Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Aloe Vera
- Aloe Vera, Coconut Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Enzymes
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Epsom Salts, Vitamin E
- Baking Soda
- Banana Peel
- Bee Propolis
- Biotin, Turmeric
- Blackstrap Molasses
- Boracic Acid Powder
- Candida Connection
- Castor Oil
- Cherry Juice, Diet
- Coconut Oil
- Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera Oil, Shea Butter
- Cold Showers
- Diatomaceous Earth
- Dietary and Herbal Suggestions
- Dietary Changes
- Dietary Changes, Supplements
- Dr. Bharti Protocol
- Eliminate Beef and Pork
- Eliminate Dairy
- Eliminate Wheat
- Emu Oil
- Evening Primrose Oil
- Folic Acid
- Gluten Free, Tar Ointment
- Glycerin, Zinc Oxide
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Jojoba Oil
- Multiple Remedies
- Neem Oil
- Oil Pulling
- Oil Pulling, Black Turtle Beans, Soy Beans
- Oregano Leaf
- Over the Counter
- Parasite Cleanse
- Pustular Psoriasis Remedies
- Remedies Needed
- Sea Salt
- Shea Butter
- Sulfer 8 and Zoriasis
- Tanning Beds
- Ted's Remedy Reader Feedback
- Topical Application of Colloidal Silver
- Topical D-3
- Vinegar and Olive Oil
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin D, Fish Oil
- White School Glue
- White Vinegar
[YEA] 01/10/2012: Sasha from Newport Beach, Ca: "Fasting will CURE psoriasis. It's hard to do tho. I was hospitalized for 3 months as a child due to my psoriasis, I have done PUVA, injections, and tons of horrible meds. Then I tried fasting. Cured it. There is a book on fasting called the miracle of fasting. GET IT."
[YEA] 01/15/2010: Amanda from Sacramento, Ca: "Cure for Psoriasis - Folic Acid
I had psoriasis for a year and a half. The patch on my knee just kept growing and would go through cycles of horrible itching redness, then purple, then flakey and so on. I started taking Folic Acid for other reasons and in a couple weeks I noticed my psoriasis was getting better and then shortly after completely disappeared. I have been free from that torture for 5 months now. I was completely shocked and so relieved."Replies
12/07/2012: Becky from St Charles, Mo replies: "how much did you take per day? I have 500 mg pills, not sure if I should stick to just one like it says or if I should take a couple more a day. What helped you?"
Gluten Free, Tar Ointment
08/13/2012: Nicole from New York, Usa: "I felt the need to give feedback on this site after finding success after struggling with psoriasis on my scalp for 5 years. Your comments and suggestions have made all the difference to me, so maybe mine can be of help to you. For years I had thick scabby buildup on my scalp that would itch and flake horribly. I always told myself that I wouldn't take harsh prescription drugs until the psoriasis really started to affect my daily life. As of recent months, it began to take its toll on my emotional well being. I had tried shampoos, herbs, coconut oil, moroccan oil, apple cider vinegar, and various other remedies. I had tried a tar shampoo 4 years ago, and saw no change with it.
However, recently I have gone gluten free (for my digestive system) and it has been three weeks and I feel better. A WEEK ago I started putting a tar ointment on (Psoriacin) and I am almost completely clear! I had also been taking coconut oil everyday, but I really think putting the tar ointment on before bed, and shampooing in the morning with a salicydic acid shampoo REALLY helped me. I am almost completely clear! I hope this helps any of your struggling with this condition!"
[YEA] 01/18/2011: Muslartorlando from Orlando, Florida: "Just wanted let you guys at Earthclinic know what an amazing site this is! Long story short.. I've had psoriasis my whole life since I was 17 years old and in my senior year of high school. I would just get these annoying patches of scales around the peaks of my hair and occasionally under my eyes. At that time I lived in the Florida panhandle ( Fort Walton Beach, FL) and was at the beach at least 2 times a wk. I don't get nearly as much sun now that I'm landlocked in Orlando, FL and the condition has only gotten worse the past few years.
