Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that affects 7.5 million people in the United States.
Many celebrities have dealt with the disease while remaining in the public eye, maintaining a positive outlook, and having a successful career. Here’s what some of these celebrities have to say about living with psoriasis.
Kim Kardashian has been very open with her struggle with psoriasis. Her diagnosis was even a subject of her TV show “Keeping up with the Kardashians.” She’s also tweeted pictures of her psoriasis flare-ups:
Kinda funny & gross but look at my heart shaped psoriasis! LOL Had to share! http://t.co/K2NtNt8— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) August 13, 2011
The model and actress has spoken at length about balancing her career and a chronic condition. Delevingne says she first developed psoriasis because of the stress she experienced while working in the modeling industry. She’s even been photographed walking down the runway with psoriasis patches on her legs.
The stigma about her condition has led her to take a break from modeling. “People would put on gloves and not want to touch me because they thought it was, like, leprosy or something,” she told London’s The Times.
Acclaimed horror film director, producer, and actor Roth says that his experience with psoriasis inspired his directorial debut “Cabin Fever.”
“When I was 22, I had this horrible psoriasis outbreak. It was all over my legs, I couldn't walk because my legs were cracked and bleeding. Weird things like that can happen to your body,” he told the BBC.
Singer Garfunkel once visited the Dead Sea to see if the water would have positive effects on his skin: “… I’ve been told that if you float in the salty, buoyant water, it’s very good for the skin. It’s not so much therapeutic as beautiful,” he told Canadian Jewish News.
English dreamed of becoming a model, but she had psoriasis that covered 70 percent of her body. Eventually she discovered a treatment called Raptiva that cleared her skin, and she won “America’s Next Top Model” in 2006.
After the FDA discontinued Raptiva in 2009, English did a before and after photoshoot with the makers of another injectable called Stelara. “I’ve learned that whatever you have, you’ve got to embrace it. That doesn’t mean you’ve got to like it, but you’ve got to accept that it’s part of you,” she told Health.com.
The stylist and star of the show “What Not to Wear” was diagnosed with psoriasis when she was 4 years old. By age 11, London says she was “basically covered from the neck down in red scales.” She’s now a part of the “Uncover Your Confidence” campaign, which gives people tips on how to manage their psoriasis.
Lovitz was an adult when he was diagnosed with psoriasis. At one point, 75 percent of his body was covered in psoriasis. Lovitz tried many different treatments, and often used makeup and clothing to hide any visible flares. After over a decade with psoriasis, he is no longer having flare-ups. He says persistence is the key to finding a successful treatment: “A lot of people with psoriasis give up, but don’t. Find out what works best for you,” he told the National Psoriasis Foundation.
The country singer was diagnosed with psoriasis when she was only 2 years old. At one point, it covered 80 percent of her body. Rimes kept her condition a secret for most of her career, but diet, exercise, and working with a dermatologist have helped her manage her symptoms. “By finally getting control over it instead of it having control over me, I wanted to speak out and let people know that there is hope,” she told Shape.