Treatment for psoriasis has come a long way. New medications such as biologics have helped more people achieve clearer skin. However, every person with psoriasis is different. What works for one person may not work for another. A specific medication may clear your skin for a while and then stop working. Some may have side effects that you find bothersome. Women with psoriasis say it can take time and experimentation to find what works best for you. This can be medications, lifestyle changes, or home remedies. It can also mean adopting a new mindset – reducing stress, seeking support, and practicing self-acceptance.
Tami Seretti was diagnosed in 1996 when many doctors were still treating psoriasis as a skin condition rather than an autoimmune disease. At that time, topical medications were the main treatment. She tried a corticosteroid oil on her scalp that was messy and didn’t work well for her. She also tried disease-modifying medications and eventually found success with biologics. She now uses a topical cream and a UVB light at home, finding relief in Epsom salt baths. She feels fantastic and no longer hides her skin.
Melissa Withem-Voss was diagnosed in 1996 and has tried various medications over the years before finding success with biologics. She also experiments with her diet, finding that avoiding bread and sugar helps her skin. Additionally, she meditates to reduce stress, which can trigger her psoriasis.
Jessica Lorion was covered from head to toe with psoriasis but found relief with biologics. However, concerned about potential pregnancy risks, she experimented with an elimination diet and found that avoiding gluten, dairy, and processed foods helped her reduce her medication use.
Vickie Wilkerson mistook her first psoriasis patch for poison ivy 18 years ago. She didn’t have success with topical treatments and experienced unpleasant side effects from methotrexate. She has tried multiple biologics with limited success but has recently found a medication that has cleared her skin almost completely. She also focuses on her diet, relaxation techniques, and credits a strong support system for helping her in difficult times. Each woman’s experience shows that finding the right treatment for psoriasis is unique and may involve a combination of medications, lifestyle changes, and experimentation.