Teen embraces extreme psoriasis and calls the marks on her skin tattoos

Teen embraces extreme psoriasis and calls the marks on her skin tattoos


 Molly Mathews, 16, was 11 when she noticed dry flakes in her scalp which she assumed was dandruff  But it spread down her head and neck, leading to a diagnosis of psoriasis which affects around 2% of British people  Molly didn’t shy away from the incurable condition either; she took to Instagram to show the marks left on her skin  She called the red welts left on her body little tattoos which she doesn’t feel the need to hide away from  ‘I’m tired of people pitying me, or saying I’m brave for showing off my skin. This isn’t brave – it should be the norm,’ she said  ‘I do get some nasty comments. People ask what’s wrong with me, or tell me my skin looks bad I’ve even had someone tell me not to wear red lipstick as it makes my psoriasis look worse – but that just made me go out of my way to wear it even more  ‘That kind of thing can be incredibly damaging to people struggling with self-esteem, but I actually love my skin  ‘I’m very comfortable having it out and don’t feel the need to hide. I always say I won’t need tattoos when I’m older, as the psoriasis patches already look like little flower designs ’  Molly said attending a girls’ school also made her feel worse about her condition as there’s a lot of pressure to look a certain way  But she doesn’t mind that anymore and is just focused on taking care of her condition  Although it can cause her pain, particularly in the heat, or when her skin cracks and bleeds, she has learned to manage her psoriasis well  She regularly moisturises with coconut oil – preferring to avoid steroid creams, which can cause problems during withdrawal – and ensures she only uses very gentle, vegan products, with natural ingredients  After seeing the #getyourskinout campaign on Instagram, Molly launched her own page where she posts bare-faced selfies and offers advice to others with psoriasis.  ‘I felt so unbelievably happy to finally see people with psoriasis come together and share their stories,’ said Molly  ‘It’s great to see celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Cara Delevingne speak out about it, but it’s also frustrating, as not everyone can afford the expensive treatments they have  ‘I found taking pictures helped a lot. It gave me a chance to properly look at myself and appreciate when I was having a good day  ‘You don’t have to love your psoriasis, but there’s a lot to be said for taking a moment to recognise when you look nice I don’t think of myself as ugly because of my skin – it’s just part of me.’       The Fix The daily lifestyle email from Metro co.uk. Find out more

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