LeAnn Rimes has long been a vocal advocate for psoriasis awareness. Since 2009, the recording artist has spoken out about how her psoriasis has impacted her health and self-confidence.
In interviews, Rimes has said that she has found treatment that works to suppress her psoriasis outbreaks, but that it hasn’t been easy. She’s also been candid about how the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 created a high stress environment that caused her symptoms to flare up.
Rimes even shared photos of her psoriasis patches as a way of speaking back to stereotypes of whose body is “worthy” of being perceived and appreciated.
Here’s a look at what else Rimes has shared about the treatments she’s tried and the ways she’s reclaimed her body confidence.
From what she’s shared in the past, we know that LeAnn Rimes has tried multiple treatment options to clear up her psoriasis. In one as-told-to essay published in Glamour magazine, Rimes said that she’s tried everything from steroid creams to alternative remedies like topically applied coal tar.
In an interview with the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF), she says making her diet and overall health a priority and identifying triggers for her symptoms were a big part of what helped her manage flare-ups. At one point, she also eliminated gluten and all fried food from her diet.
In the Glamour magazine article, Rimes said that she finally found a clinical treatment in the form of injections that works for her.
She doesn’t explicitly say which types of injections she received for psoriasis. Methotrexate and biologics are common injections use for the treatment of psoriasis, but it’s possible she uses another medication.
Rimes also said in the article that, at one point, she felt comfortable going off of the injection regimen and spacing out the timings between her shots. Once the COVID-19 pandemic hit and her stress reached a high level, though, her symptoms returned.
In her interview with the NPF, Rimes said that when her skin hasn’t looked clear due to psoriasis, she has felt a lack of confidence and like she wanted to hide. That feeling has been consistently amplified as a person in the public eye.
When her psoriasis flared up in 2020, she decided to reclaim the narrative. Rimes released a photo essay documenting the way that her body looks when her psoriasis flares up. These photos were posted to her public Instagram on World Psoriasis Day and shared by Glamour magazine and other media outlets.
Rimes says that sharing these photos was a way to try to inspire hope in others who are living with the condition. She also says that the photos are a way of learning to embrace her own skin, even when others would say that it doesn’t look “perfect.”
Memorable quotes Rimes has offered about her psoriasis experience include:
- On the decision to release a photo essay highlighting her psoriasis symptoms: “You know when you say something you’ve been holding in for so long, and it’s such a sigh of relief? That’s what these photos are to me. I needed this. My whole body—my mind, my spirit—needed this desperately.” (Glamour)
- On finding her self-confidence: ” As you get older, you realize it’s just skin. If you’re not going to love me because of what you’re looking at, then you have issues with you, not with me. I know I have a lot more to offer.” (Shape)
- On the long-term perspective that psoriasis and other obstacles have given her: “I never thought I could get to the place where I could really be grateful for every single thing that’s happened in my life… but I am now and it feels really good.” (TODAY)
LeAnn Rimes has used her experience with psoriasis to inspire other people who live with the condition. She’s also been open about how it can be difficult to find a treatment that works.
Psoriasis treatment varies a lot depending on your specific triggers and health history. That could be part of the reason why Rimes doesn’t share many details about the specific injection regimen she follows for treatment.
Finding a board certified dermatologist who is willing to work with you and takes your concerns seriously can help you manage psoriasis symptoms.
And as Rimes demonstrates, embracing your body even when your symptoms flare up is also a part of the healing process.