Your stories

Read the real life stories of people living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

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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.

Amit - 4th July 2022

Amit's psoriasis journey started in his teenage years. The condition has affected his experience of university and work life, but changes to his lifestyle and medication have led to optimism for the future.

Suzie - 27th June 2022

Over time, Suzie has found ways to deal with the emotional impact of her psoriasis, incorporating new activities into her daily routine and reflecting on the things she is most grateful for.

Rachel - 20th June 2022

Having lived with psoriasis since her early childhood, Rachel developed psoriatic arthritis in her teens. She is now keen to raise awareness that arthritis doesn't only come with old age.

Gemma - 13th June 2022

Gemma shares her journey with psoriasis, from stress-induced flare ups to finding a routine to manage her condition as and when she needs to.

Yvonne - 25th May 2022

In her story Yvonne tells us how making small, gradual changes to her routine and lifestyle has allowed her to continue with her work, hobbies and interests whilst accounting for her psoriatic arthritis symptoms.

Fae - 18th May 2022

Fae found strength in reading other people's experiences of living with psoriasis following her first flare-up of guttate psoriasis. Now, she is sharing her story to help others.

Curtis - 26th April 2022

In his story, Curtis discusses the valuable support of his friends and family in coping with his psoriasis, how exercising has helped him to rediscover his confidence, and finding comfort in shared experiences.

Veronica - 14th April 2022

Veronica shares her experiences of living with psoriasis; from the impact of COVID-19 infection on her skin, to how identifying and being mindful of her triggers has helped her to feel more in control and better able to manage flare-ups.

Daytona - 6th April 2022

After trying multiple different remedies for her psoriasis with little success, Daytona felt as though the condition was dictating her life and knew she had to make a change. In her story she tells us about the challenges and rewards of choosing self-acceptance.

Sydnie - 29th March 2022

For many years Sydnie felt as though the people around her did not understand how her psoriasis affected her. Here, she tells us how increased medical understanding and access to newer treatments has helped her to feel more positive.

Michael - 22nd March 2022

Michael used to hide his psoriasis and deflect any questions about his skin. Now, 40 years on from his diagnosis, he reflects on finding a successful treatment and letting go of the shame he once felt.

Nish - 15th March 2022

One month and 100 miles later, Nish has completed his walking challenge raising a fantastic £255. In his story he tells us about his experiences of psoriasis and why he felt inspired to take on a challenge in support of the Psoriasis Association.

Rosie - 28th February 2022

Rosie discusses the invaluable support of her family and friends when her guttate psoriasis is flaring, and how sharing her experiences on Instagram has helped her to embrace her skin.

Harry - 22nd February 2022

Harry shares his experience of growing up with psoriasis, including the impact the condition has had on his self-esteem, the treatments he has tried, and how lifestyle changes have led to an improvement in his skin and overall wellbeing.

Afsah - 15th February 2022

Afsah was diagnosed with psoriasis when she was a baby. In her story she discusses adapting to life after finding a successful treatment, and how channelling her feelings into a creative outlet has helped her to accept her skin, and herself.

Alison - 27th January 2022

Following her psoriasis diagnosis, Alison kept quiet about the impact the condition was having on her. Then, she stumbled across a community of people who were sharing their experiences on Instagram, and everything changed.

Benjamin - 17th January 2022

Benjamin shared his story with us back in 2018. Since then, a lot has changed; from the way he manages his psoriasis, to finding support online, and the addition of a new furry family member.

Joe - 16th November 2021

Joe was diagnosed with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis over 10 years ago. In his story he discusses the treatments he has tried, what raising awareness means to him, and coming to terms with his skin.

Nathan - 24th August 2021

From having his life affected by the daily treatment routine, to the impact on his self-confidence, and the relief of finding an effective medication, Nathan shares his journey with psoriasis.

Jack - 17th August 2021

Following a stressful period in his life Jack developed psoriasis, and later, psoriatic arthritis. In his story Jack shares the challenges of living with both conditions and how a combination of lifestyle changes and treatment help him to manage.

Rachael - 14th July 2021

Rachael has been living with plaque psoriasis since she was 15 years old but experienced guttate psoriasis for the first time last year. In her story she shares her experience of coping with the condition and accessing treatment during the pandemic.

Nikki - 22nd June 2021

Nikki shares her experiences of palmoplantar pustulosis, a form of psoriasis that affects the hands and feet and causes painful pustules to appear on the skin. Nikki's psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis have affected her mobility and confidence over the years. Here she talks about her journey to acceptance.

Sian - 24th May 2021

Living with psoriasis affected Sian's confidence and self-esteem, causing her to cover up her skin and avoid the hairdressers. After finding a treatment to successfully manage her skin Sian wants to share her experiences to help others.

Marija - 17th May 2021

This week Marija is running online belly dance classes to raise awareness of psoriasis! To coincide with her event she tells us about her experiences of living with guttate psoriasis and how the support of her close family helped her to cope during some difficult flares.

Faye - 11th May 2021

We spoke to Faye about her experiences of living with psoriasis, including what she wants other people to know about the condition and the advice she would give to someone who is newly diagnosed.

Davinia - 6th May 2021

Davinia discovered her passion for yoga just six months before her psoriatic arthritis diagnosis. Now a certified yoga teacher, she shares her experiences and how the practice has helped her to manage her condition.

Zobias - 26th April 2021

Taking steps to lead a healthier lifestyle, including reducing alcohol intake, eating a balanced diet, and exercising more, has helped Zobias to regain control of his psoriasis and feel more confident in his skin.

