Speak Clearly: Perspectives on psoriasis
In my work at Farbenhaut (a German website by and for people with psoriasis and neurodermatitis), I hear from many people affected by psoriasis. There’s an alarming amount of people suffering with psoriasis because they don’t think they have better options, so they settle for slight improvements rather than big gains. People with psoriasis should be proactive and ask their dermatologist what more can be done. Don’t settle for one treatment. If one treatment isn’t working move on to the next until you find the one that helps you achieve your clear skin goals.
With your dermatologist’s help, you can break free from the negative impact psoriasis has on the physical, mental, social and economic circumstances that keep you from living life to its fullest potential.
You can do more than you think
In the past, it was common to have low expectations when it came to managing your condition to prevent frustration and disappointment. But today, we have a broader range of effective and safe therapeutic options. I always recommend that you first research the different options online and then find a dermatologist with whom to discuss your needs. Above all, make sure to care for yourself—avoid stress, eat a balanced diet, and stay active and healthy, but also speak up about your psoriasis and don’t settle for less than clear skin.
Know when a treatment isn’t good enough for you
I always try to point out a small but subtle difference to my community: that there’s a difference between a good treatment and reaching your skin goals. On your treatment journey, remember there are many options out there. Don’t feel discouraged if one doesn’t work well for you or if you have to try a few different options before you find one that helps you achieve your goals. With suboptimal results, trying lots of different “good treatments” can be time-consuming and frustrating, but once you start seeing your skin goals come to life, it is worth it.
Reaching your milestones makes a big difference both physically and mentally. With the shedding of skin symptoms, you can say goodbye to the itching, dandruff everywhere, and most importantly, the negative thoughts and discomfort.
Don't stop until you are satisfied
You can take control of your psoriasis by working with your dermatologist to find the right treatment option so you can feel comfortable in your own skin and restore your healthy state of mind.
I always advise people to listen deeply to themselves and ask themselves how they would like to lead their lives with or without psoriasis. I tell them to always think about what makes them happy and don't stop until they achieve it. And above all, I tell them to be persistent—because if you don't speak up for yourself, no one else will.
Get clear with your doctor
You deserve to feel confident in your skin, but how do you have a clear conversation about your psoriasis goals with your doctor? Sometimes speaking up can be the hardest part.
Your voice makes a difference
Be clear about your goals. The power to speak up, feel confident and demand the best care is within you. Sharing your story could be your next step to feeling free from psoriasis—and possibly inspire others to do the same.