Help with Palmoplantar Psoriasis!

Posted Tue 26 Feb 2019 6.26pm by Alex N

I’m 63 and have just been diagnosed with severe psoriasis, particularly affecting the palms of my hands and soles of my feet. What have other sufferers of this type of psoriasis found that helps? I’m currently undergoing UVB treatment, but doubt it’s going to help my feet and hands to any extent, and will probably take Methotrexate next, as my quality of life is being affected so much by painful hands and feet. Also using Epaderm, Doublebase Gel, Dovobet, Diprosalic (hands) and Chelsea Night Mix (feet) at the moment. Eumovate, Betnovate and Dermovate didn’t help at all.

Posted Sat 23 Mar 2019 9.31am by Gwil
39 year old Bricklayer/builder suffering with PPP on palms of both hands looking for treatment that will reduce flareups & pain

I also suffer with this condition but only on the palms of my hands. I’m also a bricklayer which affects my day to day life. I’m almost 40 and have had it for 7 years. Been seeing a dermatologist for almost 4 years and tried many steroid creams. Most ointments don’t do much and found when one did work it wouldn’t work as effective after a couple weeks. I constantly wear cotton gloves and moisturise the hands.

I was on acitretin for over a year but didn’t do much to me. Peeling skin all over my body so I would constantly itch & some hair loss.

Circlosporin for 6 months or so worked the best with reducing flare ups but I started feeling unwell and had a swollen belly

I have been on methotrexate now for possibly 6 month, didn’t work for the first month then I started to see some reduced flare ups. However after a couple month flare ups were more frequent and they increased the dose to 8 tablets instead of 6. I’m still having flare ups and recently had one of my worst.

Of all the tablets taken I have been generally unwell on a day to day basis as it weakens the immune system & I’ve contracted all kinds of flu,cold Etc that have resulted in time off work & in bed for those times to which I would never of taken before

I recently discovered DuoDerm. You can buy it from the pharmacy but it’s about £20 for 5 patches. A dermatologist can provide these so ask about them. It’s like a plaster, I cut it in quarters and place on the palms of my hands, it stays on for 7 days, my hands hurt the first day but then it a relief for the remaining time it’s on, it’s not a cure for it but a relief, it also looks like skin so it reduces the embarrassment of people looking.

I have recently tried cannabis oil and coconut oil. I rub them on the effected area, it’s only been a week, coconut oil gives a little relief to the burning sensation, you can get coconut oil anywhere.

If you haven’t already bought the Àsa Karrman book How to treat PPP Naturally I suggest you get it. Couple of quid on eBay or amazon. Gives an in depth guide what it is, how you’ve got it an understanding about it and how to treat it. I’m half way through reading it and I have a better understanding of it in the last few days than I ever had. A change in diet will be the next step of the book and I’m all for it. Has a list of food to have and avoid because the avoid food is what helps trigger flare ups. As you are not on any tablets yet I suggest you give this a go before pumping your body with tablets I’ve mentioned above that’s not designed to treat PPP.

There’s also an online & Facebook support group from her with people dealing with the conditions.

Hope this helps

Out of interest has uv treatment not worked at all for you? I haven’t tried this treatment as my dermatologist doesn’t think it would work but I have read somewhere (might be on this group) from people who have one at home state it does work and use it when needed.

Posted Sat 23 Mar 2019 4.27pm by Alex N

Thanks for this Gwil - really helpful. The Duoderm and the book you recommend sound interesting. I've read about cannabis and coconut oil, and was already thinking about trying changes in diet to see if that helps.

As it happens, my feet have got quite a bit better over the last few weeks since I started using Chelsea Night Mix ointment (which contains coal tar), though that may be coincidence. I also now make sure I moisturise my feet several times a day with Epaderm when I feel they are getting dry. There are now no splits on the soles of my feet (which were agonising to walk on) and the extra plaques of skin are gradually coming off, though there is some way to go with the extra thick layers on both heels. So walking is now uncomfortable and a bit sore, but not excruciatingly painful, as it was for the previous 3 months. Just hope my feet continue to improve. My fingertips are splitting and peeling as much as ever, though, and the Diprosalic ointment doesn't seem to be doing anything..

