You Get What You Give

In August and September of 2017, I really started struggling with psoriasis. It seemingly hit me out of nowhere.

Wikipedia defines psoriasis as "an immune-mediated disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin."

I had two patches under my jaw, but it was manageable as long as I was applying lotion. It became ugly for me, though. I started having to keep lotion on it 24/7, or it would burn, itch, and dry up. Eventually, no lotion was a match for my dry patches of skin. It kept getting worse.

All of the topical products I was using.

All of the topical products I was using.

On top of that, it kept spreading. The patches under my jaw because more inflamed, larger, and more irritating. They started crawling up my neck onto my face. I developed psoriasis around my eyes, on the back of my neck, on my cheeks, behind an ear, and on my hands.

I. was. devastated. I remember crying on and off because I felt like I was stuck with this for the rest of my life. Even the internet said it was incurable.

This was devastating for me. The feeling was awful. It hurt, it stung, it burned, it itched, and it just looked awful... and it was on my face. Nothing I did seemed to stop it. Nothing I did made it go away. 

Topical products certianly weren't fixing the problem, so it had to be internal. I thought maybe it was an allergic reaction to some foods, so I tried the elimination diet. Nope.

I felt so helpless, but I've never been in a situation that I couldn't turn around, so I started doing heavier research on psoriasis.

Typically, doctors prescribe topical steroid ointment and steroid pills to treat it, but it hardly ever works and the side effects can be dangerous. The prescription seemed like a band-aid on a bigger problem.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized that my psoriasis had been developing over time, it didn't pop up out of the blue. To me, this meant that I had been doing something gravely wrong for a long time.

The more research I did, the more it seemed to be linked to a nutrient problem. And it totally made sense. I had been eating like crap for a while: a lot of frozen pizza, pasta, bread, rice, etc. Food that wasn't very nutritious. 

So I put myself on a raw vegan diet.

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It helped a little, but not enough. If I was actually void of the nutrients my body was craving, I had to flood it. So I bought a buttload of the necessary vitamins that I had done research on.

Boy, let me just say, it took barely 6 hours for me to start seeing results. I remember crying off and on all morning until noon, and then later feeling overjoyed around 6pm when my skin started to feel and look like skin again. This was me after ONE DAY of vitamins.

I kept at it. I started watching what I ate, keeping on top of my daily vitamins, reducing stress, and keeping a positive mindset. 

A fun fact about stress is that it's inflammatory to basically every part of your body. Stress feeds diseases, especially skin conditions. Ironic, especially when your skin condition stresses you out. 

It sucks that I had to go through it, but I learned that if I treat my body like crap, it's going to treat me like crap in return. What you give is what you get.

Fast forward about a month and this is me with no psoriasis, no pain, and I was even able to apply makeup again (applying makeup hurt too much before.)

Currently, I'm just being more health conscious. I'm eating better and I take a multivitamin every day. I got lazy and stopped for a couple weeks, and I started to develop patches of psoriasis on my chin. So, once again, I started to take care of myself like I should and my skin is doing MUCH better.

What you give is what you get; it goes full circle.

Lydia Weibel