World Psoriasis Day 29 October 2024

Inspiring Hope and Empowering Individuals with Psoriasis


While the words psoriasis Kim Kardashian may not seem to go together, anyone who has faithfully watched “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” will recall when Kim revealed that she had psoriasis.

It was in 2011, and the reality star was 30 years old at the time. Interestingly enough her mother, Kris Jenner, was also 30 when she was diagnosed with psoriasis.

Psoriasis-Kim- Kardashian: The Diagnosis

In that episode, Kim consulted with dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer, after she had developed a rash on her legs. Ever helpful, her sister Khloe Kardashian told Kim it was ringworm. However, Dr. Lancer, quickly identified the spots as psoriasis, a chronic, auto-immune disease the shows up on the skin. Often it appears as scaly red patches that itch and even bleed.

In that 2011 episode, Kim expressed concern about how this condition was going to affect her appearance. The concern shouldn’t be too surprising as her appearance is under constant scrutiny.

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Psoriasis-Kim-Kardashian: The Prognosis

While Kim is somewhat familiar with psoriasis because her mother, Kris Jenner, also has the disease, she is shocked to learn that there is no cure. One thing Dr. Lancer does recommend is that Kim slow down and try to avoid stress as much as possible.

Although psoriasis is an auto-immune disease with a strong genetic component, as clearly evidence in mother and daughter both becoming symptomatic at about the same ages, there are triggers that can make the condition worsen.

Kim also learned that there are a number of other health conditions associated with psoriasis that she will need to be monitored for in the future. These conditions associated with psoriasis include: heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, psoriatic arthritis, heart attack, obesity, and, not surprisingly, depression.

Psoriasis-Kim-Kardashian: Living with Psoriasis

In 2016, 35-year-old, Kim shared how she is coping with living with this disease. “I don’t even really try to cover it that much anymore,” revealing some pictures showing a few red patches on her right leg.

She goes on to explain that she gets flares from time to time, but manages mainly by diet and cortisone injections. In addition, she smooths on cortisone cream at bedtime.

Psoriasis Kim Kardashian: In the Public Eye

Kim has shared that since psoriasis is part of her, she’s given up trying to hide it any more than necessary. She does use a little concealer to tone down the redness when she is experiencing a flare.

She also makes a point of explaining her condition when she goes to a photo shoot. If she’s not worked with the team before, she explains what it is and as she puts it, “I lay out all my insecurities before we start a shoot in the hope that no one will be focused on that.”

She has bravely shared online some un-retouched photos showing not only the patches on her legs, but in the 2011 episode where she visits Dr. Lancer, she rolls up her top to reveal the patches on her abdomen and torso. 



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