Congratulations to the Psoriasis Awareness Month Life with Psoriasis Photo Contest winners!
Grand prize: "Deeper Than His Skin"
Second place: "Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder"
Third place: "See Me for Me Not My Skin"
Thank you to everyone that participated in this year's Psoriasis Awareness Month Life with Psoriasis Photo Contest. Your beautiful photos and touching stories brought about smiles, moved us to tears and encouraged those affected by psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis around the world to speak up. You are all psoriasis superheroes!
This our dad and us. I am 12 and my brother is 7. We love our dad. He hurts and suffers everyday. People don't understand what this does to a person or their family. This disease that my dad has is more than just flakes on the skin and on the floor.
He can no longer work because the psoriasis has hurt his joints and his skin so badly. He can't camp because of the cold ground and what the psoriasis has done and sometimes he has tears because of the pain of just sitting and breathing.
He lives with this every single day, actually we all do. He tries really hard to keep a smile on his face and be a good dad. We love him.
Please show people our picture so that they know psoriasis is more than skin deep...it can mess up peoples lives.
Photo by: P. S.
Through the pain and suffering, one must remind themselves it could be worse. Keep going.
Photo by: E. R.
My son was diagnosed with psoriasis 6 months ago.
TJ is 9 years old and has went from a very active child to not being able to walk some days. He is covered over 95% of his body. His personality is bigger than life and for those that know and love him they are so Blessed by his unconditional love and friendship. His wish is for others to see him from the inside out. Our wish is for everyone to try and understand things from his eyes and not to judge before you understand. Give a hug not a stare!
Photo by: J. A.
Suffering from Psoriasis as well as psoriasis arthritis. Hard to bent my fingers but very much found of making Pizza at home.
Photo by Z.M.
i want to teach my son, life inside the psoriasis. he has to know that he can love all people, all things even psoriasis. to be or not to be, it is not important.
Photo by S.G.
As a kid i had psorasis really bad. I have overcame the stares and psoriasis has made me a stronger person. As in this photo I didnt care if people saw my psoriasis. I was told this past year being broke out really bad that i encouraged a lady at our local fair to tell her sister to be brave and live life like u own psoriasis. I was in shorts and flip flops being broke out badly. Just enouraging people with psoriasis to be free and enjoy life.
Photo by: K. B.
I have had psoriasis since I was 3, I am now almost 26.
My confidence can disappear when my skin flares up, a pretty girl who hides under sweaters. I didn't have any coverage after turning 25 last November, and couldn't afford $18G's - $36 G's a year (depending on dosage) for the medication I was on. So I opted to start a study, which always runs into bumps and red tape to get started, 3 months turned into 9 without treatment.
It wasn't as bad as it is now about a month ago. I had heard about a party that I wanted to go to, something daring and exciting, and really, EXACTLY MY CUP OF TEA.
An Underwear party at a bar in the city.
So, I painted my spots, and donned my Vicky's and walked around in heels like I owned the place.
Where'd you get those awesome tattoos, they said. You look HOT, they said. NO ONE even noticed that half the spots were psoriasis.
Definitely the coolest thing I have done, and most certainly the first, that celebrates my skin being different.
Photo by: A. D.
I've spent most of my life hiding my body and trying to avoid stares and questions. Only recently I've been able to accept that I'll have this disease for the rest of my life. Although I don't think I'll ever be able to forget the ridicule and humiliation I've experienced because of my skin, I'm hopeful that with more awareness, we can all experience less pain and anxiety because of Psoriasis. For now, my daily battle is fighting my fears and insecurities, taking the time to treat my skin well, and loving my body despite my imperfections.
Photo by: S. H.
For as long as I can remember, I have had psoriasis.
It is the only life I have ever known. There are times when it is so difficult and I feel so different. I can't help but feel sad and angry. But, during these times, I never feel alone. I feel lucky, because I am surrounded by the most amazing and loving friends. I look at them and I am reminded that we are all different, and we are all beautiful. Our flowers represent the beauty that is within each of us, and how our beauty shows through in different ways. When I am with my friends, I can always be myself, and I feel surrounded by love.
Photo by: M. K.
As part of my rituals and routines at the beginning of every school year, I spend some time talking to my students about psoriasis. Children are naturally curious and in their innocence often ask me why I have spots or rash on my arms and legs. I sit my class down and tell them the facts about this disease and assure them that it is not contagious. Some usually make faces at the sight of my legs. I do my best to answer all of their questions. They want to know how I got it, does it hurt, does it itch, and if they can get it. I tell them that I have good days and bad days especially when my psoriatic arthritis flares up and that I may need their help around the classroom. I end my talk by encouraging them to study hard and do their best in school so that one day they may help to find a cure for this disease. I also tell them that they become my psoriasis "spokesperson" so that when other students ask them about my spots, they can educate their friends about it.
My name is Mrs. Ahuna, I'm a second grade teacher at Kealakehe Elementary School in Hawai'i, and this is my life with psoriasis.
Photo by: D. A.
Me and my best friend Donna ... over the 25 years that we've known each other, we've really been through a lot together ... but more than anything, during the 'clear' skin days or the 'raging' (inflamed days) Donna always accepted me as I was and stuck by me through thick and thin. Donna's acceptance of me just the way I was helped me learn to like myself just the way I am. I never wore sleeveless anything, but at my son's wedding in Florida (in July no less) Donna convinced me to wear something cool ... so, with her encouragement - this is us on my son's wedding day.
Photo by: L. J.
Not only is Psoriasis a skin condition, it can be a barrier in doing and getting what you want out of life. But it doesn’t always have to be that way. I’ve often been told by doctors not to get tattoos or piercings due to my Psoriasis. And after growing up with everyone making “suggestions” of what I shouldn’t be doing, I did what I wanted to do. I got a tattoo. Living with Psoriasis has helped me understand who I am–a strong, proud, loving and caring woman.
Photo by: R. M.
Having psoriasis is a very mental as well as physical disease.... Don't get down...do the best you can and keep on living...
Photo by: m. t.
I have been living with psoriasis for 30 years. At 11 years old, I was diagnosed with psoriasis and developed (temporary) psoriatic arthritis.
Through UVB treatment, I have been able to keep my psoriasis under control.
I am blessed to have a loving husband and son, and family and friends who love me for who I am!
I am deeply inspired by all psoriasis patients everywhere -- they are AMAZING people!
Photo by: C. N.
5 out of 5 Dermatologist refuse to acknowledge I am disabled. Now that I have tried all treatment on the market, they refuse to take me as a patient.
I have not been able to put on a shoe and walk out of my house in over 3 years. Being single and in a town with no family, I struggle with just the basics of life.
Photo by: M. S.
Happiness is feeling like even at only 16 and going through tough years of high school, you can show who you are, what you have, and what you believe through not being afraid of what people will think of you. Pride in being exactly who you are restores hope
Photo by: M. A.
Psoriasis is visible, PSA isn't alot of the time. I carry my pain inside and even though people can't see it, life is not easy. I must plan my days carefully. Nothing is ever set in stone. Alot of plans have to be canceled, special occassions missed. You wake up with pain, live with pain and go to sleep with pain. The problem is that people look at you and wonder, why didn't she come, she doesn't look sick. It's like a singer or movie star. People have no idea what it takes for me to get myself together to look half decent and hide the rosacea and psoriasis on the face, the disfigured nails. The pain, in my feet, my back, my hands, well, that I hide with a smile. When I go out I spent the time wondering when I can go home and put my feet up and use my heating pad on my aching back and neck. It hurts me to watch people who I have tried to explain my condition to not understand. Sometimes it's hard for them to want to because they just want me to be normal like I used to be and it's hard to believe because again, the pain is carried on the inside not on the outside. The next time you see a woman with a walker or not being able to get up from a seat and you wonder what is wrong with her, remember, just because there are no scars on the outside does not mean the pain isn't felt on the inside. So you just wake up everyday and say, here we go, and do the best you can with whatever you have for that day. Some days are worse than others. :)
Photo by: i. m.
