This 26-Year-Old With a Rare Skin Condition Is Redefining Beauty



Like many of us, Sara Geurts has struggled long and hard with her body image and confidence (or lack thereof). It has taken time and work to get to the point she’s at now—the point where she feels comfortable living in the skin she’s in. Sounds all too familiar in this day and age, right?

But there's much, much more to Geurts's story. The 26-year-old was diagnosed with a rare skin condition 16 years ago called Dermatosparaxis Ehlers-Danlos syndrome—it affects her connective tissue as well as her bones, blood vessels, and skin. One of the disease's main side effects is that it impacts collagen production, and because of this, Geurts's skin is permanently wrinkled. But that hasn’t stopped her from recognizing her own worth and actively expanding society’s definition of what it means to be beautiful. Keep scrolling to read her inspiring story.