight loss in people with HIV and to help prevent allergic conditions in infants. Whey protein is also considered to have effects on the immune system.

Bioactivity of bovine whey

Cows’ milk provides a wide range of biologically active compounds that protect the human body against diseases and pathogens. These biologically active compounds include immunoglobulins, antimicrobial proteins and peptides, oligosaccharides, lipids, as well as many other components in low concentrations.

Bioactive peptides are specific protein fragments that have a positive impact on body functions or conditions and may improve our health by exerting a physiological action.

Milk proteins, especially caseins, are an important source of these bioactive peptides. The whey protein components, α-lactalbumin and β-lactoglobulin, were also shown to contain bioactive functions.

How does bovine whey powder improve psoriasis?

The bioactive profile of XP-828L is likely due to the presence of growth factors, immunoglobulins, and active peptides found in this specific whey extract. An in vitro study (testing in glass dishes and not on bodies) demonstrated XP-828L has immune-regulating effects, including inhibiting the production of certain cytokines (the proteins that seems to send the wrong message to our T-cells in psoriasis), which may make it effective in treating T-cell related disorders, such as psoriasis by regulating our immune response.

Can I use an alternative bovine whey powder just as effectively?

My disclaimer is that we are all operating under different circumstances and results may differ because of them. Personally, my psoriasis has benefited from taking whey protein extracts. XP-828L, the product of this research, is a whey protein extract, and should not be confused with whey protein isolates, that contain only isolated proteins without including the full range of nutrients found in whey. I had been careful to select a bovine whey protein extract sourced from the milk of happy organic grass-fed cows. I needed to sift through some heavily marketed and questionable products to find this. I have since made my own whey from good quality, curdled cows’ milk.  Whey is the milk’s watery component, which remains after the milk has curdled.

Are there any known side effects of taking bovine whey powder?
  • High doses can cause some side effects such as increased bowel movements, nausea, thirst, bloating, cramps, reduced appetite, tiredness (fatigue), and headache.
  • There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking whey protein if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
  • If you are allergic to cow’s milk, avoid using whey protein.
  • Do not take whey protein and levodopa at the same time.
  • Whey protein can decrease how much alendronate (Fosamax) the body absorbs.
  • Taking whey protein along with some antibiotics might decrease the effectiveness of some antibiotics.

There we no significant changes in the renal (kidney), hepatic (liver) and haematology (blood) parameters during the 112 day study of 42 people with psoriasis. This indicated to the researchers that the whey product was safe to use.

It is refreshing to see this type of success with a naturally derived food product. Even more delightful is the absence of harmful side effects that are almost always associated with pharmaceutical treatments of psoriasis. Bovine whey may unwittingly be in your diet as the creamy coloured liquid in your yoghurt tub, or the liquid you see when milk curdles. I shudder to think of all the times I had wheysted this liquid gold into the sink.

Wheyving goodbye till next time

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Poulin Y, Pouliot Y, Lamiot E, et al. 2005. Safety and efficacy of a milk-derived extract in the treatment of plaque psoriasis: an open-label study. J Cutan Med Surg: 9:271-275.
Poulin Y, Bissonnette R, Juneau C, et al. 2006. XP-828L in the treatment of mild to moderate psoriasis: randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. J Cutan Med Surg: 10: 241-248.

Marshall, K. 2004. Therapeutic applications of whey protein. Altern. Med. Rev. 9: 136-156. PMID: 15253675


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Updating your understanding of psoriasis

This article will be valuable to you if you are new to psoriasis, have been out of touch with new and current information from medical science, or you want to approach 2018 with optimism and a better understanding of psoriasis.

When we are exposed to psoriasis personally or through someone we care for, we have an an opporunity to gain expertise in our own experience of treating psoriasis. Peer reviewed medical science articles will continue to contribute to our collective knowledge bank of psoriasis, however, sharing our stories is just as valuable.  Psoriasis has no known cure, according to medical science. It is therefore up to us. World Health Organisation encourages psoriasis sufferers to share experiences to gain a collective understanding.

In this article we dismantle the medical interpretation of psoriasis so that new and upcoming articles can make sense to you.

Quote from a reviewed medical research article:

“Psoriasis is a common T-cell-mediated immune disorder characterized by circumscribed, red, thickened plaques with an overlying silver-white scale. It occurs worldwide, although the incidence is lower in warmer, sunnier climates. The primary cause of psoriasis is unknown. During an active disease state, an underlying inflammatory mechanism is frequently involved. Many conventional treatments focus on suppressing symptoms associated with psoriasis and have significant side effects”.

Interpreting this information to you:

A psoriasis outbreak or condition is a result of an inflammation within your body systems. This inflammation is caused by an immune defect that affects your T-cells.  A T-cell, also called T lymphocyte, is a type of white blood cell, also called a leukocyte. It is an essential part of your immune system. T-cells (leukocytes) determine the type of immune response your body has to foreign substances in the body. T-cells are one of two primary types of lymphocytes—B-cells being the second type. T-cells are also responsible for immune responses such as allergic reactions (for example gluten intolerance) and virtually all autoimmune disease (psoriasis, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and so on).

Quote from a reviewed medical research article:

“Recent genetic and immunological advances have greatly increased understanding of the pathogenesis of psoriasis as a chronic, immune-mediated inflammatory disorder. The primary immune defect in psoriasis appears to be an increase in cell signalling via chemokines and cytokines that act on upregulated gene expression and cause hyper-proliferation of keratinocytes”.

Interpreting this information to you:

A cytokine and a chemokine are both small proteins made by cells in the immune system. They are important in the production and growth of lymphocytes (T-cells), and in regulating responses to infection or injury such as inflammation and wound healing.

Cytokines are a group of messenger molecules. Chemokines are a special type of cytokine that send white blood cells to infected or damaged tissues. Both use chemical signals to make changes in other cells.

Psoriasis is considered an immune defect because chemokines are sending incorrect signals that trigger an immune response which causes excessive production of keratinocytes.

