Psoriasis….is not the most glamourous thing to talk about. But if affects many people and like Eczema, it can be a life long condition you have to keep under control.
It’s estimates 1.5 million people in the UK are affected by Psoriasis. It is characterised by raised, red patches on the skin although symptoms can vary.
I have a lot of experience with eczema in my family and psoriasis because of Mr C. A few years ago he developed it on his hands, and it was so severe he couldn’t move them as they were swollen (but not infected). They were characterised by red skin, scaly flaking, peeling patches and pus under the skin.
The problem with psoriasis is there’s no magic product that takes it away and even now, it flares up.
For Mr C it gets worse with stress, but also with exposure to dust.
He has medicated cream for his condition but he is also constantly moisturising his hand. Every hand cream I get is used up by him! There are some that don’t agree with him and some he prefers. He is a big fan of Barefoot Botanicals Face and Body Cream:
Face & Body Cream Contains:
Stellaria (Chickweed) and Burdock Botanical Extracts instantly comfort and soothe irritation
Macadamia and Evening Primrose Oil deeply moisturise and restore parched skin
Organic Sulphur (MSM) intensively softens and replenishes dry skin
Pure Essential Oils of Neroli and Chamomile gently nurture the skin with a soft aroma
It is also good for a few other things, such as helping to withdraw from using steroid creams and calming down inflamed skin.
The Barrier Hand Cream is a lighter texture, and sinks in quickly whereas the Face and Body cream is richer and good for dry patches all over.
They say: A deeply nourishing emollient hand cream, offering extra defence for hard-working hands along with soothing protection for sensitive skin, thanks to intensive natural moisturisers, premium botanical extracts and calming pure essential oils.
I really liked using this cream too, although Mr C basically took them away and finished them for me (hmph). The Face & Body is richer and better for him when his psoriasis is having a breakout and the barrier cream is best when his hands are in better condition. It provides less hydration but for someone like me with normal skin on my hands, I prefer it to anything too rich.
For more information about Psoriasis, visit the Association’s website.