The majority of people who have psoriasis say the condition has an impact on their self-esteem, according to a recent survey done by the National Psoriasis Foundation. I have come across both men and women who have expressed depression and emotional distress from having the disease. I too, have felt the effects of how psoriasis can make you feel about yourself. For years I believed I was inadequate, not as good as others, and unattractive. But through my advocacy I have learned ways to embrace my disease and still feel beautiful.
Dress to Impress
I love fashion. I enjoy dressing up and strutting my stuff whenever I get a chance. But having psoriasis has sometimes made that difficult, especially in the summer time. But I have found ways around it to remain comfortable, yet still fashionable. Dressing up ALWAYS makes me feel better about myself and gives me more confidence. A study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology revealed that the clothes you wear may affect how you interact with others. I feel much more confident about myself as well as my skin when I am dressed up. For tips of dressing to impress with psoriasis check out my other article, Tips and Tricks for Dressing with Psoriasis.
The mind can be your biggest enemy, and everything in your life begins with a thought. If you don’t believe you are beautiful, you won’t feel like it either. I have come in contact with a few people who have been rude about my psoriasis. But in reality, most of the time they only confirmed thoughts I was already having about myself. I remember a gentlemen telling me my skin was ugly. The comment itself hurt, but most of all it confirmed what I had already thought. I began reinforcing positive thoughts by using affirmations. If you say something enough you will begin to believe it, and it therefore eventually becomes reality. Sometimes if I feel anxiety about my skin I say, "I am beautiful despite what people think about my skin" or “I am a good person, and my skin does not define who I am.” As I think back, most of the insecurities I had about my skin started with me. Now that I have come out about having the disease, I realize there are a LOT more people who accept it opposed to those who do not. Check out these affirmations by Eileen Bailey.
Having a disease like psoriasis can be time-consuming depending on the treatment you are using. Moisturizing your skin three times a day can be a bit of a headache. There have been times where I just didn’t feel like moisturizing or taking any extra time for my skin, which lead to thick, dry, cracked, flakey skin. In reality by not taking care of my skin, I did just as much damage to my self-esteem as I was doing to my disease. I felt worse when I wasn’t taking care of my skin, because I felt like I wasn’t being the best me I could be. Take care of your skin to the best of your ability. It may not be perfect, but I least you can say you are doing everything in your power. Visit your doctor regularly, and if you can’t do that, look for over the counter remedies Check out some tips to good skin care.
Now, I would like to hear from you! What are some things you do that make you feel beautiful?
Alisha Bridges is a freelance health writer on the topics of sexual health, skin care, and psoriasis. She has lived and thrived with psoriasis for over two decades. Alisha is the creator of www.Beingmeinmyownskin.com, a site dedicated to sharing what it’s like to live with psoriasis. She is also a student at Georgia State University pursuing a career as a physician assistant with a concentration in dermatology. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram @alishambridges.