When Hanna first discovered scabs and skin flakes behind her ears and on her scalp, she had no idea that psoriasis was the culprit. As her scalp and body psoriasis worsened, Hanna developed bald spots and felt embarrassed for people to see her hair or body. Now that Hanna has found a routine that works for managing her psoriasis, she wants to share her knowledge to help others. “I wish people knew that psoriasis is not a hygiene issue,” she said. “It is not because you don’t wash your hair well.”
Watch the video to learn three facts Hanna wishes everyone understood about psoriasis.
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Hey, guys. My name’s Hanna, and I started getting psoriasis February of 2022. I started getting bald spots and losing a lot of hair because of how scratchy my scalp was. I never wanted to wear my hair up in public or wear clothes that would show off my psoriasis. I felt so alone. I stayed in my home for a few months because I was so embarrassed of going out in public.
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I wish people knew that psoriasis is not a hygiene issue. It is not because you don’t wash your hair well. It’s an autoimmune disease. It doesn’t make you gross. For people who have scalp psoriasis specifically, you can’t just shave your head and everything will go away. It’ll just make the psoriasis show even more. Over 125 million people worldwide have psoriasis.
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That number by itself should make you feel less alone and less ashamed of who you are and what condition you have. The more you embrace it, the more comfortable you are with it, the easier it’s going to be to treat it. It does get better. Just remember that no matter what you have on your skin, you are always going to be beautiful.