Yes, Famous People Get Psoriasis Too
Psoriasis Doesn’t Care
According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, psoriasis affects 7.5 million people in the United States (NPF, 2012). The condition doesn’t consider how many people know your name or how many Twitter followers you have. It doesn’t go on hold while you shoot a film overseas or star in your own reality show. It’s an autoimmune disease that does what it wants unless you do something about it.
Many celebrities have dealt with the disease while remaining in the public eye, maintaining a positive outlook, and having a successful career. Click “next” to learn who they are.Source: WikiMedia; Attribution: Mike Kortoci
LeAnn Rimes was diagnosed with psoriasis when she was two. Since then, she has gone on to be one of the most successful women in music, helping to bring country music into the mainstream and winning two Grammy awards along the way. Rimes has put out over 10 studio albums and lent her vocal talent to numerous projects. Rimes went public with her psoriasis in 2008, as part of the “Stop Hiding, Start Living” psoriasis awareness campaign.Source: WikiMedia; Attribution: Yodel Anecdotal
You may recognize Eli Roth from his role as Donny Donowitz in Quentin Tarantino’s smash-hit, Inglourious Basterds. Or maybe you’ve seen the horror films he directed, including Hostel and Hostel: Part II. However, when Eli’s not in the spotlight, he’s dealing with his psoriasis…and living a completely normal life despite it.
The host of the popular show What Not to Wear was diagnosed with psoriasis at a very early age. She has parlayed her success on the TLC show into philanthropy and acted as a spokesperson for the National Psoriasis Foundation. In an interview with OK magazine, London describes her involvement as a means to provide empowerment to others in their approach to dealing with psoriasis.
Half of the iconic music duo Simon and Garfunkel, Art Garfunkel has dealt with scaly, itchy outbreaks for most of his life. In an interview with the Canadian Jewish News, the musician tells of an experience where he visited the Dead Sea while in Tel Aviv. “I've been told that if you float in that salty, buoyant water, it's very good for the skin,” he says. “I found it not so much therapeutic as beautiful."
World-class golfer Phil Mickelson suffers from psoriatic arthritis—but he doesn’t let the joint pain, stiffness, and swelling affect his game. Symptoms of psoriatic arthritis can include:
- separation of the nail from the nail bed
- swollen, tender joints
- painful muscles and tendons
- eye redness and pain
This American novelist has dealt with psoriasis his whole life. He’s even written about it: Updike devoted a chapter of his book called Self Consciousness to his psoriasis. He also penned a personal history essay for The New Yorker titled “At War With My Skin.” According to the article, the writer's mother and her mother had it (Updike, 1985).
The comedian who’s made us laugh since his days on Saturday Night Live recently penned an essay for The Huffington Post titled, “Seriously, I have Psoriasis.” Lovitz shares his story of psoriasis, how he’s dealt with the disease, as well as advice for others.
“My advice for people living with psoriasis is to speak up to a dermatologist about how the disease affects your life,” Lovitz said. He reminds us that while psoriasis is no joke, it’s also not something that should hold you back. “Nobody is perfect, right,” Lovitz says. “Trust me, I would know. I make fun of people for a living, remember?”
Jerry ‘Beaver’ Mathers
Find comfort in the fact that America’s favorite younger brother, “The Beaver,” is winning his battle with psoriasis. Mathers told USA Today, "Mine is confined to my heels and sometimes a small section on my butt.” According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, about four out of every five people with psoriasis have a mild version of the condition. That is, psoriasis covers less than three percent of their body (NPF, 2012).
Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner
Dealing with the autoimmune disease on a normal schedule is stressful, but imagine living each day on camera, your name and photographs in all of the tabloids and marathons of your reality show on television. For Kim Kardashian, this is a reality. In fact, she was diagnosed with psoriasis on an episode of her show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, after noticing red, inflamed patches of skin. Kardashian’s mother, Kris Jenner, also copes with the disease.
Recent winner of the television show America’s Next Top Model, CariDee English, has dealt with psoriasis since childhood. Like other celebrities with the condition, English has channeled her success and influence to spread awareness about the disease. She’s even published photos of the itchy plaques that were taken during a flare-up to show that it affects people from all walks of life.