I came upon your site by accident one day while I was in research mode and looked into several 'cures/remedies' and found out about glycerin. I went to a local chain's website and had to order some after going to 2 locations and them not actually having it in the store. I'm at the end of my 1st wk and WOW!! What a MIRACLE.. This 8.5 oz bottle of glycerin did what cortisteriod creams never were able to do! Its almost gone in less than 8 days.. And for the first time in years I've not had to use any makeup to cover up the 'condition'!
I've also had tremedous success with the epsom salt / borax for nail fungus!
KUDOS to ya'll for an AMAZING SITE!"Replies
01/19/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Reading about your symptoms of psoriasis and nail fungus it makes me think that you suffer from Candida therefore creams will help you for a while but won't make your symptoms disappear. Right now I am reading quite a good book about Candida but doing the diet might be more than I will manage as it is quite strict. I am not sure that I will be eating potatoes with salad alone, for example as you can't mix quite a lot of foods. Worth reading if I were you..... The title is "Beat Candida through diet"."
[YEA] 01/08/2009: Brian from Vancouver, BC Canada: "Glycerin (psoriasis)
In about 2002, animal model studies at Georgia Medical School established that Glycerin (glycerol) suppressed excess skin growth and foliation, and re-established normal layering. It also doubles healing speed and halves scarring. I've been using it with great success since on psoriasis flare-ups.
It penetrates the skin readily in 10-15 minutes, and is infinitely miscible with water (hygroscopic). So any excess rinses away instantly, or can be wiped with a damp cloth.
It is 3-carbon alcohol, syrupy, tastes sweet, and is an approved food supplement used in large quantities in everything from ice cream, to soaking raisins (to hold moisture in), to toothpaste, cosmetics, and skin lotions. Can be diluted to spray on, or applied by hand or on a cotton swab. For the scalp, apply 15 minutes before showering.
Works quickly, and suppresses itching better than most medications by calming the cells' cytokine output, it seems.
VERY inexpensive. Spreads readily and thinly, no rubbing in necessary.
Use for injuries, burns, sunburn, etc. also. Your skin will thank you."
01/13/2009: Ron from Los Angeles, CA replies: "Hello Brian, would please indicate the brand name you are using and how long does it take to see the effect, i it perment or temporary?"
EC: Whole Foods sells a good brand of glycerin singers use to coat their throats before performing, also for sore throats. For external use, most pharmacies and groceries stores will have it in stock.
01/14/2009: PR from Houston, Texas replies: "Thanks for the information. I think this could be very helpful. Will add it to my medicine cabinet."
02/10/2009: Brian from Vancouver, BC Canada replies: "The "external use" type in drug stores is USP, which is actually pure food grade glycerin. The labelling is obsolete; it is also safe for oral or internal use, according to FDA guidelines. (A GRS food additive.) The vegetable glycerin, such as NOW brand, is specifically labelled as safe for internal use, if you are worried.
In general, its action is to re-establish normal skin layering, and suppress autoimmune attacks on the skin. It apparently "breaks" a runaway positive feedback system that directs destructive biochemical action designed to fend off invasive organisms, but ends up harming the skin.
An interesting secondary use I've found is sinus clearing; if you're stuffed up, rub a bit just inside each nostril. Over the next 20 minutes or so, the blockage will gradually soften, liquify, and drain naturally. Repeat as necessary."
02/10/2009: Brian from Vancouver, BC Canada replies: "Ron; Sorry I didn't reply properly.
The effect is "permanent" if you persist until AFTER all discoloration has disappeared (carry on a few days). It may recur, but hitting it quickly at the first sign will stop and reverse it.
The speed varies with the type and severity and duration. But, here's an example quote from someone on the psoriasis.org site:
"Just wanted to pop on and say thank you for the mention of glycerin.
My son has had P since he was 4 or 5......and the patches on his elbows and knees during the winter are awful. I went to Walmart and bought some glycerin this week. This morning, the patches on his elbows are gone! And the most stubborn patch on his knee is healing up very nicely. The $3 bottle of glycerin has done what the $500 creams could not, I am thrilled. I don't know if it will last, but I am happy to not have to continue to put steroid creams on my young child night after night.
