More than Skin Deep
She has a brand new outfit. It’s hot out, so naturally the shirt has short sleeves. She fixes her hair, applies some lip gloss. For the finishing touch, she throws on new earrings and is ready for a fun night out with friends. But after that last look in the mirror, she hesitates. She sees her elbows are exposed. After a recent flare, her psoriasis is visible all over her arms. Thoughts enter her mind of leaving flakes of skin at the dinner table or having strangers and even her friends stare. She now wants to sit at home and miss another night out with friends.
Data compiled by the World Health Organization shows this emotional battle is common among the 125 million people worldwide who have psoriasis, and a familiar struggle that Dr. Alexandra Mizara sees in her London-based psychodermatology office.1