Regarding the UVB treatment, I think it was really to help the rest of my body which is also covered in blotches, and it might have helped it fade a bit, but certainly hasn't got rid of it. However, I can live with it on my body as it's only slightly itchy (and I take antihistamine in case it helps) and is rather unsightly, but I don't mind that too much at my age! It's my feet and hands which are affecting my quality of life the most. I'm seeing my dermatologist again in a couple of weeks so will see if there's been some more improvement then and what she suggests. Will try and avoid the more aggressive drugs if at all possible,, as you say, as the side effects sound very unpleasant.

Must be more difficult for you working and needing to use your hands. for your trade, whereas I am retired, though when I couldn't walk at all and could have done with a wheelchair I wondered whether life was worth living - but definitely more hopeful at the moment.

I'll let you know if anything changes.

Posted Mon 25 Mar 2019 8.02pm by Gwil
39 year old Bricklayer/builder suffering with PPP on palms of both hands looking for treatment that will reduce flareups & pain

There are many of us share with you In feeling of thinking whether life is worth living while dealing with these conditions. I’ve had many a dark day and pushed my loved ones aside because they don’t understand the pain, discomfort the mental health side of dealing with it, people looking and commenting., the don’t do this & that! You should try this etc, they want the best for us but sadly if the specialists can’t help us then neither can they.

I have joined many psoriasis forums including this one looking for answers but unfortunately haven’t had a reply to my questions and that’s probably down to no one understands it as it’s the most difficult case of psoriasis to treat.

We are given hope, we search endlessly for solutions to the point of desperation. My dermatologist told me point blank that there is no cure and the only thing out there are these drugs, some work for some people in treating flare ups and don’t for others. The medication kills off good bacteria in fighting illnesses and the ability to heal. but they hope in future there’s new treatment to try. My name was down for this clinical trial, dermatologist was hopefull that this area was getting to be 1 of the 10 locations to trial it. For over a year he was telling me he was sure we would be trialling it because he is one of the top dermatologist in the country, but then I was told this area wasn’t considered and that if it was successful hopefully in 3 to 5 years it may be available for treatment. So basically keep taking the meds and take time off work to go for blood tests and appointments.

That book I mentioned to you, I discovered this weekend she has a Facebook group page called Palmoplantar pustulosis (ppp) global support group, it’s a closed group with people dealing with this condition sharing information, healing stories with success, people who understand & listen it’s free for us to vent on it . It’s certainly given me fresh hope and it will guide us with the diet change in fixing the immune system in healing the condition, the more I read the book and listen to people’s stories the more I’m convinced it’s not psoriasis at all but an unhealthy immune system. is the website for this group if you were interested in learning a bit more :)

Posted Mon 25 Mar 2019 8.37pm by Gwil
39 year old Bricklayer/builder suffering with PPP on palms of both hands looking for treatment that will reduce flareups & pain

You are not alone Alex. Feel free to message me anytime whether it’s info, letting me know how you are getting on with your treatments etc or even if you just want to vent, anything. Life is worth living

Posted Tue 26 Mar 2019 3.31pm by Suraya

Hi there, You can get duoderm on prescription. I get 60 patches every 2 weeks as I have psorasis on my feet and tiny bit on hands. I find it really painful to walk and once duoderm is applied the pain goes away. Be careful though when removing as I took some skin off with the patch. I have just puchased a hand held uvb lamp and I am hoping that this will help.

Forever hopeful

Posted Tue 26 Mar 2019 3.58pm by Alex N

Thanks Gwil and Suraya - helpful comments and suggestions. As you say, Gwil, one must try and be positive - life is definitely worth living! Feet still improving, though I did develop a new crack on one of my soles at the weekend, but moisturising lots and it hasn’t been too painful so far. Let me know if the hand held UVB lamp helps your feet/hands, Suraya. It just helps hearing from others in a similar position.

