Ismail lives in Turkey, is engaged and works in a sleep apnoea research centre in a local hospital.

Ismail’s chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU) suddenly appeared 2 years ago. Because of the swelling in his face, people stare and ask if he has been in a fight. Others have walked away believing he is infested with lice due to his constant scratching from the intense itching.

Ismail’s beauty springs from his stark refusal to let others define him and his unrelenting hope that his life will return to normal.