Millions of Americans are impacted by chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, however, there is still a prevalent lack of understanding surrounding these ailments. This is why an increasing number of celebrities are using their platform to shed light on the challenges of living with such conditions.
Chronic health problems should never be a source of shame, and this includes skin conditions. Fortunately, numerous influential individuals are actively working to increase awareness about psoriasis and eczema. Prominent figures such as Kim Kardashian, Jessica Simpson, Jonathan Van Ness, and LeeAnn Rimes have utilized their platforms to share their personal experiences of living with these chronic skin conditions. Continue reading to discover more about nine celebrities who have publicly discussed their struggles with psoriasis or eczema.
Kim Kardashian, the renowned reality TV star, encountered her initial bout of psoriasis when she was 25 years old. In a blog post for Poosh, her sister Kourtney’s website, she revealed that the flare-up was triggered by a common cold due to the autoimmune nature of the condition. The psoriasis affected her stomach and legs extensively.
During that time, Kim sought the assistance of a dermatologist who administered a cortisone shot. It wasn’t until her early 30s that she experienced another flare-up, which was documented on camera in 2011 for the show Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
Since then, the founder of Skims has been open about her ongoing struggle with treating her rashes. In 2019, she took to Twitter to express her frustration, stating, “Psoriasis is the shits.”
Cyndi Lauper has faced the challenge of dealing with dry, flaky skin caused by psoriasis on multiple occasions. In 2015, the renowned singer-songwriter, who has won Grammy awards, openly discussed her ongoing struggle with this chronic skin condition. She vividly recalled her first flare-up, which primarily affected her scalp. At the time, Lauper was on tour and felt unsure about how to handle the situation.
Lauper fondly remembered her stylist’s thoughtful gesture during that difficult time. To help conceal the visible effects of psoriasis, her stylist provided her with a shirt covered in spots, cleverly disguising the condition.
Following her personal revelation, Lauper joined forces with the National Psoriasis Foundation and the Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, a company that produces a medication for psoriasis. Together, they aimed to raise awareness about this condition.
Lauper emphasized that her intention in discussing her experience was not to seek sympathy for herself. Instead, she wanted to shed light on a topic that is often overlooked. She highlighted the fact that psoriasis affects more than 8 million individuals, including herself. Her message was simple: take care of yourself. Lauper shared how she felt overwhelmed by the condition, as if it were consuming her while she lay in bed. By speaking out, she hoped to encourage others to prioritize their well-being and seek appropriate care for psoriasis.
Cara Delevingne has previously discussed her experience with psoriasis, but it gained significant attention in 2022 when she chose not to conceal the dry-skin patches on her elbows at the Met Gala. The renowned model and actress received commendation for embracing the appearance of her skin during a flare-up.
In a 2013 interview with W magazine, she humorously remarked, “[Flare-ups] only occur during Fashion Week!” alluding to the intense pressure associated with the event. She further added, “Naturally, it is the most inconvenient time of the year for me to have scabs all over my body.”
LeeAnn Rimes was diagnosed with psoriasis at the tender age of two, per Everyday Health. The country singer largely hid her red, scaly skin patches from the world until 2020, when she shared a full-body photo of herself during a flare-up for World Psoriasis Day.
“Music has been my gift, and why I’m here. But I want to give a voice to these other pieces of me,” she wrote on Instagram. “And I want to give a voice to what so many other people are going through. This is finally my time to be unabashedly honest about what psoriasis is and what it looks like.”
Fighting stress is key to preventing psoriasis flare-ups, but that has historically been a challenge for Rimes, who has been “on the road and in the public eye” since she was a kid. These days, she relies heavily on meditation, self-compassion, and support from family and friends to keep her in the right headspace.
“I mean, connection is a huge, huge piece,” she shared. “And being able to verbalize my own internal experience to those who I know love me and will listen. Having a great support system around you.”
Stacy London, renowned fashion mogul and familiar face from What Not to Wear, is not only known for her impeccable style but also for her advocacy for psoriasis. In an interview with Healthline in 2017, London shared a personal experience of being body-shamed for her psoriasis rash at a young age. This incident deeply impacted her and motivated her to become a vocal supporter of those with the condition.
Throughout her successful career, London has collaborated with organizations such as the National Psoriasis Foundation and AbbVie, a pharmaceutical company, to raise awareness about psoriasis. Utilizing her expertise in fashion, she has also helped individuals with psoriasis find stylish clothing options that prioritize comfort during flare-ups.
Reflecting on her journey, London stated, “My personal experience and professional skills converged during my time on What Not to Wear. It was a transformative experience that allowed me to make a meaningful impact.”
Jessica Simpson has been dealing with eczema since she was young. During her teenage years, her dry and itchy skin patches were considered “mild to moderate,” but they worsened after she gave birth to her third child in 2019.
In 2020, while looking at a sweet picture taken by her husband Eric Johnson, Simpson realized that she hadn’t really looked at herself in a long time. This prompted her to reach out to her doctor, who prescribed a fragrance-free eczema cream. The treatment proved to be highly effective, leading Simpson to advocate for others to have conversations about eczema with their doctors if they experience any similar symptoms.
She emphasized the importance of seeking medical advice for any unexplained bumps or skin issues, encouraging others to address their concerns and find suitable treatments.
Kerry Washington, similar to Simpson, was diagnosed with eczema during her early years. As an actress and ambassador for Neutrogena, she has frequented dermatologists’ offices throughout her life due to this condition, as she mentioned in an interview with TODAY earlier this year.
During a 2020 Vogue interview discussing her beauty routine, Washington emphasized her meticulous approach in determining what skincare products work best for her and how the changing weather affects her skin.
“For me, it’s not solely about looking aesthetically pleasing. It’s also crucial to maintain healthy skin that is free from excessive itching, cracks, and other symptoms associated with eczema,” she further explained.
Tia Mowry’s journey with eczema took a turn when she sought help from her gynecologist, who happened to be a Black woman. It was during a flare-up of dry and itchy skin that she finally received an accurate diagnosis.
In an interview with InStyle in 2021, Mowry shared her experience, mentioning that her hands were peeling like her mother’s, who also has eczema. It was her Black doctor who identified the condition as eczema and referred her to a dermatologist for further diagnosis.
Since then, the Tia & Tamera star has taken on the role of an advocate for Black women with skin conditions. She recognizes the lack of information, educational tools, resources, and visibility regarding how eczema manifests on Black skin.
Mowry’s personal journey has inspired her to raise awareness and support other Black women who may be facing similar challenges with their skin.