Mahon Finlay

‘I look at my clear elbowsin the mirror and I still can't believe it’

Mahon Finlay, 55, a public servant from Dublin

I had psoriasis for about 16 years before I discovered Soratinex. I haven’t a clue why I developed it - although my dad had it a little bit, but nowhere near as bad as me.

I had it on my knees and elbows and then, in the last couple of years it came down the back of my calves and my torso, and, for a while, on my scalp.

For the first few years when it was on my legs it didn't bother me too much because I could wear trousers, but when it developed on my arms, that was very difficult because I couldn’t wear T-shirts. That made summers very hard for me.

I always felt completely self-conscious. I remember sitting in the theatre one time and all the stuff from my elbows had fallen on the floor and I looked round and people were looking at me. It was horrible.

I went to the GP and was on Dovobet for many years but it didn't make any difference and it was costing me around 90 euros per tube. So, it was expensive and it didn't work! I tried all sorts of Chinese remedies and all kinds of treatments from the internet but nothing worked.

Then I read about Soratinex on social media and saw Professor Anthony Chu talking about his UK trials. I was impressed by what he said and decided to give it a go. I didn't really expect much at all but I’d tried everything else, and so thought, ‘Why not?’

It came in March [2020] when we were under Covid-19 lockdown so I had a little extra time in the day to put on the gel for 10 mins, then have a shower, then put on the cream and oil. After three weeks, the elbows stopped flaking it felt like I was turning from being like some kind of reptile into someone with smooth pink skin.

And now that effect has happened everywhere - backs of the legs, knees, torso, everywhere. I am now 99.9 per cent clear. I just have a small dry patch on one of my elbows.

It’s fantastic. My confidence is greatly improved. I’ve had to change my wardrobe because all my shirts had long sleeves, and I had no shorts, but I didn't mind. Now it’s sunny today and I’m in shorts and a short-sleeved T-shirt and I feel wonderful.

My family are delighted for me. There is a mirror in our hall and every time I walk past it, I take a look at my elbows. I still can’t believe it.

I have been recommending it to people I know and would 100 per cent recommend it to anyone else with psoriasis. I have seen comments online from people saying it seems expensive but the value is that it works, so what you spend reduces as your symptoms clear and then it becomes quite economical.