The Kardashians are known for their perfectly contoured faces and beautifully flawless skin, but that doesn’t mean the foundation that they start with is always perfect. In fact, as Kim reminded us recently, they’re very much like us when it comes to breakouts, large pores, and other skin conditions.
As many of us do, the 38-year-old reality star suffers from psoriasis, a condition in which cells build up on the skin’s surface, creating scales and itchy red patches that can also be painful. There’s no known cure, but there are a slew of home remedies and treatments designed to help reduce inflammation.
Kim has posted about her condition in the past (she was diagnosed publicly during a 2011 episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians), but she still hasn’t found something that works for her. And recently her flareups have moved from her body to her face, creating understandable frustration. We imagine that’s why she shared an intimate photo of her “morning psoriasis” on an Instagram story on Sunday, showcasing several new facial flareups that look painful AF.
Over the past year or so Kim has tried a lot of things, like phototherapy, herbal treatments and seaweed to get her skin condition under control, but last December she told her fans that enough is enough. She asked for medication recommendations on Twitter, which led some to believe she may even try to develop her own treatment system down the line. (Hey, if anyone has the cash to do something like that, it would be a Kardashian. Or a Jenner.)
I think the time has come I start a medication for psoriasis. I’ve never seen it like this before and I can’t even cover it at this point. It’s taken over my body. Has anyone tried a medication for psoriasis & what kind works best? Need help ASAP!!!
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) December 24, 2018
This time around, following the Insta story, fans are sending in lots of messages of support and love. It’s the second time in a week Kim has shared a close-up of her psoriasis, so we can only imagine her frustration. Frankly, we’re thankful she’s sharing.
That’s kind of the beauty of Kim, isn’t it? Love or hate her, she’s never been afraid to remind us that despite her celebrity she has some of the same problems as us average joes. If Kim has psoriasis, then why should we feel bad about ourselves for suffering from the condition? This is a woman who creates beauty lines and is considered a fashion icon, so if she can post photos of it, why should we feel any shame?
Thankful that @KimKardashian is speaking out on her psoriasis more, making me feel like im not the only one ❤️
— Katttt (@_katelynjoness) March 18, 2019
— chewbacca🐻 (@riyanitaaaa) March 18, 2019
@KimKardashian I have suffered from psoriasis for most of my life. I really understand what you’re going through. It’s difficult. I can tell you what I’m using that has helped me.
— LouBear (@capecod9) March 18, 2019
I truly admire when @KimKardashian posts psoriasis pics because I could never 😩
— ReRe (@ReanaJuliette) March 17, 2019
Celebrities… they really are just like us. But you know, with money and clout and fancy things. Whatever. Here’s hoping that Kim’s struggle helps bring about some sort of results for the rest of us too.