Posted Sun 7 Apr 2019 4.56pm by Alex N

My feet and hands got progressively worse over the last 10 days or so, though the UVB treatment has calmed down the psoriasis on my body substantially. Saw my dermatologist again on Friday and she took one look at my palms and soles and recommended I take Acitretin. Though I don’t like the sound of the side-effects, I also hate not being able to walk or use my hands, so am going to give it a go, starting next week. I’ll let you know how I get on. If it doesn’t work, or my body can’t tolerate it (have to have frequent blood tests to check liver function), think a biologic might be the next step.

Posted Sun 7 Apr 2019 5.24pm by Suraya

Hi Alex and Gwil I wonder if I can help.

I have been suffering now for 10 months it came on after I used a foot peel! As I am a dancer and teacher I rely on my feet and have found it really debilatating.

I purchased a uvb lamp and have been using it now every second day and everything is improving.

I am not only putting it down to the lamp though. I was desperate for a cure and set about to find something and this is what I have found.

I have changed my diet completley. I became gluten intolerant about 2 years ago but now I am living on Vegetables,fish, chicken,fruit and nuts and seeds. I cut out caffiene but still have the odd glass of red wine ( you need some enjoyment)

I have started doing meditation morning and night (this has been amazing) Really cuts down the stress which can really exacerbate the problem. It also helps me to focus so that I don't scratch.

I am taking supplements

Vitamin B12 complex

Vitamin D3 10,000 IU'S

Probiotics 3 Billion twice a day

I only thing I use on my skin now is pure soap and Skin Salvation Hemp ointment

I also use antihystemines

I have stopped using the hydrocolloid dressings as they were tearing the skin from the soles of my feet. I am now using a silicone dressing, really padded for comfort called Kliniderm.

I hope some of this will be of use to you both.

Sending you big hugs


Posted Mon 8 Apr 2019 3.34pm by Gwil
39 year old Bricklayer/builder suffering with PPP on palms of both hands looking for treatment that will reduce flareups & pain

Hi Alex, sorry to hear about your condition worsening, I hope acitretin helps you. I personally hated it. I’m a stubborn man and refused to try a diet change because the dermatologist will sort it with pills. I suffered for 7 years and now changed my ways and it’s paying off. I really want acitretin to work for you but if your still eating the foods that cause inflammation then your still going to get flare ups. Give it a try, anti histamine diet is suggested in the book, gluten free is also good to fix the immune system however pre made gluten free bread has an ingredient that causes flare ups, let us know how you get on

Hi Suraya great information thank you..

For about 3 weeks now, I have completely changed my diet. I take cod liver oil daily with vitamin D 1000

I got my information from a book by Asa Karrmen. It’s about treating the condition by fixing the immune system by diet. My psoriasis has cleared and I’ve not had any blisters during this time. My skin looks like it’s healing, it’s the longest I have gone without a flare up in 7 years

Cut down on dairy, sugar, frozen and processed meals. Peanuts

Buy more organic products,vegetables

I’ve had inspiration from cooking meals through a book called BOSH which is vegan & another from slimming world recepies. The meals are delicious and I feel really good. I buy better quality meats. Preparing meals take a little longer but worth it once it’s done

Evenings I use Enstilar with cotton gloves

Daytime I use coconut oil with cannabis. You can buy organic coconut oil and will work wonders.

I’ve come off methotrexate over the weekend by my own choice,

After a month of this new diet I may introduce ingredients back in to see how I am with it, as with the meals I’ve had I haven’t had mushrooms or peppers.

I’ll let you know how I get on with being drug free


Posted Mon 8 Apr 2019 5.44pm by Gwil
39 year old Bricklayer/builder suffering with PPP on palms of both hands looking for treatment that will reduce flareups & pain

Suraya, I’m glad you have found a treatment that works for you. I have been interested in a lamp for sometime but waited to see if these meds worked by giving it time, ive given it 5 years of trying so enough is enough. No one I have spoken to has had success by using medication from dermatologist, the dermatologist are quick to inform you that a diet and being tested for intolerance is nothing but nonsense but there is no cure and these meds help.

