Her Psoriasis Inspired Her Skincare Line
- Kim Kardashian, 41, launched “SKKN By Kim” last month and her fans are not buying it—well, at least not buying it that the business mogul uses her own beauty products.
- Detail-oriented followers picked up on something interesting in the background of one of the beauty mogul’s recent Instagram stories: No sign of her own products anywhere in her hotel bathroom.
- Though we can understand the fans’ qualms, at least the mom of four is an advocate for psoriasis, and Kim has even stated that her psoriasis helped inspire her skincare line.
- Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes red, itchy patches to develop on the skin. It is a chronic disease, which means that it does not have a cure. Fortunately, symptoms can often be managed with different treatments and, for some, even lifestyle adjustments.
The psoriasis sufferer launched “SKKN By Kim” last month and her fans are not buying it—well, at least not buying it that the business mogul uses her own beauty products.
The curvy star, who has been heating up with her boyfriend, SNL comedian Pete Davidson, 28, shared an Instagram story of herself in a metallic silver SKIMS bodysuit, and fans got a bit hot and bothered over their discovery.
The photo inadvertently displays products such as what appears to be Cetaphil moisturizer, and various other products that simply aren’t the ones that she’s always promoting with SKKN.
“Cetaphil moisturizer,” one fan wrote, “And yet you expect us to drop 100 bucks on SKKN moisturizer.”
However, other fans came to Kim’s defense, saying that she has frequently talked about how much Cetaphil helps ease her psoriasis flare-ups and SKKN does not yet sell a body moisturizer.
Though we can understand the fans’ qualms, at least the mom of four is an advocate for psoriasis, and Kim has even stated that her psoriasis helped inspire her skincare line.
“What began as a psoriasis diagnosis became the catalyst for my journey of skincare discoveries, inspiring me to learn more about my skin and how to care for it,” she said in a statement.
Whether that’s with her own products or not, well, the jury’s still out.
Kim experienced her first psoriasis flare-up at age 25 after she battled a common cold, which she says may have triggered the outbreak. Her mother and momager, Kris Jenner, 66, also suffers from this autoimmune disease.
“My journey has been very different from my mom’s, but I see so many similarities as well. She had it in her scalp and all over her body, and I’d see it all the time and remember her going to the tanning salon to try and ease it. Getting UV rays directly on the spots really helped my mom,” she shared on sister Kourtney’s Poosh lifestyle site. “For me, however, that remedy would burn the areas and cause them to itch, so I always felt helpless. I am the only child my mom passed down her autoimmune issue to. Lucky me, lol.”
At the time of her first flare-up, Kim got a cortisone injection from a dermatologist and luckily the spots, which were mainly on her stomach and legs, disappeared for around five years. Then it came back. Since then, she said her skin has been “unpredictable,” but Kim isn’t letting the frustrating condition bother her these days.
“I’ve become extremely comfortable with my psoriasis. No matter where it is on my body, sometimes I am fine with showing it off and other times I don’t want it to be a distraction, so I cover it up with body makeup,” she wrote.
Kim tries to minimize stress and manage symptoms with healthy lifestyle choices like eating a plant-based diet.
“I hope my story can help anyone else with an autoimmune disease feel confident that there is light at the end of the tunnel.”
Learning More About Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes red, itchy patches to develop on the skin. It is a chronic disease, which means that it does not have a cure. Fortunately, symptoms can often be managed with different treatments and, for some, even lifestyle adjustments.
The disease is rare; only about 3.2% of the U.S. population has it, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Still, there have been major developments when it comes to treating psoriasis in recent years.
“Psoriasis is a chronic, auto-immune skin condition where you have red, scaly patches on the skin,” Dr. Saakshi Khattri, a dermatologist/rheumatologist at Mount Sinai Health System, tells SurvivorNet. “It is a chronic condition, which can ebb and flow. You can have good days and bad days.”
Dr. Saakshi notes that while anyone can develop psoriasis, the disease is more common in people between the ages of 30 and 50. Researchers believe genetics, as well as environmental factors, may play a role in the development of psoriasis.
If you are suffering from psoriasis, go see a dermatologist who can help determine the treatment plan best for you. Just know that you don’t have to suffer alone. There are many things you can do to help lessen the severity or completely clear your symptoms.