Shantella - 19th April 2021

Shantella has tried many treatments over the years to manage her recurring guttate psoriasis, including topical treatments, UV therapy, and diet and lifestyle changes.

Jess P - 8th April 2021

Jess was diagnosed with guttate psoriasis after moving to university last year. To mark her 21st birthday she has chosen to share her story; from managing time-consuming treatments, to the impact on her mental health and changing the language around psoriasis.

Jess T - 26th March 2021

When Jess was younger she felt like she had to cope with her psoriasis alone. Now she is using her experience to raise awareness of the condition and tackle stigma.

Alicia - 26th February 2021

Alicia shares her experience of growing up with psoriasis. From her initial symptoms, to the treatments she has tried, and regaining her confidence.

Janine - 24th December 2020

Janine, who shared her experiences of psoriasis with us back in 2018, gives us an update on her psoriasis and how maintaining an active lifestyle has helped her to manage her skin.

Jasmine - 25th November 2020

Jasmine, who was diagnosed with psoriasis as a child, talks candidly about the challenges of living with the condition, and how therapy is helping her to come to terms with her skin.

Ruth - 11th November 2020

Ruth, who shared her experiences in the PsoProtectMe survey, tells us how the pandemic has affected her psoriasis and how keeping positive and active has helped her to manage her skin.

Liz - 4th November 2020

Liz shares her experiences of nail psoriasis, having lived with nail symptoms for the past two and a half years and tried a number of different treatments.

Joel - 4th November 2020

Joel first developed psoriatic arthritis in his twenties and now blogs in order to record his personal experiences. Here, he shared his story for Psoriasis Awareness Week 2020.

Linzi - 3rd November 2020

A severe flare of pustular psoriasis left Linzi needing a stay in hospital for treatment. Five years on and she is in a much better place with her skin.

Anne - 2nd November 2020

Anne, now 55, was first diagnosed with guttate psoriasis at 3 years old and was keen to share her story for Psoriasis Awareness Week 2020.

Aimee - 1st November 2020

Despite living with different types of psoriasis since she was 14, Aimee first developed facial psoriasis in her early 30s and has found it the most difficult to come to terms with due to its visible nature. Nonetheless, Aimee has embraced her psoriasis and is now keen to set a positive example for others to follow.

Jonathan - 31st October 2020

For Psoriasis Awareness Week 2020, Jonathan shared his experiences of psoriasis, having first developed the condition at the age of 60.

Michelle - 30th October 2020

Michelle took part in a Q&A for Psoriasis Awareness Week 2020 to share her experiences of scalp psoriasis, covering everything from when she was first diagnosed with the condition to what advice she would share with others.

Emma - 29th October 2020

Emma shares her experiences of plaque psoriasis, how she manages the condition, what she'd most like other people to know, and advice for the newly diagnosed.

Rhiannon- 20th October 2020

Rhiannon shares her experiences of living with psoriasis, from seeing her mum struggle with the condition growing up, to experiencing flare ups as a new mum and how her son changed her perspective on her skin.

Amy- 8th October 2020

Seeing less of friends, family and colleagues have taken a toll on Amy’s mental health throughout the pandemic, leading to worries that her psoriasis might flare. Here, she shares her story and why she was keen to take part in PsoProtectMe.

Tuhin- 11th September 2020

Growing up Tuhin's classmates made comments about his scalp psoriasis causing him to feel embarrassed and become reserved. Years later he has regained his confidence and found ways to manage his skin.

Jenny- 3rd September 2020

Stress during the pandemic impacted teacher Jenny's skin. In her story she talks about recognising her triggers, how she stays positive and taking part in PsoProtectMe.

Emma- 27th August 2020

Emma was worried about the support that would be available for her psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis throughout lockdown. Here she talks about the ups and downs of life during the pandemic and why she took the PsoProtectMe survey.

Mohammed- 20th August 2020

A severe flare of psoriasis left Mohammed feeling low. Here he tells his story and how he regained his confidence by adopting a healthier lifestyle, quitting smoking, and discovering his passion for fitness.

Jessica- 13th August 2020

After stopping work due to being considered vulnerable to Covid-19 Jessica's skin began to flare. Here she shares her experiences during the pandemic and why she is beginning to feel more confident in her skin.

Hannah- 10th August 2020

Following a traumatic road accident Hannah had to come off her psoriasis medication to undergo surgery. After recovering she is now back on track and feeling positive about her skin.

Bobbie- 31st July 2020

Bobbie, from the UK, is currently living in Australia. Here she shares her experiences with psoriasis including the impact of living away from home during a pandemic and how she stays positive.

Damini- 17th July 2020

Damini doesn't remember life without psoriasis and flares throughout the years have had a detrimental impact on her confidence and self-esteem. Now she is embracing her skin and educating others about the condition.

Clara- 2nd July 2020

Stress due to the pandemic has taken its toll on student nurse Clara's psoriasis. By developing a treatment plan and practising self-care Clara hopes to get her skin back under control.

Russ- 25th June 2020

Russ has psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. In his poem 'Lockdown, it's Always Lockdown' he shares his experiences during the pandemic.

Lucy- 19th June 2020

Lucy shares her experiences with psoriasis during the pandemic, and the impact that lockdown has had on her skin and mental health.

Joel- 3rd June 2020

Joel shares his experiences with psoriatic arthritis, from his initial symptoms and being diagnosed, to learning to live with the condition and becoming a patient advocate.

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...

  • Either your story of life with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis (or both) in your own words. This should ideally be 400 words or less (though if you want to write more that is fine too), OR for you to take part in a question and answer session about your psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis and the ways in which the condition impacts your everyday life. If you would prefer to take part in a Q&A we can send you the questions via email.
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