Not everyone celebrates summer with shorts and tank tops. Those struggling with psoriasis often opt to wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts despite the heat and humidity. Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes dry, itchy red patches. It’s caused when extra skin cells build up, producing thick, silvery scales. Many with psoriasis may be embarrassed by the patches, which can cover 80% of the body— but they are not alone. This common skin condition can affect anyone, even the rich and famous. Following are some celebrities who have struggled with psoriasis:
Anyone who watches Keeping Up with the Kardashians will remember Kim Kardashian’s struggle with the disease. Her mother, Kris Jenner, also had psoriasis. There’s a strong genetic component to the disease.
He wasn’t always “Feelin’ Groovy.” This musician, half of the legendary 60s duo Simon and Garfunkel, has struggled with psoriasis, even going as far as soaking in the Dead Sea to find relief.
English did much more than take the crown as “America’s Next Top Model” in 2006: She featured her untreated skin in a photoshoot to give hope and encouragement to others with psoriasis. (For before and after pictures, click here). English uses skin-clearing medication to keep her psoriasis under control.
Saturday Night Live fans will recognize comedian Jon Lovitz as the “pathological liar” character from the NBC comedy show, but when it comes to psoriasis, Lovitz speaks nothing but the truth. At one point, lesions covered 75 percent of his body, forcing him to cover it with makeup (even on his elbows!) Now, he gives encouragement to those with psoriasis.
When she was six years old, she was called “scaly girl” because psoriasis covered 80 percent of her body. Medication and healthy lifestyle choices have helped this two-time Grammy winner, and now her skin has cleared (she has even done a magazine shoot in a bikini.)
Do you think you may be suffering from psoriasis? While the disease has a genetic component, scientists believe that certain triggers – such as stress, certain medications, injuries or infections—can cause symptoms to emerge. Symptoms include: dry, cracked skin, stiff and swollen joints, itchy skin, burning and red patches with silvery scales. If you have any of these symptoms, speak with your doctor.