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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This article is a favorite of the following psoriasis advocates: Nitika Chopra, Alisha Bridges, and Joni Kazantzis