My psoriasis has always been embarrassing to me, but since having my first baby girl I've been trying to change my outlook on life. I don't want her growing up thinking that beauty is only on the way you look because true beauty goes so much deeper.
Photo by: J. L.
I believe my psoriasis started as a child with different things showing up at different times, things that seemed odd. Years later in 2007/2008 I was working as a floral designer standing on my feet all day and had lots of pain. I didn’t yet know what psoriatic disease was.
On a pain scale of 1-10 the pain in my feet and legs was at a 12 all day every day. The drive home was hell, my shoulders, arms and hands hurting to. I am thankful my sons cooked because I really couldn’t.
My insurance kicked in, I had x-rays of my feet taken by an orthopedic doctor who sent me to a podiatrist who examined me, looked over my x-rays, ears, elbow and feet. He said I needed to see a rheumatologist because I had psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, but before my appointment with the rheumatologist I was laid off and insurance gone.
My life has since been turned upside-down, not in a good way. I was out of work and my unemployment coming to an end felt I had no choice but to take early retirement. I have just applied for disability because I can no longer work. I can deal with this P/PSA some time, but inverse makes it much worse. I can’t stay in street clothes for any length of time without pain and itchiness, causing isolation as well. It has been difficult dealing with major health and financial issues everyday. Stress impacts psoriatic disease.
I’ve always been a go after it I can do that kind of person who likes to do everything herself. I have had to accept although begrudgingly that I have limitations due to psoriatic disease. I don’t give in to it all the time. I find other ways to do things though it takes longer. I try to have a positive attitude and am an artist so I keep that in my life If my sons and son-in-law were not here for me I don’t think I could handle it as well as I do. I still have my sense of humor. I call myself Shake”n”Flake. It’s great to share photos/stories to help support each other. Remission!!! We need a cure.
Photo by: J. M.
My Mom is 77 years old, drives 60 miles round trip for her job oas a caregiver to the elderly, landscapes in the rain, struggles with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis but calls it another drop in the bucket of life.
Photo by: C. O.
This is a photo of my husband's arm. He suffers from psoriatic arthritis. He is 35 years old and I have watched him go from a very active man to one who cannot walk without assistance. He can't play with our children, and cannot even do the basic things like dress himself, get up to go to the restroom and even driving has become difficult. People don't understand that this is not just a simple skin condition. This is very crippling. It takes away the livelihood of those who suffer from it.
Photo by: C. G.
My son was diagnosed when he was three. He is now five. It breaks my heart that no matter how many times I kiss his boo boo's they don't go away. But he always puts a smile on his face and doesn't let it slow him down and for that he is the strongest person I know!
Photo by: r. h.
My spots on my back do not define who I am, how I feel or where I go; my heart and soul define that and those spots will never keep my away from My Favorite 'Spot'; The Beach.
Photo by: A. M.
My little guy is 8 yrs old, which he's had Psoriasis since about the age 4. He is covered in plaque Psoriasis from head to toe and in-between. He deals with it like a champ though. He is a star soccer player, an excellent swimmer and good student. He doesn't let Psoriasis slow him down or stop him from doing what he loves. He wears the clothes he wants to wear and doesn't worry about hiding it. If any other kids ask him what it is, he simply tells them. No matter how itchy he gets from Psoriasis he never complains. He's just a good trooper and handles it the best way he can. He's the bravest and sweetest boy I know and he's mommy's little guy!!
Photo by: T. O.
I am 33, and I have had psoriasis for 13 years. Without having a sense of humor, I think that psoriasis would destroy me. I have decided that my psoriasis is simply camouflage for the upcoming zombie apocalypse...I will for sure survive!
Photo by: M. M.
Does my psoriasis embarrass me, ABSOLUTELY!
Do I let my psoriasis make me feel self conscious, ABSOLUTELY!
Am I going to let psoriasis control me - ABSOLUTELY NOT.
I am a work in progress. I am hoping to make others aware. I want to help others feel comfortable in their own skin. I want to see me through the eyes of my husband and children. Beautiful...skin and all!
Photo by: S. R.
Diagnosed at the age of five and after thirty-two years of battling against moderate/severe Psoriasis, I was bullied, confined, frightened and lived in pain. Through experiences and growth, I choose now to live my next fifty years with courage, strength, and colorful as BEAUTIFUL ME.
Photo by: l. c.
My picture of a Monarch Butterfly was taken on their stop-over near the ocean at Cape May Point, NJ as they journey to a warmer climate. I thought how this most beautiful of all butterflies reminded me of all of us with psoriasis. Yes, they are the most beautiful of all butterflies, but their lives are a struggle. Like us, the cold winter weather that dries out our skin and makes it crack and itch and bleed would kill them, so they are the only insect that travels 2500 miles each year to either Mexico or Southern California to survive and to continue the cycle of life. In their early stages, they are not beautiful, as an egg, caterpillar or wrapped in a cocoon, but they emerge as the most beautiful. Sometimes we look at our skin with disgust - we don't always look or feel beautiful - but we are. And someday, because of the unrelenting research of foundations like the National Psoriasis Foundation, we will emerge FREE like this most beautiful Monarch.
Photo by: C. V.
I put off trying on wedding dresses for months because of my body being covered in psoriasis. I finally got up the courage through friends and family support. I went, and the ladies were so lovely to me. They treated me like a princess, just like my fiancee does and for one afternoon I didn't have the feeling everyone is staring at my red, scaly skin... I had the feeling and compliments that everyone was staring at how nice I looked in the dresses I tried on.
Photo by: E. S.
For three decades I have not been seen in public in a pair of shorts or a short skirt. After three months on Cyclosporin, here I am! It feels great; my confidence level is through the roof. Thanks to Dr. Alan Menter.
Photo by: C. D.
Psoriasis is part of my journey in life. It will not stop me from doing the things I love and enjoy. Walks down by the river, hiking, camping, fishing, and exploring nature are some of the things I find comfort in. Similar to the trees weathered away on the banks of the river, the appearances of all people are unique and special. My Psoriasis will not stop me from living life, even though sometimes it makes things difficult. Sometimes I look at my Psoriasis and think of emotional and stressful events of the past. It’s important to remember though, no matter how bad things are, life will go on, and things do get better.
Over time, my Psoriasis has become part of the lives of my friends and family. At first it raised a lot of questions and weariness. Now, it has become accepted and unnoticed. My friends and family do not “see” my psoriasis, and it has become easier to be comfortable around them. Although I’m sure they have noticed my condition to be worsening, since treatment is something I’m unable to get because of the associated costs. Although, I take care of my skin and appreciate everything it does for me. My skin protects me, and when it fails, I will be there to protect it. In life, it is important to remember to not let anything stop you from doing what you love or being who you are… Let Psoriasis be part of your walk in life…
Photo by: M. M.
I am 23 years old and have had Psoriasis since I was 6 years old. I am about 70% covered. I work with kids as an instructor at the local park and rec. I have been doing so for over 4 years, and I love it. I get nervous when a class first starts because I don't know what the parents or kids are going to think or say. This past summer, on the first day of class, I decided to have the kids all say something unique about themselves. When it was my turn, I told them something unique about me is that I have Psoriasis. They asked me a couple questions and then a couple of them touched some spots. By my surprise, a couple of them said my spots looked cool. I think it is important to spread awareness about Psoriasis to everyone that I can, but it is especially important for the kids I teach to learn what it is. To the kids I am Sam the fun instructor, not Sam who has Psoriasis. I am not afraid to show off my skin and I am not afraid to talk about my Psoriasis. How else are people going to learn what it is? It is part of me and part of who I am. I can accept that! I refuse to let me Psoriasis hold me back!!
Photo by: S. B.
I am 26 years old suffer from psoriasis since I am 2 years old, I live a normal life, I work programmer calculators, use moisturizing ointments
Photo by: a. e.
