Women with Psoriasis: The Power of Our Stories

In our opinion, Women’s History Month should never end! Not only should we keep women a constant part of the conversation. We’ve got equal pay, intersectionality, #metoo, body positivity, but as psoriasisters it’s our job to keep up the conversation about skin positivity by sharing our stories along with our skin. Let’s keep the #GirlPower going with a psoria-story share from one of our new fave Psoriasisters, Rebekah from Sanara Skincare! Take it away, girl…

I can remember the exact moment I was diagnosed with Psoriasis.

I swear it seems like it was the 10th+ visit trying to figure out what these scaley areas behind my ears and crusty (I know ewe but whatever) “stuff” coming out of my ears. I wanted to scream, “I swear I bathe! I swear I don’t have dandruff!”

It’s the pitting in my nails though that confirmed it for the doctor.

Tears streamed down my face as I imagined a debilitating life of rough, patchy elbows and knees an image I only imagined for my life.

Years of trial and error trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t work I think I’ve finally got a hold of it, that is of course until I don’t. Hello, first episode of guttate psoriasis at the age of 35, summer 2017.

It wasn’t until 3 years ago I started wising up to the fact that the BOGO sale of highly perfumed lotions and hand wash probably wasn’t doing me any favors. I started reading labels and what ingredients that made up the product. My sister-in-law got me curious into handmade soap making. The practical girl inside of me said, “really?” but the curious side said, “I want to know more.”

Learning the properties of the different oils I used in soap making and the amazing benefits I was seeing on my skin I knew I couldn’t go back. You could call it passion or obsession, I’m not sure which? Months in and seeing the benefits I knew I had to share and so I started Sanara. Sanara is derived from the Spanish word, ‘sanar’ which means ‘to heal’ and it really is my mission and drive when creating products.

Our products are plant-based and naturally derived using what I like to call, ‘superfood for your skin’. While it’s important to know what goes into our products it’s equally important to know what doesn’t: no artificial colors or fragrances and we’re paraben, sulfate, and phthalate free.

I don’t think I would have ever guessed sitting on that doctor’s table that this is what I would have created out of that diagnosis. But I did and I’m so happy to get to share.

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