Everyone who has success in reducing flare ups and dealing with it has done it through avoiding certain foods and eating better, reducing everything for a month and maintaining a healthy lifestyle & taking vitamin supplements like yourself.

I’m going to continue what I’m doing so far for another month & if I think I need a boost I will look into purchasing a lamp. I didn’t want to fork out £200 for one and for it not to work but sound like it’s working for you, like yourself I was desperate to find something. I purchased cannabis oil & cannabis infused coconut oil, also a diet change. I read the book on how to treat ppp naturally by Asa Karrmen and the information is fantastic, I found she had a group on Facebook which is informative, helpful and discuss things with people who also has it, it’s great

All the best with your journey with healing

And thank you again for your information

Posted Mon 8 Apr 2019 6.20pm by Suraya

Gwil where did you purchase the book from. I am going to buy one.

I totally agree with you, Dermatologists will not look at anything alternative. Actually most doctors are the same.

I healed myself years ago when Iwas diagnosed with uterine fibroids. My consultant had me down for a hysterectomy and I said no. Hear I am today they are gone and I have never felt better until this showed up.

I believe that stress has a lot to do with it too. Do you know why you ended up with ppp?

So good to hear someone else is getting results, it helps to motivate you.

Suraya :)

Posted Mon 8 Apr 2019 7.09pm by Gwil
39 year old Bricklayer/builder suffering with PPP on palms of both hands looking for treatment that will reduce flareups & pain


You can get the book from amazon but if you follow this link it has it here and also if you register your email you get a free booklet via email of foods to avoid etc, . There’s also a Facebook group I think I found it through the same link where everyone shares their experiences and healing methods, I can’t praise it enough.

It all started in work, I put on a pair of work gloves I bought from the Range and within 5 minutes my hands were burning. Doctors diagnosed it as contact dermatitis. After over a year I was referred to a dermatologist to which I had to wait a further 8 months for an appointment. After seeing 3 different dermatologist over months I was diagnosed with ppp. Over time I had suffered with stress, I use to smoke many years ago which has been mentioned that it affects mostly smokers. I’ve had chronic ostiomalitis as a youngster and was on many different medications growing up, I think it’s all linked in me getting it.

I agree with you about doctors are the same, they all regard people who heal or try to by diet and meditating are hippies and talk nonsense, but people just want an alternative to medication that isn’t designed for this specific condition and is doing more harm than good.

It’s amazing talking to people who also suffer, we’re not alone and it’s good to talk about it

The link is

Gwil :)

Posted Tue 9 Apr 2019 10.16am by Suraya

Hi Gwil, Thank you so much for all the info. Buying the book today. I am also now on the facebook group.

Your a superstar!

I am feeling really motivated today It helps to have so much support.

I am thinking of posting a picture of my is definetly a private group? I don't want this to affect my business, I just need to keep going. Dance makes me happy.

Alex are you on the support group? How are you feeling? I really hope things are a bit better. I was at the doctor today and he seen on my notes that they are going to start me on Acitretin which I won't be taking. I am not due back to dermatology until June and by then I am hoping to see a marked improvement. I have always been holistically minded and I feel that is the way to go for me.

So glad to have found this page and great that we can support each other.

Suraya :)


Posted Tue 9 Apr 2019 12.10pm by Gwil
39 year old Bricklayer/builder suffering with PPP on palms of both hands looking for treatment that will reduce flareups & pain

Hi Suraya

Yes it’s a closed group, I posted a picture of my hands at their worst on it, had some feedback of what to try which was great but I’m going to focus on the book and diet for a while to give it time as so far it’s working, then if I get a flare up I may ask the dermatologist to try what these members suggested.

