My name is Emma and I’m 17 years old. I have suffered with psoriasis for 12 years (ages 5-17) and I’m so grateful to say my skin is now 100% clear since February 2018.
At the beginning of September 2017, my skin was in crisis, nothing was working and I felt my mom and I had tried everything and anything under the sun to treat my psoriasis.
Not only was my skin in crisis, but my confidence and mental health was suffering as a result. My mom decided to contact the Irish Skin Foundation, where I got to talk to a lovely advocate Caroline Irwin who had also suffered with psoriasis. Caroline invited my mom and I down to Waterford in October 2017 to a National Psoriasis Meet-Up.
We got to meet loads of people from all around the country who also had psoriasis.
Being able to meet people with the same condition as I, was a brilliant experience! I didn’t feel so alone and so isolated anymore.
I could talk to people who understood my struggles and met people going through the same situation as I was.
The best part of the meet up was the camouflage makeup workshop by Vichy, which taught me how to cover my psoriasis with makeup if I wished to do so. Shortly after this event I went on a biologic treatment (injection) for my psoriasis and by the second injection my skin was clear.
I strongly believe that it was the encouragement and support from the Irish Skin Foundation that helped my Mom and I make the best decision of my life and go on the treatment.
This summer has been one like no other where I have been able to wear what I want in public and show my clear skin off with confidence.
If anyone is struggling at the moment, I understand what you are going through and even though there may seem to be no end to your suffering, I can promise that you are not alone and that there are people out there just like you.