Hopefully, we are on the road to being clear w/out having to continue to move on to stronger steroids, or worse. Thanks again!"
10/24/2011: Maria from Vineland, New Jersey, Usa replies: "If you use a natural soap, you will be putting glycerin on your skin everytime you use it! The chemical reaction known as "saponification" creates soap and glycerin molecules from mixing water, lye and fat molecules. The makers of those "beauty" or "bath" bars that are sold, draw out the glycerin and use it to make lotions to rehydrate your skin, so they can increase their profits. I get my handmade, vegan, natural soaps for a great price."
[YEA] 11/29/2012: Rose from West New York, Nj replies: "I have had severe scalp psoriasis for the past 6 years. I have tried every natural remedy imaginable, but nothing has ever worked. After reading the info on this site regarding glycerin, I decided to give it a try. I have been using it for 8 days now, and cannot believe that the itching and flaking are almost gone. I am wearing a black top today, and NO FLAKES. I am so happy, and will continue to use the glycerin with hopes that it will go away and never return. It's a miracle!!!"
11/29/2012: Muslim from Oslo, Norway replies: "Hi Rose, I wonder if the glycerin just moisturized your scalp that made scalp stop being dry and flake off. Coud you give more spesifikk about that. Are you cured or did you just manage the flaking of the psoriaris?? I dont kritize you. The reason I ask is because I have a friend who suffers something alike. I wonder if it CURES it, if it does I would remember this and recomend this to him as well as others. Thank you for even submitting something you have found to help. I wish you good health. Have a nice day/night. Friendly Greetings from a Muslim."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 12/07/2012: Rose from West New York, Nj replies: "The glycerin has moisturized my scalp and has reduced the scaling and itching tremendously. I have been using it for 16 days so far, and I can't say that I am cured but it is a major relief. I will continue to use it because it is safe and has no known side effects for external use, and hope that it will eventually cure my psoriasis because I've tried every natural remedy available and nothing else worked."
Glycerin, Zinc Oxide
[YEA] 04/11/2011: Bea from Burbank, Ca, Usa: "I really appreciate this wonderful site. In March of last year, I was bitten by a brown recluse spider on my calf and did I everything imaginable to heal it and a year later, the wound just kept getting bigger and bigger. It started out the size of a dime and now is the size of a grapefruit.
On Saturday, April 9th, a friend of mine told me it looked like Psoriasis to her. I looked at pictures and it did seem to look a lot like what I have. I think perhaps the bite affected my immune system and combined with the stress just would not heal.
I immediately bought the glycerin and the zinc oxide recommended on Earth Clinic and I am in shock as I write this the following Monday, April 11th. The improvement is miraculous. Where it was bumpy, purple and scaly, it is now flat and pink and clearly healing. I am so grateful. Thank you so much for creating this wonderful site with so much great information and so well put together."Replies
04/12/2011: Stonefieldsian from Auckland, New Zealand replies: "Can you describe in more detail how you mixed and applied glycerine and zinc oxide? Thanks."
04/12/2011: Bea from Burbank, Ca replies: "I just alternate between the two. During the day, I apply the glycerin for a couple of hours and sometimes mix the two, however they do separate. I apply the zinc oxide at night. I'm using Desitin for diaper rash. It has the highest percentage of zince oxide that I could find (40%) In any case, it is working and my leg is healing more and more daily. And I cannot tell you how happy I am. It was a scary nightmare watching my skin being eaten away for a year.
I also added vitamin D (5000 I. U. 3X a day) and Zinc tablets as supplements.
And this week, I am going to use a tanning bed. Even though I live in California, I don't sit in the sun ever and I have very white skin. And according to what I read here, UV light is a therapy doctors use.
Thanks Earth Clinic! You rock the planet!"
