There’s one thing you may not know about me. I have suffered with psoriasis. The worst of times were on and off during my 20’s and 30’s. I would get it mostly on my lower legs, sometimes a few spots here and there on my upper legs and/or torso, sometimes on the back of my hands, and sometimes in my scalp. It’s been dormant for many, many years with only the occasional spot appearing now and then, and for that I am extremely grateful!
Love her or not, a few years ago Kim Kardashian shared with her followers a picture of her heart-shaped psoriasis. This light-hearted snap brought relief to others with psoriasis who often suffer from insecurity and lack body confidence. I was one of these people. Having psoriasis affected what I could wear (I had to keep my legs covered) and what I could do (I wouldn’t swim in public for example).
What is Psoriasis?
It is a chronic autoimmune skin disease that can affect multiple areas of your body. Psoriasis may appear differently in various areas, with each affected area needing specific and tailored treatment.
- Psoriasis is widespread, with 2-3% of the world’s population affected
- 6% or 500 000 Australians are affected
- 10% of adults with psoriasis develop the condition before the age of 12
- 40% of people who suffer from the condition avoid playing sport, 72% avoid swimming and 14% avoid leaving their home.
The cause of psoriasis is unknown, although it is well accepted that there is an underlying genetic component which, when triggered, causes the immune system to produce an excessive number of skin cells. As such it has been termed an auto-immune skin disorder. At present, there is no cure.
What I’m Lovin’ about Life
Apart from my psoriasis being dormant for many, many years and the fact that I’ve just returned from a wonderful few days up in the mountains surrounded by beautiful nature and wildlife, I’m lovin’ that there are dedicated people out there committed to creating products to help people who suffer with psoriasis!
On this occasion, I want to talk about Dr Reddy’s ‘Scytera’.
What is Scytera?
Scytera is a foam substance containing 2% coal tar that treats and relieves the symptoms of Psoriasis. It spreads easily, is quickly absorbed, and has minimal odour.
Why is Scytera different?
Every six out of 10 people who suffer from psoriasis also suffer from depression. It is without a doubt that this skin condition hampers mental and physical health. Traditional treatments exacerbate those feelings as they are unpleasant smelling, stain your skin, clothes or sheets and are difficult to apply due to the heavy and sticky texture. Scytera is a revolutionary psoriasis treatment.
The wins of Scytera
With 2% of coal tar, the new Scytera has a gentle scent of peppermint oil, musk, and wood that will fade away after a few minutes. Thanks to a new pump design, its delicate cream mousse is easy to apply (especially on tricky parts of the body), dries quickly and leaves the skin soft and smooth.
Scytera relieves the symptoms of psoriasis and can be used as a monotherapy or combination other treatments as a maintenance product.
I was sent some Scytera to try. Firstly, I love the lavender and white packaging. It’s fresh and uplifting – just what a psoriasis sufferer needs. So many coal tar based psoriasis products are packaged using the colours of brown and orange, so this makes a very nice change!
I don’t have any psoriasis at the moment to test Scytera on but I trialed it on my dry elbows and can tell you that I no longer have dry elbows! I can also tell you that my sensitive skin did not have any irritation or adverse reaction to using this product. It was easy to apply and you only need a small amount as it goes a long way. Those that read my blog regularly would know that I have no sense of smell. For this reason, I used my daughter as my nose. She confirms the description of a gentle scent of peppermint oil, musk and wood but with a slight disinfectant smell as well but nothing too strong to be of concern.
If my psoriasis shows any sign of coming back this product will be the first I will reach for to try. If you suffer with psoriasis why not give it a go?
You can buy Scytera at select pharmacies across Australia. Contact your local pharmacy or call Dr. Reddy’s Australia to find your nearest stockist on 1800 733 397.
Here’s where you can find out more about Scytera:
Ciao for now,
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