Kim Kardashian Shares Selfie Showing Her Battle with Psoriasis — and How She Treats It
The reality star is trying a variety of different methods to minimize the psoriasis flare-up on her face
The Keeping Up with the Kardashians reality star, 38, gave fans a candid look at what she’s trying behind-the-scenes to heal her skin. On Monday morning, Kardashian West posted a selfie from bed on her Instagram Story with a dark colored herbal ointment dotted on the areas with the psoriasis flare-ups, including her under-eye region, cheek, forehead and chin.
“Psoriasis is the shits! 😂,” the star said as she got real in the caption of her photo.
Kardashian West got very honest about how bad the flare-up has gotten by posting a photo of her legs covered in the patchy red rash, which she captioned “sexy.”
The star appears to be trying light therapy to help her skin, which she calls her “new best friend” in a photo posted of the large full-body device.
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In November 2017, the star had told PEOPLE that she was “using this light [therapy] and my psoriasis is like 60 percent gone.”
Kardashian West has even been willing to whip up different concoctions that will hopefully soothe her skin.
“I’m really trying it all!!! Blueberry Detox Smoothie @medicalmedium,” the star wrote on a photo of the drink she made.
Despite the psoriasis flare-up, Kardashian West still appeared makeup-free at her longtime makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic’s Master Class as he showed over 1,600 aspiring makeup artists and fans his techniques on the reality star herself.
Although Kardashian West was barefaced for much of the class (before Dedivanovic showed attendees how he conceals her psoriasis using makeup), the star politely asked to “not post too many pictures of [her] face all busted.”
Earlier that week, Kardashian West got called out by DailyMail.com for imperfections on her face when she was photographed getting lunch in L.A. with sister Kourtney Kardashian and Kourtney’s ex Scott Disick. The outlet wrote that she suffered from a “bad skin day” in a Tweet, and one day later, Kardashian West responded.
“It’s psoriasis all over my face,” she wrote on Twitter with a cry face emoji.
Kardashian West first documented her battle with psoriasis during an episode of KUWTK in 2011 when she started noticing red spots appearing on her legs.
“So I have this like rash. Khloé seems to think that I have ringworm and I don’t even know what that is,” she told her doctor.
“It’s not ringworm. Khloé was wrong. It’s psoriasis,” her doctor replied.
“When the doctor tells me I have psoriasis I have heard of it before because my mom has always had it but my mom didn’t have red flaky dots all over her,” Kardashian West said. “My career is doing ad campaigns and swimsuit photoshoots. People don’t understand the pressure on me to look perfect. Imagine what the tabloids would do to me if they saw all these spots.”
The last time that Kardashian West revealed that she had a flare-up was at the end of 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.”