[WARNING!] 05/26/2011: Nc1966 from Chattanooga, Tn, United States replies: "Double check on the tanning bed. My research showed that they had little to none of the range of uv light that had an impact on psoriasis and of course they are known to be hard on your skin long term. The uv therapy that is considered safest and most effective is UVB narrowband. Good luck!!! And I hope you check back in with good results and more info to share with all who are at war with this condition."
05/27/2011: Sheila from San Diego, Ca, Usa replies: "Instead of a tanning bed, research far-infrared lights."
[YEA] 04/26/2008: Trina from St. Helens, OR: "My mother has psoriasis on her feet - i talked her into using Honey to stop the bad itch. I worked instantly. the itch was gone. She reports that she dont like the sticky tacky feel of the honey but it worx. And she will use it more in the future when in a pinch."Replies
01/24/2012: Solange from Huntington Beach, Ca replies: "Banana peel rubbed on psoriasis, google it. I am in the process of noticing an improvement from doing it. It's worth a try."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 01/31/2012: Captaintoker from Las Vegas, Nevada: "I use a pint about 2-3 cups of h2o2 in the bath water, use a rag to remove the scales without discomfort and for a few days it's at ease. I'm sure used often it would work a lot better. Does work with eczema great also."
[YEA] 02/21/2013: Kbruce from Hendersonville, NC: "Oh my I can't believe iodine as a cure for psoriasis is not on this site. My sister came to visit for a week earlier this month. She was covered in psoriasis scales on her elbow, knees, wrist and inside the palm of her hand, also with scratches and lesions from scratching herself. I was shocked to see how aweful it had gotten since the last time we visited. She had been to Drs and Dermatoligists and spent thousands of dollars and no help. She spent hundreds on single tubes of cream that didnt even stop the itch let alone get rid of her psoriasis.
I had just started on Lugol's solution for my own symptoms of low iodine ie no energy and hair falling out... So I told her about the lugols and mentioned that in my reading about it, I heard it could help Psoriasis! She agreed to try it and started putting it on, after a couple of hours she stared at me in disbelief stating she had not itched or scratched since putting it on so put it on again. She and I were both excited the next day when here psoriasis was 50% gone! Needless to say by the end of the week all she had was a small patch where it was the worst on her wrist and probably due to the fact that she didnt use it as much the last couple of days because she didnt want the discoloration on her wrist when we went out for the evening! I'm still in shock that nothing helped her for years and in one week she's 95% cured of Psoriasis!! I sent the bottle home with her and she continues to improve...
I just hope this helps someone since I saw it with my own eyes how beneficial even 2% Lugol's solution is. I imagine the 5% will work even faster but it did work for her maybe you too:)
PS She did take a couple of drops in water each day as well as topically!
04/29/2013: Midwestmad from Rochester, Minnesota, Usa replies: "I hope you're following the procedures for iodine supplementation. As iodine replaces bromine in your system, it leaves the bromine to float free in your bloodstream and it does some very bad stuff to you if you let it build up. For me, I was craving so much salt it was ridiculous and I was feeling more and more run down. I went to my functional medicine doctor and told him I thought it was possibly bromine detox. It turns out it was interfering with my body's utilization of magnesium. That is a pretty serious consequence. You can't foot with bromine detox. However, it is pretty simple to deal with. You must ingest chloride (in the form of unprocessed sea salt or, if your sodium sensative, I saw that ConcenTrace Trace Mineral drops contains a decent amount of chloride. ) If you don't already have it, search for a document called "The Guide to Supplementing with Iodine." It has some great tips for dealing with all the concequences of iodine supplementation. I found it here: http://home.comcast.net/~jocy1/junk/The Guide to Supplementing with Iodine.pdf
FYI: The ultimate cause of psoriasis (and many degenerative diseases) is leaky gut (resulting from poor diet and excessive toxicity. ) A functional medicine doctor will help heal your sister from the inside starting with, I presume, cleaning up the gut (getting rid of infection) and working to kill off the systemic candida (fungus) in her bloodstream, etc. (I've been working on cleaning up my system for the past year and the number of changes are immense! ) I wish you both luck!!!"
