Read the real life stories of people living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.
Having psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis can sometimes feel isolating, but it doesn’t have to be that way! That’s why we are sharing your stories, to help others realise they do not have to experience their condition alone.
Your stories have helped to start hundreds of honest and open conversations between people affected by psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis. We believe that no one should have to cope with their condition alone, and hearing from people who have shared similar experiences can help others to make sense of their psoriasis and how it makes them feel.
We originally started sharing your stories for our ’50 for 50’ campaign, where we featured 50 people’s experiences on our website and social media for our 50th anniversary year (2018-2019). We were overwhelmed with the response to the campaign with people from all over the world getting in touch to open up about how their condition has impacted them. Due to the success, we decided to continue!
You can read the stories people have shared with us below by clicking on the individual names.
If you’d like to take part and share your own experiences you can find out how to get involved here.
Deanna- 18th May 2020
Deanna was diagnosed with psoriasis when she was 33 years old. After being hospitalised when her skin was at its worse, she is now determined to find an effective treatment in time for her upcoming 60th birthday.
Felicity- 6th May 2020
Felicity had coped well with her psoriasis throughout her younger years, but developing guttate psoriasis at 17 rocked her self-image and confidence. Here she tells her story and why she feels it is so important to raise awareness of the condition.
Tsvetomira- 28th April 2020
Tsevetomira experienced a severe flare when her psoriasis first appeared as a child. After developing psoriatic arthritis she is hopeful that starting a new treatment will help to alleviate her symptoms.
Sophia- 4th March 2020
In her story Sophia explains the impact her psoriasis has had on her mental health, and how taking part in a recent body positivity photoshoot has helped her to begin to regain her confidence.
Olivia C- 20th January 2020
Nineteen year old Olivia was diagnosed with psoriasis ten months ago when it felt like the condition had taken over her life. Here she describes the impact of having psoriasis on her hands, and how medication has helped her to manage.
Lynn- 11th November 2019
Fifteen year old Lynn talks about how the condition affected her confidence and made her feel different from her peers following her diagnosis at 10 years old.
Olivia M- 4th November 2019
Olivia's psoriasis made her self esteem and confidence plummet as she approached her second year at university. Now she wants other young girls who are in a similar position to know that it can get better.
Malin- 30th September 2019
Malin's psoriasis has always been influenced by stress, but making changes to her lifestyle and developing healthy habits have enabled her to get her skin under control.
Emma G- 26th August 2019
In her story Emma talks about how, and why, she decided to change her diet and lifestyle to try to better manage her psoriasis.
Keith- 19th August 2019
Keith shares his experience of growing up with psoriasis in the 60s, not long after the end of World War Two and around ten years before the Psoriasis Association was founded.
Erin- 5th August 2019
Erin's mental health suffered as a result of her psoriasis throughout her teenage years. Now, at 18, she wants to help others who are going through similar experiences.
Michelle- 22nd July 2019
Michelle talks about her experiences growing up with psoriasis, from the many treatments she used as a child to supressing her feelings about her skin, and why she is determined not to let the condition define her.
Afsah- 24th June 2019
Afsah struggled with her pustular psoriasis while she was growing up, and bullying affected her self-esteem. Here she shares her story and how going to the gym has helped her to feel more positive.
Greg F- 17th June 2019
Greg is an actor who plays James Nightingale in the popular soap Hollyoaks, here he talks about his journey with psoriasis and how he was inspired by others who have been shared their stories.
Ellie M- 10th June 2019
Ellie shares her psoriasis journey and talks about how she found strength and positivity from reading other people's stories, inspiring her to do the same.
Jodie- 3rd June 2019
Although Jodie has had psoriasis since she was two, her most severe flare happened in year 13 after she came down with tonsillitis. In her story Jodie recalls the effect psoriasis had on her self confidence.
Jas- 27th May 2019
Jas has had a challenging time with his psoriasis over the past 10 years. Now, having regained his confidence, he has started a YouTube channel called 'Trapped in My Skin' to share his experiences.
Lee P- 20th May 2019
Lee was diagnosed with psoriasis whilst in secondary school and 10 years later developed psoriatic arthritis. He shares his experience of finding relief in exercise as he plans for his next half marathon.
Jude- 13th June 2019
Jude refuses to let her psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis define her and runs a blog to help raise awareness of the condition and encourage others to be more self-accepting.
Leah- 6th June 2019
Leah experienced a severe flare in her psoriasis whilst she was pregnant. After finding a medication which works for her she is determined to be more open about her condition.
