@Bex Hi, I have suffered psoriasis since I was 14, so had it for 30 years now! Oops just disclosed my age! It has had a massive impact on my mental health too. I had it particularly bad through my 20s and early 30s. When I was pregnant with my first child it went away completely! And with my second. In my later years my P only breaks out in summer, and I am clear all winter. It is usually the other way round. My 8 year old daughter has been getting it since she was 3, as this is a genetic condition and thus far not curable.
I use emollient creams every day (diprobase) as always tend to have dry skin, and steroid creams (enstiller) when it’s particularly bad, but the steroids only take it away for a while, then it usually comes back tenfold!
Over the years I’ve tried everything, light therapy is very effective and our hot summer last year really helped. It was the first summer my skin improved purely from sun exposure. I wish doctors could prescribe holidays to hot countries! I’ve tried Chinese herbal medicine, very expensive but worked for a bit.
As I’ve got older I’ve learnt to live with it but my daughter is my concern now as I know how much this disease can effect mental health too. It has held me back over the years as I was so self conscious of it and many people are ignorant of it.
Still waiting for a miracle cure! I was offered methotrexate which is very effective but has some bad side effects.
Any suggestions would be welcome x