Psoriasis is not a cosmetic problem. It’s not just a skin condition. And it’s not only about vanity. Most people don’t understand that when you suffer from psoriasis, you have to constantly think about it. What if you scratch your psoriasis? How much will it bleed? How difficult is it to know that some people don’t want to touch you or your surroundings? Even treatment can be time-consuming and stressful, and sometimes, a long road.
In a 2008 National Psoriasis Foundation survey of 426 psoriasis sufferers, 71% reported that the disease was a significant problem in their everyday life. More than half reported significant feelings of self-consciousness (63%) and embarrassment (58%) and more than one-third said they avoided social activities and limited dating or intimate interactions.
But numbers only underscore the emotional trauma and frustration of those who struggle to cope with this disease every day and make sure it doesn’t overtake their lives.