I absolutely love living in Virginia where I take full advantage of the change in seasons.
However, I have to say that winter did not impress me this year! (I am a snow lover) Although the season did not bring with it much snow, I did have one consistency to look forward to, my dreaded PSORIASIS!
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, just a girl trying to manage psoriasis. This post contains affiliate links.
The image below was taken just about two weeks ago. This is what my skin looks like all over after I get out of the shower and stays this way for a few hours. I try my best not to have the shower too hot, but really who can stand a cold shower on a cold day. For this reason, I opt for as many sponge baths as I can get away with (probably TMI, sorry)!
I don’t know about all the rest of you psoriatics out there, but my skin seems to change with the seasons. And I can pretty much tell what the outward cause of my psoriasis is in any particular season. In the spring, it’s usually outdoor allergies. In the summer, there is more of a fungus type rash, from the heat and from sweating. In the fall, we go back to those outdoor allergies. And in the winter, we have dry, cold air and of course, who eats properly in the wintertime????? I have a problem with that!!!!! But you know if we take care of the root of the problem, which are toxins inside the body, we would not have this affect on the outside. We have discussed in the last month that the problem lies with what we are putting into our bodies. DETOX people, DETOX! Honestly, sometimes I feel like I am in a constant detox mindset. That just means that I have not changed my lifestyle for the better, I guess! Anybody else have this problem. Dr. Pagano mentions several different types of Psoriasis, and I swear my psoriasis presents in every way, based upon what season it is! So with the different ways psoriasis presents itself, not all topical solutions work all the time. For example, I do not use oils or ointments in the summer because the lesions do not seem to be dry. I will use a powder to stay dry and then witch hazel if I need something for the itch. In the winter, I will use oils and ointments to keep the lesions moist; when they start to dry out, they itch. There is so much helpful information available on psoriasis, but every body is not my body, so what works incredibly well for someone else may not have such a good effect on me. It is important to pay attention to what works well for you and what doesn’t. It’s enough to just deal with this stuff. You may have to write down solutions you’ve tried and how they worked for you, I do. And what worked this winter may not work the same next winter. I say it’s all trial and error.
The one thing that does work in all seasons is your diet. Watch what you are ingesting, keep track. It is a slow and sometimes painful process to find out what your body cannot tolerate.
This past weekend I made another jar of lotion. I find that the combination of peppermint essential oil and tea tree oil have a cooling and calming effect on my psoriasis. Maybe it will work for you too, here is the concoction:
1/2 cup shea butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
20 drops peppermint essential oil
8-10 drops tea tree essential oil
-melt shea butter in double boiler or set jar in small amount of boiling water.
-stir in coconut oil, to melt.
-put mixture in fridge till almost set (finger imprint).
-take out of fridge and stir in peppermint and tea tree oils.
-using a whisk or hand mixer, whisk until desired consistency. I use a mini whisk, as I have had it get too hard using a hand mixer, maybe a shorter mixing time with hand mixer.
Here are the small whisks and jars that I like to use.
As always, take time to relax a spell. Psoriasis, or any skin issue for that matter, does not respond well to stress!!