It was not too long ago when I was under the impression that my flawless Asian skin would last me a lifetime.
Little did I know that I would soon be facing the dermatological battle of my life. A few months ago, in the midst of nursing a sore throat, I noticed the appearance of little red bumps all over my body. Initially, I attributed them to the medication and briefly entertained the idea of mosquito or spider bites.
I began Googling my symptoms but wound up erroneously associating my symptoms to just about every ailment in the search results. This kind of self-diagnosis became an anxiety-inducing endeavor in no time at all. If you are experiencing symptoms that you are not sure of, my recommendation is to visit a physician as soon as possible. In my case, this started on a weekend, so I had to wait until Monday to visit our family doctor.
My family doctor couldn’t decipher the skin condition, so he directed me to a dermatologist right way. After the first round of blood work and a biopsy, my initial diagnosis was Spongiotic Dermatitis. I was prescribed with Triamcinolone Acetonide and Prednisone in order to clear up my skin. Although I did experience severe side effects from the medications, it did help to clear out a majority of the red bumps on my body.
As soon as I felt progress was being made, the spots came back with a vengeance, and I was required to pursue a second diagnosis. After another round of blood work and one more biopsy, I waited patiently for nearly a week for the results to come in; and what they found was that I had Guttate Psoriasis, an autoimmune disease.
The news struck me like lightning and I was convinced that I was going to live with this incurable disease for the rest of my life.
However, when I accepted it, embraced it and made it a lifestyle I eventually noticed that I’m healing, following a clean diet protocol. It took my skin six weeks to clear up after my second diagnosis, and I resorted to researching what to do, eat and what to avoid. PS. I linked all the supplements I’ve used down below.
HERE ARE THINGS TO AVOID:
No gluten, red meat, dairy, nightshades plants, white rice, Alcohol, nuts, starchy veggies, citruses, hot shower as much as a possible shower with cool or lukewarm temperature, no scented body wash, soap or shampoo.
Tanning Beds, UV light if available
I sunbath most of the time, i tried tanning beds for a couple of times for 4 minutes without using any lotion or oil and moisturized a ton with my homemade coconut oil right after or Hemz lotion.
FOOD I EAT:
Steamed, grilled, or baked fish (high omega fish) and shellfish ( if you’re allergic to shellfish, please avoid it), fish soup with vegetables, brown rice, vegetables like Buk Choy, kale, celery, spinach, cucumber, broccoli, turnip greens, any leafy vegetables are good.
For Fruits and Snacks:
Watermelon, apple, banana, blueberries, jackfruit if available, papaya, banana chips from trader joes ( my favorite )
MOISTURIZER AND BATH PRODUCTS:
CBD oil with no THC, Homemade coconut oil, eczemahoneyco or organic coconut
First thing in the morning with an empty stomach I drink the veggie juice ( Spinach, Kale, Cucumber, Celery, Watermelon and add a little bit of water) I use a juicer. If you don’t have a juicer, use a blender but then use a cheesecloth or strainer to strain the pulp.
Then, I waited for five minutes before I drink my L-glutamine, so i mixed the 1/2 teaspoon L-glutamine with an eight-ounce glass of water or in a small bottle of water, and I drink it twice a day. Next the supplements I mentioned above. I also drink plenty of water at least two or three litters of water a day.
What I usually eat for lunch are steam salmon or chicken, brown rice, and some vegetables. I don’t eat dinner sometimes. Before I go to bed, I will take one fish oil and one Vitamin D and k2 and repeat the same process for six weeks.
For bath and shower, I tried to avoid taking hot water temperature. Because it can lead to dry skin, you don’t want that!. I soaked myself in the tub with tepid water and Aveeno Oatmeal Soothing Bath twice a week.
Nevertheless, please keep in mind that I’m not a doctor nor a health expert. These are only base on my experience. To heal varies from person to person, what works for me may not work for you. But it doesn’t mean you can’t try. Too much work? Thinking of giving up already because it’s hard and lots of processes? Then think about how bad you want to have clear skin again or to get your normal life back. I know you want it so bad! So, please do yourself a favor and just do it without any excuses.
Never lose hope and feel sorry for yourself! Don’t stress yourself about it too, instead, embrace it. You have to calm your mind, meditate if you can ( i did) and it helped me a lot.
Anyway, good luck Psoriasis Warrior! Please If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to email me or write it on the comment section.