I first came down with Psoriasis in 2005. I used the usual topical meds first, then tried oral. The oral was Soriatane and I had a severe reaction from it. All of the skin on the insides of both hands and the bottoms of both feet completely peeled of twice and clumps of hair fell out requiring me to wear a wig. After that I started giving myself Embrel shots. Due to ankle surgery in 2011, I went off Embrel. After that my doctor had me try Humera and as near as we can tell, that caused an extreme itching reaction on both arms, hands and legs where I sat up all night trying to get relief with ice packs. I went to the hospital ER on two occasions twice and they gave me a steroid shot each time which made all my symptoms disappear the following morning. About a couple of months after that, I went back on Embrel shots which I am on today. Now, everything is cleared up except for the dark discoloration left on my shins of both legs. I guess I can live with that!
Photo by: V.Z.
I was diagnosed with plaque psoriasis when I was 21; I am 27 now. I had my fair share of mean comments, stares and ridicule and often took it to heart. Last year I got married, and I was terrified about how my psoriasis would be for my wedding. No treatment worked consistently and I was very self conscious about my appearance. Long sleeves were not feasible for my wedding dress. I had dealt with uninformed people's stares and comments for too long and now this day was coming where the focus and pictures would be of me and my husband. It caused extra stress in the planning and in my daily life. I know my husband, Josh loves me no matter what and thought I was being silly. He was always supportive as well as my mother. My mom talked with me and told me I had nothing to be ashamed of, but to make me feel better, helped me find shawls and things to hide it.
I realized though, the more I tried to hide my psoriasis, I was giving too much power to others and should be happy with me the way I am. The fact of the matter was (and is), I am an adult with psoriasis. Though, I wish I didn't have to deal with it, it is a part of who I am. A few weeks before my wedding, I decided that if anyone had a problem with seeing my psoriasis that I didn't want them at our wedding anyway. I accepted my psoriasis and didn't stress over it. Maybe that was the key, accepting it because my stress level went down and my flare-up near my wedding went away a couple days before our day.
I didn't try to hide myself anymore because I accepted myself, psoriasis included and decided to make sure people who reacted negatively about it became informed. It only took a near nervous breakdown before my wedding to realize that yes others are uninformed and can be cruel, but that as someone with psoriasis I should help promote awareness about the condition. I still get self-conscious about it at times, hey, I am only human. But I no longer let it impact my life and interactions with people. People with psoriasis should not live in fear of ridicule or judgment. People with psoriasis should rise above and not let it run their lives and do their part in educating the uninformed. I did and am a lot happier.
Photo by: J. H.
Psoriasis doesn't define me. I am an outgoing and friendly person, despite the condition. When people ask me about why my elbows and knees are red and scaly, I recognize that as a great time to bring up awareness about what psoriasis is! Education is the key to a commitment for a cure - so share the news and be proud of the skin you are in!
Photo by: C. S.
When I was 8 years old, I had flakes that started to show up on my shoulders. By the times I was 15, I had patches on my elbows and knees. I kept thinking that some how it would just go away. Then at 28 years old, I was diagnosed with PsA. That is when I decided to stop ignoring my life and living it. I wake up many mornings with stiff fingers and sore ankles. But I wanted to prove to my body that I could do anything. I started to run. I started to lose weight and I got help from my doctor. I ran a marathon and here, I ran the Falmouth Road Race...and I showed the thousands of spectators that even someone with arthritis at 30 years old, can accomplish anything. I just had to believe that it was possible.
Photo by: E. G.
I am now 36, was diagnosed at 13. At 13 I dared not show my lesions to anyone. I was very ashamed of my psoriasis. In my early 20s psoriasis took over 80% of my body. At that time PUVA, PUVB and lots of cortisones were the routine. There was no hiding this. So I just showed it of. When people asked what I had. I would tell them psoriasis, its the new evolution in skin. You see the ozone layer its being depleted so soon enough evryone will need to shed our old skin quickly. LOL! Do I have an imagination. I had to make the best of this. You had to see the looks on peoples faces. They no longer knew what was worst the skin ot the stroy i just gave them. Then came biologics and new hope, cause they made my skin almost clear.This picture was taken in 2007 on my honeymoon. 2 months before my health insurance stopped covering my biologic. I went from 1% lesions to 70%lesions. Anyhow, that didn't stop me fromenjoyinh my honeymoon @ Pargueara, PR. I just applied lots of sunblock. Psoriasis has taughtme: that no matter if I can see it or not its part of me. So why cover up!. Its my life to live not anyone elses.
Photo by: C.R.
Sometimes you rather be in the dark or have someone just see your reflection. It doesn't show all the details.
Photo by: C. M.
My smirk has never left my face because once a smart acre always one. I have been messing with this disease for over 15 years and I must say It Dosen't Have Me!!!!!!
Photo by: S. R.
I have had psoriasis since I was 17. I went through Remicade treatments that didnt end well. I was in the hospital for two weeks with many infections. That is when my AMAZING husband and I decided a skin disorder called psoriasis isn't worth my life. I stopped all treatments. I bought a beautiful black coverup to go with this dress. God had different plans. It was 90 degrees. For the first time in years, I went without. I didn't think about it at all!! Had an amazing day with our kids, family, and friends.
Photo by: L. M.
Repeat After Me: I Am Stronger Than This! Psoriasis is a dreaded enemy trying to steal our joy everyday. I choose to live my life with psoriasis by reminding myself I am strong like the mighty ocean and the sun is never too far away!
Photo by: T. G.
Nevaeh is 10 yrs old. She was diagnosed with psoriasis about 4 yrs ago. She deals with her psoriasis with a smile. She is an amazing child. She doesn't let it bring her down. She wears her spots with pride...not afraid to wear shorts, tank tops, or bathing suits. She is actively involved in softball and many school activities. She loves the beach, paddle boarding, kayaking...psoriasis is not going to stop her. I am truly inspired by her strength.
Photo by: K. G.
While I have issues and problems due to my psoriasis, I count my blessings. Not only am I able to cover up where others cannot, since beginning Humaira, I am now 90% clear for the first time in 30 years! This photo depicts my shins the day I began my treatment- the difference in a few months is life-changing! I believe that in another few months, I will, for the first time in many years be able to wear dresses! Being 55 and a second time around mom to a 10 year old, full time paralegal and pursuing my real estate license doesn't leave much time for crying about my condition, but then I know mine is so mild compared to so many that I count my blessings!
Photo by: L. S.
Life with a long-term genetic condition is the same as life without one. The reason why? Life is what you make it!
Over the past 9 years the main thing i have learnt is its okay to be yourself :D
Looking down i see only what i can see, using my eyes. you cannot know what others see for their eyes are different.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! Most people don't care what you look like they care who you are.
I'm officially be proud to be me and to be who i am psoriasis and all.
Photo by: N. W.
I was diagnosed with Psoriasis at the age of 2. I am now 25 years old. I've dealt with the stigma, the heartache, the mean words, and I've hidden for years! But I took my control back this 2012! I'm done hiding. I'm beautiful, psoriasis and all!
Photo by: M. H.
I was diagnosed with Psoriasis at the age of 25. Shortly after, I was covered over nearly 90% of my body. After figuring out that my trigger was alcohol and beginning intensive therapies, this is the only patch that remains. It's the perfect reminder that there is hope for a better life with Psoriasis. Being attune to your body and working with your doctor can drastically improve your quality of life. I feel blessed and grateful to still have this patch as a reminder to keep living my life to the fullest.
Photo by: B. R.
I have had Psoriasis since I was 10 years old starting in my scalp and slowly progressing to cover 70% of my body. These pictures show my skin when it was covered around 40%. The picture to the bottom right was taken today. The picture next to that is my cure, good ol Texas Sunlight. As you can see I still have some flare ups in my face but for the most part my skin is healthy and clear. I workout nearly everyday regardless of a flare up or not. It has taken allot of, well for the lack of a better word “balls” to post these pictures up. Just wanted to give some hope to everyone working through this struggle.
Photo by: D. M.
Hi my name is Amy! Psoriatic Arthritis has taken its toll on me. Years ago when signs of PA came through I could not even move to get out of bed and my husband was overseas in South Korea. All I could do was cry! Then we moved to Italy about 9 years ago and my psoriasis flared everywhere on my body. Now my husband suffers from chronic headaches after a car accident a few years back, so I try not to complain with my aches and pains. I try not to let things bother me to much but the stress of school, work, and not being able to have children really took its toll on me in the last two years. However I finally got my AA degree after 20 years – that was a big deal!
