International Women’s Day: Psoriasis Sisters Unite!

Six women we love (who just happen to have psoriasis)


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March 8th is International Women’s Day. It’s a day to celebrate the positive movements in women’s rights around the world and acts as a call to action for us all to continue the good work and #pressforprogress.


It’s also a day for celebrating individual female achievement throughout history, recognising women in a variety of industries who have gone on to enjoy success in their fields through courage and determination.


As you might imagine, living a full life with psoriasis often requires plenty of courage and determination. Having psoriasis can be challenging and you might find it even harder to achieve your goals if you are also managing your skin.


But it can be done.


Read on to learn more about women in the public eye who have psoriasis and have gone on to achieve great things.



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1. Get ready and start with just five to 10 minutes a day

Don’t fall into the trap of going overboard just because your skin was fine with it by the end of last summer. Start with a short exposure of maximum 10 minutes. Depending on the sensitivity of your skin, you can gradually increase the time by a few minutes each day. 
1. Get ready and start with just five to 10 minutes a day

Don’t fall into the trap of going overboard just because your skin was fine with it by the end of last summer. Start with a short exposure of maximum 10 minutes. Depending on the sensitivity of your skin, you can gradually increase the time by a few minutes each day. 

3. Be smart and keep a record


Always note down what time and for how long you were in the sun. Tracking your exposure and keeping aware of it allows you to track your treatment success. This is especially important if you are undergoing psoriasis treatment with UV radiation at the same time. You might have already reached your maximum radiation level of UVA (315-400 nm), UVB (280-315 nm), and UVC (100-280 nm) without realising it. A great way to track UV radiation is by using wearables. From wristband trackers to skin patches, there are a lot of gadgets out there that can help you keep a record. Some of them even monitor your vitamin D levels!




The Catwalk Model: Cara Delevingne

After a Versace fashion show at Milan Fashion week in 2013, Cara was photographed with psoriasis patches on her legs. After the show she tweeted ‘Be gone psoriasis, you’re no fun’. 1


Now Cara takes care of herself making sure her workload is sensible so that she can reduce stress levels, meaning her psoriasis is less likely to flare up.

The Actress: Katie Lowes

Famed for her roles in Scandal and Wreck-It Ralph, Katie was diagnosed with psoriasis during a happy time in her life. She had recently got engaged and was enjoying a career high. Katie campaigns for people to take control of their skin and for greater understanding around the disease.


“One of the biggest things I’ve learned about living with this disease is that you have to take matters into your own hands.” 2

The Olympian: Dara Torres

Dara has won 12 medals in swimming over the course of five Olympic games. She claimed the chlorine in the pool helped to soothe her skin, although for many people the reverse is actually true. Dara is on a mission to help people with psoriasis feel comfortable using public swimming pools and showing their skin.


"Nothing keeps me from training or competing. Nothing. Not even psoriasis. Psoriasis isn't contagious and it isn't just cosmetic. It's a serious disease." 3

The International Icon: Cyndi Lauper

With global record sales of over 50 million under her belt and a career spanning more than thirty years, Cyndi Lauper is singer, songwriter, actress and LGBT campaigner. She also happens to have psoriasis.


Cyndi campaigns for greater awareness around psoriasis and for people to understand that the disease is not contagious.


"It affects 7.5 million people, right? And I happen to be one of them. And I'm not looking to do anything but tell people to take care of yourself. Because I was lying in bed, and I felt like it was swallowing me up." 4

The TV Star: Kim Kardashian-West

No list of female celebrities with psoriasis is complete without reality star, Kim Kardashian-West. Kim was 30 when her mum (who also has psoriasis) recognised the tell tale red patches on her legs. Kim was officially diagnosed with the disease shortly afterwards. After initially being shocked, the star is now happy in her own skin saying,


“I have that one patch on my right leg that is the most visible. I don't even really try to cover it that much anymore. Sometimes I just feel like it's my big flaw and everyone knows about it, so why cover it? After this many years, I've really learned to live with it.” 5

The Stylist: Stacy London

You might think being a stylist whilst having psoriasis would be very difficult? Well, that’s not the case for Stacy London, the stylist on What Not To Wear. Stacy was diagnosed aged four and learnt to live with the disease growing up, finding fashion that suited her and not letting her skin get in the way of her ambitions. As well as appearing on TV, Stacy has written a book about style where she talks about growing up with psoriasis.


Stacy advises on a full body approach to looking after yourself, including eating healthy foods and exercising, advising:


“Since it’s an autoimmune disease, there are other things that you can do just besides the moisture. You need to make sure you’re getting enough sleep, that you’re eating properly; you need to exercise; you need to think holistically about your whole body.” 6


These women haven’t let psoriasis hold them back from achieving their dreams. What will you do next to achieve yours?


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1 https://twitter.com/Caradelevingne/status/305375639479910400

2 https://www.psoriasis.org/media/press-releases/actress-katie-lowes-reveals-her-journey-psoriasis-first-time-through-“psoriasis

3 http://www.oregonlive.com/health/index.ssf/2008/08/olympic_star_i_have_psoriasis.html

4 https://www.psoriasis.org/advance/cyndi-lauper-and-the-heartbreak-of-psoriasis

5 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/kim-kardashian-explains-how-she-has-learnt-to-stop-hiding-her-psoriasis-a7220406.html

6 https://www.fitnessmagazine.com/blogs/beauty/2013/10/21/stacy-londons-tips-for-triumphing-psoriasis/

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