Like many skin conditions, psoriasis is not just skin deep.
An estimated 7.5 million people live with psoriasis in the United States alone. The chronic autoimmune condition causes rough, scaly patches to appear on the surface of the skin. These can be triggered by stress, infections, skin injuries, or even medications.
For some sufferers, the disease causes great embarrassment and emotional distress, which makes the videos on this list all the more important in spreading awareness and understanding. They also educate people who have it on actions they can take to help manage the condition.
Beyond My Skin
"The skin is the window to what's going on inside of us." If this is true, what does psoriasis say about a person? Chhaydon was diagnosed with severe chronic psoriasis as a teenager. His condition isolated him, as he distanced himself from family, friends, and his ambitions as a chef, out of embarrassment. This video is a raw look at just how far-reaching the effects of psoriasis can be.
Body Painter Brings Hopes of Psoriasis Patients to Life
Natalie Fletcher paints bodies for a living, and she lives with psoriasis. So when she learned of a project to raise awareness about the disease using skin as a canvas, she knew she was the artist for the job. In this video from Skin to Live In, you'll see Fletcher at work, painting on people with psoriasis and working to illustrate the struggles they deal with on a daily basis.
Coping with Psoriasis: You're Not Alone
Psoriasis is a very isolating disease. People who have it sometimes feel the need to hide, both physically and emotionally. This short video from Healthgrades is helpful for psoriasis patients because it shows that the disease affects all sorts of people, each of whom faces stigma and struggles. It ends on a positive note, with words of encouragement.
Cyndi Lauper Says "I'm PsO Ready" to Talk About My Life with Psoriasis
Living in the limelight has its own unique challenges, even without something like psoriasis. Pop star Cyndi Lauper shares what it's been like to live on stage with this disease — from hiding the scales from her audience to being embarrassed about it when sitting in the hair and makeup chairs. We appreciate someone in her position sharing her feelings and showing psoriasis patients that they aren't alone.
When Andrew Gosse was diagnosed with psoriasis at the age of 17 while serving in the army, he didn't even fully understand what "chronic" meant. He soon found out that living with severe psoriasis impacted his work, relationships, and happiness. This is a touching and honest video that illustrates just how difficult it can be to live with psoriasis.
Learn to Love Your Ugly Bits
We all have things we don't want to accept about ourselves, says Elyse Hughes in this TEDx Talk. For people who have psoriasis, that thing is visible to the world. As humans, most of us are self-conscious. But for people with psoriasis, that self-consciousness can be debilitating. This video is all about learning to get past those limiting thoughts by learning to love everything about you, especially the "ugly bits."
Let's Talk Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a common chronic skin disease. Common enough that you likely know someone with it. These are people living normal lives, with this one unique characteristic. This one characteristic, however, can shape their lives and their happiness. This video interviews three very different people living with psoriasis. In it, they discuss how psoriasis impacts them, both on a daily basis and over the long-term.
Living with Psoriasis
Many people with severe psoriasis choose to cover every inch of their skin in an effort to avoid the stares and comments. Yvonne Chan doesn't. This video illustrates the discrimination people with psoriasis face, and discusses just how that discrimination affects someone.
Psoriasis… Different Things to Different People
Psoriasis sufferers don't all fit into one box. We're all unique before we get the disease, and we're all unique after diagnosis. This video demonstrates how the disease affects sufferers differently by profiling three people. They discuss their stresses, embarrassments, treatments, and triumphs.