Can you help?

UPDATE – DIAGNOSIS – It’s a fungus caused by chlorine in swimming pools suppressing his skin’s ability to regulate itself.

Our youngest,  21 months, has psoriasis alba – I think I spelled it right….basically white patches on his cheeks, most flat but one or two raised a touch.  The Mrs is not happy at all, and is wondering what can be done.

I imagine he’s reacting to some chemical in the baby shampoo or creams used in trust by my wife.  No names, but the manufacturer shares a name with an ex-US President who was keen on fighting in Vietnam, and assassinating other Presidents.

I see on wikipedia the condition typically lasts about a year.  He seems perfectly healthy in all other respects, but that’s not how Mum views the situation.  Does anyone have any tips?  I try to suggest using pure coconut oil instead of creams to deal with skin dryness, but advertising is so powerful, and that’s winning the game currently.

Has anyone experienced this condition?  What do you suggest?

At a recent trade event.

My own search threw up this –

Gordon added this one from Dr Mercola –

Plus these came in –

Just a quick response to your post re your son’s skin condition.
I think it’s called Pityriasis Alba (although related to autoimmune conditions like psoriasis, eczema etc.).
Whilst I’m wary of advocating raw food as a panacea, I do know it is very effective in dealing with skin conditions (& in general auto-immune conditions). I cured long term IBS, psoriasis and urticaria through raw food (& fasting; water and raw juices), and as a fairly active member of the raw food community I know plenty of other people who have cured conditions through diet etc.
Plenty of raw food support in the Philippines, here’s a random site (of many) I found:
Coconut Oil is a miracle oil that everyone should have in their home.  It needs to be Virgin Coconut Oil, not pressed or expelled coconut oil.  Only Virgin Coconut oil gives you the full benefits and nutrients as expelled oil has the nutrients taken out through the heating process.

