25-year-old woman, covered in psoriasis, bravely exposes her body.


As she refuses to share photos of her covered in psoriasis, a woman bravely shares snaps of her body. “hide”Do not leave the world.

Claire Spurgin spent years covering flaky red patches on her skin to avoid being pointed out by others.

Claire is now 25 years old and has shared incredible photos of herself to let others know that she doesn’t have to be ashamed.

The Silver Screen Beat spoke to the Essex junior sommelier: “When I made this Instagram, I felt like I wasn’t hiding anymore.

“It’s taken me years to accept my skin and to not be petrified to wear a bikini at the beach. I was always afraid someone would point at my body…and they did!It was true!

“I was shocked at how many people would openly ask ‘what’s wrong with you?’ At that time I was so embarrassed but now, I understand they were just unaware and curious”.

Claire developed psoriasis when she was 19
Claire was 19 when she developed psoriasis.

Claire was diagnosed with psoriasis – an autoimmune condition that incorrectly tells skin cells to grow too fast – in 2017.

Excessive skin cell accumulation on the skin’s surface can cause flaky and reddish patches.

Claire said: “When I first got it I was definitely self-conscious. I was 19 and you worry about your appearance a lot more at that age…

“While you could be born with the psoriasis genes, it is not likely that you will develop psoriasis unless it triggers.

“I had sunburn on my shoulders and that was the trigger of my psoriasis, the sunburn never healed, my shoulders just got a lot dryer and then I had the other dots that appeared on my body. Then it kept spreading and spreading.”

Claire is bringing awareness to the skin condition on Instagram
Claire raises awareness on Instagram about skin conditions

Claire had to wait for a skincare specialist to diagnose her, since doctors were initially confused by her symptoms.

The body positivity advocate explains: “In the beginning when I was going to the doctors, they didn’t know what was going on with my skin.

“It was a lot of back and forth, but eventually I felt I had had enough and decided to visit a skin specialist.

“I’d spent all of this money on these creams that didn’t work and then as soon as I went to the specialist they knew instantly that I had psoriasis. That’s when I started the light treatment.”

This light therapy, also known as ultraviolet B (UVB), is recognized by NHS.

“The light treatment is a bit like sunbeds. You go to the hospital, you stand in a lightbox and the UVB rays help to calm down your psoriasis,” Claire explained.

“I was going three times a week and I had 40 sessions. My skin was really stubborn, the course was extended and my skin calmed down a lot but my psoriasis soon came back.”

She wants people to realise they can live happy lives no matter how they look
She wants people realize they can have happy lives, no matter what their appearance.

There is currently no cure for psoriasis. It’s best to manage the condition day by day.

Claire uses a strict skincare regime to help relieve the itching and pain.

“I can’t just get up and go, I have to make sure I do particular steps. I have to use particular body stuff and moisturiser,”She spoke.

“I often talk about the Lush Dream Cream Body Lotion and that’s the product that I swear by.”

She also uses Tony Maleedy Juniper Therapy Shampoo and Condition, a Lush Shower Gel, Body Shop Tea Tree Face Wash, and the Body Shop Vit E Moisturizing Skin Cream.

Claire follows a strict skincare routine to look after her condition
Claire adheres to a strict skincare regime in order to maintain her health.

“Personally I find treatments are a short term ‘fix’. Steroid creams work, but as soon as I stop, my psoriasis is back. The light therapy did work eventually, but again, my psoriasis came back,”She spoke.

“I was always holding on to the hope that the next treatment would keep my psoriasis away so when it didn’t, I was gutted.

“It was exhausting to feel so emotional. I learnt how to soothe my skin and now I’m happy with how it looks.”

Even though the skin condition is a constant battle, Claire is determined to not let it defeat her.

She started sharing candid photos of herself on Instagram, where she has more than 13,000 followers.

Claire has managed to accumulate thousands of supportive followers
Claire has managed thousands of supportive followers

Claire said: “[My followers are] really supportive, they follow the page because they’re curious, whereas on TikTok you can get the meaner comments.

“It’s easy to believe that it can be fixed. I’m often asked by people if they have any questions.”

While Claire may have received negative comments here and there, she regularly receives support on Instagram.

“Your positive attitude is amazing. I have psoriasis and your page has been very encouraging.” one person wrote.

“You are an inspiration. I wish I had the same confidence when I was younger, even though my skin was worse.” someone else commented.

“Although I was covered, back in those days, before the internet I had never met another person with psoriasis. It was a strange feeling, but it is no longer.”

A third person added: “Your posts are wonderful. Your strength is remarkable and your ability not to give up is admirable.”

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