Woman Explains What It’s Like To Live With Extreme Psoriasis

Brave women have been sharing their skin conditions with the world recently, and it’s amazing that they are confident enough to show people others are suffering with similar things and that it shouldn’t be seen as a negative.

This woman celebrate’s her condition and wants others to have the same confidence.

Unfortunately, skin conditions have a list of symptoms that can sometimes be painful or pull at your confidence.

Itchiness, redness, break outs.. we’ve all been there.

One woman, Jude Avril Duncan, 26, explained her journey with her severe psoriasis. June is a blogger from Gourock, Scotland and wants other women to read this, understand the condition but realise other sufferers are not alone.

June explained:

“I was first diagnosed with in my early 20s. I had just started my third year at university and noticed a small red mark growing above my left eyebrow – I wasn’t sure what it was and went to the doctor after a few weeks when it didn’t go away. I’ve always had many skin issues from adult acne to shingles, and lots of rashes and reactions.

“My doctor thought it was just another reaction or rash and that it would die down soon with some steroid cream. However I went away and started using the cream to no affect and after a few months, I decided to go back to the doctor as my patch was getting bigger. That’s when I was told I had psoriasis, but when the doctor gave me another steroid cream which again didn’t work, I gave up on the creams and forgot about it.

She continued:

“In the run-up to Christmas 2013, just after I was diagnosed, a member of the public approached me as I was working on a high street till counter and said that she thought ‘people had to be pretty to work here’, and it all kind of went downhill from there.

“What followed was a vicious cycle of trying to cover up my psoriasis with makeup, which usually irritated my skin and made it worse. I suffered from severe depression and developed a deep hatred for my appearance. I became very insecure about my psoriasis. I was fearful that everyone was looking at it and judging me for it. It became a very lonely place for me to be I felt no one understood what I was going through.

June added:

“In November 2014, almost a year after my initial diagnosis, I was finally referred to a dermatologist to receive oral treatment for psoriasis. After seeing a dermatologist and finding treatments that worked (if only short term), I finally started to get my confidence back and felt more comfortable going out in public – I was finally starting to feel like the old me again!

“Almost two years after the incident in the shop, I decided that I wasn’t going to let this comment get me down anymore. It didn’t happen overnight but eventually I decided that if anyone had an issue with my skin and how I look, that is a reflection on them and not me. I never wanted to be known by or defined by my psoriasis. This is a condition that I have and I’m living with but I am certainly not defined by.

June continued:

“I believe that having a holistic routine that you can stick to is very important alongside medication or other treatment. Making sure you’re getting enough sleep, eating well, and exercising can go a long way to helping your psoriasis. You must remember that psoriasis is autoimmune disease and not just a skin condition.

“Things got worse again at the end of 2018 when I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. I was in severe pain and could barely move some days, so I was referred to the rheumatologist who put me on medication to ease the pain. I was told that the biologic could help my skin as well as my arthritis and it’s helped my pain greatly – it’s like I don’t have arthritis at all. And while I still have some patches of psoriasis, they’re are not as angry as they used to be – they’re more red and smooth, and that I can deal with.

“I would be lying if I said my skin was no longer in insecurity of mine however it doesn’t bother me as much as it used to. I see psoriasis as a part of me but not my defining feature and if anyone judges me then that’s on them and not me. I still have days where I don’t like what I see in the mirror but I’m proud to say that they are becoming fewer and fewer.

“Living in a world where everyone wants to be Insta-perfect and strive for something that just doesn’t exist can be difficult especially when you have a visible difference such as psoriasis. It’s so important to convey that despite having these differences it doesn’t affect who we are as people.

June concluded:

“My motto in life is ‘living with, not defined by’ and I believe this to be true for more than just looks. In life you’re not defined by how you look, what you wear or how you dress. You’re defined by the person that you are and we need to remind ourselves that this is more than our aesthetic.”

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