You might know Louise Roe from her popular blog, Front Roe, where she shares fashion and beauty tips, travel guides, and stories about her life as a new mom. While the fashion blogger and journalist is known to keep things candid with her 690,000+ followers, she's chosen to keep one major part of her life secret until now: her diagnosis with plaque psoriasis.
Being a Social Influencer & Making Skin Problems Easier to Discuss
The chronic autoimmune disease called psoriasis causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin, often forming scales and red patches that are itchy and sometimes painful. One winter, when Roe was 25, she noticed that her skin broke out in scaly red patches that were itchy and that caused quite a bit of pain. "I ignored it for a while, thinking that eventually, it would just go away," Roe says. "But it never did."
Once she realized that it was more than just a strange rash, Roe went to go see a skin specialist who diagnosed her with plaque psoriasis, the most common form of the disease. In total, approximately 7.5 million people in the United States have psoriasis, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. And while there is no cure for the disease, certain lifestyle measures can help reduce psoriasis flare-ups—something Roe learned over time.
Roe struggled with the diagnosis on an emotional level as well. "Being in an industry where looks mean so much, constantly trying to hide something that was a huge part of my reality was difficult," she says. "I found myself feeling sad, frustrated, and even angry because of how uncomfortable I felt in my skin." (Roe isn't the only notable name with psoriasis. Read how Kim Kardashian West deals with the frustrating skin condition.)
After years of trying to figure out ways to best manage her illness, Roe met a dermatologist whose advice changed her outlook in more ways than one. "Because psoriasis presents itself on the outside of your body, it's easy to overlook the fact that it actually manifests on the inside," she says. "After speaking to a dermatologist, I learned that my flare-ups could be a result of living a high-stress life and not taking enough time to take care of myself.”
While a change didn't happen overnight, Roe says that making these small lifestyle changes not only helped minimize her flare-ups but also helped her gain a positive perspective on her situation. "Slowly, I stopped letting the fact that I had psoriasis dictate my life and my confidence," she says. "Instead, I found the strength to embrace it."
Roe hopes that being open and honest about her diagnosis will help other women find confidence. "We live in such an empowering time right now where women are embracing themselves as they are," she says. "I hope that by sharing my personal experience, other women struggling with psoriasis learn the importance of self-care and that taking care of your body and mind can help you feel comfortable in your own skin. And at the end of the day, psoriasis is just a small part of who you are, so don't let it define you. Embrace it and continue pursuing your hopes and dreams."
Treating Psoriasis the Natural Way
Celebrities have access and bank accounts to match the level of care, treatment, and products they can use to help their psoriasis. Most people suffering from the skin condition cannot afford such luxury and are prescribed by dermatologists a steroid cream or recommendations for products like moisturizing lotion with petroleum or mineral oil. This has been the standard solution for psoriasis and eczema sufferers for decades.
Wild Naturals saw the lack of natural skincare and released a whole line of eczema and psoriasis products. No harsh chemicals, preservatives, fragrances (which can dry out the skin), no mineral oil or petroleum and organic aloe vera as the first ingredient, not water like most every other skin care product. With rich beneficial ingredients like manuka honey, shea butter, coconut oil and more, Wild Naturals pH balanced skincare lines can greatly aid in the relief and reduction of your psoriasis.
Visit the Wild Naturals online store today to purchase your new start on conquering your psoriasis!