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Psoriasis is a skin condition involving a person’s immune system. Skin cells grow faster than normal and create buildup in the form of red, itchy patches. The dry skin patches can have a scaly look and be painful. They can appear anywhere on the body, but the most common areas are the scalp, knees, elbows, back, and fingernails.
There are different types of psoriasis and symptoms can vary. It’s also possible for one person to develop more than one type. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, about 7.5 million people in the United States have some form of psoriasis.
Raising awareness and providing information helps others who don’t have the condition better understand those who do. It also allows people with psoriasis to learn about new treatments and remedies that can provide relief from uncomfortable symptoms.
Cyndi Lauper Says ‘I'm PsO Ready’ to Talk About My Life with Psoriasis
Singer Cyndi Lauper opens up about her life with psoriasis and the challenges it presented for her as a performer. She acknowledges that it’s hard to live with a skin condition in a society that focuses so much on outer beauty.
The video was made for the National Psoriasis Foundation. They’re a nonprofit dedicated to funding research and providing treatment information for people with psoriasis. It’s a good reminder that so many people hide their psoriasis. If you’re feeling embarrassed, you’re not alone. Lauper encourages others to open up about the condition and find others who can be supportive.
Psoriasis... Different Things to Different People
In this video by The Psoriasis Association, three people share their stories, from diagnosis to where they are now. Psoriasis may be common, but the way it affects each person can be very different. One thing all three agree on is that it’s important to accept yourself as you are. Don’t let the condition dictate your life.
Living with Psoriasis
Yvonne Chan, a young woman living in Singapore, explains what it’s like to deal with the social stigma of having psoriasis. She shares several stories of people staring and making inappropriate comments. Chan describes how hurtful and uncomfortable these reactions can be.
Chan chose to share her experiences with Channel NewsAsia in hopes to help more people understand psoriasis. She also demonstrates how people with psoriasis can learn to be more accepting of themselves by not being afraid to talk about the condition.
Coping with Psoriasis: You’re Not Alone
This educational video was produced by Healthgrades. Dermatologists and people who have psoriasis discuss the emotional impact the skin condition can have on a person. They explain how psoriasis can damage self-esteem, a social life, and contribute to mental health issues. But the video also offers tips for coping with life with psoriasis.
Learn to Love Your Ugly Bits
Elyse Hughes shares what she calls her “ugly bits” in this TEDx Talk about psoriasis and self-acceptance. Hughes recalls times in her life where she had a very low opinion of herself. She struggled with addiction as a result. She said her unhealthy lifestyle contributed to the severity of her psoriasis. Hughes’ motivational speech teaches a lesson in embracing all of yourself and learning to heal.
Natural Treatments for Psoriasis
Dr. Josh Axe discusses several natural techniques you can use to ease psoriasis symptoms. In the video, he highlights the benefits of changing your diet, taking certain supplements, and making a homemade skin cream with essential oils and shea butter. Dr. Axe calls out specific foods and nutrients and explains why they’re considered helpful.
Stacy London on Living with Psoriasis
Stacy London, host of TLC’s “What Not to Wear,” sits down on “The Doctors” to talk about her personal experience with severe psoriasis. London explains how insecure she felt, especially being picked on as an 11-year-old because of her condition.
Host Dr. Travis Lane Stork describes psoriasis from a medical perspective and stresses that it can come in many different forms. Both London and Stork want people with psoriasis to know it’s important to find the right dermatologist and take care of your emotional health.
Living with Plaque Psoriasis: Friendship
Psoriasis: The Inside Story is a forum created by the Janssen pharmaceutical company for people to share emotional struggles with the condition. In this video, a woman reflects on her decision not to be the maid of honor at her friend’s wedding. She’s relieved to avoid showing her back and arms, but sad to miss out on the joys of the occasion.
The video is aimed at encouraging people with psoriasis to be open with friends and family instead of shying away from social events because of embarrassment.
I Don’t Want to Get Rid of My Psoriasis
Photographer Giorgia Lanuzza doesn’t hide her psoriasis. In this video by Barcroft TV, the 25-year-old talks about getting psoriasis at 13 after tragically losing her father. She later went through a time when 97 percent of her skin was covered with patches. She boldly bears her skin in photographs and on social media to inspire others not to be ashamed.
Cyndi Lauper Opens Up About Her Battle with Psoriasis
Cyndi Lauper talks to a People reporter in an interview about her struggles with psoriasis. Lauper says she’s only recently gone public about having the condition. She explains how it affected her emotionally and how she got back to feeling more confident. Lauper is being open now to raise awareness and help others feel more comfortable about sharing their stories.