Kim Kardashian is no stranger to seeing her appearance critiqued online and in magazines. In fact, she has used a lot of the hype to her advantage, launching a successful makeup line and signing countless endorsements. But when it comes to shaming, the reality star is not one to stay silent.
Earlier this month, the Daily Mail posted a story to social media with the caption, “Makeup mogul suffers bad skin day in LA ahead of Master Class beauty seminar.” The images showed Kim behind sunglasses with bumps lining her chin and cheeks. Not long after the post was published, she responded by explaining that she was suffering from was psoriasis flare-up, something no one should be mocked for.
“It’s psoriasis all over my face. 😢,” Kim tweeted.
The 38-year-old was diagnosed with psoriasis in 2011 and has since been open about her skin issues. Characterized by inflamed, red, itchy, flaky patches on the surface of skin, the chronic condition comes and goes, flaring for a few weeks, then subsiding for some time. And though the symptoms can be managed, there is still no cure.
On Monday, Kim took to Instagram Stories to give followers a candid look at what’s she been dealing with behind the scenes of her seemingly perfect existence. She posted a selfie with some sort of ointment treatment covering the patches of psoriasis on her cheeks, chin, under her eyes, and on her forehead. “Psoriasis is the shits! 😂,” she wrote. To show just how bad the flare-up was, she also shared a photo of her legs covered in large red patches.
Though she doesn’t share what’s in the “herbal ointment” used on her face, judging from its color, it likely contains coal tar, which helps to reduce scaling, itching, and inflammation. The star also appears to be using light therapy treatments, which she calls her “new best friend” in a photo posted of a large medical device. Phototherapy involves exposing your skin to controlled amounts of artificial UV light and has been shown to treat scaling and inflammation.
Kim previously confirmed she gets cortisone injections to help with the condition and that she is considering prescription medication to help manage her severe symptoms. In December 2018, she tweeted, “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.”
Honestly, it’s refreshing to see Kim get real about her skin issues. No one has perfect skin, and hopefully this will help normalize the condition — after all, she does have over 127 million Instagram followers. “I’m always hoping for a cure, of course, but in the meantime, I’m learning to just accept it as part of who I am,” Kim wrote on her blog back in 2016.