Glad to hear you feel motivated today, that’s how I felt after reading some of the book, I then posted pictures to that group, I’ve done my best to hide my hands in public & social media due to embarrassment etc but once I done it on that group and had a response from Asa and some members it was like a weight off my shoulders. The feeling of I’m all alone was no more, despite the support from my family I kind of shut them out because in my mind they didn’t understand. But now home life has also improved because I’m happier

Not taking acitretin and focusing on healing the way you have chosen will be the best decision, it’s a long time until your next appointment so you should see a big improvement, and if it doesn’t work for you then you can discuss with your dermatologist on your next appointment about the best way forward for you :)

Posted Tue 9 Apr 2019 3.50pm by scouternorm

I have been through prescription medicine & ointments from 2 dermatologists. On my own, I started using CBD oil on my plaque psoriasis about 1-1/2 years ago. I had very heavy plaque on my feet & my hands had numerous cuts, and my nails had pretty well died. As of today, most of my psoriasis has cleared up. I had to get a prescription for medical cannabis from my GP. Cost right now is $90 Canadian for a 40 ml bottle. There are some pictures here:

Good luck!

Posted Tue 9 Apr 2019 4.29pm by Suraya

Hi Scouternorm,

Wow. You have normal hands and feet. Congratulations on these amazing results.

I am not sure I can get medical grade Cannabis in Scotland. I am certainly going to try.

Thank you for posting these.


Posted Wed 10 Apr 2019 2.28am by Kiki

Hi Guys,

I am Kiki and I am 51.

I got PPP for the first time in January 2019. Awful. I am a doctor myself and I think knowing more is really bad with PPP.

It is bad on the soles of my feet and I got several pustules in both palms of hands but that happened twice and they only stayed for a week before falling. Some of my nails are destroyed and I have some pains in my joints and back.

Anyway, I use Butavate cream, coconut oil that is soothing, Gehwol cream with urea, I bathe my feet with Dead Sea Salt with Oatmeal, Lavender, Chamomile (its a mixture, I bought it from Boots/£5), I drink 8 glasses of water every day, I started eating lots of veggies, I started exercising, and today I started drinking turmeric with black pepper (one teaspoon of each boiled with water). I also resigned from my very stressful job and I only work 2 days/week, while I am also considering to leave the country and go somewhere where life is simpler.

I am still waiting to see the Dermatologist. I hope Turmeric will work cause I don't want to take any pills. I will if I have to though.

2 things: PPP is terrible, terrible, terrible, BUT:

Firstly, it is a sign that something is wrong with us from the inside :mind and body, I mean)


Secondly: It is not cancer after all . Its awful, yes, but we are still here knowing now that we must take care of ourselves.

It will be a fight, cause we will need to change treatment plans until to find the one that works for each one of us, but we will find it.

I will see you soon here. I send you my hopes and positive energy, love and light.



Posted Wed 10 Apr 2019 2.45pm by Alex N (edited Wed 10 Apr 2019 2.47pm by Alex N)

Hi Kiki

I was wondering what exercise you are managing to do with your feet? Since November, when I first got this condition (triggered by a chest infection and taking/coming off steroids for it), my soles have been so painful due to the splits in them, that I can barely hobble round the house, let alone do any exercise. I used to do aerobics classes twice a week and walk a lot, and would like to combine exercise with diet to help my immune system. I am going to take Acitretin, though, as I think anything's worth a try! The UVB treatment did get the psoriasis on my body into remission and the Chelsea Night Mix (with coal tar) seemed to be helping my feet a lot until a couple of weeks ago, when it all seemed to flare up again on my palms and soles and I now have multiple new splits on both feet, and very sore hands. I'll see what happens with the Acitretin. As you say, it's a horrible disease and is life-changing when it affects your hands and feet, if not life limiting (though I think the research says it's this as well). I'm just thankful I've only just developed it at the age of 63!

Posted Wed 10 Apr 2019 3.46pm by scouternorm

Hi, Kiki & Alex N. I don't know if this will be helpful, but here goes: I have been through prescription medicine & ointments from 2 dermatologists. On my own, I started using CBD oil on my plaque psoriasis about 1-1/2 years ago. I had very heavy plaque on my feet with deep fissures & my hands had numerous cuts, and my nails had pretty well died. The doctor said that they had died. As of today, most of my psoriasis has cleared up. I had to get a prescription for medical cannabis from my GP. Cost right now is $90 Canadian for a 40 ml bottle, although I just found another source at $120 for a 100 ml bottle, which I am going to try. The oil is easily spread and absorbed into the skin. I also find that this oil helps with healing ordinary sores. There are some pictures of my plaque psoriasis here:

Good luck!

