The reality TV star addressed her ‘psoriasis face’ with a no-makeup selfie video on Instagram
Kim Kardashian West is experiencing her latest psoriasis flare-up, and shared evidence of the same on her Instagram story this week to highlight the common beauty ailment. TheKeeping Up With The Kardashians star was first diagnosed with the inflammatory skin condition in 2011 during an episode of her reality show, and she has been vocal about her struggles ever since. She reportedly tried several different treatments to reduce flare-ups, including seaweed, detox smoothies, bathing in hot spring water from Iceland and even applying her sister Kourtney Kardashian’s breast milk on her flaky, red patches. She wrote about the diagnosis on her eponymous (now defunct) app in 2016, saying “I wore this all-sequin dress and I started getting really itchy; I thought it was just a rash caused by the fabric, but then the rash was COVERING my legs and my mom was like, I think you have psoriasis!!!”
Kim Kardashian West’s experience with psoriasis
Since her diagnosis in 2011, Kardashian West has tried to control her skin condition by experimenting with different techniques—however, since psoriasis is a chronic condition, it cannot be cured. It is due to an overactive immune system that causes cells to build up rapidly on the skin, which form scales and red patches that can be both itchy and painful. These patches can flare up in response to stress, cold weather and specific medications as well. While Kardashian West has attempted light therapy and a steroid ointment (that she spoke about on Instagram stories), she is still searching for the best treatment. She even reached out to her fans for help last December, asking them for suggestions and medication.
I think the time has come I start a medication for psoriasis. 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 a medication for psoriasis & what kind works best? Need help ASAP!!!
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) December 24, 2018
She recently also responded to a tabloid that quoted her having a “bad skin day”, clarifying that the angry red blotches on her face were a result of a psoriaris flare-up.
It’s psoriasis all over my face. 😢 https://t.co/E94lI7mfDG
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) February 5, 2019
Over the years, Kardashian West has learnt how to use makeup to cover up the flaky patches with the help of her makeup artists. “I like a little bit of an oily slip for the foundation. You can see, I have psoriasis on my face. We gotta cover that,” she said in a beauty tutorial for Vogue.
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