What It Means To Have Psoriasis And Still Be Stylish
Fashion expert Carson Kressley said it best … "You don't have to be perfect to be pretty," this is a statement that can be applied to all of us with psoriasis. A lot of men and women feel less attractive due to the auto-immune disease which may cause thick, flaky, and itchy patches of skin to build on the surface of the body. This disease can affect one's self-esteem, confidence, mental health, as well as the way a person chooses to dress. Some with psoriasis choose to cover up out of fear of someone seeing their spots who may not understand the disease and assume it's contagious.
When you think of the word "stylish," what are some thoughts that come to mind? I think of it as having it together, setting the bar, having influence, being inspiring, owning confidence, and feeling good; all characteristics that can be displayed inside and out. Check out this "stylish" acrostic message to help you remember to always be stylish with psoriasis.
S is for Spunky:
This word is often used to describe a person that is courageous, determined or outspoken. Today I encourage you to be "spunky." Wear something you’ve been afraid to put on due to your psoriasis, find ways to make it work while remaining comfortable. Add a jacket, leggings, or body makeup. I love wearing skirts, but I’m not that comfortable wearing my spotted legs bare, so I pair up my skirts with cute leggings and stockings that camouflage my psoriasis.
T is for Tailored:
To have something tailored means to have something that is custom-made. Did you know YOU are tailor-made and have a set purpose here on earth? All of us with psoriasis share many commonalities, but our stories are unique to each of us. Those of us with psoriasis have a powerful story to tell about dealing with this disease. You can do so in several ways through blogging, sharing it with friends and family, social media, or support groups. No matter your comfort level there is an avenue for you to tell your story.
Y is for Youthful:
Being youthful doesn't have to mean acting childishly or being under a certain age; it can also mean to be young, fresh, vigorous, healthy, and strong in spirit. What changes can you make that might help improve your life in general including your psoriasis? Should you exercise more often? Eat better? Visit your dermatologist? Do a better job of taking your psoriasis meds and/or seek counseling to heal your inner self? Make a pledge to do 3 things this month that could have a positive effect on your life.
L is for Lovable:
Things that are fashionable are loved and adored by many. You have a lot in common with fashion in that YOU too are lovable. I want to remind you today that you are loved. Focus less on those who have negative things to say about you or your disease and focus more on those who adore and support you through your ups and downs. Think of three people that have helped you with your battle with psoriasis and send them a thank you.
I is for Impactful:
Fashion trends just like you can be impactful. Fashion has a major impact on what people determine as stylish. You can be impactful on helping people better understand what it’s like to have a disease such as psoriasis. I’ve found that sharing my story has helped my friends be more empathic, compassionate, and has erased the stigma often associated with such a visible disease.
S is for Snazzy:
This is a term often used to describe someone in a positive way as dapper, trendy, and fashion-forward. If you are having trouble with revealing your spots to the public there are ways to cover up the spots with style. If you have spots on your legs try some cute socks that hit the knees or thighs and pair it with a skirt. If you have spots on your upper chest look for a nice bulky but pretty necklace. If you have psoriasis on your feet, there are sandals which can cover the spots, but allow your feet to breathe. The different ways you can cover your psoriasis is endless.
H is for Hip:
To be hip in the fashion arena is to be a trendsetter, know the latest hot brands, and newest styles. Being hip in fashion is cool but being hip on the happenings of your disease is even better! Just as you follow the latest trends in fashion follow the latest trends in psoriasis research, fundraising, comorbidities, so you can stay "hip" and ahead of this disease.
Any suggestions made are not intended to replace the advice of a qualified medical professional. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to making any changes to your treatment, exercise or diet routine.