Then more stress, the death of my sister who committed suicide one year ago really made me see life differently. I even drove from the panhandle of Florida to Tampa just to walk in the “Walk for Psoriasis” with my mom last November in memory of my sister. A few days later on Thanksgiving her fiancé committed suicide. This month has been one year of my sister’s death and after a year of grief, I feel like I can finally enjoy every moment of life.
As much as I hate having PA and Psoriasis, Humira has helped a lot. The Psoriasis on my legs keeps getting worse because of all this stress and don’t know what to do except topical treatments (in addition to the Humira). The arthritis has really toned down a lot so can enjoy a lot of physical activities. I do my best to life live to the fullest so I like to go fishing and camping but most of all I love to scrapbook it all!
Photo by: A. T.
I'll be 30 by the time this contest is over but I'll just then be beginning a new hurdle. I've had psoriasis for over 20 years and for the first time in my life I feel I will never get the chance to be me again. My plaques have always come and gone, this time it seems as though they're here to stay. I've never been vain nor have I cared what people think about they way I am or how I look. As of lately psoriasis has taken away the one thing I had left - my self confidence. Their stares and whispers mean nothing but how can I ever feel beautiful again when this is what I see in the mirror?
Photo by: L. M.
My family and I went on a journey from Orlando Florida all the way to the Grande Canyon. Me having psoriasis is a journey on it's own. Having psoriasis you have a lot of pit stops on the way, some good and some not so good but in the end you realize your family is taking this journey with you and that's what makes this journey with psoriasis more bearable.
Photo by: R. H.
I move on through the struggles and try to make my life as happy and easy as I can. I am 11 and have dealt with bullying and peoples stares. Avoiding shorts and wearing long sleeves are a thing of the past. I am happy being me, but still hoping for a cure.
Photo by: p. b.
My HMO would not allow a more frequent than 8 week regimen of Remicade biologic medicine infusion (FDA guideline) which as you can see from my photo after 8 weeks is insufficient.
Photo by: k. t.
This recent photo represents the emotional struggle I have personally endured for the last 18 years having psoriasis. This is the first color photo in 18 years that is untouched and also shows my left arm. My left arm had massive plaque psoriasis from the shoulder to the wrist. I never wore short sleeves; afraid of embarrassment and strangers questioning what was wrong with me. In the last year, I have tried a new treatment program that has drastically helped improve my skin, especially my arm. The accompanying smile is genuine and represents the self confidence I have gained. Being able to show healing skin, in a color photo, without being airbrushed is such a victory to those of us with psoriasis!
Photo by: N. P.
I have had psoriasis for over 6 years now and recently have been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. I have tried all sorts of treatments and recently have been put on humira along with methotrexate.
This picture reminds me that even tho we face hardship everyday living with psoriasis there is NO MOUNTAIN to high that we cant climb!!
I used to let my skin condition and my constant body aches get me down. I am single and let it hinder my social life, finding it hard to get rid of that "single" status. But i have realized there are bigger problems in life and if someone is that narrowminded to look at me "different" they are not worth my time. Its a struggle sometimes to keep my head up.. but "WE" with psoriasis need to keep the faith and stay positive.
Photo by: c. d.
Hi!! I'm Leslie, and about year and half ago I woke up to a full rash on my shins and back of my calfs. Doctor says I was allergic to something and thought it was my dog, my sheets, my laundry soap only to learn about 6 months later it was Psoriasis. I have been depressed and avoiding anything that made me wear shorts or show my legs.(I live in Florida). So I got some relief from other meds but was dreading my week vacation at the beach and wearing a bathing suit. I got a knot in my stomach just thinking about going. Well I went and used some leg makeup and managed to go to the water and lay out some. After the one week my legs have never looked better since the outbreak. I now go once a week and love going to the beach again and cant be happier. I found the one thing I was avoiding gave me the best relief ever. Leslie
Photo by: L. A.
This image shows the damage Psoriasis can cause to just one of my fingers. I have Psoriatic Arthritis and this image was taken months after developing Pustular Psoriasis on the palms of my hands. Psoriatic Arthritis has taken quite a toll on my life starting when I was 20. I am now 25 and have already had organ involvement and nearly was immobile before I began IV biologics and oral immunosuppressants. This image shows what the disease can do to just a finger, let alone an entire body.
Photo by: C. V.
I was born with psoriasis, and by age three it had spread across my entire body. I have felt ashamed of my skin, and the need to cover myself up. I have felt the physical component of itching and fierce pain, which keeps me up at night; I have felt the emotional and social components, too. Psoriasis bothers me every day, but it won’t stop me from living normally. It is an uncomfortable feeling to expose such an ugly condition, but on a certain level, I am grateful to bear the burden. Living with psoriasis has taught me that beauty is found in virtue and merit, not in flawless skin. Moreover, I have real compassion for all crippled with illness.
Photo by: M. L.
Some say I have a flakey personality. I don’t know about that but I DO flake quite a bit! I’ve had psoriasis for about 25 years and I’ve always considered just part of who I am. Other than controlling the plaques on my face, I often prefer to avoid the aggressive treatments and just allow it to express itself on my elbows, knees ankles, etc, etc…
As a confessed neat freak, I must admit that when it comes to the trail of snow I leave on the armrest and other parts of my car, it drives me crazy! Here I am once again with my weekly ritual trying to remove the evidence.
Photo by: D. c.
This art bust represents "My Two Psides," meaning my two identities or sides of living with psoriasis. There is a clear side, with smooth, beautiful skin. I haven't seen that side of myself in well over a decade. The other side, or "pside," represents the ugly, inflamed skin. The daily struggle of dealing with red, burning, itching, scaling, flaking, miserable skin. The two wings represent freedom and imprisonment. One wing is free, ready to fly. The other is tethered, tied and confined. Held down by this disease. The key represents my search for a treatment that will work for me. It represents hope. And I cling to it.
Photo by: A. G.
My daughter has battled severe plaque psoriasis since she was just three years old. Even with the debilitating disease, she pursued a career as a professional ballerina. She once wrote, “As ballet dancers, we are taught to use our bodies to express beauty in the most obvious ways. Through movement we expose ourselves, show great strength and delicate grace. I am taught to demand perfection from myself, yet I stand out with such blatant imperfection. At the same time, I am proud of myself. I have pursued my passion and achieved excellence in a field that requires me to expose myself on stage. My body is covered in a loud red rash, but the grace and poise I exhibit through dance allows me to take something ugly and make it beautiful. My body has been my greatest struggle, but it is also my means of finding good in the bad, of taking the unaesthetic and creating a form of art.” She is an inspiring model of strength and courage.
Photo by: C. L.
I was diagnosed as a small child and have learned to cope since then. I have been on every treatment on the market with no improvement. My life consists of pants, long sleeve shirts and always a hat to cover my face. I have a daily regimen of scraping off the excess skin, putting on lotion and then having to vacuum it all away. Sometimes I wish I could be vacuumed away and not have to deal with this anymore.
Photo by: B. T.
It's like they say, every dog gets his day, mine was the rare opportunity in-between treatment and flares where I got to wear my favorite Speedo costume on the beautiful island paradise of Mauritius, off the coast of Africa. It is a photo I treasure and continiously use for re-assurance and comfort, where I am looking healthy and free from the 'psoriatic chains' that has enslaved me..my day in the sun..
Photo by: D. E.
I have not worn regular pants for almost a year. I can't the pain is too bad. I have psoriasis on my face and through my hair, that is where it is minor, being a heavier man I also have the flaky, cracking an peeling in the folds of my skin. It is worse around my waist, sometimes so sore I can't even sit down because my underwear cuts into the psoriasis. This not effects my daily life but also wheat type of job I can have. Not many places let you wear sweats to work. Also getting my haircut is a treat as I have to explain that they can't catch what I have. I am not a monster, just a man who is "Lucky" enough to have plaque psoriasis
Photo by: D. W.
