At this moment, my skin is 100 percent clear, and I now know how to control it and, more importantly, accept it, which are the two hardest things to do when dealing with any skin disease.
For those of you who aren’t familiar, Psoriasis is a condition where, instead of shedding normally about once a month when cells mature, the skin sheds rapidly every few days. The cells are shedding faster than the body can handle and, because the cells are unable to mature, you are left with layers of red, thick, scaly patches on your body that are itchy and downright unattractive!
Dr. Mark Hyman explains autoimmunity best in his blog: “Autoimmunity occurs when your immune system gets confused and your own tissue gets caught in the crossfire. Your body is designed to fight off harmful things like infections, toxins, allergens, or a stress response. Sometimes and for reasons not fully known, that immune army directs its hostile attack on your joints, brain, skin, and sometimes your whole body.”
Until you have a skin disease, you have no idea how devastating one can be for a person’s self-esteem—and I developed this embarrassing condition at 19, the ripe age of caring the most of what people think of you. Most of my young adult life was spent living a lie, trying to hide my condition as much as possible. When I reached my 30s and found the confidence to be more open with friends about what I was going through, their reactions were that of utter confusion. They could not believe I had hidden my struggles and pain from them all these years. I had spent most of those 21 years visiting dermatologists and trying every steroid cream or ointment out there. I came very close to getting laser treatments, but they were too costly and time-consuming. They were all good band-aids, but I never realized there was a root cause I’d been unaware of all of these years—a cause that not one of my dermatologists ever told me about.
Curiously enough, it all started with my dog, Max. I was now in my mid-thirties and, at the time, Max was very ill. My vet had suggested I prepare healthy human food for him, such as organic animal protein, brown rice, sweet potatoes, veggies, fruit, and so on. She said that the organic/raw dog food I was buying for him (at $80/bag!) was basically leftover scraPs and that, because it was processed, we really didn’t know what was in it. I was so desperate to help little Max since he had a ton of medical issues, so I decided to put my resistance aside and make the effort for his sake.