‘Psoriasis used to make me hide away – but now I love skin and flaunt it’
A woman with psoriasis has learned to shrug off her insecurities and love herself.
Claire Spurgin used to be so self conscious about her complexion that she'd cover up hide away.
But now, she's embraces her skin even when the autoimmune disease flares up and causes red rashes.
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The 26-year-old, from Essex, recently bared her natural skin in festive lingerie.
She captioned the image: "My facial psoriasis is really going for it!! It’s odd I don’t hate it as much as I have in the past.
"I’m not reaching for the steroid cream, I’m just moisturising and hoping it calms down soon.
"Someone said to me ‘I hope your psoriasis calms down for New Years’ and honestly it’s the worst it’s been in ages but it’s really not bothering me.
"My friends and family accept my skin and I’ve learnt to love it."
Claire captioned the post with the words "normalise psoriasis" and "body positivity".
She garnered more than 3,300 likes and dozens of supportive comments.
One fan said: "Thank you for sharing – I am suffering with my worst bout of psoriasis and for the first time it’s on my face.
"I’m struggling with this but appreciate you sharing. You’re beautiful."
Another said: "Beautiful girl! thank you for sharing your story.
"I’ve found that as i’ve gotten older the appearance doesn’t necessarily bother me as much either, just the itch."
And a third added: "Love this! You look beautiful as always."
Claire, who was diagnosed with psoriasis in 2017, previously spoke to Daily Star about her journey.
She said: "When I first got it I was definitely self-conscious. I was 19 and you worry about your appearance a lot more at that age."
But nowadays, she inspires people with her social media posts.
Claire added: "When I made this Instagram, I felt like I wasn't hiding anymore.
"It’s taken me years to accept my skin and to not be petrified to wear a bikini at the beach. I was in constant fear someone would point at me… and they would!!
"I was shocked at how many people would openly ask ‘what’s wrong with you?’ At that time I was so embarrassed but now, I understand they were just unaware and curious".
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