160 Uses for Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil for Personal Hygiene/Body
1. Age Spots (also known as liver spots) – applying coconut oil directly to the age spot will help it fade.
2. After Shave – coconut oil will help heal your skin after shaving without clogging pores. Great for razor burn!
3. Baldness – apply three times a day to affected area of hair loss. Coconut oil supports cell regeneration.
4. Birth Marks – can be used after a laser removal treatment to aid in healing. Can also be applied after an apple cider vinegar treatment to help support and aid the fading process.
5. Body Scrub – mix coconut oil and sugar together and rub all over! Rinse off and your skin will be super soft! You can add in essential oils if you would like a specific smell.
6. Bruises – applied directly to the bruise, coconut oil enhances the healing process by reducing swelling and redness.
7. Bug Bites – when applied directly to a bug bite, coconut oil can stop the itching and burning sensation as well as hasten the healing process.
8. Burns – apply to burn site immediately and continue applying until healed. Will reduce the chances of permanent scarring and promotes healing.
9. Chapstick – just rub a little into lips and it not only acts as a softening agent but it also has an SPF of about 4 so you get a little protection!
10. Cradle Cap – having issues with dry skin on your baby’s scalp? Coconut oil will not only nourish your baby’s skin, it also helps eliminate cradle cap. Just rub a teaspoon onto scalp daily.
11. Dandruff – coconut oil soaks into the scalp moisturizing dry skin and relieves symptoms of dandruff. It also helps to control oil secretion from the scalp, another leading cause of dandruff.
12. Deodorant – coconut oil alone can be used as a deodorant, but even more effective in combination with cornstarch/arrowroot powder and baking soda!
13. Diaper Salve – very comforting on a rashy bum with no harsh chemicals. Also safe for cloth diapers.
14. Exfoliator – coconut oil mixed with sugar or sea salt is a very nourishing and effective exfoliator and safe to use all over the body.
15. Eye cream – apply under the eyes to reduce puffiness, bags and wrinkles. Use on the lids in the evening.
16. Face Wash/ Soap – mix equal parts coconut oil with olive oil, almond oil, avocado oil and castor oil and use in place of soap when washing your face. Wet face, rub oil in and leave on for two minutes, rinse and pat dry. One teaspoon should be adequate.
17. Hair conditioner/ Deep Treatment – use as a leave-in hair conditioner by applying a teaspoon of coconut oil to your ends and then running your fingers through your hair to distribute the rest! For a deeper treatment, rub in a tablespoon of coconut oil onto your dry scalp and gently work through to the ends. Put a shower cap on to prevent transfer onto bed linens and leave on overnight.
18. Hair Gel/ Defrizzer – rub a little between your palms and either scrunch into hair (for curly hair) or finger comb in through from scalp to ends (for wavy/straight hair).
19. Healing – when applied on scrapes and cuts, coconut oil forms a thin, chemical layer which protects the wound from outside dust, bacteria and virus. Coconut oil speeds up the healing process of bruises by repairing damaged tissues. Plus, it smells a heck-of-a-lot better than anything from the pharmacy.
20. Lubricant – it is an all-natural, perfectly safe personal lubricant. Not compatible with latex!
21. Makeup Remover – use a cotton swab and a dab of coconut oil and you would be amazed at how well it works!
22. Massage Oil – pretty simple; grab some and rub!
23. Moisturizer – simply scoop some out of the jar and apply all over your body, including neck and face.
24. Mole Remover – when applied after an apple cider vinegar compress for several weeks, moles have been known to “slide off” or just disappear.
25. Nipple Cream – works great to nourish cracked, sore or dry nipples. Apply to a cotton ball and leave on your nipples between feedings.
26. Oily Skin Fix – prone to oily skin or an oily T-zone? Use a pea sized amount underneath makeup or alone to reduce the appearance of oil.
27. Pre Shampoo Treatment for Hair – rub a little into scalp and hair before shampooing. This is especially useful for those with course or frizzy hair.
28. Pre-Shave – coconut oil will prep skin for the pending damage caused by shaving.
29. Skin Problems – coconut oil relieves skin problems such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.
30. Stretch Mark Cream – coconut oil is great at nourishing damaged skin. It may not be the magic stretch mark cure but it will help.
31. Sun Burn Relief – rub liberal amounts of coconut oil into the affected area.
32. Sunscreen – see my post on natural sunscreen for more detailed information.
33. Swimmers Ear – mix garlic oil and coconut oil and put a few drops in affected ear for about 10 minutes. Do this 2-3 times a day and it usually works within one or two days.
34. Tattoo Healing and Moisturizer – continued use of coconut oil on tattoos will help keep the pigment from fading. Used on new tattoos, coconut will hasten the healing process and decrease the chance of infection.
35. Toothpaste – there are numerous recipes out there but I just mix coconut oil and baking soda and dab a little of the mix on my toothbrush.
36. Wrinkle Prevention and Wrinkle Reducer – rubbing coconut oil on winkles and sagging skin helps strengthen the connective tissues to bring back that youthful look!
Coconut Oil for General Health and Wellness
37. Breastfeeding – for breastfeeding moms, consuming 3 ½ tablespoons of coconut oil daily will enrich the milk supply.
38. Bones and Teeth – coconut oil aids in the absorption of calcium and magnesium leading to better development of bones and teeth.
39. Digestion – the saturated fats in coconut oil help control parasites and fungi that cause indigestion and other digestion related problems such as irritable bowel syndrome. The fat in coconut oil also aids in the absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, making you healthier all around.
40. Energy Boost – coconut oil boosts energy and endurance making it a great supplement for athletes as well as those needed a quick pick me up.
41. Fitness – coconut oil has been proven to stimulate your metabolism, improve thyroid function, and escalate energy levels, all of which help decrease your unwanted fat while increasing muscle.
42. Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose making it great for both diabetics and non-diabetic.
43. Lung Function – increases the fluidity of cell surfaces.
44. Nausea – rub some coconut oil on the inside for the wrist and forearm to calm an upset stomach.
45. Nose bleeds – coconut oil can prevent nose bleeding that is caused by sensitivity to weather such as extreme heat and extreme cold. This condition happens when the nasal passages become dry because of cold or dry air resulting to burns and cracks in the mucus membranes so bleeding happens. To prevent this just put coconut oil in you nostrils. Coat your finger with coconut oil and then lie down and coat your finger inside your nose. Doing this will strengthen and protect the capillaries in the nasal passages. A Vitamin C supplement will also help prevent nose bleeding.
46. Oil pulling with coconut oil offers a two for one health benefit!
47. Stress Relief – relieve mental fatigue by applying coconut oil to the head in a circular, massaging motion. The natural aroma of coconuts is extremely soothing thus helping to lower your stress level.
48. Vitamin and nutrient absorption
49. Weight loss – the saturated fats contribute to weight loss and controlling cravings. Also increases metabolic rate.
Coconut Oil for Health Problems (when taken internally it is known for aiding, preventing, relieving or even curing these health issues)
50. Acid reflux/indigestion aid if taken after a meal
51. Adrenal fatigue
52. Allergies (seasonal hay fever)
53. Alzheimer’s/Dementia
54. Asthma, even in children
55. Autism
56. Bowel function
57. Bronchial Infections
58. Cancer (has been shown to prevent colon and breast cancer in laboratory tests)
59. Candida Albicans
60. Cholesterol – improves HDL (‘good’ cholesterol) to LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol) ratio in people with high cholesterol
61. Chronic Fatigue
62. Crohns Disease and resulting inflammation
63. Circulation/feeling cold all the time
64. Colds and Flus
65. Constipation
66. Cystic Fibrosis
67. Depression
68. Diabetes – helps keep blood sugar levels stable and/or helps with cravings
69. Dysentery
70. Eczema – in addition to taking it internally, many have success applying it externally, but some don’t
71. Edema
72. Energy boost
73. Epilepsy (known to reduce epileptic seizures)
74. Fever Support
75. Flaky, Dry Skin
76. Gallbladder disease and pain
77. Gas
78. H. pylori
79. Head Lice
80. Heart Disease (protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis)
81. Hemorrhoids (can applied externally or internally twice a day)
82. HIV
83. Hot Flashes
84. Hyperthyroidism
85. Immune System Builder
86. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
87. Jaundice
88. Kidney Disease
89. Kidney Stones (aids in dissolving them)
90. Liver Disease
91. Lung Disease
92. Malnutrition
93. Mental Clarity
94. Menstruation Relief regarding pain/cramps and heavy blood flow
95. Migraines (with regular use)
96. Mononucleosis
97. Osteoporosis
98. Pancreatitis
99. Parasites
100. Periodontal Disease and tooth decay
101. Prostate Enlargement (benign prostatic hyperplasia)
102. Rickets
103. Skin problems
104. Scurvy
105. Stomach Ulcers
106. Toenail fungus
107. Thrush
108. Thyroid Function (regulates an overactive or underactive thyroid)
109. Ulcerative Colitis
110. Underactive thyroid gland – results have shown subsequent thyroid blood tests becoming normal after ingesting coconut oil daily
111. Urinary Tract Infections (Bladder Infections)
Coconut Oil and Health Problems (when applied topically it is known for aiding, relieving, or even curing these health issues)
112. Acne
113. Allergies/Hay Fever – rub a little inside the nostrils for quick relief. The pollen will cling to the oil.
114. Athletes foot
115. Back pain/sore muscles
116. Boils and cysts
117. Canker sores
118. Cellulite
119. Circumcision healing – although I am personally against circumcision, I have read that coconut oil is a really great healer for this.
120. Decongestant – rub coconut oil on the chest and under the nose when congested from a cold or allergies
121. Ear infection – place a few drops inside the ear twice daily for relief from pain. Also fights the infection itself.
122. Genital Warts (through topical application over 6 weeks, and coconut oil enemas twice a day depending on the location of the warts)
123. Gum Disease and Gingivitis (use as a toothpaste or rub directly on gums)
124.Herpes (applied topically and taken internally)
125.Hives (reduces the itch and swelling
126. Pink eye (applied around and in the eye)
127. Ringworm
128. Toothache
129. Warts