Posted Thu 11 Apr 2019 9.47pm by Helen ST

Hi I'm a newbie here, but have had PPP for 22 years, at my worst I lost all my finger nails, couldn't hold a mug with any liquid in it and my feet were in an awful state too. You do get a sinking feeling when our Consultant tells you it's the hardest type of Psoriasis to treat. I also have the pleasure of Psoriatic Arthritis. I have been given 2 anti-tnf treatments both failed. My long term treatment has been Methotrexate, Lefunomide with dermovate and Epaderm under occlusion as well as a Steroid tape called Haelan Tape for the spilts you get on hands and feet this is a true blessing. In the past was put on Ciclosporin which my kidneys hated and tried shuitting down. I've also just been put on a retinoid only 3 days on it so too early to tell if it's going to help or not. Many years ago I had PUVA Therapy I maxed out of hours and it did absolutely nothing to help.

Posted Thu 11 Apr 2019 10.17pm by Kiki

Dear Alex N and Scouternorm,

The PPP on my soles is not that bad. Its only on my heels and I have several pustules under my big toes on both feet. I have nothing on my hands at the moment.

Therefore, I can exercise, I cannot run though.

However, I am quite disappointed today because I started drinking turmeric tea 3 days ago and the pustules almost disappeared ...until today in the afternoon when they came back. They seem to appear within minutes. Its crazy. They are very stubborn

I do not want to lose my courage and I will continue with the turmeric, but I want to ask Scouternorm what product of CBD OIL to buy from the internet? Or shall I buy it from somewhere else?

I hope you will let me know about this. Your help will be much appreciated. I saw the pictures. Amazing. I also have 2 nails (thumbs) ready to fall.

I have not seen the dermatologist yet and I want to avoid the medication cause it has side effects and I have to do blood tests all the time. I want to find another solution before I go to see him.

I will be waiting your answers.


Angeliki (Kiki)

Posted Thu 11 Apr 2019 11.47pm by scouternorm

Hi, Kiki. The CBD oil I have been buying is either with or without THC in it. It comes from a licenced producer in Canada that is certified by Health Canada. Both seem to work. I don't ingest it, but just apply it. I had the same type of pustules under my toes, but the CBD got rid of them too. It seemed to take about 3-4 months before I saw a noticeable reduction in the plaque, and I continue applying it. I also wear socks to bed, as I found my skin dried out too much from contact with the sheets. I cannot believe the difference that CBD has made. Maybe it's a fluke, but I will keep using it, unless the disease flares up again, knock on wood. It seems to be legal in the UK, but I have read where patients are having a hard time getting a prescription to buy it. There may be online sources, and probably illegal sources (dispensaries). Here are some online sources in the UK:

Good luck!

Posted Fri 12 Apr 2019 0.56am by Kiki

Thanks a lot Scouternorm,

I saw the products and I am considering to buy the balm and the oil from PROVOCAN.

Will you please have a look at the site and advise?

I would ask you to send me the details of the Canadian site cause I don't really want to try various products. I would buy immediately the one you bought and did the job.

By the way, check out this site. I would value your opinion on this, cause the products seem to be good and they ve got a foot cream and many others. Please have a look and let me know. The site is in Greek. I read it cause I am Greek. Try to translate it.

I would be waiting your answer and thanks a lot again.


Posted Fri 12 Apr 2019 0.57am by Kiki

Sorry Scouternorm,

This is the site


Posted Fri 12 Apr 2019 3.20am by scouternorm

Here's what I have been buying: 25 mg of CBD per mL, and 2 mg of THC per mL.

40 mL of cannabis oil with over 1000 mg of activated cannabinoids per bottle – diluted into MCT (Medium-Chain-Triglyceride) oil.

Canntrust is the supplier, but they only sell if you have a prescription.