 Quote from a reviewed medical research article:

“In order to properly understand the immune dysfunction present in psoriasis, it is imperative to understand the normal immune response of skin. Skin is a primary lymphoid organ with an effective immunological surveillance system equipped with antigen presenting cells, cytokine synthesizing keratinocytes, epidermotropic T-cells, dermal capillary endothelial cells, draining nodes, mast cells, tissue macrophages, granulocytes, fibroblasts, and non-Langerhans cells. Skin also has lymph nodes and circulating T lymphocytes. Together these cells communicate by means of cytokine secretion and respond accordingly via stimulation by bacteria, chemical, ultraviolet (UV) light, and other irritating factors. Generally, this is a controlled process unless the insult to the skin is prolonged, in which case imbalanced cytokine production leads to a pathological state such as psoriasis.”

Interpreting this information to you:

Keratin is a protein that makes up the fibres of hair, nails, (even horn, hoofs, wool and feathers), and of the epithelial cells in the outermost layers of the skin. Keratin serves important structural and protective functions.

In the simplest of interpretations, psoriasis is considered a result of an incorrect signal by the cytokines to T-cells, thereby causing the T-cells to form excessive keratin as a false response to irritation, at a rate of around seven time more than we need.

Our way forward

It is always a pleasure to research and dissect peer reviewed articles on psoriasis. Most pleasing of all is to deliver this information to you via PsoriasisLife in a way that you too can harness this knowledge and heal. When each article serves up another idea or suggestion of what we can do better then we are a step closer to knowing how to heal. Knowledge is our power over psoriasis.


Traub T, Marshall K, Psoriasis – Pathophysiology, Conventional, and Alternative Approaches to Treatment. Altern Med Rev 2007;12(4):319-330


Love and clear skin wishes

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Going public with psoriasis

Having psoriasis and being in public are not always a comfortable combination. Our immediate response is either to hide behind the psoriasis, or hide the psoriasis itself. I propose that you shine brightly from behind the psoriasis so that your skin and all its colourful layers go undetected.

My own experience as a college teacher and corporate workshop presenter has been to create a valuable and enjoyable experience for the audience that I am in front of. Their enjoyment then makes my experience under their gaze pleasant. However, no matter how thick skinned I lead myself to believe I am, my patchwork skin is still obvious and attracts curious stares.

There is a series of steps you can take to draw more attention toward your radiant personality and away from your skin.

Preparing your skin for a public event

One day before being in the public eye, have a magnesium bath soak to soften your skin and reduce inflammation. Towards the end of the bath, use a loofa to very gently loosen and remove excess layers of skin.

Gently dry and apply a ceramide rich oil such as wheat germ oil or rice bran oil. This will retain the moisture in your skin and slow down flaking and cracking.

Prepare your inner health

Take anti-inflammatory supplements such as omega 3 fish oil or curcumin combined with pepper, to reduce the thickness and redness associated with inflammation.

Clothing choices

Clothing can be your friend or foe. Whilst covering your skin lesions may seem like a good idea there are some things you need to avoid. Synthetic clothing, clothing with soluble dye and clothing that has been dry cleaned are known irritants of psoriasis.

Food choices

Leading up to your public exposure, eat foods that are easy to digest and have minimal to no processing, sugars or salts. Foods and beverages that are known to stimulate psoriasis outbreaks should be avoided. These foods include potatoes, tomatoes, aubergines, peppers, red meat, caffeine, tobacco and alcohol.

Preparing your mind

Having a positive attitude and confidence are the best form of distraction. This disposition can be achieved with positive affirmations, deep breathing and enough sleep in the lead up.

Just do it

I was recently interviewed for a business magazine article which required full-length photos of me. Unfortunately, this happened shortly after a psoriasis outbreak, which had invaded my lower legs. When I had put these techniques into action I felt prepared physically and mentally to be photographed and exposed in print. Surprisingly, during the photoshoot both the photographer and I didn’t realise that I had psoriasis. Do you?

Smooth skin wishes

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Psoriasis and Crisis

There is an unfortunate yet distinct correlation between the state of our psoriasis and the state of our emotional wellness.  Both trigger one another and we are sometimes unsure which happened first!

You may experience this first hand. Does your psoriasis become raised, red and itchy several days following an emotional ‘crisis’ such as anxiety, fear, anger or sadness? This is the link between psoriasis and crisis.

What we consider to be a crisis may be simply a hurdle to another person. We have complete control of the way we perceive a situation and this means we can allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by it, or not. Ironically people who have become resilient through their life experiences are less likely to become overwhelmed, and the worldview is that psoriasis sufferers are a resilient and strong bunch.

We can control our response to negative emotions much better than we can control our psoriasis so it makes sense to improve the way we manage crisis, so that we can improve our psoriasis.

Improving how we deal with crisis

Build your emotional armour at the start of each day

Begin your waking moments with gratitude. Regardless of your circumstances, you can be grateful simply because you have the gift of a new day, the ability to think and the hope of making things better. Sometimes the more we look, the more we see, and when we look through the lens of gratitude, our blessings become more obvious.

Create affirmations to use in case of emergency

Just like we have a first aid kit for the body, a bundle of personalised positive affirmations acts as a first aid kit for the emotions. These need to be prepared ahead of time and when you have a positive mindset such as after your morning gratitude. Writing your own personal affirmations will suit your situation and desired outcome, and speak directly to your subconscious. In case you experience writers-block, I have shared my affirmations to get you started.

Affirmation for a psoriasis break out

I am grateful that my body has the ability to heal itself and that I have control of my mind and emotions which will help in my healing. When I nurture my body with healthy foods and water, remove processed food and harmful products from my life and think positive thoughts, my body will begin to heal. This healing is inevitable.

Affirmation for conflict with another person

I am grateful for the strength I have within me and for the loving relationship that I have with myself. I take pride in being in control of my actions so that I always act with integrity. I know that sometimes people are on my life journey to give me lessons, build my resilience and make me stronger. I am grateful for them. I do not take anything personally except for my unconditional self-love.

Affirmation for fear of change

I accept that the only constant in life is change.  I am grateful that I am resilient and able to embrace change, finding ways to make the most of the change so that it is a benefit for me and those I care for.

Affirmation for fear of loss

I am grateful for the blessings that have been a part of my life journey. The memory of the joy they have given me will stay with me for as long as I choose. When my life loses something for which I am grateful, it creates a space where I can welcome new blessings that will soon fill the void.