[YEA] 11/17/2008: Judy from Canberra, ACT Australia: "I have psoriasis behind my ears and at times it weeps and is so painful. Having had it for at least 10 years I tried cortisone in the early days but my inner instinct turned me off it very quickly. I've tried all sorts of so-called remedies since then. On this site recently I read somewhere about Jojoba oil and have used it with great success on my psoriasis. It is so soothing and clears it up within a couple of days. If I miss a day, however, it returns, but not as bad as previously. Although the Jojoba oil isn't a permanent cure-all it's the best I've used. The extra virgin or virgin is the best and you can buy it from any health store. Another bonus: it's absolutely beautiful on your face and body, is inexpensive and goes a long way as well."
[YEA] 06/02/2011: Lara from Lehi, Ut, Usa: "i have had psoriasis on my face since I was a kid. I still am not quite sure what triggered it or what caused it to fluxuate beween bad and really bad but about 2 years ago I found an online clinic that claimed a high success rate in healing different skin conditions. It was a treatment that an epideiologist came up with and was different thatn any dermotologist that I have been to.
Anyways they put me on a 90 day treatment which consisted of no sugar or alcohol for the first 8 weeks, I washed my face 3x's a day with a mild, non-antibacterial fragrance free soap, basically just the really cheep hand soap from any grocery store. After I washed I let my face air dry, they said not to use a towel because it can reinfect the skin. Then I would spray on the scs solution they gave me which was safe and has no side effects unless you have some kind of sensitivity to it. I also took primadophilus to get rid of yeast, and milk thistle extract to clease my liver and colon, they also gave me some medication to cleanse the blood stream. I was clear of the irritating symptoms within a few weeks and I continue to watch my skin get softer and softer. It was awsome. I hope this helps someone."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 05/22/2011: Karen from Northern Michigan, Michigan : "A combo of treatments: Essiac, Apple Cidar Vinegar, Lavender & Chamomile Body Butter and Salt Water Soaks did the trick for me.
I developed psorisis on my legs and arms in late December/early January. I had an extremly stressful fall and December, which I would guess was the fuel that lit this fire..
It was extremly bad on my right leg and covered my leg from ankle to knee. If it wasn't itching unbearably, it was burning. I couldn't wear socks and had to roll my pants up to my knee because I couldn't stand for anything to touch it. At first I was using hydrocortisone cream on it, which did relieve the itching, but wasn't healing it.. After a few weeks, I started worrying about what was actually in hydrocortisone cream. I did a search on it and found out I didn't want to continue using that and having those chemicals leach into my bloodstream. I then starting trying all kinds of natural remedies (I avoid any type of pharmacutacels like the plaque). I did not want to get caught up in the medical merry go round or use any man made chemically derived creams or shots.
Let me point out here, I am not an expert, I'm just sharing what worked for me.
I came to Earth Clinic to see what has worked for others.. I tried many of the treatments others had tried, but not one alone did the job. They releived the symptoms, but it wasn't healing.
I've done a lot of research on Essiac for my cat, who has a tumor. Something told me to dig further, so I did, and read an article about a woman who had psorisis for something like 8 years and nothing worked, but when she tried Essiac, it finally cleared up. Knowing that Essiac is actually good for us (it's natural herbs that build the immune system), I decided to try it myself. I have read that they "think" psorisis has to do with a break down of the immune system, so using Essiac made good sense to me. I used an Essica Tincture, and put a half dropper full under my tonque 3 or 4 times a day. Along with that, I used the other items listed above, which I feel was the answer.. Not just one treatment, but a combo.
I started spraying a mixture of apple cidar vinegar (organic) and water on my skin after showering, then patting dry.. It's believed that the Apple Cidar Vinegar will help get your skins PH levels back on track.
I started using an organic Lavender Chamomile body butter. Lavender, as I think most people know, is just good for our skin, and Chamomile is the #1 leading herb for healing the skin. I have to say, I don't much care for the smell of Chamomile, but this combo of Lavender and Chamomile was incredibly soothing, so the smell was just a minor problem for me. One I quickly got over once I realized how much it was helping. Once I started using this, I was no longer waken in the middle of the night by itching/burning skin.
