With a platform as big as Kim Kardashian’s, you have the power to shape the opinions and attitudes of potentially millions of people. With 131 million following her on Instagram, Kim definitely has the ability to do some good if she chooses to – and her openness about her chronic skin condition has gone some way to combating stigma.
Kim Kardashian is again reminding her followers on Instagram that she is a psoriasis sufferer. This past week the reality star posed a series of Instagram stories where she shared close ups of her skin condition, calling the images “psoriasis face”.
For those that aren’t sure what psoriasis is, it’s a skin condition characterized by a build up of skin cells that form dry, red patches. It’s a condition that affects approximately 8 million Americans, Kim being one of them.
Lately, her openness on the subject has gotten her some praise from people who wouldn’t normally be her fans.
She was first diagnosed with it back in 2011 after it started spreading across her body. Since then she’s posted about it rather frequently, including once in December when she asked her followers for tips on managing it.
“I think the time has come I start medication for psoriasis,” she tweeted. “I’ve never seen it like this before and I can’t even cover it at this point. It’s taken over my body. Has anyone tried medication for psoriasis & what kind works best?”
Thank you @KimKardashian for your openness on dealing with psoriasis. It’s not something that you can just cover up with makeup & move on.— Faith (@Faith2boys) March 18, 2019
“The fact Kim Kardashian has had to pretty much defend the fact she has psoriasis flares is disgusting,” one Twitter user wrote in support. “The media and a chunk of society who supports treading people down should be ashamed. Psoriasis is hard enough.”
It’s no secret that I’m no Kardashian fan, but the fact Kim Kardashian has had to pretty much defend the fact she has psoriasis flares is disgusting. The media and a chunk of society who supports treading people down should be ashamed. Psoriasis is hard enough. #SupportingKim— vicki fisher (@VickiFisherUK) February 6, 2019
Another user added that she feels thankful to Kim for being so open and honest regarding her condition as she often feels “embarrassed & even ashamed to leave the house.”
For those who are suffering from psoriasis, there are countless YouTube videos that claim to have the solution, but experts advise people to seek help from a dermatologist instead.
One study conducted by a research team and released by the University Hospital Basel in Switzerland has found that much of what is circulated on online platforms like YouTube aren’t actually helpful, and found that 10% of the advice given could actually be “potentially dangerous to users”.
Depending on the severity, licensed medical professionals can administer different treatment options. More mild psoriasis symptoms could be treated by topical creams alone, while regular moisturizing is believed to be a key in alleviating itchiness and dryness, according to the Mayo Clinic. Still others, like Kim, can use light therapy (natural or artificial ultraviolet lights) to help treat it.
Hopefully in the future, there can be a cure invented to completely deal with it all together.