Reality star Kim Kardashian recently learned that she has psoriasis. The 30-year-old was shown with flaky, red patches covering her legs on the show “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”
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"People don't understand the pressure on me to look perfect," Kardashian said on the show. "When I gain a pound, it's in the headlines. Imagine what the tabloids would do to me if they saw all these spots?"
Kardashian's mother was diagnosed with psoriasis, at times a hereditary disease, at the age of 30. Kim tells Life and Style that her mother fortunately does not have the classic red, flaky dots.
Art Garfunkel, from '70s sensation Simon and Garfunkel, has been diagnosed with psoriasis, but his poetic reaction differed from the Kardashian clans'.
Garfunkel visited Israel for the third time July 2011 and after swimming in the Dead Sea he commented, "I've been told that if you float in that salty, buoyant water, it's very good for the skin. I found it not so much therapeutic as beautiful," according to the Art Garfunkel Website.
American contemporary writer John Updike devotes a chapter in his book, "Self Consciousness" to his battle with psoriasis called “At War With My Skin.” Both Updike and his mother were diagnosed.
Country crooner LeAnn Rimes has suffered from this disease since she was just two years old. She has said that the key to management is stress reduction. Rimes has used her celebrity allure to spread awareness by serving as a spokesperson for the National Psoriasis Foundation.
Another spokesperson for the National Psoriasis Foundation is model CariDee English. English inherited the disease from her mother, but that didn’t stop her from winning America’s Next Top Model in 2006. She has fought psoriasis since she was five years old and even posed with a bad flare up as part of the national campaign in 2010.
Actor Jerry Mathers, famous for his role as Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver in the original sitcom Leave It To Beaver has the skin conditon.
Mathers shares with USA Today, "My psoriasis isn't that severe, but it has been a source of embarrassment."
While Stacy London must combat style disasters as a host of What Not to Wear, she also must fight the effects of psoriasis on her skin. London’s been dealing with the disease for most of her life, using humor as a coping method.
"I really tried to be funny,” she says. “I think that's what made me constructively critical of other people.”
London is our fourth and final celebrity spokesperson for the National Psoriasis Foundation.
Celebrities are constantly in the spotlight, with any skin imperfection visible for all to see. Psoriasis, which causes ruddy scales, plaques and blotches on the skin, affects 7.5 million Americans, celebrities included. Because August is Psoriasis Awareness Month, check out a few famous faces that are publicly battling this finicky disease.