Update: March 18, 2019
On Sunday, the Kardashian continued to update fans with her skin struggle. “Morning psoriasis,” she captioned the makeup-free selfie that showcases not only the red patches around her brows, eyes, cheeks and chin, but how much the skin condition can travel and exacerbate in just a couple of days.
It’s no secret Kim Kardashian West has psoriasis. In fact, while she’s best known for her ultra-glamorous looks, her social media presence within the last few years has been peppered with tweets, posts and even interviews about her struggle with the skin condition, which Greenwich, CT dermatologist Lynne Haven, MD explains is a very common immune-related skin disorder that causes red, scaly patches. “It’s a lifelong genetic condition which can be flared by stress or infection,” adds Dr. Havens.
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Though the Kardashian has shared shots of the patches on her legs and body, along with what she’s tried to manage it with, we’ve yet to see what it looks like on her face. However, a recent makeup-free selfie on her Instagram stories allowed us to see what her skin looks like beneath all the makeup.
As seen here, the red, scaly patches cover her cheeks, hit below her eyes and around the nose. “By bringing awareness to the struggles of managing psoriasis, celebrities like Kim Kardashian have also shone a light on some of the new treatments we have for the condition,” says Dr. Haven, adding that these may include topicals, light therapy—Kim’s treatment of choice—or biologic medicines.