Wait, they have psoriasis!? Surprising celebrities that deal with the skin condition
Merritt is sharing her favorite tips and tricks for handling psoriasis from today’s most popular celebrities.
Merritt Ward is one of our community writers and currently lives with psoriasis. She resides in Boston, Massachusetts where she works as a public relations specialist, and hopes her personal stories will help uplift and empower others in the psoriasis community.
For “article research” purposes, I follow Kim Kardashian on Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. (Subtext of this text: I have actually followed Kim K. for years and have an unexplainable fascination with her and her family, but I do not like to admit that.) In case you missed it (or simply don’t follow Kim Kardashian, which is admirable), Kim has been living with psoriasis for five years since her spots started to appear at 30-years old.
I knew this because I watched an episode of her reality show where Kim visits her doctor and he breaks the news to her1. To this affect, I’ve had a few people exclaim, “You’re just like Kim Kardashian!” after I explain I have psoriasis or they notice it. This got me thinking: How does she treat her psoriasis? Is she an advocate? Did she change her lifestyle after the diagnosis?
Digging into the depths of the internet, I found Kim isn’t the only celebrity living with psoriasis. Counted among the cast of characters is LeAnn Rimes, CariDee English, Jon Lovitz and Stacy London2. For those who have been interviewed and share their stories, their advice covers a bunch of different areas. So, for an everyday commoner like myself, I need to remember to take heed, use best judgment and always consult my dermatologist.
Now, we all don’t have millions sitting the in the bank, personal trainers or professional makeup and airbrush artists, but some advice shared by the celebrities can be practically used. That advice includes:
- Stress less. We’ve heard it all before, but it’s valid. Stress may affect our hair, body and skin. Luckily for most of us, our livelihoods don’t depend on flawless perfect skin, bodies or hair. That’s in our favor!
- Eat right. We should be doing this regardless because what we put in, we get out. We’re not doing our skin any favors by ordering those truffle fries and large pizza. My personal advice? Good in moderation, bad for the everyday.
- More water. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Okay, that’s extreme but try opting for water instead of a soda or extra coffee. Or, try to just get one extra glass in each day. Your skin will love you for it.
- Find the right doctor for you. No patient is the same as the next. It’s imperative to find the doctor who sees you as the individual you are and helps you find what’s right for your skin, lifestyle and needs. You should also be prepared to be your #1 advocate. Speak up if something doesn’t work, doesn’t feel right or you’re uncomfortable. No one can do that for you.
Reasonable advice to give and receive. My hope is that those celebrities with psoriasis continue to share their stories and raise awareness of psoriasis. It may even encourage people to strive for the diagnosis they’ve been missing. At the very least, I feel bonded to Kim Kardashian – and I will try to bottle up and emulate some of the self-confidence and assurance she has because clearly, something is working!