I have three kinds of psoriasis, but only one can be photographed. I have psoriasis on my scalp; the photo shows how much scale falls onto my shoulders in about a half hour's time. I wear dark clothes any way. I'm no longer fret about scale on my shoulders. I have psoriatic arthritis and inverse psoriasis, too. I suffered with the inverse psoriasis for YEARS before I was finally sent to a dermatologist (for skin cancer!) who diagnosed the psoriasis. Since seeing the dermatologist, the inverse psoriasis is healing somewhat, and I have hope for my scalp, too. Plus, it explains the origin of the mysterious arthritis that had beset me. So far the psoriasis is mostly an annoyance rather than a show-stopper. Some days are better than others, of course. What bothers me most is the inverse psoriasis that tears my skin open while I sleep. Ouch. I'm thankful that has finally been correctly diagnosed and medication is starting to help. (I thank all other people who have so generously shared their photos and stories! It's inspiring. It truly is.)
Photo by: E. P.
I am 41 and was diagnosticated with psoriasis 4 years ago, it has been spreading ever since, at the beginning it was just a minor rash, now the pain, the burn , the itch and the blood stains in clothing, bed,couches has become a part of me. First I explained my 6 year old about psoriasis and its problems, so he could understand it, this was my first step toward this skin disorder. My wife is very supportive, So I decided to make a change in my life, and returned to my young boy sport... Tenis, since then I lost 22 pounds and got very well fit, I train daily and find out that the love for life, and a good passion for tennis make problems like psoriasis go away in my mind, I put a goal to been able to compete at PRO level even though I am past 40 and have to compete with 20 years youngers, but this is my goal so I plan to hold throphies high with my psoriasis arms and take a good bite of life...
Photo by: d. i.
I started getting psoriasis when I was in my 30's.I started my career as a travel agent soon after.As a travel agent I travel to the Caribbean to inspect properties for my clients.In this picture I was invited to have dinner on the Lady Sandals yacht owned by the owner of Sandals & Beaches resorts.I have not ever felt as if I should have to cover up or hide myself and enjoy the weather.Most people if they are curious are more concerned if it is painful at all.I feel that being a travel agent gives me the chance to educate people as I travel and enjoy the beautiful Caribbean salt water & warm sun is so great too!
Photo by: K. G.
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I've been having Psoriasis since 1994 & I got clear information in 2009. I was so shocked, I felt crazy & I felt my life was stopped, I wanted to die!
But I developed my knowledge about Psoriasis & I realized I couldn't be like that..I had to wake up & kept my life moving, made it better.
Now, I add my activity, not only working, but also go to gym regularly, I start giving charity & spend more time with my family, at least I wanna try to give my best eventhough I have best friend, Psoriasis, because I know Psoriasis can not go from my life.
Photo by: S. P.
I am 56 years old and have been a Physical Therapist for 33 years, living a busy active life; dancing, swimming,hiking, bike riding, fourwheeling and out on the Harley with my husband. I started 15 years ago, with stiffness in the morning, joint pain and inability to participate in the activities I so enjoyed. One by one the activities fell to the wayside, until eventually getting out of bed took 45 minutes and making it through my work day was all I could barely manage to complete. After many doctor visits and the perserverance to keep asking questions, finally, a diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis. Now with proper treatment, I have returned to enjoying my life and all the activities that make life so wonderful. I now advocate for psoriasis ans psoriatic arthritis to doctors and to my patients.I, first hand, can tell them the importance of getting treatment and how much this has given me a new lease on the active lifestyle I so treasure. Now I can ride the Harley again with my husband and enjoy the fall colors along the Blue Ridge Parkway, hiking the trails and enjoying the beautiful scenery. Life again is wonderful, full of possibility, as we plan new trips. Don't ever give up, until you find the treatment right for you!
Photo by: M. M.
After 41 years of treatments, regimens, salves, pills, shots, light boxes and tar baths one cannot give up hope. There's always something new to try and just maybe, maybe, it might do the trick. No harm in trying.
Photo by: b. d.
I'm eight and psoriasis is like a thousand mosquito bites all over my body. I wasn't so happy when I got psoriasis last year because it hurt so badly and other kids always asked questions, but now I'm happy because psoriasis doesn't keep me from having fun. I'm still MASON!
Photo by: M. S.
My wife was diagnosed with psoriasis about 4 years ago while we were still dating. Despite having quite a bit of coverage, she doesn't let it get in the way of her daily life. We were married last fall, and I think this picture says it all - we are extremely happy, and psoriasis can't bring us down.
Photo by: R. C.
P on my back for the first time. It stopped my world for a moment before I realized life is more worthy to live than dwell on having it.
Photo by: J. G.
After we adopted our dog Lucy, my life has gotten so much easier. Just having a brown, fluffy, loving dog around gives such a simple joy that it makes it easier to deal with itches and burns. This funny picture of her always gives me a laugh - so I made it my desktop background.
Photo by: N. F.
When Psoriasis afflicts your face, it's difficult to have a life. When your body is ravaged and the arthritis sets in, it is hard to move and be motivated.
In 2004, the doctors said I was the worst case of Psoriasis they had ever seen. I was on a waiting list for months to receive the first of the few biologics now available to treat severe psoriasis.
It's been about 8 years now of biologic therapy. I've done them all and have found one that consistently works the best. Today, I have a few spots on my hands, elbows, knees and shins. I no longer bleed from my eyelids.
Don't stop talking to your doctors. Work with your doctors to find the right medication for you. Don't settle for only an ointment. Heal from the inside out.
Photo by: n. l.
Life as an adult with Psoriasis can often be isolating. Sometimes, we feel like the treatments are our only support and savior. We spent countless hours and dollars on lotions, ointments, creams, pills, light treatments, shots and other hopes to ease our symptoms. Our reliance on these tools can oftentimes be time consuming, expensive and embarrassing. “My Family Portrait” depicts a snapshot of the items necessary to keep my psoriasis under control. They may not have the love, understanding and support that I get from the people around me, but without them, things would be a lot worse. They may not be the best looking group, but accepting that they are in my life for the long haul helps me better understand and control my disease.
Photo by: B. R.
I started to develop psoriasis on most of my body, face, and scalp when i was in high school. It was very difficult for me to deal with how other people reacted to it so i chose to hide it instead of talking about it. After high school i decided i wanted to be a massage therapist because i truly believed that people can heal through alternative health options like massage. During my education to become a massage therapist we had to learn all of our techniques on each other so i was forced to touch and be touched, which scared me because i worried other people would be scared to touch me. I had to learn ways to talk about my psoriasis and help people to understand that it is not contagious and help them to understand the condition. I am now a happy, successful massage therapist with alot of clients that accept my condition! I learned that if you just talk to people about it and except yourself the way you are other people will to. So stop hiding who you are and go out and get touched!
Photo by: s. s.
I'm (un)lucky enough to have both Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis - but I refuse to let it stop me from being the adrenaline junkie that I am!
I've recently started whitewater rafting and kayaking, and although it's difficult for me to grip the paddles, I'd rather fight through the aches and know I accomplished something than let it keep me from challenging myself on the river. The gear sometimes irritates my skin, too - but it's worth it at the end.
I'm only going to be young once - I'm not letting P. or P.A. stop me from having every life experience I can find.
My next goal -- SKYDIVING!
Photo by: M. D.
I have Psoriatic Arthritis and I have an allotment where I keep my chickens - they keep me going and don't care if I'm creaky, scaly, fatigued or cranky! My joints ache (horrendously)and I get scales in my right ear, right nostril and on my scalp but the chooks don't care!
My chooks love me as I am and I always feel better after tending to them, that's a good thing, right?
Photo by: N. G.
I free myself from all the pain of the past. I am free from anger and fear. I affirm my happiness as if it was already here. I open myself to the beauty of life. And somewhere in front of me is the happy and healthy life, that I wish for...
Photo by: T. W.
I've developed psoriasis on my legs, arms, head, back, chest and stomach over the last 2 years. Now I don't like exercising in public places because I'm embarrassed. I've stopped going to the gym, swimming pool and playing soccer. I prefer secluded places like forests to run and hike because there are less people around. This is a challenge I face and I'm fighting to overcome it.
Photo by: J. M.
