A bodybuilder who was covered in 80% psoriasis has found salvation for his skin condition with plants – by using a £15 plant skin serum combined with a vegan diet.
Mohammed Khan, 22, from Toronto, Canada, who first developed signs of psoriasis in October 2017, told Femail how at times, he was left feeling suicidal by his skin condition.
Despite being prescribed creams and even steroid injections, he says nothing seemed to work and the psoriasis continued to spread everywhere – including to his genitals.
However, Mohammed claims he found an unlikely solution in the form of a $25 plant serum, which, combined with a change in diet, helped to dramatically improve his skin in just one month.
Mohammed Khan, 22, from Toronto, Canada, found salvation for his psoriasis with plants – by using a £15 plant skin serum combined with a plant-based diet. Pictured, before his weight loss journey at the start of 2019
The personal trainer moved to a vegan diet and joined a gym and started seeing improvements. Pictured, Mohammed after his impressive weight loss in December 2019
In early 2018, Mohammed started experimenting with different diets to help his skin and weight loss – after reading there was a connection between the two. Pictured in September 2019, before embarking on his journey
Speaking of his psoriasis, the personal trainer said: ‘I think it was triggered because I was overweight, eating a lot of junk food and was very stressed about being in debt.’
‘When I started to see this strange patch forming on one of my hands I immediately went to the doctor, who prescribed a steroid cream and told me that it would “thin” my skin, but I didn’t care at the time because I wanted the red spots on my skin to go away fast.
When more spots started appearing over the coming days, Mohammed went back to the doctor and was given some more pills, which he took whilst still applying the steroid cream.
Mohammed claimed £15 Oregon Intensive Rescue Serum (pictured) helped to dramatically improve his psoriasis
However, he says they just made his skin worse, so he was transferred to a dermatologist.
‘By the time I saw the dermatologist I had plaques of psoriasis breaking out all over my body,’ he explained.
‘The dermatologist took one look at my skin and said “WOW, you are more than 80% covered.” I felt really depressed. I was so young and yet according to the experts my psoriasis would be with me for the rest of my life.’
The dermatologist put Mohammed on steroid injections.
‘On a bi-weekly basis, I would go to this clinic and they would inject me with the steroid, watch me for an hour at the clinic to see if I would react in some negative manner or not, and then let me go back home,’ he said.
‘After just two rounds of injections I decided to quit after doing some research on the potential side-effects – an increased risk of cancer was the most worrying one.’
However, after stopping all medications, Mohammed’s psoriasis got worse, to the point where he was desperate for some answers.
‘By now it had spread to my genital area,’ he explained. ‘I decided that no doctor was going to help me and that I would have to help myself.
The body builder claimed that just a week after using Oregon Intensive Rescue Serum, he noticed his psoriasis flakes had gone down and scaly patches felt softer and not so rough. Pictured, after applying the product in April 2020
The personal trainer believed his psoriasis may have been triggered because he was overweight and eating a lot of junk food. Pictured, Mohammed’s leg before, on 2 October 2019
The bodybuilder added the stress of being in debt may have been a contributing factor to his skin condition. Pictured, Mohammed’s leg before, in October 2019
When Mohammed first went to the dermatologist, he was told his skin was covered in 80% psoriasis. Pictured, his leg after applying the serum
‘I felt totally socially isolated and alone because of my skin. I was living in shared student accommodation and my psoriasis made a lot of mess due to the flakes falling everywhere.’
HOW DOES OREGON INTENSIVE RESCUE SERUM WORK?
Oregon Grape Root (OGR) is a native plant of North America and has been extensively examined as a treatment for psoriasis in several published studies.
These studies have found that compounds isolated from extracts of OGR possess inhibitory activity against Lipoxygenase (an enzyme involved in psoriatic skin cell production).
At the cellular level, OGR has been shown to guard against accelerated activity during the process of keratinocytes (skin cell production).
Other published studies have also highlighted how caffeine can also help inhibit the symptoms of psoriasis when used topically.
The Oregon Intensive Rescue Serum costs £15.00 for 50ml and is available from www.oregonskincare.co.uk.
‘Some of the students got bothered by this mess and told me very politely to clean it up, but it still made me feel bad.
At the beginning of 2018, Mohammed started experimenting with different diets to help his skin and weight loss – after reading there was a connection between the two.
‘I moved to a vegan diet and joined a gym but people at the gym would walk away from me when they saw my skin,’ he said. ‘I felt so depressed and sometimes I did think about suicide.’
‘Like most psoriasis sufferers I was always asking the question “why me?” I started having dreams about falling off a building which scared me a lot at the time.’
By the start of 2019, Mohammed had lost a lot of weight and through various tweaks to his diet, a dedicated exercise regime and weight-lifting, he gradually transformed his body.
‘My skin had started to improve but it was still very visible and still covering a lot of my body,’ he added.
‘I was doing a lot of online research on diet and fitness and looking for support groups and blogs for psoriasis sufferers and it was on one of these, at the end of 2019, that I found out about Oregon Intensive Rescue Serum.’
Before finding a solution, Mohammed’s psoriasis had spread to most places – including to his genital area. Pictured left, his hands before applying the serum, and right, after
Mohammed said the change in lifestyle has helped to improve his psoriasis from the inside, while the plant serum has helped on the outside. Pictured, after embarking on a strict fitness regime
‘There were a lot of convincing independent reports from people with psoriasis saying how effective it was, and as it contained no steroids, I felt it was worth trying.’
Mohammed continued: ‘Just a week into using the Oregon Intensive Rescue Serum, I noticed my psoriasis flakes had gone down and scaly patches felt softer and not so rough, especially the ones on my knees and elbows.
WHAT IS PSORIASIS?
Psoriasis is a recurrent skin condition that affects around 2% of the UK population.
It is caused by an acceleration of skin cell production.
Normally a skin cell matures in 21-28 days. Psoriatic cells, however, turn over in 2-3 days and in such profusion that the live cells reach the surface and accumulate with the dead cells still in visible layers (hence the plaques).
‘I saw the most dramatic improvements in my facial psoriasis, which after a month had significantly decreased.
Since his skin has started to improve, Mohammed has increased the number of videos he loads onto his YouTube Channel, and has started a new series on Instagram (psoriasis_bodybuilder) – where he goes live with other people who have psoriasis.
However, during more recent times, where he hasn’t been able to get to the gym or out as much he usually would, Mohammed claims Oregon Intensive Rescue Serum has been a real saviour.
‘It has helped compensate for the lack of vitamin D I would be getting from sunlight, which is vital for helping to control psoriasis,’ he explained.
‘I’ve increased my use of Oregon Intensive Rescue Serum to two-three times daily and cut gluten from my diet completely.’
He continued: ‘Switching to a plant-based diet and committing to a serious exercise programme has fundamentally improved my psoriasis from the inside by reducing my excess weight and strengthening my body’s resilience to fight the condition.
‘And the Oregon Serum applied externally has significantly helped reduce my psoriasis on the outside.
‘I’m confident I may emerge from lockdown with better skin than before I entered it, which I hope is something that will give hope and inspiration to others coping with psoriasis during lockdown.’