Coconut Oil and Cooking
130. Butter Substitute – use 1 cup to 1 cup ratio when replacing butter in recipes with coconut oil.
131. Nutritional Supplement – melt and add to smoothies.
132. Replacement for butter/lard/Crisco/PAM in its solid form for greasing pans, pie crusts, etc.
133. Replacement for various oils in liquid form – baking, cooking, sautéing, etc.
Coconut Oil and Pets/Animals
Check with your veterinarian but the recommended dosage for animals is 1/4 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight twice daily.
134. Aids healing of digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis
135. Aids in arthritis or ligament problems
136. Aids in elimination of hairballs and coughing
137. Applied topically, promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings
138. Clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis, and itchy skin
139. Disinfects cuts and promotes wound healing
140. Great for dogs and cats for general wellness. Just add a teaspoon to their water bowl daily.
141. Helps prevent or control diabetes
142. Helps sedentary dogs feel energetic
143. Helps reduce weight, increases energy
144. Improves digestion and nutrient absorption
145. Makes coats become sleek and glossy, and deodorizes doggy odor
146. Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) have been shown to improve brain energy metabolism and decrease the amyloid protein buildup that results in brain lesions in older dogs.
147. Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections, including candida
148. Reduces allergic reactions and improves skin health
149. Reduces or eliminates bad breath in dogs
150. Regulates and balance insulin and promotes normal thyroid function
Other Uses for Coconut Oil
151. Chewing Gum in Hair Remover – just rub some coconut oil over the stuck chewing gum, leave in for about 30 minutes, then roll the gum between your fingertip. Voila! It’s out!
152. Goo Gone – just mix equal parts coconut oil and baking soda into a paste. Apply to the “sticky” area and let it set for a minute. Then scrub off with an old toothbrush or the scrubby side of a sponge.
153. Insect repellent – mix coconut oil with peppermint oil extract and rub it all over exposed skin. Keeps insects off better than anything with DEET! Tons safer too.
154. Moisturizing and cleaning leather products
155. Oiling wood cutting boards and wood bowls
156. Polishing Bronze – all you have to do is rub a little oil into a cotton towel and then wipe down the statue. It cleans and helps deepen the color of your bronze.
157. Polish Furniture – coconut oil with a little bit of lemon juice to polish wood furniture. However, I recommend you test it first on a very small, unobtrusive part of your furniture to make sure it works the way you’d like.
158. Seasoning animal hide drums
159. Seasoning cookware
160. Soap making – coconut oil can be used as one of the fats in soap.

