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Save for her recent big break from the spotlight, Kim Kardashian West typically isn't shy about even her biggest insecurities—those who follow her on Snapchat know this best, as last year, Kardashian West publicly logged her daily weigh-ins for months. And yet, as forthcoming as she is about just about everything, she has also admitted that she goes to great lengths to conceal a certain skin ailment. Kardashian West famously suffers from psoriasis, a genetic skin disorder that causes cell overgrowth, usually resulting in large red, itchy, flaky patches. But now, she says she's finally ready to embrace it—most of the time, at least.
"After this many years, I've really learned to live with it," she said in a post on her app earlier this week. "I don't even really try to cover it that much anymore. Sometimes I just feel like it's my big flaw and everyone knows about it, so why cover it?"
Still, that doesn't mean having psoriasis is always easy—the condition tends to pop up in very inconvenient ways, as Kardashian recently tweeted:
Wait why am I now getting psoriasis on my face ????— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 6, 2017
I know that I can personally relate—since my first big flare-up at eight years old, I've been battling psoriasis ever since. (Kardashian and I even share the same rare variety of psoriasis, called guttate.) And I also know that I'm not alone; in fact, considering psoriasis is the most common autoimmune disease in the United States—affecting 7.5 million people—it's kind of nice to have someone with such a massive public platform embrace it, you know?
Shop some of my go-to psoriasis remedies below.
I've been using this oatmeal bath since 2000, making it the most longstanding beauty product in my life. (It's for good reason—nothing else soothes my itchy, red skin so well.)
There's a direct link between stress and psoriasis flareups, which is why relieving tension is the first line of defense.
To help heal existing patches, I swear by a simple DIY solution. Sweet almond oil is one of the most absorbent oils for our skin, and I like to infuse it with fresh lavender to help relieve stress and boost circulation—and, in turn, stimulate the healing process.
This post was originally published on September 2, 2016.