The value of using affirmations

Since antiquity it has been a belief that negative emotional states can have an adverse impact on the body’s ability to function in a healthy way. Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) is the study of the interaction between psychological processes and the nervous and immune systems of the human body. The science of PNI links medical disciplines such as psychology, neuroscience, immunology, physiology, genetics, molecular biology and psychiatry. This science provides evidence that the brain and body communicate with each other in a multidirectional flow of information that consists of hormones, neurotransmitters/neuropeptides, and cytokines.

Combining mind-body techniques such as positive affirmations, together with healthy nutrition and lifestyle choices can have a significant impact on health maintenance and disease prevention (1).

In gratitude

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  1. VITETTA, L., ANTON, B., CORTIZO, F. and SALI, A. (2005), Mind-Body Medicine: Stress and Its Impact on Overall Health and Longevity. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1057: 492–505. doi:10.1111/j.1749-6632.2005.tb06153.x

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Three conversation starters (or stoppers) about psoriasis

Humans are a naturally curious creature and will want to know all about anything that is outside of the ordinary.  For someone who is gift wrapped in psoriasis, we already know that we are extraordinary for many reasons. Responding to curious stares and cliché questions can become a little more tolerable when you are armed with some fresh information about psoriasis.

Psoriasis affects us more than we realise

About 30 percent of individuals with psoriasis have a family history of the disease in a first or second degree relative. This means that while someone may not experience psoriasis themselves, chances are that someone in their immediate family or someone who shares 25% of their genes does. This includes uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, grandparents, grandchildren, half-siblings, and double cousins. (1)

Langerhans and T cells got the message wrong

Psoriasis is known to be stimulated by a type of dendric cell known as the Langerhans cells. Langerhans stimulate our immune system which in turn activates T cells to clear infection by killing virus-infected cells.

Our T cells use cytokines to communicate to some of the other trillion or so cells in our body. In the case of psoriasis, the message being delivered by the T cells is to send in some inflammation and immune response. However, the message is distorted and leads to an exaggerated increase in the number of keratin producing epidermal skin cells, known as keratinocytes.

The approximate time it takes for normal skin cells to grow, mature and shed keratinocytes is 28 days, and in the case of psoriasis this process takes just 2-4 Days. (2)

This means that psoriasis patients shed their skin between 7 – 14 times faster than the average person because the Langerhans and T cells got the message wrong.

Bone Marrow

Bone marrow transplant recipients who previously did not have psoriasis, and have received their bone marrow from someone who did have psoriasis, have gone on to developed psoriasis after the transplant.

On the flip side people with psoriasis who receive a bone marrow transplant (BMT) from a donor without psoriasis, have experienced a clearing of psoriasis.

In the past 25 years, more than 30 patients with psoriasis who underwent BMT have subsequently achieved long-term remission of psoriasis. Before these patients received the bone marrow transplant their immune system was effectively eliminated by a preconditioning regimen, and any immune response after the BMT is typically of donor origin. (3)

As always, I hope this informs you, gives you an understanding and arms you with a comeback line!

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  1. Capon F, Munro M, Barker J, Trembath R. Searching for the major histocompatibility complex psoriasis susceptibility gene. J Invest Dermatol 2002;118:745751.
  2. Alternative Medicine Review 2007;12:320
  3. Kanamori H, Tanaka M, Kawaguchi H, Yamaji S, Fujimaki K, Tomita N, et al. Resolution of psoriasis following allogeneic bone marrow transplantation for chronic myelogenous leukemia: case report and review of the literature. Am J Hematol. 2002;71:41–44.

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The importance of hope when you experience psoriasis

Sometime the hope of healing is all we have left after exhausting our efforts to control and understand psoriasis. Focussing our attention on the good news stories can help us set our own personal goals of healing and give an insight into what has worked for others with psoriasis.

This type of hope and positive outlook is essential because lack of hope puts us at risk of feeling depressed. Our personal encounters with anxiety and fear of breakouts are something that almost all psoriasis patients feel from time to time, but this should not happen all of the time.

Here is your hope for today

Studies based on repeated observations of 5600 psoriasis patients over a long period of time suggest that spontaneous remission may occur in about one-third of patients with psoriasis (Farber, 1974).

To deliver this happy news to you in another way, one third of the 5600 observed people with psoriasis have had an unexpected improvement or cure from psoriasis. The term ‘spontaneous remission’ should not be misunderstood as instant healing, but rather a slowing down or reversal of the progression of psoriasis that cannot be attributed to Western mainstream pharmaceutical medicine.

Improving your chances of spontaneous remission?

We can do a lot more than leave our healing to luck. It is well documented in medical journals and case studies that our chances of slowing down or reversing the progression of psoriasis improve when we ensure a healthy diet, take supplements, do regular appropriate levels of physical activity and management of other risk factors including obesity. Each of these are important elements of care.

Anti-inflammatory diet

Psoriasis, essentially an inflammatory disorder, should benefit from an anti-inflammatory diet. An anti-inflammatory diet consists basically of an emphasis on good fats such as those found in cold water fish, nuts, seeds, and olive oil. Including whole grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits in our diet and avoiding bad fats such as saturated animal fats, trans fats, fried and processed foods, and poor quality oils. Just as importantly is the removal of refined carbohydrates from our diet. In addition, an excessive amount of omega-6 fatty acids in the diet can contribute to an inflammatory response (Adam, Beringer, Kless et al 2003).

Vitamin D

It has been established that patients with disseminated psoriasis have significantly decreased serum levels of the biologically active form of vitamin D, 1-alpha,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1-α,25(OH)2D3;

calcitriol) compared to control tests of people of the same age and sex and also compared to patients with moderate psoriasis (Staberg, Oxholm, Klemp, Christiansen, 1987).


Remove or significantly reduce cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption as these are associated with the severity of psoriasis (Chodorowska, Kwiatek, 2004).


There is evidence from various scientific sources that obesity increases the risk of psoriasis onset and severity. On the flip side, exercise and physical outdoor activity has been shown to reduce the severity of psoriasis.


Two dermatologists providing phototherapy to their psoriasis patients compared the results of two patient groups – those who listened to guided meditation during their therapy, and those who did not. The patients who were given the chance to meditate during their phototherapy session cleared four time faster than the patients who received phototherapy only (Kabat-Zinn, Wheeler, Light, et al, 1998).