I read where many people had good results soaking in salt water. We have an iPool (excercise pool), so I purchased a salt water filtration system so I could basically soak in salt water every day when I excercised.. I made sure I got in the pool once a day for about 1/2 hour for 30 days straight. I would think soaking in a bathtub in salt water would create the same results. I used Morton Pool Salt, but I've read that Sea Salt works wondefully.
It took about a week before I suddenly realized my skin was really improving.. Within 2 weeks, it was itching/burning much less, within 3 weeks, remarkable improvement. It's been about 6 weeks since I started these 4 treatments, and the psorisis is pretty much gone. I would call it 99% better. My left leg and arms are completely cleared up, and my right leg, which was absolutely the worse, doesn't itch, it doesnt' burn, there is no raised skin.. This leg was very red January - March.. There is a slight discoloration in a few spots, but I have no doubt that, too, will clear up with time.
At first I was using these treatments daily. Now I spray the apple cidar Vinergar on maybe 2 times a week, I take Essiac 1-2 times a day, use the pool every other day or so, but do use the body butter daily, however, I was using it 4-6 times a day (whenver the itching/burning became noticable), but now I have to remind myself to use it because I'm no longer having symptoms.
I hope this information helps someone else. I never realized how distressful psorisis is until I developed it myself. I spent hours and hours researching natural remedies for it, and after trying this, that and the other thing, I have to say, these four treatments finally did the job!
Best of luck to all you Psorisis sufferers."Replies
02/11/2012: Karen from Roscommon, Mi replies: "I wanted to leave an update on the posting I left a year ago about multiple remedies used for psoriasis.
By summer, my symptoms were completely gone and have never returned..
I no longer take Essiac (which I eventually found in pill form, making it much easier to take) and haven't needed to use the Apple Cidar Spray in forever. I was still soaking in salt water daily up until November.. I will return to that once spring hits (my excercise pool is in an unheated room). But I do still use lavender/chamomile body butter every morning and evening.
I have to believe it was the combo of these four remedies that finally did the job, since I had tried lots of other remedies prior to trying these four items.
I'm convinced, and my psoriasis free skin is all the proof I need! Natural remedies ROCK!!!"
[YEA] 08/01/2012: Sue M. from Worden, Il, Usa: "About 5 days ago, I started developing a doozie of a cold sore.... In the same spot, on my upper lip, with the swelling (terrible) and blisters. I didn't develop the usual symptoms I normally get, which is swollen lymph glands and stiff, achy joints. I attribute that to the healthy fats I take in my morning smoothie. This cold sore triggered the psoriasis in my right ear. Needless to say, I was miserable with the nerve endings throbbing and oozing, etc.
So, after re-reading everything here on Earth Clinic, I decided to try the neem oil. I did some more research and decided to try the oil, instead of the leaves. The smell of the oil is kinda strong (resembles garlic) but, for me, this worked beautifully. Within the day, my ear stopped oozing and throbbing and wasn't so tender to the touch. It took my cold sore till the end of the following day to feel better, but it is healing..... For me, this is huge.. I have tried so much... Lysine, acv, vco, clay... Almost everything on EC... Lol. If you suffer from either of these, please give it a try. It's a wonderful healing oil."Replies
11/11/2012: Dianne from Delaware, Ontario replies: "How much Neem oil did you use in your ear? My son is experiencing same problems, sore behind his ear and tender to touch on side of neck just below his ear."
[YEA] 03/29/2009: Shel from Eugene, Oregon: "I have had psoriasis for less than a year, quite severe in my ears and around my eyes, nose and mouth. I started oil pulling and it began to clear up the first day. By the second day there was still some flaking in my ears but no painful cracks or itching. This is a fabulous website and I will be trying a lot more of the suggestions I've seen here."
EC: Thanks for the great feedback, Shel. Do you mind telling us what kind of oil you were using?
