I've just reached 60 and have suffered from the dreaded P for about five years. I’d never suffered from any skin complaints before and don’t understand why it suddenly appeared. It's mainly on elbows, knees, knuckles and a small patch on my scalp.
I was prescribed Dovobet by my doctor and the pharmacist recommended the cream should only be used when flares occur. Others had told me that prolonged use of steroid creams can thin the skin, so this seemed like sound advice. The affected areas are moisturised regularly using Nivea cream containing Jojoba oil, which is very effective and soothing.
It’s well documented that there is no cure for P, so I started doing research into possible ways to relieve the symptoms and stumbled upon references to Turmeric and the beneficial affect on health in general. One blogger maintains it’s worked wonders for him, so I thought why not give it a try?
The magic ingredient appears to be Curcurmin however; the main issue is that Turmeric powder contains only a very small percentage by volume, so you have to consume a vast quantity of powder. Furthermore, it’s not readily absorbed into the body and I read that black pepper will aid this process dramatically.
I also read that people with P tend to have a Vitamin D deficiency. The body produces this in response to sunlight, which is in short supply during the winter months. People have said that their symptoms ease during summer. Reading further, I’ve learned that Vitamin D may help psoriasis by slowing skin cell growth and that it’s also beneficial to the immune system and to boost your energy.
So, just over two weeks ago I started mixing Turmeric powder (1 teaspoon) and a sprinkle of ground black pepper into warm water. It’s not that pleasant and there's only so much of this stuff you can tolerate, so I bought some 500mg Turmeric capsules from a large chemist chain and take two with food. Black pepper is added because these particular capsules don't contain this. I’ve found that adding a teaspoon of powder to a Cup of soup is quite palatable.
I also bought some Vitamin D tabs and have one per day as directed.
Has it worked?
Well, it's early days, but there are signs of improvement already. Natural skin is starting to appear on my elbows and the patch on my scalp is clearing up nicely. The other areas are not as itchy, but the most important fact is that I’ve not needed to apply the Dovobet ointment at all, which is a bonus in my view.
I’m going to persevere and see what happens.
There is a considerable amount of information online about the above and their associated benefits to health and I would urge fellow sufferers to read up further and draw their own conclusions regarding possible use.