It is important for celebrities to talk openly about their medical condition for two reasons: first, it takes away some of the stigma associated with a particular condition, thereby making it easier for patients around the world to live with their medical handicap without feeling social uncomfortable about it, and second, it brings attention to the disease, thereby encouraging people to contribute towards the research aimed at finding a cure or better treatments for it.
Psoriasis is certainly not an easy condition to live with, as its symptoms are very visible and can cause its sufferers to develop insecurities about their appearance.
However, the fact that many celebrities out there are also suffering from it offers a lot of comforts, mostly because celebrities are considered to be the most beautiful people on the planet, and if they are coming forward and openly discussing their struggles with psoriasis, then we should also find the courage to own up to our psoriasis and deal with it head-on.
The most common symptoms with psoriasis, which is an autoimmune disease of a chronic nature, are that the patient develops a skin that looks noticeably scaly, reddish, and also somewhat inflamed.
There are an estimated 7.5 million people in the US alone who are suffering from this condition, at least according to the American Academy of Dermatology. According to research, although the condition does not discriminate according to age, it still mostly impacts people who are in the 15 to 30 and the 50 to 60 age brackets.
Unfortunately, a cure for this condition has not yet materialized, but treatment is certainly available which relies heavily on some drastic lifestyle change that the patient must adopt for it to work.
Here are some of the most prominent faces who have come forward and openly discussed their psoriasis struggles, and some of them have shared very valuable tips that can help you manage your condition in the best possible manner.
Celebrities That Have Spoken Up
The ultra-famous hairstylist Jonathan Van Ness, who also appears with the Fab 5 on the hit TV show Queer Eye, posted a gutsy picture on his Instagram handle, stating that he was not going to hide away his psoriasis and simply let it shine through because it looked absolutely gorgeous.
The picture itself showed his skin without any makeup products on it, clearly highlighting the impact psoriasis had on his skin. According to Van Ness, his first flare-up of psoriasis happened when he was only 23 years old as a result of just a scratch on the skin. He had to pay a visit to five different doctors before he finally received a psoriasis diagnosis.
There are many other celebrities who have publicly spoken about their psoriasis, including Cara Delevinge, Kim Kardashian West, Cyndi Lauper, Cari Dee English, Dara Torres, Jon Lovitz, Eli Roth, John Updike, and Jerry Mathers, to name a few, which clearly proves that psoriasis can inflict anyone and the most you can do is seek appropriate treatment for it to best manage the condition.