Prayers, Patience & Persistence:
Finding a Psoriasis Treatment that Works

In many ways, 9-year-old Hannah is your typical kid. Growing up in Michigan with her parents and older sister, Hannah loves to ride bikes, hike, and play games. “We love to be outside and just be active as much as possible,” Hannah’s mom Beka said. “We enjoy playing games together and just hanging out with our family."

But for every way Hannah is like her fourth grade classmates and other kids, she also struggles with feeling different. She was diagnosed with guttate psoriasis about six months ago in October 2017 – and what started with a few small patches began to grow and seemingly takeover her skin.

“We noticed that she had a spot on her leg,” Beka said, “It was the end of September, beginning of October. She had had a wart there and had picked at it, and it just changed its look.”

Hannah also has struggled with excessive dandruff on her scalp, so when her mom started researching, she became suspicious that this spot irritating her daughter was in fact psoriasis. “It just sort of escalated from there.”

When it came to treating Hannah’s psoriasis, Beka took a hands-on research approach. “I wanted to have as much knowledge about this as possible,” Beka said.

Learning that psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, they first took steps to heal Hannah’s gut as naturally as possible, in hopes that it would help heal her skin.
“We wanted to go the natural approach,” she said, “and avoid steroids if possible.”

This research eventually led her to MetaDerm. In Beka and Hannah’s experience, it took about 12-14 weeks of regular product use before Hannah’s skin showed big improvements. It was the same as what the doctors said about healing the gut, which made sense to Beka, as they both had a more natural approach.

To keep Hannah’s spirits up through this long healing process, Beka said they relied on “three P’s,” as psoriasis starts with one itself.

“We had three P’s that we used: Prayer, Patience, and Persistence,” she said. “Probably the hardest one was the patience one, for all of us, because we just wanted results now. And that’s just not the case when you’re healing in a good, positive natural way.”

Over several months, Hannah and Beka incorporated MetaDerm into their daily routine. And with patience and persistence, they saw those results over 12 to 14 weeks. Hannah’s birthday wish was for her flares to be gone, and when she woke up on her 9th birthday, she had only a few small spots remaining.

“It started clearing up,” Hannah said. “Big time.”

And these days, Beka is happy to report that Hannah’s skin is nearly clear.

To hear more about Hannah’s story and journey with MetaDerm, click here to watch our conversation with her and Beka on Facebook Live. If you’re interested in starting your own MetaDerm journey, let us help you on the path to flare free skin.

Finding Psoriasis Relief Beyond Meds: One Mom’s Story

Ashley Nagy first encountered psoriasis when her daughter Charlie was just one week old. Seven days after being born, Charlie started showing signs of the skin condition. Out of all of the scenarios Ashley had imagined when expecting her second child, this was not in the cards.

“I daydreamed about having bows, glitter, sparkles, and all of the girly things, and I finally got to play dress up with my baby,” she said. “And I remember when my daughter was born, she was the definition of perfect.”

So when she started developing a rash under her neck, Ashley immediately thought she wasn’t keeping the area clean or dry enough. But when it started spreading, she and her husband couldn’t figure out an explanation.

Over the months that followed, Ashley consulted with her pediatrician and watched as the plaques on her daughter’s skin continued to grow and spread – and her daughter became more and more uncomfortable. At four months old, Charlie was finally diagnosed with psoriasis by a pediatric dermatologist.

“Within five seconds of seeing her, she goes ‘oh yeah, this is psoriasis. Here are some topical steroids. She’ll have it for the rest of her life, we’ll see you in a few months,” Ashley said.

Ashley and her husband were stunned, and didn’t know where to go from this diagnosis. As frantic parents, they started searching the internet for answers. When Charlie’s conditioned worsened, she was admitted to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

“Head to toe, there was no body part spared,” she said. “As a mom, it’s your job to protect, nurture, and to care for your children, and I just felt like I was failing her.”

Ashley channeled her frustration into finding a solution for Charlie’s pain. Nearing Charlie’s second birthday, Ashley decided to focus on her daughter’s diet.

“Call us crazy but we figured we wanted to be all-in with diet,” Ashley said.

With the support of the online psoriasis community, Ashley made tweaks to Charlie’s diet to clean her gut with the hopes of reducing flares. At the same time, she started using MetaDerm’s products to give her daughter some natural relief – free of steroids.

“We are so in love with MetaDerm products!” she said. “We use the wash and their amazing spray. The spray is great because we don’t have to rub it in, with a wiggly toddler it’s the bee’s knees.”  

Currently, Charlie is a happy toddler who’s living flare free.

“I’m pleased to report I have nothing to report,” Ashley said.

The diet is working, she says, which she has paired with MetaDerm, vitamin E ointment, and a gentle baby shampoo. The diet is gluten-, dairy-, nightshade-, and sugar-free – and while they’ve detoxed religiously for a few months, they’re now at a point where they can counterbalance any “junk” with the healthy foods her body needs.

And as for MetaDerm.

“[Metaderm has] given her so much relief with [their] products that she begs for the spray on her feet now,” Ashley said. “We know that if we skimp on her diet a little that the products will help soothe her skin.”  

To follow Charlie’s journey, check out @psoriasissunshine on Instagram. If you’re interested in starting your own MetaDerm journey, let us help you on the path to flare-free skin.

Toni's MetaDerm Journey

“Eczema really impacts my life. I have had it since I was an infant. My worst flares happen at the change of season. I get bad flare ups when I do a lot with my hands. It gets so bad I have to put socks on my hands at night.”

Age: 45
Occupation: Product Supply Manager
What Keeps Toni Busy: Sports Mom
Mother of 2

“I was recently at a wedding and this was the first time I was able to wear a necklace for the night without causing a flare”

“I like MetaDerm so much for my eczema, I now use it all over for an everyday moisturizer”

“My skin feels so smooth I can’t even feel where the eczema is right now”