03/30/2009: Shel from Eugene, OR replies: "In answer to question about oil pulling, I used organic sesame oil. I had no difficulty keeping from swallowing it but it is a little difficult to keep up the sloshing movements for 20 minutes. Also tastes fine and apparently I sloshed enough to get good results."
01/31/2010: Igor from Toronto, Canada replies: "Hello. Could You please explain what oil pulling is. Thank You."
Oil Pulling, Black Turtle Beans, Soy Beans
[YEA] 05/20/2013: Miss Dimples from Hong Kong, Prc: "Black turtle beans, Soy beans, oil Pulling for Psoriasis
Some background info: I'm 33 yrs old, female. I'm not on any supplement or medication. My weight is normal, my health has been good and never had any serious disease, except cold and flu once in a few year. I'm also a runner and did several marathons in the past. Quite a healthy eater to start with, low salt, no sugar, no MSG, no junk food or no fast food, no dairy product, eating meat once in awhile. Lots of salad and slightly cooked veggies, and fruits.
My skin had been flawless until 4 years ago. I got psoriasis on both cheeks 4 years ago due to skin infection (i spot treated some flat warts with tea tree oil and that burnt my skin) while I was going through a very stressful period of my life, ever since, I had tried many different approaches, internal and external remedies (including ACV and baking soda), the best they could do was to temporarily improve the condition, but once the treatments were stopped, it tended to come back. My condition was not very serious but my skin flaked like crazy and the patches turned red and burned every once in awhile, especially after running. I could only wish it was grown elsewhere instead of my face.
3 weeks ago, I have started using sesame oil (regular sesame oil from grocery store, not cold pressed and organic) for oil pulling (swishing oil in the mouth for 20mins and spit it out) every morning and before bed, also started to avoid high GI foods, quit rice and noodles, eating soy pulp and soy milk (homemade) made out of soaked soy beans and black turtle beans bough from the local markets in China as my staple. Occasionally I would have rolled oatmeal once a day. Just doing this out of curiosity and see what this change can bring to me, and hopefully it would make a difference to my skin. I started to notice the difference the next day. My skin was all cleared nice and supple at the first 3 days, then when I ran on the forth day on, it flaked, turned red, itched and burn, I thought it got worse but wanted to give it a bit more time. The flaky patches was a bit different than then the flare ups. It all flaked at the same time (evenly) and a few spots where I had warts also bulged out and turned red. After the big initial "flare up", I had also had a few flaky patches afterward, but can tell it's been significantly improved, the patches have been healed and lightened, some areas are all cleared up already. 90% healed by now. Skin completely regenerates itself every 28 days, and also depends on your age, the older you are, the longer it takes. I expect it would be all gone and healed, back to normal in two more weeks. I run almost everyday, 5K minimum, sometimes 15K. Personally, after running is the best time to examine the condition. No flare up now, lesser and lesser redness I can detect from my face. My skin is even and radiant now, I think I must had done something right.
Black turtle beans have very powerful anti oxidation and anti aging effects loaded with goodies, great for the skin. Same with soy, get the organically grown ones. I know there are tons of mixed opinions about soy drinks in US, but I believe the problems mainly come from the commercial manufacturing process and GMO. Asians have been eating lots of soy products and other beans. Personally I see no reason of quitting it.
How I make soy drink: I grab a handful of black turtle beans and soy beans individually, soak them overnight, drain the water and wash it slightly, before pouring into a soy drink maker. I do it twice, I put half of the beans and add 1.8 liter of hot boiled water, the machine grinds and cooks the beans, all done in 20 mins. Filter the pulp with a cotton bag that I sewed. Eat the pulp 3 times a day, drink soy milk throughout the day. Slightly lesser than 3.6 liters, that can last me for two days.
The benefits of oil pulling are many, you might want to check it out. Possibly, the cold pressed organic extra virgin sesame oil would work out best, but I'm happy with the roasted sesame oil, it does the job well.
I'm not a naturopathic doctor, or a TCM doctor, I don't know why it works, or maybe it only works to me, but I really think I must have done something right, and I hope this would help you too!"