National Psoriasis Week, 1-7 November 2011 and a Barefood Botanicals Review!

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.

Cat scratch

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:

Barefood Botanicals SOS Face and body Cream Barrier Hand 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.

Barefood Botanicals SOS Barrier Hand Cream Face and Body Rescue Cream

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.

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  1. says

    I take immuno-supressant meds and I’m VERY prone to PLE – I have a rabid UVA allergy so I have to be very careful to protect my skin all over. Thanks for the post!

  2. says

    Thanks for this post! I don’t have psoriasis but I do have eczema and it really sucks :( I love when people post about this stuff because it makes me feel more normal!

  3. says

    I had psoriasis when I was doing my GCSE’s. I had a patch the size of my fist on the back of my head and as it itched so much I was constantly attacking it. My mum has awful psoriasis on her scalp and arms/elbows. People have recoiled from her in horror if she wears short sleeves, something which makes me SO angry. She scratches it until it bleeds and nothing she’s been prescribed so far has worked.

  4. says

    Great post Row x My dad had quite severe psoriasis all over has body its such an awful and embarrassing illness especially 10-15 years ago its great that it now has an awareness week x