When we have a feeling of expectation and desire to control psoriasis and understand what needs to happen, then what you hope for can become your reality and you will begin your journey to smooth skin.

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Adam O, Beringer C, Kless T, et al. Anti-inflammatory effects of a low arachidonic acid diet
and fish oil in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatol Int 2003;23:27-36

Staberg B, Oxholm A, Klemp P, Christiansen C. Abnormal vitamin D metabolism in patients with
psoriasis. Acta Derm Venereol 1987;67:65-68.  (Staberg, Oxholm, Klemp, Christiansen, 1987)

Chodorowska G, Kwiatek J. Psoriasis and cigarette smoking. Ann Univ Mariae Curie Sklodowska [Med]2004;59:535-538.

Kabat-Zinn J, Wheeler E, Light T, et al. Inflence of a mindfulness meditation-based stress reduction intervention on rates of skin clearing in patients with moderate to severe psoriasis undergoing phototherapy (UVB) and photochemotherapy (PUVA). Psychosom Medicine 1998;60:625-632.


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Obesity is an important risk factor for psoriasis

There are many reasons why we may experience obesity – some are within and some beyond our control, and somewhere in between. Very much like our control of psoriasis in some ways.

A concept occurred to me a long time ago about form and texture.  I decided that if my texture isn’t as good as it should be, then I’ll put effort into my form instead. Fortunately, common sense finally convinced me to abandon body image pressures and focussed on controlling both weight as well as skin, and this study backs up the reason why.

The relationship between psoriasis and obesity is two-directional – obesity can predispose you to psoriasis and psoriasis favours obesity. Both psoriasis and obesity are considered a chronic, low-grade inflammatory condition.

I’d like to introduce you to a tissue, a hormone and a condition.

The adipose tissue is an active endocrine organ. It secretes peptide hormones including leptin.

Leptin hormone regulates appetite and body weight. Leptin also plays important roles in the chronic pro-inflammatory state associated with visceral obesity and metabolic syndrome.

Studies in psoriasis have shown that psoriasis patients have higher leptin levels compared with healthy tested patients.

Psoriasis is an independent risk factor for hyperleptinemia, a condition where excess levels of leptin in the blood increases body fat content and stimulates appetite.

What was first – psoriasis or obesity?

Patients with psoriasis have a slightly increased risk for developing obesity. However, because stresses to the body bring on psoriasis, there is a possibility that obesity can bring on or increase the severity of psoriasis.

The link between obesity and psoriasis could be explained by the fact that low-grade systemic inflammation exists in both conditions. In theory, mechanisms that increase inflammation brought on by obesity may also exacerbate psoriasis in overweight patients. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that weight loss and subsequent reduction of obesity-derived proinflammatory mechanisms in overweight patients with psoriasis will likely improve their condition.

Fact 1 – there is a two-fold increased risk for developing psoriasis in an obese condition as compared with normal weight people.

Fact 2 – Patients with a higher body mass index (BMI) have an increased risk for new-onset psoriasis, and the higher the BMI, the greater the psoriasis severity. For each unit increment increase in BMI there is reportedly a 9% higher risk for psoriasis onset and a 7% higher risk for increased psoriasis severity.

Fact 3 – Dermatologists now recognise that patients with psoriasis have an associated increased risk for hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, obesity, and vascular disease.

Most of us with psoriasis experience low morale from time to time because of the condition of our skin. According the World Health Organization’s Global Report on Psoriasis 2016, psoriasis is not only a disease that causes painful, debilitating, highly visible physical symptoms. It causes embarrassment, lack of self-esteem, anxiety and increased prevalence of depression.

Our greatest defence in keeping our spirits up is to nurture our body with the best possible nutrition to help reduce and remove our psoriasis. In most of our cases, I am delighted to say that we can take control ourselves. Psoriasis Life Mag proudly researches and presents specific targeted psoriasis dietary solutions. The onset or severity of obesity will naturally be managed by default, when these healthy nutrition guidelines are followed.

Wishing you a wonderful form and texture in the near future!

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Barrea L, Nappi F, Di Somma C, Savanelli MC, Falco A, Balato A, Balato N and Savastano S. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Environmental Risk Factors in Psoriasis: The Point of View of the Nutritionist. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016;13, 2-4

Jensen,P; Zachariae,C; Christensen,R;.Geiker,N; Schaadt,B; Stender,S;Hansen,P; Astrup,A; Skov,L. JAMA Dermatol.2013;149(7):795-801

WHO. Global Report on Psoriasis. 2016;16

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Curcumin paste is the golden era of psoriasis gels and puts coal tar in the dark ages

As psoriatics we could use the occasional glimmer of hope and I am delighted to share a review of alternative natural topical therapies for psoriasis that has shown some optimistic results for safer control of our pesky skin condition. My most favourite outcome of this research is the trial of curcumin gel and here’s why.

Firstly, clinical trials by National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, and National Institute for Health Research, (London) showed curcumin gel’s astoundingly successful results.

Secondly, this outcome sounded so good that I tried it myself for 6 weeks on my own occasional psoriasis, and it worked like a charm to reduce my lesions.

Curcumin gel yielded 90% resolution of plaques in 50% of psoriasis patients tested, within 2-6 weeks

The remainder of the study subjects showed 50 to 85% improvement. Curcumin was found to be twice as effective as calcipotriol cream (which generally takes three months to exert its full effect). The mechanism of curcumin is as a selective phosphorylase kinase inhibitor, thereby reducing inflammation.

Why we need to seek natural alternatives to the lotions and creams prescribed for psoriasis

This same clinical trial showed no evidence of coal tar’s effectiveness in treating psoriasis despite it being commonly prescribed for psoriasis. (E.J. Samarasekera EJ, Sawyer L, Wonderling D, Tucker R, Smith CH; Topical therapies for the treatment of plaque psoriasis: systematic review and network meta-analyses). Psoriasis patients are also warned to remain vigilant for potential local and systemic negative after effects associated with corticosteroids, also regularly prescribed for psoriasis.

Make your own curcumin paste to treat psoriasis

This is the recipe and instructions for the curcumin paste that I have tested on my own psoriasis, with some outstanding results. I have combined turmeric with aloe vera gel and finely ground pepper. The following list is a breakdown of the ingredients that have worked extremely well for me and also in the clinical trials that I have researched and described. I have included information about the role of each ingredient and some suggestions about how you can source these compounds.

