Sometimes I forget that what I’m doing for my own skin might be helpful to someone else. I guess the new word for a ‘tip’ is a ‘hack’. And this hack can be quite helpful if you suffer from plaque psoriasis.
As you know, plaque psoriasis is actually a buildup of layers of skin. I can’t remember how fast it multiplies but it can get quite thick. One of the worst things you can do is to pick at it (like picking at a scab) because then you can actually hurt yourself. Or cause infection.
So, this is what I figured out a few decades ago. I chose a medium grade sandpaper–not too rough and not to smooth–just enough to take off the top layers of build up. It shouldn’t ever get to the point where it hurts. And you don’t want to get down to raw flesh. If you take your time and slowly sand the plaques, your skin ends up quite smooth.
Then you can add your skin lotion. My favourite has always been Aveeno Skin Relief moisturizing lotion–fragrance free. I see on my container that it’s made in Canada but with the Internet you can get just about anything from anywhere.
And speaking of fragrance. I was getting quite frustrated with some guttate psoriasis showing up on my hands–across the knuckles closest to my wrists–in other words, not the knuckles on my fingers.
I don’t know why it took me so long to clue in that maybe it was caused by my dish washing detergent. Anyway, I got some rubber gloves and it has almost all gone away. When I had that terrible flare in 2014 it was caused by a supposedly 99% natural laundry detergent. I should have learned my lesson then but I guess I just got sloppy.
Anyway, I thought I’d just share these hacks with you. And I hope you are all doing well and that the summer sun has helped with the healing of your skin.
Much love from me and Lucky….and in the words of Charlie “take care and all that!”