As many of you know - some, acutely - August is National Psoriasis Awareness Month. With just a few days remaining until September, I wanted to throw out a quick blog post addressing the realities of psoriasis, for those who don’t know, as well as some practical treatments and recommendations for those who suffer from it. Because psoriasis presents some severe health issues, I want to make a couple of disclaimers before we get started.
First: I’m not a doctor, and while I believe these recommendations may help you, I urge you to speak with your healthcare practitioners before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Second: not all of my recommendations will be a good fit for everyone - and that’s okay! After all, these are just my suggestions. However, as a tenured Master Esthetician, I want you to know that everything herein comes from clinical and professional experience and research on the subject at hand.
So without further ado…
1: Practice Healthy Eating Habits
It may sound trite, but your skin is a reflection of what you consume. When you nourish your body with healthy (organic!) foods, you give it the vital nutrition it needs to remain healthy and radiant. Conversely, if your diet suffers from overeating, poor nutrition, or any number of irregularities, it may be causing your psoriasis to worsen over time. I know that not everyone with psoriasis has an unhealthy diet - far from it - but it’s just important to understand what your body likes and dislikes as it is to watch a certain food group, calorie count, etc.
Tips that may help include:
- avoiding sugar
- drinking plenty of water
- cutting out trans fats, which are present in many fast and processed foods
- eating foods with anti-inflammatory properties, like fruits and veggies
2: Enjoy More Sunlight - Safely!
Our sun can be such a powerful tool for healing. It helps us improve our mood as it naturally increases serotonin levels, strengthens our bones through the production of vitamin D, and yes, it has even been shown to help those suffering from psoriasis. It’s important to note that you should be mindful of not getting too much sun, however,
According to the World Health Organization, “Getting anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes of sunlight on your arms, hands, and face 2-3 times a week is enough to enjoy the vitamin D-boosting benefits of the sun. Note that the sun must penetrate the skin. Wearing sunscreen or clothing over your skin won’t result in vitamin D production.” Healthline also had this to say, “Sunlight kills the overactive white blood cells that are attacking healthy skin cells and causing the rapid cell growth. Both UVA and UVB light may help reduce symptoms of mild to moderate psoriasis.”
3: Try Probiotics
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that are present in our digestive system and can be added to your diet via yogurt and other fermented foods. If you’re not a fan of yogurt or anything fermented, you can also enjoy probiotics through supplements.
Having the right balance of bacteria in the body may help the immune system. As an autoimmune disease, psoriasis may benefit from the introduction of probiotics. Research has suggested that a specific probiotic, Bifidobacterium infantis 35624, may help in the regulation of inflammatory responses in the body which contribute to psoriasis symptoms.
4: Get Familiar with Curcumin
Curcumin is the active ingredient in the spice turmeric. It has been shown to lessen inflammation throughout the body and may even reduce psoriatic activity, as a 2018 study suggested.
This research review found that there is an abundance of evidence to support the therapeutic effect of curcumin in treating psoriasis. The researchers would go on to say, “The wide range of use of curcumin in medicine is the result of its numerous properties, such as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-proliferative, anti-carcinogenic and anti-microbial ones.” In effect, not only can curcumin help with your psoriasis, but it may also help to treat numerous other ailments while additionally acting as a preventative measure. Bonus!
5: Find The Right Skincare Products
First and foremost, KPS is a skincare company that focuses on root-cause treatments for myriad skin health conditions, including psoriasis. As I’ve demonstrated in past clinical trials, our products are safe and effective on a wide range of psoriasis patients.
If you’re currently suffering from psoriasis and have not found relief from other brands, we have products that we truly believe will work for you! If you’re looking for a complete system, A to Z, try our Knock Out Excema & Psoriasis protocol. This treatment gives you 6 powerful new tools to fight psoriasis breakouts, enhance your skin’s health, and prevent future breakouts from happening.
Unsure if that’s the right thing for you? I get it! Click here to set up an appointment for a no-cost consultation with me. During this session, you can go over your individual struggles, allergies, and any other relevant issues and I will give you tailored advice on products, treatments, and protocols.