The site you chose seems to be oil from hemp, which may be different than the oil I use. See this explanation:

Good luck. Let me know how you make out.

Posted Fri 12 Apr 2019 12.21pm by Kiki

Dear Scouternorm,

Yes, the hemp is different.

Today, the PPP on my soles is much better. I think it is the turmeric. Today is the 4th day I am taking it. Like I said I saw pustules yesterday night but they are not there now. Very strange.

I will stick with the turmeric for a week more. It seems its working.

PPP is very stubborn and I have to be more stubborn than this horrible thing. I will probably buy the oil though cause my nails are really bad, especially the right one.

Thanks a lot for everything. I will be posting my progress.


Posted Sat 13 Apr 2019 4.30pm by Suraya

Hi everyone, I wanted to post about my progress! I have cut out most food groups from my diet and living on veg, fruit, fish and chicken but already I am seeing a difference. It is definetly worth doing this no matter how hard it may seem. I feel more energetic and happier in a matter of days. I am going to give this a month then start reintroducing foods again.

I am already gluten intolerant but recently I discovered that the flare I had recently was due to gluten free flour.

I know Gwil has done this too and is seeing an amazing difference.

I am taking an assortment of supplements and I too have turmeric tea every night. I just add it to hot water with some black pepper.

I have added this link for you all. I find this is really good. I do this every day and it keeps me positive. Give it a try...I use headphones and I just do it while I am doing work or even last thing at night.

Best wishes to everyone


Posted Sat 13 Apr 2019 11.36pm by Kiki

Hi Suraya,

Great! I also see progress on turmeric. Every day better and better. I still have several pustules on my soles but I am not giving up. I drink turmeric tea every day and I also take 2 turmeric tablets/day. Its the only thing that helped me until today. Coconut oil is good as well.

Neem tablets, 2/day, as anther supplement. And Butavate cream twice/day. Lots of water, salads, some exercise, lots of positive thinking.

Wish you the best of luck and let us know



Posted Tue 16 Apr 2019 9.35pm by Kiki

Hi guys,

This is Angeliki (Kiki)...again,

I ve been drinking turmeric since 9th April. The PPP on my soles is leaving me. Any updates form Suraya who is using it?

I hope my recovery will be permanent ...if not I will let you know.

Please let me know if anyone wants me to write how I use the turmeric

Hugs to all of you,


Posted Sat 20 Apr 2019 9.13pm by Suraya

Hi Angeliki,

I was using turmeric as a tea with some black pepper but now I am filling veggie caps with both.

I am using organic turmeric and organic black pepper.

I was about to buy capsules online called advanced turmeric but when I looked at the ingredients basically they were the same.

I am seeing a difference on my soles too but wish it would happen faster.

I am now on AIP diet and really enjoying although it is very restrictive.

I am delighted to hear that you are healing Angeliki, Wonderful news.

Hope it is still going well.

Suraya :)

Posted Sat 4 May 2019 11.31am by Alex N

Just an update. After 3 weeks on Acitretin, the effects on my hands and feet have been transformational! Nearly all the extra layers of skin cells on my feet, with the excruciating splits underneath, have now gone, and my hands are no longer full of splits and sores. Don’t need to wear gloves anymore, and my feet are almost clear, though the new skin underneath is very sore at the moment until it toughens up. For the first time in over 6 months, I feel encouraged I will get full mobility back, as well as the use of my hands. Though not without the expected side effects (dry eyes, nose and mouth/lips, headaches at the start, and now upset stomach), I wish I’d been put on it sooner. Hoping that as the condition settles down I can reduce the dosage (or stop taking the drug all together) to lessen the side effects, and just hope the remission lasts as long as possible. Not having alcohol at the moment, as not advisable with the drug due to possible effects on the liver, and am looking at diet as well, but still not convinced that diet alone could possibly have cleared up the psoriasis on my palms and soles. I would say to anyone suffering with debilitating Palmar Plantar Psoriasis, don’t be afraid to give Acitretin a go (not so suitable for women of child-bearing age, which I’m not)!

