This week was the world premiere of Suicide Squad and the stars were walking down the carpet to the cinema. The stress of walking down the red carpet can get to anyone and unfortunately, if you have psoriasis it will cause a flare up. That is what happened to Cara Delevingne.
Cara Delevingne wore a black slashed mesh mini dress with thigh-high boots. Even though her rashes were covered with makeup, the bumps were still visible under the flash of the paps cameras.
August is Psoriasis Awareness month and it is often a misunderstood disease. Since people do not understand the disease, it leads its sufferers to hide their lesions because of fear.
Many people believe that psoriasis is a skin disease but it isn’t. It is a multi-system anti-inflammatory disease of the immune system. One of the symptoms are skin lesions or rashes. They might be as small as a coin or cover most of their body. They are also at high risk for developing heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, psoriatic arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and obesity.
When people see the rashes on psoriasis sufferers, they are afraid that it is a contagious one. That is one of many reasons why sufferers try to hide their rashes. The stress from trying to hide it usually makes it worse.
Cara has spoken about about her stress-induced psoriasis in the past. She has said that her condition has flared up in the past during runway shows. “It only happened during the Fashion Weeks, which are, of course, the worst time of year for me to be covered in scabs. Psoriasis is an auto-immune disease, and I’m sensitive.”
Few years ago, there have not been many options for psoriasis patients other than topical creams and have become frustrated with the less than optimal results.
“Kate Moss saw me before the Louis Vuitton show at 3am when I was being painted by people to cover the scabs. She said, ‘This is horrible! Why is this happening? I need to help you’. She got me a doctor that afternoon.”
There has been many advancements in treating psoriasis. There are topical treatment, phototherapy, traditional systemic treatments (by mouth, injection or transfusion), and biological agents, which are protein based drugs that pin point a specific part of the immune system.
Psoriasis is a treatable condition. Consulting your doctors and dermatologists can help with treatments. Staying calm and relaxed will help with flare ups. Having a healthy diet helps and can’t hurt even if you don’t have psoriasis.
2%-5% of people suffer from psoriasis and it can help many people if it is just understood.