Turmeric – Contains the anti-inflammatory curcumin that is needed to treat the psoriasis. Please use organic turmeric root, either bought or harvested yourself. You will need to peel the root and finely grate it, them simmer in filtered water to break it down. Continue simmering until the volume of water is reduced. Allow to cool before adding the aloe vera. Alternatively, you may prefer to use ground organic turmeric powder.

Ground black pepper – improves the bioavailability of the curcumin, in simpler terms, helps it to assimilate into our skin.

Aloe vera gel – provides the gel that carries the curcumin. A controlled trial of Aloe vera extract in 60 patients for 4-12 months demonstrated a significant clearing of psoriatic plaques. Aloe vera plants can be grown and stems harvested and peeled for use, or alternatively you can buy aloe vera gel in health food stores.


Mix equal parts turmeric and aloe vera. Pepper is optional so keep a close watch on any reactions on your skin if you are going to use it. If you choose to use pepper, then add one part pepper to every 20 parts turmeric.

The gel will keep in a refrigerator for 2 weeks. Be sure to clean the jar and use clean, sterilised applicators each use. Use 3 times daily on your psoriasis lesions. Freeze a portion if you think you have too much to use within two weeks.

Best wishes for shrinking patches

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Traub T, Marshall K, Psoriasis – Pathophysiology, Conventional, and Alternative Approaches to Treatment. Altern Med Rev 2007;12(4):319-330

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Managing high blood pressure associated with psoriasis

There is a link between high blood pressure and psoriasis

Research results showed that the more severe the psoriasis, the higher the blood pressure.

In a population-based study in the United Kingdom that is considered the first of its kind, a team led by Junko Takeshita, MD. PhD, found a significant and increasing likelihood of uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure) among patients with more severe psoriasis. This result was independent of other risk factors for poor blood pressure and balanced out the hypertension characteristics of alcohol consumption, smoking, diabetes, kidney and cardiovascular disease.

The hypertension was defined as a systolic blood pressure of 140mm Hg or higher and a diastolic blood pressure of 90mm Hg or higher based on the blood pressure recorded closest in time to the psoriasis severity. The study used an electronic database of medical records of 1322 patients with psoriasis between the ages of 25 and 64 years and were compared to 11,977 patients without psoriasis – all patients had a diagnosis of hypertension.

What this means to the psoriatic

The study raised the question whether an improvement in hypertension affects the severity of psoriasis. For those of us with psoriasis we can raise our own two conclusions from this research:

  1. Monitor and manage our blood pressure closely
  2. Reduce hypertension through relaxation and slow breathing
How can we use this information to help with psoriasis?

Even a single session of mental relaxation or slow breathing can result in a temporary fall in blood pressure.

Both mental relaxation and slow breathing result in a fall in systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate and electromyographic activity with increase in peripheral skin temperature and skin conductance.

A study published in Complimentary Therapies in Medicine, (June 2006 Volume 14, Issue 2, 120–126) shows the benefits of slow breathing and mental relaxation. One hundred patients with hypertension either receiving antihypertensive drugs or unmedicated were selected randomly.

  • Their blood pressure parameters were recorded during the resting state and then during mental relaxation. The tested patients performed slow breathing for 10 minutes, followed by a quiet period of 15 minutes.
  • All parameters were recorded again after mental relaxation and slow breathing.

After the changes in the parameters were compared following the mental relaxation and slow breathing, the results give us psoriatics some clear steps about how we can manage psoriasis related hypertension:

  • slow breathing caused a significantly higher fall in heart rate (p<0.05), respiratory rate (p<0.001), systolic blood pressure (p<0.05) and diastolic blood pressure (p<0.01).
  • mental relaxation increased peripheral skin temperature (p<0.05) and a reduction in electromyographic activity (p<0.05)

The tested patients performed slow breathing for 10 minutes, followed by a quiet period of 15 minutes. We know their hypertension improved and therefore we can expect a similar result for ourselves.

By setting aside increments of 25 minutes throughout the day for ourselves for this slow breathing and quiet period routine, and also monitoring our blood pressure, we can reduce high blood pressure associated with psoriasis and give ourselves so many other benefits. Most importantly, were are so busy making skin that we deserve this time out!

Love and wellness

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JAMA Dermatol. 2015;151(2):161-169. Effects of Psoriasis Severity on Hypertension Control

Complement Ther Med. 2006 Jun;14(2):120-6. Effects of mental relaxation and slow breathing in essential hypertension.

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Relieving psoriasis skin

Psoriasis on the skin can be painful, and from my own personal experience, a combination of cold, dry, windy weather causes a constant stinging pain deep within the layers of my skin.

By the time we have psoriasis, our immune response is already compromised and therefore, we need to be cautious about what we apply to our skin to relieve the pain, which I can best describe as feeling like crushed aluminium foil. There are many dermatologically recommended creams and ointments, however it is well documented that adverse side effects of their use contradicts the benefits, or worse still, adverse side effects have not yet been explored. The Global Report on Psoriasis authored by the World Health Organization in November 2016 explains that clinical dermatologists do not yet have an understanding of how to treat psoriasis without causing adverse side effects.

To combat the pain of dry, stretched and cracked psoriasis, we psoriatics require a soothing, moisturising and protective emollient, or lotion. We prefer this emollient layer to be made up of naturally occurring compounds that have either little or no side effects, can be easily accessed and do not cost much. Let me introduce you to ceramides.

Why you will love Ceramides
Psoriasis oil
Remnants of psoriasis on my thighs and a carefree smile thanks to wheat germ oil!

Ceramides are intercellular lipids (lipid molecules composed of fatty acids and sphingosine). Ceramides play an important role in regulating the water-holding capacity of your skin while at the same time providing a protective layer.

The four layers of the epidermis contain Ceramides, and they play an important role by creating a barrier which reduces infection and helps to retain the skin’s moisture. Studies have shown that a proper amount of Ceramides in the internal epidermal layer is necessary to maintain healthy skin. Research has shown that ceramides are decreased in the psoriatic epidermis and this may either contribute to the cause of psoriasis, or be the result of psoriasis-driven hyperproliferation of keratinocytes.  In my personal psoriasis experience, a lack of ceramide function has caused an increase in the size and amount of psoriasis lesions and a definite increase in pain.

