How Do Celebrities Treat Their Psoriasis?

by Casey Nilsson Patient Advocate

From Kim K. to Cyndi Lauper, many female stars struggle with psoriasis. Here’s how some of them keep their flares at bay.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Kim Kardashian attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
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Kim Kardashian West uses cortisone injections

In 2016, the reality TV star and fashionista, who was diagnosed in 2011 with psoriasis, explained how she receives cortisone shots in her famous derriere every few years to treat her psoriasis, and reported that the injection can sometimes leave a dent.

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13: Kim Kardashian speaks onstage during the 2017 Forbes Women's Summit at Spring Studios on June 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
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Kardashian West also uses phototherapy

Most recently, the mother of three has had success with at-home phototherapy. Since 2015, she’s spoken publicly about her handheld light therapy device, the Baby Quasar MD Plus. In 2017, she credited the device for a 60 percent psoriasis clearance.

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actress CariDee English (L) and guest attend the 23rd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party on February 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for EJAF)
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CariDee English sees results with biologic medication

The “America’s Next Top Model” winner and psoriasis advocate, who was diagnosed when she was a child, has struggled with near-full-body coverage for much of her life. She found relief in a biologic medication.

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: Cyndi Lauper performs during the 4th Annual 'Home For The Holidays' Benefit Concert at Beacon Theatre on December 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
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Cyndi Lauper finds biologic, lifestyle changes help

The venerable pop star was diagnosed with psoriasis in 2010 and has had success with a biologic medication. She also serves as a spokesperson for the drug she uses. The performer, who embarks on a two-month tour in summer 2018, credits lifestyle changes — including exercise and avoidance of alcohol and spicy foods — for improving her autoimmune disease.

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 07: Singer LeAnn Rimes performs during the CMA 2015 Country Christmas on November 7, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
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LeAnn Rimes also finds drug, lifestyle changes keep her psoriasis at bay

Country music star LeAnn Rimes was diagnosed with psoriasis at age 2 after contracting a virulent form of strep. She’s tried many treatments over the last three decades, from coal tar to methotrexate. In recent years, she’s seen success with a biologic drug. The singer also factors in lifestyle and diet changes and keeps her stress in check to stay clear.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: Stacy London speaks onstage during Dress for Success 20th Anniversary Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on April 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Dress for Success Worldwide)
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Stacy London uses topical steriod

The stylist, best known for co-hosting the TV show “What Not to Wear,” was diagnosed with psoriasis as a child. She credits a topical steroid for keeping her psoriasis under control.

BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actress/model Cara Delevingne attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for MTV)
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Cara Delevingne's condition is stress-induced

The model and actress has reigned in her time on the runway in recent years, in no small part due to the havoc it wreaks on her psoriatic skin. Delevingne flared up — very publicly — during Fashion Week in 2013. She said that her psoriasis flares when she’s under great stress. While news articles don't share her treatment regime, she has been open about her struggle with the condition.

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Actress Katie Lowes attends the Walk to End Alzheimer's Los Angeles at LA Live on November 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Alzheimer's Association)
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Katie Lowes swears by biologics, exercise, clean diet

The “Scandal” star keeps her psoriasis in check with biologics, exercise, and a clean diet that’s low in sugar and yeast.

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Celebrities find different treatments relieve psoriasis symptoms

From reality TV stars to country singers, celebrities with psoriasis run the full pop cultural gamut – and so too do their treatments. But no matter what the famous do, consult with your doctor about your best treatment options.

Casey Nilsson
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Casey Nilsson

Casey Nilsson, an award-winning journalist and magazine editor based in Rhode Island, writes about autoimmune disease for HealthCentral. Casey is a 2018 Association of Health Care Journalists fellow, and her reporting on unfair labor conditions for people with disabilities was a finalist for the City and Regional Magazine Association Awards. Diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis in 2016, Casey enjoys digging into rheumatologic news, research and trends.