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15 Responses to “Can you help?”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi henry your son is a cutie, this often helps with various Psoriasis conditions.
    Mash half a banana in milk in a cup witha fork, paint it on witha paint brush and leave it on until dry.
    This used to work just after W W II
    but cows milk is not the same as it was
    good luck
    failing that paint on omega 3

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi Tap, The creams and lotions just help the external look.
    My son was cured by water from Lincolnshire, I am not suggesting that you go and get the same.
    What I would suggest is changing the water supply for the lad, ie using a different bottled water for a week at a time.
    Note any change and use the information gained.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I have suffered for 40 years with psoriasis on the face. I have found over the last few years that it can be controlled a lot with diet. Try and cut out processed foods & milk and cheese. I find the hydrocortisone cream as required until it is under control used with doublebase moisturiser at least twice every day without fail has the best results for me.

  4. Anonymous says:

    If it is bacterial in any way, try colloidal silver. If not bacterial, then Savlon cream and hope for the best.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hi, Tap
    You could take a look at
    There’s an oatmeal and honey pro-biotic cleansing bar, which the family who manufacture this product claim is able to treat acne, eczema and rosacea successfully. There’s no mention of psoriasis specifically, but this may be worth a try.

    Avoid cows’ milk and all products made from it, as the human digestive system has considerable difficulty absorbing them, and they can cause skin problems, as well as other symptoms.

    Rescue Cream, made from a combination of Bach Flower Remedies, can also be useful for dealing with mild skin problems.

    Organic cider vinegar is magic stuff for treating a multitude of conditions, as it is a natural antibiotic and disinfectant. For such a young child you could maybe dilute it a bit, so that it doesn’t sting, and dab it on with cotton wool.

    I wish your little lad a speedy recovery.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I’ve treated psoriasis successfully with Kamillosan (chamomile) ointment (usually available from Boots branches or Boots Online) – a pea-sized amount at a time with a drop of colloidal silver emulsified into it, 2 or 3 times a day. The Kamillosan is soothing and helps the flakiness of the condition without being too greasy. I also know people whose susceptibility to psoriasis has been helped by cutting out dairy. Homeopathic treatment can also be helpful but I would consult someone qualified.

  7. Anonymous says:

    ugh, I was born with facial birthmarks, it’s not that big a deal. No one is perfect, stop expecting a perfect mini me.

  8. osiris says:

    Think you may mean pityriasis alba, a mild form of eczema.
    Try applying a 50/50 mixture of organic apple cider vinegar and water 3X a day. Apply coconut oil at night.
    The ailment is linked to a deeper systemic condition possibly caused by parasites or unbalanced gut bacteria linked to gluten, wheat, grains or vaccines. Seek out a naturopath to address these deeper issues.

  9. Anonymous says:


    My own son suffered from an early age with asthma and allergies (many relating to food colourings) and Eczema until given goats milk…which solved the eczema problem very quickly.