Ceramides have been used since the early 1990’s by major cosmetic companies for treating aging problems such as fine lines, wrinkles, and dryness. These were often in the form of expensive topical creams and potions. Because of its moisture retaining properties, Ceramides were eventually included in cosmetic products such as foundations and lipsticks to increase outer moisture and to provide a benefit to the skin while protecting it from damaging elements.

For the psoriatic

Naturally occurring Ceramides are present in the plant world, with the main sources being wheat, rice, soy, and spinach.

Wheat germ oil is my personal favourite Ceramide-rich emollient because the anti-inflammatory activities of Ceramides and linoleic acid are strengthened by the vitamin E present in wheat germ oil. Wheat germ oil has been successful in reducing the spread of my psoriasis and pain, especially in harsh environmental conditions. This oil has been my only skin product during long periods at sea, hiking in snow and while being exposed to the sun for long periods.

What you can do now

We can easily and affordably access Ceramides by applying wheat germ oil onto our skin. By boosting the Ceramide levels in our skin, wheat germ oil can reduce the harmful effects of our external environment on psoriasis, relieve pain and as a well-deserved added bonus, supports anti-ageing as well.

Long live wheat germ oil!

Healthy skin wishes








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Bizot-Foulon V. Inhibition of human neutrophil enastase by wheat ceramides. Int. J Cosmet. Sci. 1995; 17: 255-64

Idsson B. Vitamins and the Skin. Cosmetic & Toiletries, 1993; 108 (12): 79-94

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Severity of psoriasis is linked to the types of fats and carbs we eat

Studies of psoriasis patients have linked more severe cases of psoriasis with a higher consumption of simple carbohydrates and saturated fats, and with a lower intake of protein, complex carbohydrates, MUFA, PUFA, and fibres.

In a recent journal by Barrea L et al, published in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, it was found that the lowest intakes of PUFA, MUFA and complex carbohydrates were associated with higher clinical severity of psoriasis.

Saturated fats vs Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) and Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA)

In this research, the patients with more severe cases of psoriasis consumed more saturated fats and less monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA).

Saturated fats

Saturated fats occur naturally in many foods and particularly from animal sources, including meat and dairy products. Examples of saturated fats are:

  • fatty beef, lamb, pork (bacon)
  • poultry with skin
  • beef fat (tallow or lard)
  • cream and butter
  • cheese and other dairy products made from whole milk

In addition, many baked goods and fried foods can contain high levels of saturated fats.

Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA)

Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) are considered a healthy dietary fat, as opposed to saturated fatty acid. The most frequently consumed MUFA rich dietary oils is extra virgin olive oil (EVOO). Traditionally, the beneficial effects of EVOO have been attributed to its high MUFA content (oleic acid), as it protects lipoproteins and cellular membranes from oxidative damage.

Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA)

The omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), mainly found in fish and nuts, contribute to provide the protection of several chronic diseases such as psoriasis. Diets rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) from fish oil have been associated with improvement of psoriasis in clinical trials by promoting an anti-inflammatory environment.

Simple carbs vs complex carbs

In this research, the patients with more severe cases of psoriasis consumed more simple carbohydrates and less complex carbohydrates.

Simple carbohydrates are sugars. While some of these occur naturally in milk, most of the simple carbs in the western diet are added to foods. Common simple carbs added to foods are:

  • raw sugar
  • brown sugar
  • corn syrup and high-fructose corn syrup
  • glucose, fructose, and sucrose
  • fruit juice concentrate

Complex carbohydrates consist mainly of fibre and starch. The main sources of dietary fibre and starch include:

  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • nuts
  • beans
  • whole grains

In addition, food fibres also play an important role in decreasing system-wide inflammation, by decreasing the oxidative stress that is produced when there is a high intake of simple carbohydrate foods.

Low energy and vegetarian diets

Previous studies reported the positive effects of low-energy diets and vegetarian diets, and gluten-free diet on the psoriasis condition. Fasting periods or vegetarian diets and diets rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) from fish oil have been associated with improvement of psoriasis in clinical trials.

For the psoriatic

A diet regimen rich in MUFA and PUFA, fruits, vegetables, fibre, and with a reduced intake of saturated fats, simple carbohydrates, processed foods and sweetened drinks, should be recommended to reduce the severity of psoriasis.

In a nutshell, keep up the MUFA, PUFA and fibre!




Barrea L, Nappi F, Di Somma C, Savanelli MC, Falco A, Balato A, Balato N and Savastano S. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Environmental Risk Factors in Psoriasis: The Point of View of the Nutritionist. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 743

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7 factors that trigger psoriasis

There is a pleasant synergy between the viewpoint of alternative and natural medicine and the findings of clinical research. Psoriasis has no known cure and when we find this correlation that alternative and orthodox medicine can agree on, we can give it credibility, and also our full attention!

Based on the text of Clinical Dermatology, written by dermatologists for dermatology students, there are seven clinically accepted causes of psoriasis outbreaks, which apply to each of the 6 patterns of psoriasis. These 6 psoriasis patterns are:

Plaque psoriasis – This is the most common type. Lesions range from a few millimetres to many centimetres in diameter, are pink or red with large, centrally adherent, silvery-white, polygonal scales usually on the elbows, knees, lower back and scalp.

Guttate psoriasis – This is usually seen in children and adolescents, often triggered by streptococcal tonsillitis. Numerous small round red macules come up suddenly on the torso and soon become scaly.

Scalp psoriasis – The scalp is often involved. Areas of scaling are lumpy and sometimes more easily felt than seen.

Nail psoriasis – Involvement of the nails is common, with ‘thimble pitting’ and separation of the nail from the nail bed

Flexure psoriasis – Psoriasis is in the folds, particularly under breasts, anogenital area and other folds of skin on the body. Psoriasis is not scaly although red plaques glisten and often fissure in the depth of the fold.

