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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.
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 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.
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 has tried many treatments over the years to manage her recurring guttate psoriasis, including topical treatments, UV therapy, and diet and lifestyle changes.
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.
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 shares her experience of growing up with psoriasis. From her initial symptoms, to the treatments she has tried, and regaining her confidence.
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, 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, 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 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 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.
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, now 55, was first diagnosed with guttate psoriasis at 3 years old and was keen to share her story for Psoriasis Awareness Week 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.
For Psoriasis Awareness Week 2020, Jonathan shared his experiences of psoriasis, having first developed the condition at the age of 60.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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, 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 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.
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 has psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. In his poem 'Lockdown, it's Always Lockdown' he shares his experiences during the pandemic.
Lucy shares her experiences with psoriasis during the pandemic, and the impact that lockdown has had on her skin and mental health.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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'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'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.
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 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'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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 shares his experiences of school and university life while managing his psoriasis and seeking an effective treatment regime.
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 speaks candidly about her experiences of psoriasis, from avoiding swimming lessons in primary school to fears that her daughter may inherit the condition.
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'.
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 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 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 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 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's trial and error treatment process began with coal tar ointment but, in recent years, Robb has found relief through lifestyle change.
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'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 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 shares her journey with psoriasis including, at one point, relocating to the other side of the world to try and find some relief.
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'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 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'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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 talks about her struggle to accept her psoriasis and the profound impact the condition has had on her self-esteem and confidence.
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 has chosen to share his experiences of psoriatic arthritis by writing a poem.
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 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 was diagnosed with psoriasis in 1997, and psoriatic arthritis in 2012. He now makes YouTube videos about his experiences.
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 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.
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