Did you know there is a world Psoriasis Day?
I didn’t either! It’s held on the October 29th, and I went along to a local event to find out more.
Psoriasis is an auto immune condition similar to arthritis to where the skin turns over every 3-4 days instead of 28 days.
Triggers can include:
Dr Irene Prantalos has developed a program to help her patients in her clinic manage their condition.
Step one- cleanse
Anti inflammation foods
Plenty of water
Replacing a meal with veg juice
Incorporate relaxation technique
Step 2 anti inflation diet
Leaky gut syndrome
Insulin resistance psoriatic disease
Gluten increases insulin resistance and inflammation
Canned vegetables fish chicken
Some meat pork bacon beef
Green leafy vegetables
Detoxing vegetables green
Sea salt olive oil coconut oil
2 liters water
Negative emotions can switch on psoriasis
Have a team to help you get through flare ups
Find people that are like minded
Shopping for psoriasis
Organic vs non organic
Clothing that breathes
Chemicals are absorbed much faster due to compromised skin with psoriasis
Personal care products
Household cleaning products
You can find her resources here. Support you can also get from Dr Irene Prantalos is:
Weekly shopping lists
Fb page for people with psoriasis
I wanted to find out more about Dr Irene Prantalos story and her wonderful Salubre Therapeutics Skin Care range designed just for Psoriasis so I caught up with her to get her story.
Can you tell me about your experience with Psoriasis that lead you to on this journey of healing?
I recall my childhood was pretty great until the age of 11. I had travelled to Greece with my mum and was terribly homesick. Towards the end of our 5 week stay my mum noticed some spots on the base of my scalp. By the time we had come back home to Australia, there were spots on my arms as well.
At that stage we went to the doctor who informed us I have Psoriasis. He prescribed some cortisone cream and told me it would get rid of the rash.
Unfortunately for me, that wasn’t the case. It progressively got worse, covering more areas of my body. By the age of 17 it was covering my entire body. I tried so many treatments and nothing seemed to provide any relief.
At age 19, I tried Chinese Medicine for the second time. The first time I was 15 and I was resistant to taking the treatment because of two reasons. 1. I hadn’t accepted that I had psoriasis and 2. The herbs my mum brewed tasted awful.
The difference the second time was that my psoriasis had covered more of my body and I started to look into the mind body connection by reading books written by authors such as Deepak Chopra. It was then I started to look at my illness from a completely different perspective.
Initially, I was in fight mode and very annoyed that I had this skin disease when all my friends didn’t have to deal with anything like this. I realized to help get some relief I had to change my approach and look at what I could do to improve my condition. Up until then I felt powerless, but when I thought I could take control of my situation I felt more in control and that was a big reason for choosing to study Chinese Medicine.
Today, my psoriasis is very well managed but it took time; trialing many treatments, understanding how I contribute to this illness through what I eat and lifestyle choices I make and understanding I need to take a multifaceted approach to managing my psoriasis.
You started your own skin care line, what did you need that was lacking in everything else?
My psoriasis had covered my entire body including my face. Everything I tried, regardless of how natural or chemical free it claimed to be, I reacted too. So I decided to take a few courses into making my own creams. Initially it was only for myself, there was no plan to formulate 3 ranges and have others use it. But my experiences were shared by my patients who also had sensitive, problematic skin. I enlisted my patients to trial out some of the products and the feedback was fantastic. They commented on having healthier looking and those with blemishes said that their acne disappeared. Regardless as to whether someone has a skin disease or not, we all aspire to have beautiful looking skin. So I then decided to get the formulations manufactured and distributed to reach others who are looking at improving the health of their skin with products herbal botanical extracts and healing oils whist avoiding any nasty ingredients.
I noticed you use Chinese Medicine herbs in your Salubre Skin Care (which is amazing) What are they key ingredients and how do they work for Psoriasis?
Both Salubre Cosmecuticals and Salubre Therapeutics are formulated with Chinese botanical extracts. The Cosmeceuticals consists of 3 ranges; Pure Delicacy (for sensitive skin), Pearl Brilliance (for mature skin) and Flawless (for acneic skin).
Pure delicacy is formulated to repair the damaged skin barrier which is the reason why the skin is so reactive to anything applied onto it. Once the skin barrier is repaired it will be less reactive as well as have a smooth complexion and a more even tone. The herbs used to assist this process are Astragalus Membranaceus Extract, Angelica Sinensis Extract, Rehmannia Extract, Tribulus Terrestris Extract, and Glehnia Root Extract.
Salubre Therapeutics is formulated more for people with eczema and psoriasis. The Chinese botanical extracts used in this range include Sanguisorba Officinalis Root (Di Yu) Extract, Andrographis Paniculata (Chuan Xin Lian) Extract, Folium Isatidis (Da Qing Ye) Extract, Radix Sophorae Flavescentis (Ku Shen) Extract, Cortext Dictamni Dasycarpi Radicis (Bai Xian Pi) Extract, Angelica Polymorpha Sinensis (Dang Gui) Extract, Indigofera Tinctoria (Qing Dai) Extract, and Salvia Miltiorrhiza (Dan Shen) Extract. These botanical extracts relieve the inflammation from the skin, reduce itchiness and encourage healing.
Do you have any plans to grow the distribution of Salubre and educate other Chinese medicine practitioners on your findings?
We are planning to partner with distributors to make the Salubre ranges accessible to everyone. I have run seminars for Chinese Medicine practitioners and will continue to do so, as much of my treatment and 5 Steps to Live Psoriasis Free comes from my own experience. My passion is to share this amongst my colleagues so they can also help their patients understand how to manage their psoriasis to live psoriasis free.
What’s your biggest piece of advice for someone suffering Psoriasis?
The most important thing I would say is, “There is hope”. It can be disheartening when you are searching for anything to help alleviate the pain of having psoriasis with little relief. It can be a roller coaster that has tremendous lows and very few highs. Management of this auto-immune disease requires a multi-faceted approach. Treatment is only one piece of the puzzle while the other pieces include diet and lifestyle choices. Keep a journal and track changes to your skin to identify your triggers. When you can eliminate the triggers from your life you will be more in control of your health rather than taking a back seat and hoping your health improves.
Besides Salubre, do you have a favourite skin care product you’d like to share with us?
I would have to say sunscreen is essential for caring for your skin. Although the Salubre day creams contain ingredients that exhibit natural SPF protection, I always advise our customers to apply sunscreen on every morning, every day of the year. I use Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 60+ and I find it mild for my skin and effective in reducing the damage the sun’s rays can have on my skin.