On Aug. 23, I get married ... again! I will renew my vows with my husband of (soon to be) 14 years. I will be wearing this dress, a flower in my hair, tennies on my feet and spots on my body. I chose this ensemble because it makes my feel pretty, despite this ugly disease. Can't wait to walk down the aisle again, but this time in Vegas and with Elvis presiding!
Photo by: J. M.
5 years ago, I was suddenly and unexpectedly diagnosed with a severe case of plaque psoriasis that literally attacked my feet. As an outdoor type of person, this was devastating. I was a jogger, hiker, beach-goer... Psoriasis changed my life. I could no longer run, couldn't even walk my beloved dog. I lost my confidence, fell out of shape, and doubted I'd ever wear open-toed shoes again. I stopped going to the beach because I was so embarrassed by look of my feet. Psoriasis literally took the skin off my feet and covered them with horrific and painful blisters. My toenails fell off, and life as I know it changed... I thought I'd never be able to do the things I loved again. Recently, my sister, who has been living in China, came to visit, and wanted to take a backpacking trip down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon - a trip I had done years ago, and loved every minute of. I KNEW I couldn't go, I was handicapped by my feet, but I WANTED to go. I wanted to prove that I could do it, even with feet so bad sometimes I had a hard time walking to my car. I decided to go. I wasn't going to miss this special time with my family. My dermatologist said, and I quote "If I could write a prescription to your sister telling her that you CAN'T go, I would..." Despite the grave warnings from my doctors, I went. I hiked the Grand Canyon, and backpacked in all my medication, plastic wrap, ointments, coal tar foam, and everything else... It was incredible. The sheer beauty and enormity of the Canyon easily made me forget about the psoriasis on my feet. When I took the last grueling step to get back to the top, the feeling that rushed through me was absolute bliss. I had accomplished something I never thought I'd be able to do after being diagnosed with psoriasis. I succeeded. Since then, I can walk my dog, and I wear flip-flops on hot days. I may have psoriasis, but psoriasis no longer has me. I climbed the greatest Canyon, and this is just the beginning.
Photo by: M. P.
This is a blingee I made. I just got psoriasis after my dad died. I already have diabetes, early onset rheumatic arthritis, acid reflux, and now this. But I thought of angry musick and trying to fight.
Photo by: R. O.
Having Psoriasis Since Last fifteen years, yesterday Barb picture with her sister give my inspiration to go in a public with open arms so today after fifteen year i wear T-Shirt and come out in public without any embarrassment. So thanks To Barb and NSF
Photo by: A. s.
Vietnam Psoriasis Patients meeting with an announcement PSORIASIS IS NOT CONTAGIOUS.
Photo by: T. T.
I have struggled for the past 13 years with psoriasis and when I was pregnant I didn't let it stop me from showing off my baby bump. my skin my look different but I wanted to show of the miracle I was blessed with.
Photo by: A. B.
While most people will see this photo and think of the London Olympics, those of us with psoriasis see something different altogether. We see one of many of life's tools that we use differently that few people realize. Our secret society, with some extra tanning thrown in for good measure.
Photo by: A. G.
Although psoriasis can be hidden, I don't allow it to alter the clothes I wear or the lifestyle I chose to live!
Photo by: M. C.
God is with her even tho she is loosing hope. It doesn't matters how she looks. Because all I see is how big her heart is and how much she love me. I love her for that. Praying to God for a Litler releave
Photo by: M. p.
beauty is skin deep, but my skin is more beautiful with psoriasis or without. no more covering up, its time to breath
Photo by: j. d.
Life with psoriasis is like climbing a mountain. Although my skin symptoms are not that noticeable, my psoriatic arthritis is my main problem (I'm in the red shirt). Even though walking is very painful, I cherish every step I take and don't let it stop me from achieving my goals, like graduating from college in May 2013 with a degree in Forensic Investigations and Biology from UW-Platteville. Climbing the mountain may be difficult, but getting to the top is worth the journey.
Photo by: S. R.
I've had psoriasis since I was about two years old but it was only on my scalp. When I reached age 21 I started to get flare ups from head to toe and along with that I developed psoriatic arthritis. Here I am in my wedding dress at the age 29 exposing my spots and all thier glory. I knew the day that I would get married I wanted everything to be perfect from my hair being perfect to not having white scales showing around my forehead and around the back of my ears(I can handle the flakes but when it shows from the top of your head around the neck line it can be very uncomfortable especially when it flares up)to my patchy red spots on my back and arms . On my wedding day I decided to go with a strapless dress because I've become comfortable in my skin because I have learned not to let psoriasis take over my life. I have a husband who loves me and puts my ointments on places I can not reach and who supports me on the days I am feeling low about my skin. He always has comforting words and tells me that I am beautiful even when my skin is having a bad day. I no longer care if people stare I just wish they would ask so they can become educated. On my wedding day I wanted to have a strapless dress and no longer hide my skin for I know those around me on my big day love me and see past my psoriasis.
Photo by: M. M.
After having psoriasis for nearly two decades, my wife has tried many therapies with little to no success. Today she started a new treatment and all we can do is wait and cling to the hope that it will provide her some relief. I feel so helpless because I can't alleviate her suffering.
Photo by: B. G.
Seclusion is easy when you worry about having to sweep your troubles under the rug. I often seclude myself from my friends and have for a while now. I constantly worry about having friends over and someone seeing a piece of skin on the floor.
My Psoriasis has caused me embarrassment in the past but has also helped me help others. At first hearing "What's wrong with your feet?" from the children I work with was mortifying. Now I see it as a way to help them understand that everyone has problems and everyone is different. In the end, I've realized I'm blessed no matter how hard it can be at times.
Photo by: C. P.
After so many years of hiding and covering up I am finally learning how to bare my beautiful skin. I haven't worn shorts in almost 5 years and have finally made the decision that I am who I am and my skin is beautiful just like everyone else. I have the strength now to bare my beautiful skin no matter what disease I have. This will not stop me from living my life!!
Photo by: S. N.
The Concrete Jungle - How do you explain psoriasis to a three-year-old girl? When she turns five? Seven? How is she supposed to explain it to the children who point and squawk “WHAT IS THAT?”
She’s a proud, strong, powerful girl who just happens to have spots like a cheetah, of course. You tell her that she has flakes and scales because of a disease, but that it is nothing to be ashamed of—that she must wear her spots with grace and genuine self-acceptance.
Psoriasis marks you in a way that the afflicted may neither fully hide nor ever forget. In the great race of life, we are the spotted and scaly masses who must hold our heads high and fight for what we want in life just that much harder.
We must, disease and all, make our way in the concrete jungle.
I, now a college student, have grown from that blemished three-year-old girl into a confident young adult who embraces her faults and ‘defects.’ While there are days that tears come and spots are enflamed, I never forget that psoriasis has turned me into a stronger, more caring person—a woman unafraid to compare herself to a cheetah with a smile.
Photo by: H. N.
I am always the one behind the camera, not because I don't want to be in the photos but because its embarrassing when psoriasis takes the spotlight in your photos and your life. It stands out, its what everyone see's instead of you. I had a hard time even finding a picture for this contest because there are so few of me (and believe me I take MILLIONS of photos!) I finally decided I want my kids to have some pictures of me with them as well so I have been better at letting the world see my flaws. You can't even see how bad it is in this picture (also was sunburned and bad on my forehead just before and it almost cleared up what was on my face, I was amazed!) Its affected my life greatly. I wear long sleeve shirts alot, never wear shots or dresses that do not come to my ankles. My legs and knees are covered as well as my elbows. I usually never wear very dark colored shirts because my scalp is covered so intensity everyone focuses on the "flakes" when I go anyplace. Swimsuits on me are pretty rare. I go to the pool with my kids after weeks/months of begging and cringe with ever look I get and thoughts fill my head of what they might be thinking. I walk by and they all stare at the clusters that cover alot of my body. Even if I am stuck hiding behind the camera most of the time I am glad my family still loves me and doesn't judge my look day to day until a cure is found I am doing my best to take photos as I love and also include me in them too.
Photo by: J. M.
