“Learning to love yourself and learning to love your body is like a whole journey that all people, but more specifically, women, have to go through.”
Lyrics for “My Skin” – Lizzo
If you have psoriasis, you are familiar with the daily work of learning to love your body. Persistent pain and itching can make your skin feel uncomfortable. Worse still, psoriasis can change the way you feel about yourself every time you look in the mirror.
Grammy-winning singer, rapper, and songwriter Lizzo understands this sense of isolation from body dysmorphia. As a result, she has made sharing her personal challenges in overcoming body image issues a central part of her social mission.
“I don’t think loving yourself is a choice,” he revealed in an interview with NBC News. “I think it is a decision that must be made to survive; it was in my case “.
Here are four lessons to help you follow in Queen Lizzo’s footsteps as you learn to live and accept your psoriasis diagnosis.
1. Your physical appearance can affect your mental health, but the reverse is also true
Psoriasis can greatly affect your self-esteem and self-image.
“It’s very common for patients to experience socio-emotional challenges,” says Tracee Blackburn, PA-C, who practices clinical dermatology and is the CEO of the Illinois Society of Physician Assistants Dermatology (ISDPA). “Due to constant pain in the joints or inflamed plaques on the skin, patients may experience social anxiety and feelings of shame, and become more withdrawn from everyday activities.”
However, Lizzo has advice on how to handle it. “I have to take a deep breath, it’s time to focus on you,” he writes in his famous song “Good As Hell.”
If you’re feeling depressed or anxious because of your psoriasis, don’t suffer in silence – you’re not alone, says Blackburn. Talking to a mental health provider can help you feel better internally, which can make you feel better in your own skin.
2. Personal care is your most important responsibility
Psoriasis can make you feel like a stranger. Lizzo reminds us that self-care is anchored in self-preservation.
“We have to start being more honest about what we need and what we deserve, and start serving that to ourselves,” he wrote in an interview he shared with his followers on social media. By surrounding yourself with what you need, instead of giving in to the temptation to become invisible, you can practice true self-care.
“With psoriasis, there are good days and bad days,” says Blackburn. “I would recommend that patients talk, talk to their provider and say ‘I’m not okay.’
3. Your perspective is your choice and acceptance is key
If you feel like psoriasis is taking over your life, it’s important to take responsibility for how your mind can control how you feel and react, says Blackburn. “Being comfortable in your skin starts from the inside.”
Are you allowing psoriasis to take over your life by focusing on your misery instead of turning outward? While you may be concerned about embarrassment about your skin changes, you may be missing out on the other less visible challenges that people around you face.
“I finally realized that acknowledging your vulnerabilities is a form of strength,” Lizzo said during an interview with NBC. Accepting that psoriasis is part of your life can give you the freedom to begin living fully.
4. Society’s expectations of “beauty” are deeply flawed
Lizzo has spent her career breaking society’s expectations of beauty. More than once, she has responded to people who have criticized her for posting images on social media that show her body in the most truthful, unedited and unapologetic way.
When you suffer from psoriasis, each flare-up can feel like its own special agony. But instead of feeling like you need to hide, Lizzo reminds her social media followers that they are all goddesses, not in spite of their physical appearance, but because of it.
“Crazy, sexy and cool baby // With or without makeup”
Lyrics for “Like a Girl” – Lizzo