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Michael M. writes: Ed, Further to my previous e-mail [see Backstory, above], the official site for the product I'm trying at the moment can be found at http://www.bioskinproducts.com. I'm only around a week into using it but things look promising. Should be able to give you a more detailed update in around a week or two. Thanks, -Michael M.
writes: Ed: I have
suffered with psoriasis since I was 6.
I am now 31 and at my worst. It
doesn't help that Christmas is looming and all the party's are hard to
I have been on
special diets, admitted to hospital, tried many creams, had food allergy
tests and vitamin deficiency tests since it started in 1976.
I must admit
since going for the food allergy tests here in the Isle of Man, it has
helped a great deal. No citric
fruits are allowed, neither grapes, strawberries, cucumber, tea, coffee
and excessive amounts of alcohol. Since
cutting these out of my diet I have found my skin has improved 50%.
Alcohol is my main down-fall, one weekend of drinking can bring it
all back again. Sunbeds and
hot climates can reduce it dramatically.
I was watching
Ideal World' last night on Sky. They
were advertising BioSkin.
It sounded too good to be true but thought, “Well, I've tried
everything else; I'm feeling down about it; so what I have I got to
So I have
ordered a 100ml bottle just to see if it really does do what they say. I'm
rather skeptical about it all but willing to try anything to make my life
more normal. So watch this space............ -Jenny C., Isle of Man
Response: That must have been
a powerfully persuasive advert on UK’s Sky
The closest language I could find to a description of the constituent ingredients in the Bioskin products for psoriasis is this:
To me, this sounds like a super-moisturizer and nothing more. That's not meant to denigrate the product because super-moisturizers are a necessary part of a flaker's arsenal. By keeping lesions moist we (a) keep them supple, which helps prevent cracking that can lead to bleeding and infection, and (b) flaking is less of a problem, because the emollients constitute something of a binder, and this helps abate itch.
What moisturizers don't do is affect the root problem of P, which is too-rapid skin cell regeneration. Moisturizers make the condition less uncomfortable.
In the U.S.,
many flakers depend on over-the-counter (OTC) products to treat their P.
Without really good health insurance that covers prescription
drugs, much of the effective medicine is simply out of reach.
So, when something hits the OTC shelves that promises to improve P,
we all stand up and take notice.
Looking forward to follow-up notes from both of you! -Ed
P.S. - I had to smile at the marketing tactic used at the end of my quoted section from the web site, above: "With regular use we aim not only [to] ease the suffer's [sic] condition but to increase their productivity as an employee by alleviating the painful side effects of the condition." I'm curious: is it common in the UK for employers to buy products like Bioskin for their employees?