Posted Sat 4 May 2019 12.47pm by Gwil
39 year old Bricklayer/builder suffering with PPP on palms of both hands looking for treatment that will reduce flareups & pain

hi Alex, happy to hear you are having results with acitretin, fingers crossed for you it will work long term for you. Those side effects are annoying, get some good quality moisturising cream, I used cetroben, it’s available prescribed through your dermatologist or GP. Also widely available in boots & Tesco etc will be good for the skin & stops the itching. Also coconut oil is very good. Get some lip balm also, any one will do and will help you greatly. Remember to cover up from the sun with acitretin as it reduces skin growth so you will have less layers of skin so will burn & increase the chances of skin cancer. Alcohol will have a negative effect but once in awhile won’t hurt when your entertaining, there are gluten free wine & beers available, 1 or two to join in with family & friends won’t make you feel left out

I also recommend cod liver oil and vitamin D daily

I hear you with being sceptical with diet working, I was too for years. After 7 years of dermatologist trying all sorts of drugs I decided to give it a go. I just wished I had tried diet before the drugs. It’s early days for me too. I’ve had amazing results to date & the only flare up I had was straight after a weekend away for my birthday where I had greasy food,alcohol & also a spa day so that could also of triggered something. I’m back in the healing process now and with benefits of not having side effects.

If you are interested in a diet here are suggestions based on my experience

Try gluten free & remove eggs,coffee & dairy & processed meat & foods, peanut. I’ve replaced snacks with fruit for morning break, replaced sandwiches with chicken & greens for lunch and salmon or white fish with veg in evening. I have organic coffee or green tea through the day and turmeric in evening

Look into the Paleo diet, I’ve downloaded a book as it was cheaper than paper version. Called ‘The Paleo approach cookbook by Sarah Ballentine. Has a good introduction to the immune system, how to heal it, ingredients to store. Foods to avoid and foods to eat more of then has a weekly meal plan for 6 weeks so it’s all easy to follow

Great to hear a positive update from you, long may it last & look forward to your next update. Enjoy the bank holiday weekend

Posted Sat 4 May 2019 1.54pm by Alex N

Thanks Gwil. Yes, I’m using lip balm regularly, which helps considerably, and moisturising often, though peeling skin has only just started and surprisingly isn’t very itchy at the moment (but still taking antihistamine just in case). Glad you, too, are finding relief through diet. Interested in the dietary approach to help try and maintain what will hopefully be a psoriasis-free existence in the future!

Posted Tue 11 Jun 2019 6.32pm by Alex N

Just an update on Acitretin, now I’ve been on it for two months. So far, so good.! I halved the hefty 50mg a day dose I was initially put on when my hands and feet had cleared, after only 3 weeks. Still clear, so having seen my dermatologist again last week, have halved the dose again - now on 25mg every other day. Most of the side-effects have settled down (or disappeared altogether) and hope they will continue to do so on the reduced dose I’m on. No sign of the dreaded hair loss yet! If I stay clear I hope to be able to reduce the medication further when I see my dermatologist again next month. So feeling hopeful that the debilitating palmoplantar psoriasis will stay in remission, and am enjoying the feeling of not having to wince in pain when I get out of bed in the mornings, while it lasts!

Posted Fri 2 Aug 2019 6.43am by Alex N

A further update on the effectiveness of Acitretin on my palmoplantar psoriasis. Now been on the drug for nearly 4 months and have reduced the dosage to 25mg every 3 days. Hands still good, and feet virtually clear (got a split in one of my soles a few weeks ago, but it cleared up very quickly with the recommended superglue followed by foot balm). Side effects now minimal - lips still peeling and have seen some hair loss in my brush and when I wash my hair, but not bad enough for anyone else to notice. Liver and cholesterol doing ok - blood tests now bi-monthly and not seeing my dermatologist again for another 4 months. All good at the moment!! Wouldn't hesitate to recommend it for anyone other than a female of child-bearing age (I'm not) to give it a go, especially if all else has failed!! It has transformed my life from one of almost complete immobility to a near normal lifestyle.

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