In a world filled with airbrushed, flawless magazine pages and reality-skewing photo filters, it can feel like society is constantly telling us what’s beautiful or not. But as the saying goes, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” The most important thing is to try to behold and love yourself for who you are. Celebrating yourself is what beauty’s all about.
To get inspired, here are nine Instagrammers who are sharing their self-love with the world to help raise awareness and support for psoriasis.
1. Holly Dillon: @getyourskinout
Holly Dillon started the online campaign #GetYourSkinOut back in 2015 when she worked with photographer Lewis Khan to document her psoriasis treatment. The movement strives to bring the psoriasis community together by sharing photos and personal stories. Still going strong, this campaign helps bring a voice to those living with psoriasis and raise awareness for the condition. By documenting your psoriasis on social media and learning about the experiences of others, you can find the affirmation to love the skin you’re in. To join the movement and #GetYourSkinOut, visit Holly’s website or follow her on Instagram.
2. Michelle Lynn: @_michelle__lynn_
To help manage her psoriasis, Michelle turned to a vegan diet and her spirituality. Now she hopes to help others live in compassion and invest in their personal health. On Instagram, you can find before-and-after photos of her journey to calm her psoriasis. You’ll also enjoy shots of brightly colored foods that will inspire anyone to eat healthier. Learn more on her website or follow her on Instagram.
3. Reena Ruparelia: @psoriasis_thoughts
“As the years go by, I’m starting to understand that I can’t let this condition control my life and I need to take control,” said Reena in 2016 Facebook Live video. To take control, she stays up to date on treatment options. She also practices meditation to calm one of her biggest psoriasis triggers: stress. Beyond learning more about how to better manage her condition, she’s also taking control through raising awareness. She created her Instagram account to share her ups and downs with psoriasis and to help provide support to the psoriasis community. On her account, you’ll find personal stories, daily inspiration, and some of Reena’s favorite poetry. To follow, click here.
4. Ciena Rae Nelson: @cienarae
Actress Ciena Rae Nelson has turned to Instagram to post her psoriasis journey and foster awareness. And talk about real beauty — one time during a flare-up, she decided to take self-portraits and post them to her account. She acknowledged the loneliness she felt, but also voiced the importance of surrounding yourself with supportive people and to keep going forward. To see more her honest psoriasis story, follow her on Instagram.
5. Janelle Rodriguez: @beautifullyspotted
Diagnosed with psoriasis at age four, Janelle says that she started feeling self-conscious about the condition in her early teens when some kids at school picked on her. She dealt with depression and isolation, but eventually realized what the condition meant for her. “The more I learned about my disease, the more I began to appreciate it because I realized the person that I became because of it,” says Janelle. To cope with her psoriasis, she says it’s important for her to keep a positive mindset and to avoid stress. As evidence of her positive attitude, her Instagram account @beautifullyspotted shows image after image of her embracing her journey with psoriasis. Click here to follow Janelle.
6. Sophia Ridlington: @sophiaridlington_mua
Though a wiz with makeup, Sophia isn’t hiding her psoriasis. Embracing both her condition and her artistic talent, she uses Instagram to share before-and-after shots of her different makeup looks. And more recently she’s celebrated her face being psoriasis-free. On her account you’ll also find some spooky makeup special effects. Dare we say it’s too early for planning your Halloween costume? To catch Sophia’s makeup artistry, you can follow her here.
7. Todd Bello:@overcoming_psoriasis
Diagnosed with psoriasis at age 28, Todd has been striving to find a cure. Now at 50 years old, his search continues and he helps raise awareness about the condition. On his personal blog you can find research and events related to psoriasis. He also has a Facebook group community for those looking for advice or support. If you want see his advocacy in action, follow his Instagram to stay updated!
8. Lianne Hunter: @fixmypsoriasis
Living with psoriasis since she was a child, Lianne hopes to raise awareness by candidly sharing her experience with the condition. Most recently, she’s shared her pregnancy thrills and what it’s like to have psoriasis during this life stage. She even wrote this article about pregnancy and psoriasis, drawing from her own journey. Lianne has also teamed up with the #GetYourSkinOut campaign to help organize events. To learn more about Lianne’s story, visit her personal blog or follow her on Instagram.
9. Kate McShane: @klmpsoriasis
Another makeup enthusiast on our list, Kate combines her two passions for makeup and photography to share her experiences of trying new products for her psoriasis. With all of the gorgeous images of makeup goodies and self-love portraits, scrolling through Kate’s Instagram account will leave you craving a Sephora shopping spree. For more details about her experiments with different products, visit her personal blog. You can also follow her on Instagram to check out some of the products she’s trying.