Palms and soles psoriasis – Palmar psoriasis lesions are often poorly demarcated and barely recognised. The fingers may develop painful fissures and at times, lesions are inflamed and studded with 1–2 mm pustules

In each of these psoriasis patterns, these are the common precipitating factors that trigger flare ups, based on the belief of clinical dermatology and alternative medical science:

  1. Trauma
  2. Infection
  3. Hormonal
  4. Sunlight
  5. Drugs
  6. Cigarettes
  7. Emotions

Controlling likelihood and consequence

Of the 7 causes that trigger each pattern of psoriasis, it is empowering to realise that we can take control of the likelihood of the trigger occurring, and thereby plan to minimise the consequence of the trigger if it should occur. When we understand the risks, plan to mitigate them, we wind up with a personal strategy that diminishes the impact these triggers have on our psoriasis. Let’s look at some of these strategies:

Trauma trigger

If the psoriasis is active, lesions can appear in skin damaged by scratches or surgical wounds.

Reduce the likelihood by protecting yourself against physical trauma. This may simply mean that you consider personal protective equipment and clothing.

Reduce the impact by considering taking anti-inflammatory supplements during the healing process. An example is curcumin as a supplement as clinical trials have shown great results in using turmeric to reduce psoriasis activity.

Infection trigger

Tonsillitis caused by streptococci often triggers guttate psoriasis. Bacterial exotoxins produced by Staphylococcus aureus (golden staph) and certain streptococci can act as superantigens and produce massive T-cell proliferation and cytokine production leading to disorders such as toxic shock syndrome and psoriasis.

Reduce the likelihood by protecting yourself against bacterial infection. You can contract streptococcal infection after contact with infected persons. The bacteria are present in saliva and nasal discharge so sneezing, coughing and shaking hands can spread the bacteria.

Reduce the impact by boosting your immune response using natural supplements and whole foods as medicine. Antibiotics is the common treatment for streptococci infection however, psoriatics need to be mindful of the importance of a healthy gut microbiome. If antibiotics are necessary, then a probiotic supplement would help restore the good gut bacteria.

Sunlight trigger

Improves most psoriatics but 10% become worse.

Reduce the likelihood of photosensitivity by choosing early morning or late afternoon sunlight and reducing your time in the sun.  Photosensitivity can be caused by side effects of certain medications. Photoallergic reactions can also develop as a side effect of some medications and chemicals found in beauty products and sunscreen.

Reduce the impact by covering and protecting your skin to help prevent a reaction. By wearing hats, sunglasses, and long sleeves when outside you can reduce its impact.

Drugs trigger

Antimalarials, beta-blockers, and lithium may worsen psoriasis. Psoriasis may ‘rebound’ after withdrawal of treatment with efalizumab, systemic steroids or potent topical steroids.

Reduce the likelihood by considering all natural health options before using potent topical treatments for psoriasis. While clinical trial test drug potency against psoriasis, tests for system wide side effects are often overlooked. A case in point is the drug efalizumab, used to treat psoriasis, which has been withdrawn from the market because it increases risk of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), a rare and usually fatal disease of the central nervous system. The primary objective of Psoriasislife Mag is to raise awareness of the dangerous side effects of clinical drugs and creams being used to treat psoriasis, and bring to light natural alternative approaches.

Reduce the impact by nurturing the body with only the best possible nutrients available to you so that if the situation arises when you need drugs, your body is well equipped to assimilate the drug and be better adapt at healing.

Emotion trigger

Emotional upsets seem to cause some exacerbations.

Reduce the likelihood by maintaining healthy relationships, leaving relationships that do not serve a benefit, stocking up on sleep, gathering our support team, and shifting our perspective on what we allow to upset us, in other words, we do not sweat the small stuff. Having compassion for others may help to reduce emotional triggers because we focus less on ourselves and our own feelings, and begin to understand what motivates others.

Reduce the impact by finding a value set that resonates well with you. My personal favourite is The Four Agreements, A Toltec Wisdom Book by Don Miguel Ruiz. I use each agreement to work through a situation, take responsibility for what I can and let go of what I cannot be responsible for. Here is a snapshot:

“The First Agreement: Be Impeccable with Your Word

The Second Agreement: Don’t Take Anything Personally

The Third Agreement: Don’t Make Assumptions

The Fourth Agreement: Always Do Your Best”

Don Ruiz, you’re welcome!


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Clinical Dermatology, Fourth Edition By Richard P.J.B. Weller, John A.A. Hunter, John A. Savin and Mark V. Dahl

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Curcumin shows excellent therapeutic effect on psoriasis

More than 50% of inflammatory factors of psoriasis are decreased by curcumin treatment.

A study into the efficient treatment of psoriasis using a combination of tacrolimus and curcumin loaded liposphere gel formulation was released in October 2016. The research was conducted by the Department of Pharmaceutics, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), India.

To overcome poor solubility and poor skin penetration of a gel formulation that can deliver the tacrolimus and curcumin, lipospheres were deployed to deliver the drugs.  Lipospheres are composed of a solid lipid core surrounded by a layer that may entrap the drug or absorb the drug in its outer lining. The researchers conclude that liposphere gel containing combination of tacrolimus and curcumin can be an effective strategy for the treatment of psoriasis.

What the research article does not address is the risk of side effects of using tacrolimus to treat an autoimmune skin condition.

What is tacrolimus?

Tacrolimus gel works on the immune system and directly on skin cells. It is an immunosuppressant and is given orally or by injection to prevent organ transplantation rejection. Tacrolimus reduces the activity of T-lymphocytes in the immune system and suppresses the body’s defence mechanism. Because of this, there are concerns that topical tacrolimus may aggravate herpes simplex and other viral infections.

What is curcumin?

Curcumin is an active herbal ingredient possessing surprisingly wide range of beneficial properties, including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity. The primary source of curcumin is turmeric, a spice derived from the rhizomes of the tropical plant Curcuma longa Linn, which is a member of the ginger family (Zingiberaceae).

Recent controlled tests on mouse models investigated the effects of curcumin on inflammatory factors secretion in T cells and psoriasis development in keratin.

Results showed that, 10 μM of curcumin significantly inhibited secretion of inflammatory factors. Even more impressive was that more than 50% of T cells proliferation was inhibited by application of 100 μM curcumin.

Compared with severe psoriatic symptoms observed in the negative control mice, all psoriasis indexes were significantly improved by oral application of curcumin in treatment.

