Do you have acne or pimples? To some degree, it has been estimated that acne affects up to 80% of those aged between the ages of twelve to forty four. I have discovered that acne is not just a cosmetic problem, for many who have acne the consequences can include a large amount of emotional stress as this visible condition can have a strong impact on one’s self-esteem. One of the best books written about recovery from acne is Acne No More.
Psoriasis comes from the Greek word psora, meaning fine bran like scaling. Psoriasis afflicts 1% – 4% of the general population, and is a type of chronic skin condition where itchy scaly red or white flaky patches form on the scalp (in approximately 40% of cases), elbows, forearms, knees, groin, and legs or lower back. It is characterised by thickening of the skin (epidermis) which reveals bleeding points upon removal of the scale. Many patients visit Naturopaths with psoriasis, and we are often the ‘last port of call’ when it comes to chronic conditions affecting the skin. Long-standing psoriasis patients often have been to a specialist and tried many creams, tar solutions, been prescribed pharmaceutical drugs and various other lotions and potions along the years. Natural medicine does have a big role to play in helping alleviate the condition, let’s look at possible causes as well as dietary and lifestyle changes which can make a difference. You can read a lot about psoriasis on my specialty website www.thepsoriasisprogram.com