People with a healthy skin have no idea what someone suffering from psoriasis has to go through growing up. It takes years of trial and error to find out exactly what is good for you and what isn’t. And some things are contradictory. For example, phototherapy is great to heal psoriasis, but sunbathing for long periods is not (one would think that the more sun you expose yourself to, the better).

But pinpointing the triggers is only half the work. Then comes learning to control them, live knowing that some things will always be off limits for you, and finding the best way to protect your skin (both the healthy parts and the ones with psoriasis).

After many years depending on special creams and cleansers, carefully formulated by huge pharmaceutical companies, I didn’t feel I was getting any better. In fact, I knew the minute I stopped using them, psoriasis would get worse. So I wasn’t actually working on healing my skin, I was spending time keeping psoriasis on a sort of a pause. It sounded like a silly waste of time.

I have to be obsessed with taking care of my skin. It’s what keeps me sane. But I didn’t feel I was following the right path and I was especially trying to find better products that weren’t so harsh on the skin parts without psoriasis. Cortisone obviously treats inflammation, but I was more focused on preventing inflammation from happening.

My new approach wasn’t well received by my old dermatologist, so I switched doctors earlier this year to one with a more holistic way of treating psoriasis. He was the one who introduced me to FaceDoctor’s sea buckthorn oil soap and to the benefits of this natural ingredient for treating psoriasis. In the first month, I saw improvement immediately. Sure, I might not be cured of psoriasis, but this treatment is far more sustainable and organic than anything I tried before.