Lisa- 29th April 2019
Lisa documents the ups and downs of her psoriasis including the treatments she has tried, how the condition has impacted her psychologically and a particularly difficult flare up following the birth of her second born.
Greg P- 22nd April 2019
Taking part in a clinical trial and making some lifestyle changes helped Greg to see an improvement in his psoriasis for the first time in 15 years.
Jade- 15th April 2019
Jade talks about her struggle to obtain a diagnosis of psoriasis, and the long process of trial and error to find a treatment to manage her skin and get her feeling like herself again.
Han- 8th April 2019
Having had psoriasis for 18 years, Han is tired of feeling as though she can't wear what she wants in order to hide her skin. Here she tells her story and why she is determined 2019 will be the year she embraces her psoriasis.
Bex- 1st April 2019
Bex tells us about her journey with psoriasis, which started in primary school at just 9 years old, and how she has come to better manage her mental health and skin through healthy eating and exercise.
Sue- 25th March 2019
Sue explains how her psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis have impacted her life and her relationships. She describes daunting trips to the hairdressers, pregnancy with psoriasis and eventually finding a successful treatment.
Jonny- 18th March 2019
Jonny has overcome many challenges since he was diagnosed with psoriasis in the late 90s including being barred from the army due to his skin, and developing psoriatic arthritis.
Jess G- 11th March 2019
Jess has struggled with her psoriasis since she was a young child. Here she shares her turbulent journey with the condition, and how making lifestyle changes has helped her to regain control of her skin.
Laura- 4th March 2019
Laura developed psoriasis after the birth of her daughter Millie. In her story she discusses the challenges of treating psoriasis as a new parent and the impact of stress on her skin.
Sally - 25th February 2019
In the past psoriasis has affected Sally's mental health and left her feeling alone, but she's determined that it won't define her.
Leona- 18th February 2019
Leona struggled with her self-confidence and felt embarrassed about going out in public due to her skin. Now she is hoping to get her psoriasis under control with the help of a new dermatologist.
Tom- 11th February 2019
Tom shares his experiences of school and university life while managing his psoriasis and seeking an effective treatment regime.
David- 4th February 2019
In his story David documents the ups and downs of living with psoriasis throughout his 37 years in the military and on Mountain Rescue operations.
Elizabeth- 28th January 2019
Elizabeth speaks candidly about her experiences of psoriasis, from avoiding swimming lessons in primary school to fears that her daughter may inherit the condition.
Ellie C- 21st January 2019
Ellie found learning to live with the challenges of psoriasis difficult throughout her teenage years, but has since come to accept her skin and embrace her 'leopard spots'.
Gráinne- 14th January 2019
Whilst Gráinne's guttate psoriasis impacts her mental health when she is flaring, she refuses to let the condition stop her from doing what she wants. Here she explains why she feels it is so important to embrace your skin.
Corrinne- 7th January 2019
Corrinne shares her experience of living with psoriasis over the past 20 years, from learning to cope with the condition as a young woman to her experience of pregnancy and psoriasis.
Danielle- 31st December 2018
Danielle describes how her psoriasis affected her mental health and school life when she was young, and how, many years later, she has learned to embrace her skin and open up about her experiences.
Mollie- 24th December 2018
Mollie shares her experiences of growing up with psoriasis and how, with the support of her family and friends, she's learned to accept her skin.
Mia- 17th December 2018
Mia has been living with psoriasis since just after her 18th birthday. Find out how she dealt with the daunting prospect of moving away from home for university whilst managing her psoriasis.
Robb- 10th December 2018
Robb's trial and error treatment process began with coal tar ointment but, in recent years, Robb has found relief through lifestyle change.
Jess F- 3rd December 2018
Jess shares her experiences of psoriasis from body bandages and midnight baths as a child to dealing with stress-induced flare ups later in life.
Alice- 26th November 2018
Alice's psoriasis made her feel insecure throughout her teenage years and she used to wear lots of makeup to cover it. Now she has come to accept her psoriasis and shares her makeup and confidence tips on Instagram.
Ffion- 19th November 2018
Ffion takes us on her journey, from having UVB therapy 3 times a week and trying to balance this with school, to learning to deal with the mental impact of psoriasis.
Rachel- 12th November 2018
Rachel shares her journey with psoriasis including, at one point, relocating to the other side of the world to try and find some relief.
Gemma- 5th November 2018
Gemma, host of The Psoriasis Geek podcast, talks about her experiences of psoriasis from her childhood to now and why the online psoriasis community is so important to her.
Emma T- 22nd October 2018
Emma's psoriasis initially appeared during her first year at university. Ten years later, she's returning to university with confidence, determination and a desire to raise help awareness of psoriasis.
