8 Instagrammers Who Get Real About Psoriasis
These #psoriasiswarriors are doing it for the 'gram—revealing all sides of their personal journeys with psoriasis.by Kaleigh Fasanella Health Writer
When you have a chronic inflammatory skin condition like psoriasis, it’s so easy to feel like you’re completely alone. The reality is, though, psoriasis is a common and widespread condition—125 million people worldwide, to be exact—that’s slowly but surely becoming less and less stigmatized. And believe it or not, we partially have Instagram to thank for this, as over the last few years, myriad folks have started using the social media platform to share their stories, which in turn, has helped to raise awareness and shatter misconceptions surrounding the disorder. We’re shining the spotlight on these inspiring psoriasis warriors who deserve a follow from you on Instagram.
1. Holly Dillon, @getyourskinout
Holly Dillon founded Get Your Skin Out, a campaign dedicated to raising positive awareness for psoriasis, in 2015, and has since grown and fostered a community of amazing folks who get candid about living with the chronic skin condition. In addition to sharing unapologetic snapshots of herself in underwear and a bikini—showing off her spots in all their glory—she also encourages others to share their own #getyourskinout photos, too. If you ever desperately need a reminder that you’re not the only one, Holly’s feed is an excellent place to visit.
Fave Quote: “Yes, there will be bumps in the road, especially on our psoriasis journeys…but take it day by day…look at old moments and look at new moments, so you can be the best version of yourself.”
2. Lianne Hunter, @fixmypsoriasis
Lianne Hunter is another psoriasis-positive blogger who actually helps Holly Dillon (from above) plan events for Get Your Skin Out. Together, the dynamic duo is on a mission to raise awareness, build community, and break down the existing stigma that surrounds psoriasis. Lianne’s feed is filled with an array of inspirational quotes, photos of her “leopard” spots, and thoughtful updates on her journey living with the chronic illness.
Fave Quote: “Despite the…unpredictability of the condition, I wouldn’t change it for the world. #Psoriasis has made me strong, resilient and understanding. It’s made me appreciate that beauty comes in many shapes, sizes and forms.”
3. Reena Ruparelia, @psoriasis_thoughts
As the same suggests, Reena’s account is dedicated to her personal thoughts and feelings when it comes to the ups and downs of living with a condition like psoriasis. She also frequently shares skin-care tips that have worked for her and makes detailed highlights so that you can go back and watch her stories whenever it’s convenient for you. The best part about Reena’s page is she’s always honest and vulnerable about what she’s going through—even on the worst of days—and maintains a positive outlook that encourages her 8,000+ followers.
Fave Quote: “I’ve had better days and I will have better days. This I know for sure.”
4. Ashley Featherson, @spottiettoohottie_
After years of hiding behind heavy makeup and modest clothes, Ashley Featherson finally started believing the people who told her how beautiful she is—psoriasis spots and all. Now, she’s totally open about her condition and shares photos of her skin all the time to raise awareness and show others that it’s okay, too: You can 100% have confidence with psoriasis. Her bio reads, “My Skin, My Logo: Love Yourself or Nobody Will,” which is definitely advice we could all use in our lives, skin condition or not.
Fave Quote: “There’s beauty in being different.”
5. Stephanie Shepherd, @cyapsoriasis
Stephanie’s account is dedicated to her healing journey and chronicles the emotional rollercoaster of having psoriasis. She shares tons of advice regarding what has worked for her as far as diet and lifestyle goes, and she also encourages having a positive mindset, too. Additionally, she’s one to follow if you’re a beauty lover, as she’s always testing and talking about skin-care and wellness products she loves.
Fave Quote: “The reality is we all have bad skin days, no matter which skin condition you may be suffering with. Psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, acne, rosacea etc. It’s really easy to get down and out about it. Remember it’s also healthy to feel those emotions and at the end of the day, there will be light at the end of the tunnel for you.”
6. Poppy Challinor, @thegirlwithpsoriasis
UK-based Poppy is a huge supporter of the Get Your Skin Out movement, and like her peers, is documenting her journey with psoriasis on Instagram in hopes of raising awareness and fostering community with others who have it, too. Her positivity and realness are a breath of fresh air—that, and she’s helping to show people it’s okay to be vulnerable and completely yourself on social media, that your skin doesn’t define you. She’s also great at engaging with her followers, always encouraging them to leave comments and share their own stories in the comment section.
Fave Quote: “Psoriasis is as beautiful as the smile on your face.”
7. Jassem Ahmed, @jassem1
This Londoner documents his travels, his food finds, and his life with psoriasis via photos and video (check out his YouTube channel). As of late, he’s shared the ups and downs of his experience with biologics. You’ll appreciate Jassem’s no-holds-bar take on living with the chronic condition as he reveals the head-to-toe progress—or lack thereof.
Fave Quote: “Sometimes life throws amazing people at you.”
8. Krista Long, @pspotted
Sharing bits of her life—days curled up on the couch with a good book, days out with friends…her wedding day!—and how she does it all unabashedly while not trying to hide her psoriasis. She said it best in one of her first Instagram posts: “Psoriasis is not a sentence or handcuffs that chain my wrists, it is a freedom to love a part of me I was chosen to battle.”
Fave Quote: “My body is a map. On display my world filled with colonies of strength, confidence, and perseverance. There are some lone islands home to shame and silence, but they are slowly being swallowed by the sea that is love. My body is a map.”