03 Nov LeAnn Rimes Isn’t Hiding Her Psoriasis
LeAnn Rimes took to Instagram for World Psoriasis Day to be “unabashedly honest about what psoriasis….looks like.” The country music artist bravely bared it all in conjunction with a new article for Glamour Magazine. Rimes wants to share her struggle with the skin condition that impacts 125 million people worldwide. Her goal is “to give a voice to what so many other people are going through.” The comments are filled with stories about how psoriasis has affected followers’ lives and those of their loved ones.
What is Psoriasis?
According to the Mayo Clinic, “psoriasis is a skin disease that causes red, itchy scaly patches, most commonly on the knees, elbows, trunk and scalp”. The disease causes flare-ups that last weeks or even months at a time, before going into remission. Psoriasis differs in severity among patients. Treat mild cases with moisturizers and steroid creams. More severe cases require a mixture of light therapy, retinoids, or drugs like methotrexate and immune suppressants. There is no cure.
Psoriasis Treatment and Covid-19
LeAnn Rimes struggled with finding a treatment for the disease, which she was diagnosed with at only 2 years old. “I tried everything I could to treat it: steroid creams, major medications—I even tried being wrapped in coal tar with Saran Wrap.” She talks about how, when those treatments didn’t work, she felt like she had to hide her body. Rimes eventually found shots that kept her psoriasis in check for 16 years. However, the stress of Covid-19 brought it rushing back. “Suddenly I went from doing what I love, and being surrounded by people, to just hanging around the house in sweats.”
In Her Own Words
She’s tired of hiding. “We’re at a moment in time right now when we’re all being stripped of everything we thought we needed—and now we can see how worthy and good enough we are without all of the bullsh–t. We’re worthy without the makeup and the artifice. We’re worthy of love without having to work for it.”