Joe- 15th October 2018
Joe documents the influence psoriasis has had on his mental health over the years and how, with the support of his wife and therapist, he is no longer letting the condition define him.
Kate- 8th October 2018
Kate's psoriasis first appeared when she was around 10 years old. Recently she has learned to love herself again and begin embracing her skin, even getting a t-shirt made with her own slogan on it!
Robyn- 1st October 2018
Psoriasis and eczema run in Robyn's family. Here she shares her experiences, from her treatment journey to how she maintains a positive attitude towards her skin.
Benjamin- 24th September 2018
Ben tells us about the invaluable support he has found through talking to other people with psoriasis on Instagram and why he is feeling more hopeful thanks to UVB treatment.
Charlotte- 17th September 2018
Charlotte has had psoriasis for as long as she can remember and says that she refuses to let her skin define her. Here she shares her experiences and how her positivity was tested when she was unable to join the RAF.
Janine- 10th September 2018
Having had psoriasis for 20 years Janine shares her story and how she found relief through exercise, including running two half marathons in support of the Psoriasis Association.
Beth- 3rd September 2018
Like many people, Beth had no idea what psoriasis was when she was first diagnosed. Here she explains how she has since learnt to embrace her skin, and why she wants to help others do the same.
Anonymous- 27th August 2018
Our second anonymous story comes from a lady who first developed psoriasis during a stressful period at work. Read about her experience of finding an understanding dermatologist and starting an effective treatment.
Lynsey- 20th August 2018
Lynsey has a positive outlook on her psoriasis and refuses to let it dictate her life. Now she would like to help others do the same.
Maddy- 13th August 2018
Maddy initially felt 'fobbed off' by her doctor but found the courage to go back and has now started an effective treatment which has helped her psoriasis & boosted her self-esteem.
Anonymous- 6th August 2018
In this anonymous story our author explains their journey working their way though the psoriasis treatment pathway, from topical (applied to skin) treatments to biologic medication.
Aimee- 30th July 2018
Aimee shares her psoriasis journey, from first being diagnosed aged 14 to developing psoriasis on her face after a recent flare up, and finding the strength to share her photos on Instagram.
Georgia- 23rd July 2018
Georgia first noticed her psoriasis patches after bullying made her feel anxious about her appearance and going to school. After regaining her confidence years later she started an awareness campaign to uplift and empower others with psoriasis.
Andy- 16th July 2018
Andy looks back on his 40 year journey with psoriasis, and how biologic medications have helped him to get his life back on track following a severe flare which saw him hospitalised.
Rhianna- 9th July 2018
Rhianna felt she lost herself due to her psoriasis but was able to slowly regain her confidence by finding professional help and writing about her feelings.
Lyndsey- 2nd July 2018
Lyndsey talks about her struggle to accept her psoriasis and the profound impact the condition has had on her self-esteem and confidence.
Marcelina- 25th June 2018
Marcelina was diagnosed with psoriasis in 2006 while living in Poland. Here she shares her experience of finding a supportive community and navigating a new healthcare system when she moved to the Netherlands.
Russ- 18th June 2018
Russ has chosen to share his experiences of psoriatic arthritis by writing a poem.
Olivia R- 11th June 2018
Olivia shares her psoriasis journey including her 'worst skin flare up' just before her 23rd birthday, finally getting referred to a Dermatologist, and seeing promising results with UVB light treatment.
Anne-Marie- 4th June 2018
Anne-Marie was first diagnosed with psoriasis 50 years ago. In her story she shares her experiences, from school life to trying different treatments, and dealing with the how the condition affected her psychologically.
Lee J- 28th May 2018
Lee was diagnosed with psoriasis in 1997, and psoriatic arthritis in 2012. He now makes YouTube videos about his experiences.
Nakita- 21st May 2018
Nakita noticed her first 'spot' of psoriasis in P.E. class at secondary school, here she shares her experiences and her excitement at finally getting an appointment with a Dermatologist.
Alicja- 14th June 2018
Alicja was diagnosed with psoriasis just before her 18th birthday. Here she describes her journey with the condition and why she started the #JestemBiedronka social project.
Share Your Story With Us
Are you inspired by other people's stories and interested in sharing your own experiences of psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis? Would you like your story to be featured on this page, and on our social media channels?
We are looking for...
- Your story of life with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis (or both) in your own words
- Ideally 400 words or less (if you want to write more, that's fine too)
- A photo of yourself to accompany your story (you can provide as many photos as you like)
If you're interested in taking part and sharing your story, or you'd like more information about the project, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org