A MOTHER who has been battling a chronic skin condition for the past two years says breast milk has cured her.
Ashley LeMieux suffers from psoriasis, which can cause scaly patches of skin that form scales.
Common treatments for the condition include topical solutions, such as creams and ointments, that are applied to the skin.
However, the 36-year-old said pouring breast milk on her hands for just four days cured her and left her husband with soft skin too.
But using her new hack has proven tricky as the couple now have to use lavender to mask the smell of breast milk as she says it “doesn’t smell that good”.
The author’s skin condition, which worsened during pregnancy, was not only incredibly painful and felt “like a million needles,” it also affected her ability to move her fingers, making it difficult for her to write, she said.
When a nurse described having “old lady’s hands,” the mother felt too “embarrassed” to even shake hands with people.
After sharing her struggles online, many fans of the viral mental health and wellness expert flooded her inbox to suggest using her own breast milk to soothe her “chapped” hands.
Now convinced of its “amazing healing properties,” Ashley has created a daily lotion that she puts on her hands and even shares with her husband, Mike LeMieux, so he has soft skin too.
Ashley, from Phoenix, Arizona, said, “Breast milk is amazing.
“I had been talking about having psoriasis on my Instagram stories and so many people have responded and told me to put breast milk on my hands.
“They said it would heal the cuts and help the inflammation, so I thought ‘why not?’
“I used it [breast milk] for a week and within four days my hands looked better than they had in two years. I was like, ‘Oh my god, wow, that’s amazing’.”
The mother said she applied it every morning and night, poured it onto her hands, and then soaked them in a bowel.
She added that she would use frozen breast milk that had been thawed so it was “cold and smooth” when applied.
“Right after I put it on my hands, they just felt so much softer. The texture of the breast milk was really comforting. Redness and inflammation went down almost immediately.
“It’s now fully resolved, which is amazing.
“Psoriasis actually runs in my family, I got it a few years ago and then it got worse during pregnancy.
“It kept getting worse and then the last few months were really bad, I could barely bend my fingers, which is a problem as I’m a writer.”
What is psoriasis?
The NHS states that psoriasis is a skin condition that causes scaly patches of skin that form scales.
On most skin types, the patches can appear pink or red, with the scales appearing white or silvery.
These spots usually appear on the elbows, knees, scalp and lower back, but can appear anywhere on your body, the guide says.
The condition affects two in 100 people in the UK and can start at any age.
Psoriasis is a long-standing (chronic) disease that usually includes periods when you have no symptoms or mild symptoms, followed by periods when symptoms are more severe, according to the NHS.
A family doctor can diagnose the condition based on the appearance of your skin.
You may be referred to a skin disease specialist and, in rare cases, a small biopsy may be sent to the lab.
Ashley added that before using breast milk as a remedy, every time she washed her hands, it felt like a million needles were going into her.
She said she was embarrassed, adding that she was always looking for ways to hide her hands.
After she posted a video on TikTok of breast milk being poured over her hands, many in the comments suggested she make lotion out of it.
Now, Ashley applied it once a day in a formula mixed with beeswax and coconut oil, and even froze some of it in a silicone ice roller that she used to “pump” her face in the mornings.
Her husband Mike also decided to try his hands as they felt parched from the cold – now he thought they were the “softest” they’ve ever been.
Ashley said: “I looked up a recipe and now I have it in a lotion.
“Beeswax and coconut oil melted together and then I added a few drops of vitamin E oil and three ounces of breast milk.
“Breast milk doesn’t smell that great, so I also add a few drops of lavender essential oil. It makes her smell better.
“I mixed everything together and now the breast milk lotion has set and I keep it in little jars.”
Ashley added that she “doesn’t know the science” as to why breast milk works, but said the milk is “packed with healing properties.”
“My husband thinks it’s really cool. He doesn’t have psoriasis but his hands get a bit dry because it’s winter so he asked to try it.
“He used it on his hands and said it was the softest his hands had ever had.
“Throughout the process he keeps saying, ‘Women’s bodies are just so amazing,'” she said.
One mother previously said breast milk is what causes her skin to “glow” and claimed it helps her stay young.
Others have made face masks from their milk, saying it’s “liquid gold” for anti-aging.
Another mother claimed her milk cured her baby of eczema, and a study from Iran found it to be as effective as a 1% hydrocortisone cream often prescribed to treat eczema.
https://www.the-sun.com/health/7387466/husband-rub-breast-milk-skin-everyday-mask-smell/ My husband and I rub breast milk into our skin everyday – it’s so soft but we have to use lavender to mask the smell