  10. BRIT says:

    Hello, Henry,
    Although I have’nt tried it for your childs ailment, the first thing I try is THC oil (tetra hydro canabinoid). This is from the INICA or SATIVA strain of the cannabis plant.
    If you wish, I will send you a dvd highlighting this.

  11. Anonymous says:

    i dont think a cream will fix sugar or crappy E drinks..molasses n bicarbonate of soda added to a fresh fruit drink

  12. Tapestry says:

    Thank you all for your helpful suggestions. One or two others commented on email, including Gillian who hasn’t been in touch for a while. She says she got fed up with all the harassment, and found it too much hard work, especially not knowing if her comments were getting through.

    Even today I see comments in my email which don’t reach the blog. Oh well, enough get through to keep The Tap going. Thanks again. I’ll ask the Mrs which solution she prefers.

    • ” Yeast conditions. Zinc is critical for the immune response, and zinc opposes or antagonizes too much copper in the body. For these reasons, or perhaps others, a low tissue zinc level is highly associated with development of fungus and yeast conditions anywhere in the body.”

      ” The main reasons for inactive skin are 1) poor overall health, 2) excess sympathetic nervous system activity that draws blood away from the skin, 3) covering up the skin all the time with clothing, 4) bathing in very hot water, which tends to inactivate the skin, and 5) toxins that come into contact the skin. These toxins include chemicals in most bathing water, chemicals used on or in clothing, and hundreds of other toxic chemicals in most skin care products such as soaps, detergents, lotions, creams, cologne, perfumes, anti-perspirants, cosmetics, massage oils, medical drugs applied to the skin, and others.

      The problem of inactive skin is true around the world, just from wearing clothing. For this reason, most cultures use various types of baths, saunas, skin brushing or other methods to help maintain and restore beautiful and healthy skin. These include the Turkish baths, Roman baths, Native American sweat lodges, and many others.


      Many skin conditions are related to copper and zinc imbalance. These include acne, psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo and other cases of dermatitis.

      Copper is also needed for melanin production. Melanin is the pigment which gives skin its color. Copper imbalance may be involved in vitiligo, for example, in which white or depigmented areas of skin occur.

      Copper is also involved in collagen synthesis. Imbalance of zinc and copper, for example, are definitely associated with stretch marks, which are tears in a deeper layer of the skin that do not heal easily. Usually, when zinc and copper are in balance, stretch marks go away.

      Zinc is involved in wound healing, and helps give collagen and other tissues their elastic quality. Zinc oxide ointment is a folk remedy for skin disorders and can help prevent and heal scars, which often occur when copper imbalance is present.

      Most cases of psoriasis, an itchy, scaly condition of the skin that may be a fungal infection of some kind, respond very well to nutritional balancing programs. Most people report that the condition goes away after a few months on a nutritional balancing program. The use of the near infrared lamp sauna and coffee enemas is very helpful for it.

      Healthful soaps and shampoos. Most soap today is harmful for the skin. Most soaps contain toxic ingredients including coloring, scents, chelating agents such as EDTA, flowing agents, moistrurizers and even toxic herbal ingredients. Products that I recommend are Jr Liggett’s old fashioned bar shampoo (can be used as soap), plain castile soap, black African soap, Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap, ad perhaps a few others only.

      Skin remedies. If you need to apply something to your skin for minor cuts and bruises, irritation or rashes, products that are safe are aloe vera gel, witch hazel, vitamin E, and shea butter.

      I do not recommend applying other products to the skin. This even includes essential oils such as lavender oil and many others, which can be slightly toxic to the entire body. Recall that anything you put on your skin will be absorbed into the body.

  13. Anonymous says:

    This will sound like witchcraft but it works. There is a small black slug with a pale yellow underside, it produces an orange secretion when handled. Rub said gastropod on the affected part. Any skin problems with a viral or bacterial origin are nailed, so if a micro-organism is involved the cure will be quick and dramatic. Used it myself for warts. Lunar landscape to pristine in a fortnight.

  14. Amanda says:

    I am Amanda from Texas USA,my son was suffering from this devilish disease called epilepsy when i heard about how cannabis oil have been curing this disease i decided giving it a trial,i saw an article on how cancer centre London provides cannabis oil so i contacted them via email and within 5days the cannabis oil was delivered to my address and apart from that he gave me instructions on how to use the oil. My son is now free and no longer an epileptic patient.To my greatest surprise this cannabis oil works like a magic.

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