I was 12 years old when I was diagnosed with psoriasis. As the years went on, it got worse and worse, until I had it on 95% of my body. As I entered Middle school, a tough time for any child, I had an even worse time. Every day I tried covering up my skin because I was constantly questioned and stared at. Psoriasis wasn’t as prevalent then as it is now. I remember one day walking into my science classroom after lunch and one of my classmates was running around the room with pieces of white paper on his head saying, “who do I look like!?” to the fellow classmates. I ran out of the room crying but that day made me change. I started the process of finding a new dermatologist. I probably went to 15 different ones before I found the perfect one. This dermatologist tried every single medication he could, to help me feel better. The problem was though, the topical steroids didn’t work. The next step was injections, but then came another problem, I wasn’t 18, and the injections weren’t tested, or allowed for minors. My dermatologist stopped at nothing though. He used his connections in the National Psoriasis Foundation to get me the shots that I so desperately needed. I used Enbrel for about 4 ½ years, and then it didn’t work anymore. My dermatologist then started finding a new medicine for me. He came up with Humira, which I am still currently taking every 2 weeks. With the new medicine though, he had to go through the whole approval process, yet again. About 1 year ago, still on Humira, I had a major flare up. My dermatologist decided that I needed a light box. Another problem though, for the light box to be effective, I had to go 3 times a week. The nearest doctor’s office to my house was 20 minutes away, and each light session cost $10. Through the National Psoriasis Foundation, my dermatologist was able to approve me for a $5,500 HOME light box. My family wasn’t required to pay anything, thanks to my doctor, and the foundation. I have been through a lot the past 6 years, but I would never have been able to do it without the support of my doctors, my family, and the National Psoriasis Foundation. In 2 weeks I will be off to my freshman year of college at 18 years old, with occasional spots on my elbows and knees, my shots, and my newfound confidence in my body, because I am beautiful just the way I am.
Photo by: R. S.
As a teacher and a caregiver it is always hard to explain to my children what happened to me. One day I was with one of my children and she said "Oh you have a Boo Boo" she kissed it and add "Now it is fine , you are going to feel better" Sometimes it is hard to understand that it is a Boo Boo, all we have to do it sit and relax!
Photo by: e. g.
so much went through my mind when i was pregnant, was my baby going to come out OK. or will he have real bad skin like me, I would not wish that pain on any child. I have had psoriasis on 90 percent of my body since i was 3 years of age.I am now 30 and still going on strong. I think i'm feeling the arthritis now.I've always felt joint pain but I thought it was normal till my mid 20's. people would say your to young to be in that much pain. But with all the things I went through as a child it has molded me into the open minded, big hearted, BAD ASS I am today and I wouldn't trade that for anything.
Photo by: t. t.
I have been living with psoriasis for eight years. My doctor told me I have it fairly mild but I still hide behind long sleeves on occasion. When I found the man of my dreams,I knew I wanted to have a strapless wedding gown. I found my dream dress and didnt let my spots ruin my special day. I used the metaphor, "Pretty as a peacock" as the theme for my wedding. I don't hide behind my spots as much anymore and I am so blessed to have the support of my family, friends, and most of all, my husband.
Photo by: N. L.
This has been my life for 13 years. My stomach is almost always broke out, and my leg gets red and itchy up from Enbrel. I've gotten better at dealing with it though, knowing God will bring me through it.
Photo by: K. O.
Hello to everyone I am Mike 39, from Worcestershire. I have these cycles of facial psoriasis appearing about once every month. The cycles can start to appear around shaving times or when batheing in hot water.
I started getting facial psoriasis when I was 34 and it started gradually receiving small rash like spots spread out on my forehead. I tried different skin creams but to no effect.
Having psoriasis on the face never helps when you want to be social or strive to be outgoing. It can get in the way sometimes.
I have learned to start coping better with these outbreaks and life seems to be a lot better. I dealt with these phases using light cortisone creams and ointments which I received from my skin specialist. 'Eumovate and Daktacort' cortisones are the remedies which I use sparingly to deal with my psoriasis.
I am happy to upload my picture as part of National Psoriasis Awareness Month. This photo is my facial psoriasis outbreak when it was at its most aggressive although now the rash has gone due to the cortisones I use. The psoriasis can be treated around two to three days from the first application used. I try to avoid my eyes and eyelids when applying the cortisone. I also use Diprobase as a barrier cream. I have used 1% Hydrocortisone and sometimes Betacap for any psoriasis that may get on my scalp.
When I am out meeting people the rash can sometimes get noticed. Some people are just curious as to what it is. I just say its psoriasis or a skin rash. Maybe they worry that my skin condition may be contagious. I would assure them its not.
I am pleased we are now starting to make more people aware of the different forms of psoriasis through the National Psoriasis Awareness Month. I would also like to thank the National Psoriasis Foundation for all the support and helpful information received.
Photo by: M. M.
One of my fears was that people wouldn't understand or give me a chance because of the appearance of my skin and for that reason it made me skeptical about finding love..But then I met Karl and no matter how bad my flare ups were he's always been there to support me and love me despite the appearance of my skin..Not only has he been my rock but he's been understanding and helpful when it came to medicating and recently being diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis! I'm not the perfect height, nor the perfect weight and my skin, well that will never be perfect but Karl loves me just the way I am with all my imperfections..
Don't let psoriasis hinder any aspect of life..
Photo by: K. C.
Not more than 5 peoples really knows about my P. And sure, over 5000 in the virtual world. Over ten years I'm administering the psoriasis community and site, hides under nick. So,'live with psoriasis' for me is endless daily care procedures, that everyone of us knows, following by regular day ended with long hours of making community alive, writing the stuff and being in contact with guests from all over the world and countless stories of fighting with psoriasis. Does it significantly changed my life? Definitely, yes. Will I leave all this in case of P. completely cure, and switch to the better hobby? Too hard to answer.
Photo by: O. L.
I discovered in 5th grade that I have psoriasis. It was a very difficult time for me and I lost a lot of friends. I was teased harshly by several of my classmates and middle school was very challenging. Since then, I have learned to manage my condition with sun therapy. I have learned that beauty is only skin deep. My name is Kelly Belanger, I am Miss Florida Sr. Sweetheart, and I have psoriasis.
Photo by: K. B.
My friends support me, they like me the way I am. They joke "even the sun has got spots" (even the best of us are not perfect).
This year I celebrate 30 years with psoriasis. All those years I was thinking that on one hand I am not like all others, but I AM like everyone else, I have two legs, two hands. And I am happy to live, I am happy to enjoy life, psoriasis will never stand between me and life.
Photo by: I. p.
This pic relates to life with psoriasis because it shows that even tho I have it I don't let it stop me from liveing my life and being my self. my child,family, and friends don't mind the looks they get when there with me and also I don't mind.
Photo by: c. o.
How I was so unaware of how people would look at me, treat me like I am contagious. My world has been turned upside down. Pain, lotions, injections, steroids, more meds, more meds. Laying in bed wondering why me ? why me ? Now, I understand how my grandfather felt because he had psoriasis too.
I know its not the end of the world. But walk in my shoes for one day.....then tell me ! Tell how you feel , how you are judged, what kind of stares would you get, how do people interact with you, how do they keep from touching you.
Remember, I am still me. I have a heart,I have feelings, I want to live life to its fullest, I want to enjoy the outdoors, I want you to smile when you see me. It's psoriasis and IT'S NOT CONTAGIOUS!
Photo by: h. r.
Life with Psoriasis does not at times limit me from spending time with my family.
Photo by: A. S.
Don't worry daddy I love you for who you are. Your Psoriasis is no big deal
Photo by: T. G.
Psoriasis can't keep me from racing my bicycle. The training and racing is mostly in the sun. The Sun diminishes the plaques the bike keeps me fit to fight the disease. Not bad! 52 years old and at times still the leader of the pack.
Photo by: J. B.
One must always stay one step ahead to fight this disease so stay in the 'driver's seat' at all times!
Photo by: E. H.
My psorisis always starts on my ankle & rapidly spread up the shin, over the knee & onwards & upwards...
Photo by: A. M.
