Irene Prantalos (pictured with her son) was diagnosed with psoriasis at the age of 11
A psoriasis sufferer whose body was covered in painful red patches has praised a natural remedy for clearing up her skin within two months.
Mother Irene Prantalos, from Melbourne, was first diagnosed with the chronic skin condition at the tender age of 11.
By the time she turned 16, the incurable disease had ravaged her body, causing raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin.
As she combed her hair, the locks started falling out, giving her bald patches due to the trauma from the psoriasis legions.
‘I was disheartened at a time my family and I didn’t know what to do,’ the now-45-year-old said.
By the time she turned 16, the incurable disease had ravaged her body, causing raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin
But after trying everything, including sought-after treatments to tackle her skin condition, she managed to sooth her skin of inflammation after turning to Chinese herbal medicine
What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is an inflammatory condition that affects around three per cent of the world’s population. At this stage there is no cure but science understands that the immune system is signalling the skin to shed every four days instead of every 28 days.
Typically, inflammation that is caused by specific irritants (diet, hormones, metabolic, infections, genetics) will tell the immune system to start shedding the skin at a much faster rate.
The complexities around psoriasis exist with its link to metabolic syndrome. So if left untreated a sufferer of psoriasis may later on in life develop diabetes, heart disease and/or experience a stroke.
The condition became so severe, she was hospitalised for two weeks.
But after trying everything, including sought-after treatments to tackle her skin condition, she managed to sooth her skin of inflammation after turning to Chinese herbal medicine.
‘I tried so many treatments that had no effect,’ she said.
‘So when the opportunity came my way to try out something natural, I was thinking what do I have to lose when I’ve been pumping my body with chemicals for years already.’
After two months of using Chinese medicine treatment at the age of 20, her skin had cleared dramatically within two weeks.
Her excruciating battle led Ms Prantalos to launch her own skincare business called Salubre after struggled to find products catering to sensitive skin.
After seeing an opening in the market for natural products, she studied a degree in Human Biology and Chinese Medicine so she could find comfort for people who also suffer from psoriasis.
Her skincare brand provides natural products that are free from nasty harmful chemicals.
Not only did she come up with a brand that now helps other psoriasis sufferers but she now helps people who have all sorts of skin conditions, not limited to psoriasis.
‘Be patient and tough; someday the pain will be useful to you,’ she said.
After two months of using Chinese medicine treatment at the age of 20, her skin had cleared dramatically within two weeks
The severe condition caused raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin for years
With August being psoriasis awareness month, Ms Prantalos – who’s now almost psoriasis free – has shared her top five ways to reduce inflammation.
She said you need to identify what triggers your psoriasis.
‘This disease has many different disease patterns which means there is no one size fits all approach. Understanding what makes your psoriasis worse, means you can minimise or omit this from your life and help your skin improve,’ she said.
Ms Prantalos advised avoid eating Inflammatory foods such as sugar, dairy, gluten, alcohol and spicy and hot meals.
‘Not everyone reacts to food but when trying to reduce the amount of inflammation in the body,’ she said.
Ms Prantalos (pictured with her son and husband) said meditation helps reduce flare ups as stress is commonly the main cause for initial onset of psoriasis
Not only did she come up with a brand that now helps other psoriasis sufferers but she now helps people who have all sorts of skin conditions, not limited to psoriasis
Growing up, Ms Prantalos suffered from severe red patches – and at one stage, she was hospitalised
She said swimming in the ocean will improve the skin dramatically.
‘If it is too cold to get to the beach or you live more inland, then get yourself into some sea salt baths or Himalayan pink salt. This will remove the inflammation in the skin and allow the skin to heal,’ she said.
Ms Prantalos said meditation helps reduce flare ups as stress is commonly the main cause for initial onset of psoriasis.
‘The nervous system will release inflammatory chemicals such as cortisol and adrenalin which ultimately inflame the skin. Meditation calms the nervous system and encourages the body’s natural ability to heal,’ she said.
Finally, Ms Prantalos said always keep your skin hydrated.
‘When the skin is dry and cracks it causes the skin to exacerbate especially when itchy. Keep the skin hydrated at all times if possible. Try natural options as this can aid in reducing inflammation in the skin,’ she said.