Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West revealed she had been diagnosed with the skin condition psoriasis back in 2011 and she has been sharing updates on how she deals with it ever since.
The 38-year-old wife and mum of three initially thought she had ringworm and was dismayed to discover that in fact it was psoriasis, a skin condition that has no cure.
Psoriasis, unfortunately, is a chronic, genetic disease of the immune system. It appears on the skin, often as red, scaly patches that itch and bleed.
Kim was diagnosed with psoriasis at age 30. And interestingly, so was her mother Kris Jenner. Like we said, it's genetic.
Kim was understandably upset. And even more so when she discovered there is no known cure. But Kimmy K is not one to take things lying down. The feisty American decided she was going to look into psoriasis as much as possible and hunt down solutions for her outbreaks - be they traditional or no.
So far she’s tried everything from herbal mixtures and seaweed products to a low-acidity diet and so-called detox smoothies. Kim is adamant that some of her treatments have eased her regular flare-ups, but also admits some have not been helpful - at all.
Here, a quick look at what Kim says you can do to ease psoriasis symptoms - and more importantly, what specialists recommend. The latter being the wiser choice. #Justsaying.
There are topical ointments that treat psoriasis. These include topical corticosteroids, creams that contain coal tar and basic moisturisers that may ease itching and scratching.
Salicylic acid can also help ease psoriasis - it comes in creams and also medicated shampoos and scalp solutions. These will need to be recommended by your specialist however. Talk to your pharmacist, GP or dermatologist.
Kim Kardashian loves seaweed skincare treatments and also, light therapy.
She revealed on her Instagram account that she utilised an at-home light therapy system and reported impressive results. Regular folk who perhaps can't afford to have light therapy at home, can get such treatments from specialists. Exposure to sunlight can help too.
According to the Mayo Clinic, brief, daily exposure to small amounts of sunlight may improve psoriasis. That said, if you over-do it, sun exposure can worsen symptoms and cause skin damage so talk to your specialist before you lay in the sun.
If your psoriasis is very difficult, your specialist might prescribe oral or even injectable drugs. However, this style of drugs can cause side effects, so it's likely these medications will be used for only very short periods and will likely be alternated with other forms of treatment.
Again - this will be an option to discuss with your specialist. He or she will be able to tell you if this is a step that's needed or not.
If you're not ready to go that far, you might like to consider adjusting your diet - this is something Kimmy K dabbled in.
The reality TV star has spoken about eating a diet that’s low in acidic foods (such as tomatoes and eggplants) in the hopes of suppressing psoriasis flare-ups. Some say this diet works, and that includes Kim who says her outbreaks decreased when she adjusted her diet, but the science behind this remedy is anything but solid.
Still, it can't hurt to try. Kim swears by it and so do many other psoriasis sufferers.
You might also like to consider using a humidifier to keep skin moist.
The main thing sufferers of psoriasis need to remember is that firstly, this is a common condition that many people suffer from - regular folk and famous reality stars alike.
The next thing to consider is that while it is incurable, there are many ways to treat flare-ups and outbreaks and they are generally effective. Psoriasis is not fun. Nobody wants the diagnosis but it can be managed and managed well with specialist help and a little effort too.
To learn more about psoriasis visit Psoriasis Australia by clicking here. And remember, you're not alone. Not only does Kim suffer from this condition so do many others. Indeed, 125 million people worldwide are believed to have the condition and in Australia, some 450,000 people suffer from some form of psoriasis.
It is not curable but it can be managed, says Psorasis Australia - and Kim Kardashian says the same.