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Naomi Knowles

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Naomi Knowles

Been plagued with psoriasis since I was in college, but now that I'm transitioning, I'd love to be able to put on a light foundation, a little blush and eyeliner as part of getting ready for work, but scaling around the nose area, on top of the nose & forehead makes putting foundation on a pointless waste of time as it picks out the scales GLORIOUSLY.

 

It's a long shot, but does anyone else have experience with salicylic acid? My condition has reached a point where it resists steroids, medication and light therapy (i.e. bullet proof), and I've had enough of it.

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I used to have terrible scales on my heels and really rough dry cracked skin on my toes. It became painful to walk. That’s only been really bad in the last few months. What I used to totally reverse it and heal was tea tree oil. I’m using a brand called Hollywood beauty for hair and skin. It’s not stinky like some brands. It’s becoming my favorite moisturizer and I use it on all my skin. I’m not sure how it would help in your situation but I have heard that people get favorable results from it. 

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