Examination showed that curcumin had anti-inflammatory function in the experimental mice. More than 50% level of inflammatory factors were treated, and no obvious side effect in mouse kidney was found after they were treated by curcumin. The test concluded that curcumin has a great potential to treat psoriasis with high efficacy and safety.

For the psoriatic:

Although you are not a mouse, it is worth noting the positive results of this research into curcumin:

  1. T cells proliferation was inhibited by curcumin
  2. Oral application of curcumin showed obvious effects on psoriasis
  3. No obvious side effects of curcumin was found in mouse kidney
  4. Curcumin has a great potential to treat psoriasis

We have long been aware through alternative medicine channels, of the benefits of curcumin. In addition to its use as a spice and pigment, turmeric has been used in India for medicinal purposes for centuries. It is refreshing to see that pharmacology is catching up in recognising these resounding benefits.

Taking turmeric

Consider including turmeric, the primary source of curcumin, in your daily diet. Lots of it!  Here is an interesting fact about the amount of turmeric required in your diet is based on the finnicky bioavailability or curcumin, meaning how much of it can be absorbed into your body systems to give you the benefits you need. Clinical trials in humans indicate that the systemic bioavailability of orally administered curcumin is relatively low, meaning that the portion of curcumin that reaches your body systems, circulation and the site of the target tissue, is low.

You can improve the bioavailability of oral turmeric by chosing curcumin supplements that contain piperine, a major component in black pepper, which increase the bioavailability of curcumin by inhibiting its metabolism, or if you cook with turmeric, add pepper to the preparation.

How much turmeric is too much? Serious adverse effects have not been reported in humans taking high doses of curcumin, however there is potential for curcumin supplementation to increase the risk of bleeding in people taking anticoagulant or antiplatelet medications.

Turmeric in meal preparation

  • Turmeric is a main ingredient in yellow Thai curry
  • Turmeric and a kaffir lime leaf can be added to rice while it is cooking
  • Turmeric tossed with roast vegetables adds colour
  • Turmeric added to soups gives a rich and warm flavour
  • Turmeric and ginger tea
  • Include pepper when using turmeric to improve its bioavailability

Happy smooth skins

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We have a lot of keratinocytes

Is it just me or is my hyperproliferation of keratinocytes bothering you too?

The precise cause of psoriasis is still unknown however two causes are suspected:

  1. a genetic predisposition, or
  2. environmental triggers.

There are two key abnormalities in a psoriatic plaque:

  1. Hyperproliferation of keratinocytes, and
  2. An inflammatory cell infiltrate in which neutrophils and T lymphocytes predominate.

Both of these abnormalities can induce the other leading to a vicious cycle of keratinocyte proliferation and inflammatory reaction. Similar to the ‘chicken and egg’ debate, it is unknown which is first.

This basic concept may help you explain your condition to curious minds. If you’d like to get a little cheeky, it is also worth pointing out that keratin costs around $20 for a tiny 30 millilitres bottle and so at $660 per litre, psoriatic skin is more valuable than most people’s!

By understanding that environmental triggers may cause your psoriasis, I hope that you will be motivated to find a way to heal by changing the things we can. Our articles will explore known environmental trigger for psoriasis.

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Things that should not get under your skin

Human skin’s most important function is as a defence organ to prevent outside compounds from entering into our body, however it cannot prevent smaller molecules from penetrating.

Our skin is absorbent

Humans have an outer layer of skin, referred to as the corneal layer of the epidermis. This outer layer is just a few micrometers thick with between 5 – 7 cell layers, but effectively forms a barrier that preserves life by protecting our insides from the outside world. Topical creams attempt to penetrate past the epidermal barrier and this is sometimes a challenge when the compounds consist of large molecules.

The 500 Dalton Rule

The molecular weight (MW) of a compound must be under 500 Dalton to allow skin absorption. Larger molecules cannot penetrate the corneal layer.

Interesting things about the 500 Dalton rule are:

  • The most common allergens that cause contact dermatitis have a molecular weight (MW) that is under 500 Dalton, and larger molecules are not known as contact allergens. Nevertheless, thousands of molecules have been recognised as inducing contact dermatitis.
Dermatology creams and ointments
  • The most commonly used and effective topical drugs in dermato-therapy all have a molecular weight under 500 Dalton.
Transdermal drugs
  • Certain drugs for system wide treatment need to be delivered through the skin in order to avoid the liver. Transdermal drugs may include nicotine or hormone patches and of the 7 or more drugs delivered transdermally, all are smaller than 350 Dalton.

Harmful things that creep under our skin

What compounds do you use on your skin that have a molecular weight under 500 Dalton?

Dermatology treatments for psoriasis

Creams that we use topically to treat psoriasis are designed to enter our body systems. While these creams have been tested to treat our psoriasis, their safety risks have not been explored. For example, corticosteroids are highly effective in psoriasis but there is a lack of long-term effectiveness and safety data available on this treatment used for psoriasis. Coal tar creams and lotions that are commonly prescribed for psoriasis have been tested to have little or no benefit in treating psoriasis, yet expose us to the risk of side effects.

Medical researchers warn that a strategy for the safe and effective long-term use of treatments for the maintenance of disease control in psoriasis is urgently needed.


Parabens are used in over 22,000 cosmetics as preservatives, and are known to cause endocrine disruption, including male reproductive toxicity and various estrogenic activity studies. Are these parabens able to enter our body through our skin? Take a look at the size of their Daltons:

Butylparaben  194 Daltons

Ethylparaben 166 Daltons

Methylparaben 152 Daltons

Propylparaben 180 Daltons

For the psoriatic

Step 1: Check your labels for parabens and consider using natural alternatives such as:

  • Apple cider to wash skin and hair and maintain our pH acid mantle
  • Natural oils to moisturise
  • Magnesium chloride bath soaks

Step 2: Begin to wean yourself off dermatological creams and ointments that penetrate our body systems and put us at risk of side effects, and begin to heal from the inside out. Psoriasislife Mag will continue to provide many well researched articles to help you achieve this.


Bos JD, Meinardi MMHM. The 500 Dalton rule for the skin penetration of chemical compounds and drugs. Exp Dermatol 2000: 9: 165-169.

Kalb RE et al. Risk of Serious Infection With Biologic and Systemic Treatment of Psoriasis. JAMA Dermatol, 2015;151(9):961-969

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