Working as a full time patroller in the cold, very dry climate of Colorado certainly does not help my psoriasis. Each day starts with lots of moisturizer and many days end with burning skin. It's my dream job and I will not let psoriasis get in the way.
Photo by: M. R.
My aunt has been struggling Psoriasis since her teen years. I know she has struggled with insecurity like many others. Many people don't know that they are beautiful even with Psoriasis, and if someone doesn't agree, it's there loss to not be able to get to know you.
Photo by: E. S.
36 years I have learned to live with my skin and it doesn't bother me as much as the wonder of which one of my beauties will have it too..
Photo by: s. g.
Sometimes I feel like I am hiding. Always under long sleeves and pants. Its just easier than explaining my spots or having people look at me like I am a contagious monster
Photo by: c. v.
Hello! My name is Nichelle Moore and I have suffered from Psoriasis for 20yrs now ever since I was a kid. Four months ago months ago I had a severe gutate flare up that had covered about 75 percent of my body. I had no clue what triggured it but it was really bad. I cried at night because my ankles and legs were swollen, ans also the itching was really bad. And that caused me to have restless nights. I tried my corticoid steroid ointments which really did nothing. I finally said enough is enough I ended up getting a new Dermatologist who is very excellent. My derm put me on cyclosporine and it helped clear up my skin within 2 weeks. And I finally found out that I had Psoriatic Arthritis which can be really painful. I would just like to tell anyone who has just found out that they have psoriasis is to make sure that you get a really good dermatologist that cares about your feelings, concerns, and overall well being. With psoriasis I really dont know how my skin is going to look one month after another, but I do know for the most part that there are medications out that can really get those skin cells to slow down. Please! stay positive no matter what because worrying does nothing but make your skin look even worse. And pay close attention to the foods you eat, and your weight.
Photo by: N. M.
I was diagnosed with Psoriasis when I was 15 yrs. old and started covering my skin and stopped going to the beach by the time I was in my 20's. I have severe Psoriasis that covers 95% of my skin. When my doctor started me on biologic medication it was a total shock to see my skin slowly clear up. This photo was taken the first time I went to the beach when I turned 50!
Photo by: D. D.
I found out I have the arthritis that goes with Psoriasis at age 28. I do not want to miss out on a single moment of life due to pain. I decided that every year I was going to try something new.At age 39 I have white water raft, para-sailed, canoe, water ski, and my next step is hang gliding. Live life to the fullest
Photo by: C. L.
Every Day Is Hard. Family Helps. But its hard to go around my friends like I used to. I'm not the same person I was. Everything in my life has changed. Its hard.
Photo by: M. L.
It's hard to see anyone's inner beauty when they look like this. Needless to say I didn't want to participate in life looking like this. Nobody was Happy to see me! We need to find a cure...
Photo by: T. B.
I'm 29 and I have psoriasis all my life . At times I want to give up trying things to make it better knave try everything you can think of but there's always something that makes me stop my treatment. I very tired and depressed I have must of my body covered.but I'm a mom of 7 kids and wife and Thad why I have to keep it moving for them I'll do anything.
Photo by: y. a.
This photo makes me remember how my life was without medication. I was on methotrexate for two years and it cleared my skin. It didn't make me feel better. Even now my head is fuzzy, two years later.
Photo by: P. M.
I Was Diagnosed with Gut. Psorisis in Decemeber 2011, By my dermatologist. I was put on Steriods and Topical Creams, but all that helped with was the itching factor. I was covered from Scalp to Legs and wanted a more Natural route. I slowly stoped taking everything, because I was told you need to heal it from the Inside Out. A Friend introduced me to Herbalife Product and started me on Herbal Aloe Concentrate, Herbal Tea Concentrate, and Healthy Meal Nutritional Shake in June 2012. I have noticed a difference in my overall Well Being and my Skin. A couple areas of my skin are clear and the rest is healing. I have become more confident to actually wear short or a swim suit in public places and I love sharing my story.
Photo by: A. J.
Photo Therapy for Guttate Psoriasis isn't so bad when you can take photos that look like you are in a spaceship.
Photo by: W. B.
My son has psoriasis. This has not prevented him from being a part of our community swim team for the last three years. Sometimes his psoriasis covers most of his body. His swim coaches and teammates have never made it an issue. We are very fortunate to live in such a caring community. This summer they showed tremendous support of my son’s idea to host the first ever “Pswim for Psoriasis”. All 150 members of the swim team raised awareness and collected donations to help find a cure. I am overwhelmed with the gratitude I feel toward our community.
Photo by: K. J.
Doctors diagnosed my sister Barb with Psoriasis about ten years ago. She has endured pain, meds, and embarrassment because of this disease, including a life threatening drug reaction during treatment a few years back. Through a recommendation from a friend also struggling with the disease, she started Embrel this April the week we did the Walk for Psoriasis-Philadelphia together. Barb has never spent an overnight at our home on the Jersey shore due to the embarrassment of having to wear summer clothes with her psoriasis. I could care less about her outbreaks, but feel for her when the pain gets too much or she gets funny stairs from those that do not understand the disease. Well, thankfully Barb has had great success with the Embrel and came down this past weekend to spend time at the beach. To top off a fun day and an awesome barbeque dinner with our hubbies, we made s’mores for dessert! It was as if we were 12 & 13 again (with about 35 more years of wisdom!). So thankful to the National Psoriasis Foundation for the research work they support and proud of my sister who was one of the leading fundraisers at the Philadelphia walk this year. Here is to more happy times out and about- summer or winter- with my sister!
Photo by: R. S.
It's not easy to feel well with the own skin and appearance when you have Pso - I asked a friend to take some pictures to remind me that beauty is irreveleant to red spots. I still feel pretty - most of the time.
Photo by: E. M.
I have flare ups with guttate psoriasis. The first flare up occurred when I was 16 and the last at 26 was triggered after I got this tattoo. I didn’t realize that the tattoo would bring out my psoriasis because I had gotten a few large tattoos prior. Living with psoriasis can be difficult but despite the last flare up I wouldn’t let it stop me from getting another tattoo. Like the tattoo says, “Everything happens for a reason” and I believe living with psoriasis has made me a stronger person.
Photo by: K. Y.
I live with psoriasis flare-ups every day, but my wife and "kids" love me for me. Sometimes, I even think I’m closer to my eight-year-old leopard gecko Spot because we have something in common – skin that is bumpy, multicolored and sheds often. :D
Photo by: A. D.
I would wear shorts 2 months ago scared what people would say. So i finally said who cares , if they dont like it they dont have to look
Photo by: b. p.
Being with people who love you for who you are, not what you have is the best feeling in the world. Letting go of your inscurities, and living life at that moment, and feeling free.....
Photo by: h. g.
my psoriasis dose not stop me from much i do just about every thing and i do not let other make me fell bad about it . it is what i have not what i am and i learn all i can and make the most of every day life with it .
Photo by: j. c.
this photo describes my hard days with psoriasis when i didn't even know what it is and how much pain i got those days. it can make you understand how badly you can suffer if you misjudge it thinking its just a skin problem and thus didn't even take care of it.
Photo by: k. c.
it's a permanent struggle to cream up everyday I wish I was double jointed even better didn't have psoriasis.
Photo by: S. C.
I will not stop my life and hide just because I have psoriasis. I have lost most of my hair and find it hard to walk, but I won't let it stop me. I still go out and try to have some fun. This is me at the Port Fest..Brown hairspray does wonders to cover up :)
Photo by: l. m.
This is myself.I am having this started early this year 2012.And I am still not sure either this is psoriasis or not,but according to doctor it was psoriasis.I been for my 1st doctor skin specialist appointment last manth of July, and the second appointment will be this august on 3rd,and only know the real disease I have on that day from my blood/urinary & skin sample test..
Photo by: F. S.
I own my a digital marketing agency. I'm responsible for sales. I give presentations on a daily basis to clients and prospects. My hands are always front-and-center every hour of every day, and they couldn't be more embarrassing when they are in 'full bloom'. As you can see, my nail beds are gone and most of my knuckles are covered with patches. Lucky me...
Photo by: j. c.