Psoriasis is a lifelong condition and those who have spent enough time managing the red, flaky patches come to certain realizations that others may not understand.

1. Possessing a personal and profound disdain for dry winters.

disdain or winters

2. Knowing that your body is capable of creating its own skin snowflakes.

skin snowflakes

3. You justify having a beard or not shaving your legs to spare your skin.

justify not shaving

4. You completely understand the helpfulness of sunlight on your skin, so you worship it like a god.


5. You have at least one thing in common with Kim Kardashian.

kim kardashian

6. You’ve changed up your diet so many times in hopes of preventing future breakouts that you could win on “Iron Chef.”

change diet

7. Having all that extra space on the train, bus, or at the airport since people are afraid to come near your skin.

extra space on train

8. You remember the first time someone made a mean comment about your skin, which was probably ages ago. But you’re over it, right?

first mean comment

9. You routinely promise people it’s not contagious.

not contagious

10. The awkwardness of looking at photos where someone has made a poor attempt at Photoshopping away your red patches.

photoshopping your red patches

11. Knowing stress is a major contributor to outbreaks, only to stress over how anxious you are about your stress.

stressed about outbreak from stress

12. You could never get away with a crime because flakes of your DNA would be all over the crime scene.

never get away with a crime

13. Meeting someone else with psoriasis and instantly becoming best friends.

meeting someone else with psoriasis

14. Knowing alcohol is a trigger for an outbreak, but not letting skin problems come between you and a glass of red wine.

alcohol is trigger

15. You’ve developed the power of a Zen Buddhist to overcome the incessant urge to itch.

overcoming urge to itch

16. You know steroids can help your skin, but they won’t help you win the home run derby.

steroids to help skin

17. You regularly check your shoulders anytime you’re brave enough to wear a black shirt or dress.

check your shoulders

18. The incandescent sheen of freshly applied medicated grease on your face.

freshly applied medication

19. Not having to remember what chair you’ve been sitting in because the greasy smudges your medicated elbows made on the armrests are a dead giveaway.

greasy smudges from medication

20. You embrace the finer points of having an overactive immune system, like getting sick less often.

overactive immune system

21. You could end a drought given how much water you save by taking quick showers so your skin doesn’t dry out.

quick showers

22. You set land speed records by how quickly you got to your moisturizer after showering.

getting to moisturizer after shower

23. You have 14 different moisturizers and know the ingredients in every single one.

multiple moisturizers

24. The knowledge that all that moisturizing and skin care will keep you looking absolutely fabulous into your golden years.

moisturizing and skin care

25. Your mother’s aunt’s cousin has something that will clear that right up.

mother's aunt's cousin

26. You’ve been to the dermatologist so often you could drive to the office blindfolded.

can go to dermatologist blindfolded

27. That happy dance you instinctively do when a new therapy starts working.

happy dance when therapy works

28. That moment when you realize you’ve stopped thinking about your skin for more than an hour.

stop thinking about skin for more than an hour

29. When it comes to minor cuts, your skin has Wolverine-like healing abilities.

wolverine-like healing abilities