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Luck With Natural Remedies
I've been reading your site for several years now and I've learned
a lot of things. I thought I'd
share some of my experiences with you in hopes of at least giving ideas to
some of your readers, as I've gotten many.
psoriasis for almost 15 years. I've
had bad times and better times. About
a year ago I stopped using steroid creams and coal tar preparations just
to see what I'd be like without them.
I was spending a lot of time caring for my skin anyway, so I
thought maybe I would just try some natural products instead.
I found that Shea
Butter is really good for my lesions and do weekly hot oil packs for
my scalp. I don't use
salicylic acid preparations any more, either. I use a soft brush in the
bath after an oil occlusion to help remove the scales on my skin and a
wide tooth comb with an oil preparation to help remove scales from my
scalp. Being gentle is the
key. It's a tedious process,
sure, but I feel like I have a little more control over it all now.
And I'm doing pretty good.
When I first
stopped using all meds I had a bad flare-up (as expected), but since then
my skin's calmed down and I'm not worse than I was with the meds.
My regular routine includes natural oils and butters, homemade
soap, and natural non-sulfate shampoos.
that cod liver oil and flax seed oil help psoriasis.
However, there have been no overnight cures.
With regular use (at least a month or so), I notice that my skin
isn't quite so sensitive, that my lesions aren't as inflamed.
I've not taken the oils longer than that so I don't know what my
skin would be like. (For
whatever reason, I just stop taking them after about two months.)
I've recently started taking them again, with an intention of
taking them regularly, so we'll see how long I last this time.
One thing that
I had a problem with was taking the liquid oil. I just couldn't get
over the taste. Flax is pretty
bad by itself, but add to that cod liver oil and
I just hate it! It was then
that I decided to take it in capsules.
These are pretty easy to get, most health food stores, and now even
grocery stores have them.
I'd take them with meals because they'd be easier on my stomach
I went back to liquid because I've found a company that has a wonderfully
flavored cod liver oil. The
oils that are 'molecularly distilled' have all the fish flavor removed.
They are sometimes labeled as pharmaceutical
grade. I got
the orange flavored cod liver oil and I love it!
I've tried the plain too, and actually it doesn't have much flavor
at all. Now it's much
easier for me to take and I try to take about 2 teaspoons a day.
We'll see if I can keep it up.
I haven't given
you any brand names because I didn't want this to sound like an
advertisement. If you, or any
of the readers are interested in specifics, let me know.
flakes, -Anonymous in
Response: Thanks for this.
Every now and then we get a report like yours from someone who has
seriously pursued non-prescription products and regimens and who has
achieved success at least equal to, if not better than, they were
experiencing under a derm’s supervision and using prescription products.
I find the
underlying message in your email may be the most important, and I
interpret that to be you must work
at finding the things that work for you.
You obviously did that — and are continuing to do it — and I
and lots of others who read this applaud you for that.
Hope to hear from you again, soon. -Ed