Cyndi Lauper: The star opens up about her long-term health condition

Singer Cyndi Lauper opened up about a health condition which has been plaguing her life for years: what is Psoriasis?

Cyndi Lauper psoriasis
Cyndi Lauper psoriasis

This is a skin condition which plagues many. In 2010, singer Cyndi Lauper, known for hits such as Girls Just Want To Have Fun and True Colors was diagnosed with Psoriasis.

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In an interview with the American Academy of Dermatology Association the singer opened up about how she handles life with her conditions as well as what it is life for her.

But what is Psoriasis, the skin condition which affects 2 in 10 people in the UK?

Cyndi Lauper opens up about her condition?

In her interview with the American Academy of Dermatology Association, Cyndi Lauper was asked how she manages Psoriasis. The singer shared her tips, separating them in three different categories.

Lauper, who was diagnosed with the condition in 2010, explains that now, part of her life is to find a way to manage her stress. She admits that stress management has never been her forte but that, through the years, she has learnt to rely on techniques such as yoga, reiki and meditation.

The singer also makes sure to always find time for herself and she encourages people who suffer from the condition to do the same. However, far from preaching she says:

How about five minutes for you?

Finally, she ends her tip list with some reassuring words. She knows how difficult it is to get through bouts of the condition. On that she tells the Dermatology Association:

When psoriasis gets really bad, it’s really hard to get up again

She also shared that once her Psoriasis got so bad ‘it looked like someone threw boiling water on (her).’

What is Psoriasis?

According to the NHS, Psoriasis is a ‘skin condition that causes flaky patches of skin which form scales.’ They specify that though these patches tend to appear in areas such as the elbows, scalp or knees, patches can occur anywhere on the body.

This condition affects 2 in 10 people in the UK and impacts men and women alike. Unfortunately, Psoriasis can start at any age and with varying degrees of severity.

The NHS explains that ‘people with psoriasis have an increased production of skin cells.’ They highlight the fact that the phenomenon behind Psoriasis is not fully understood but it is believed that it is linked to one’s immune system. Another grey area when it comes to Psoriasis is whether or not it is genetic.

As it currently stands, there is no cure for Psoriasis but there are ‘treatments (that) can improve symptoms and the appearance of skin patches.’ The NHS recognises that, even though Psoriasis is considered a ‘minor irritation for some people’, for those with severe cases it can lead to mental health issues.

If you want more information you can read more about Psoriasis HERE and, were you to have any doubt or symptom, we recommend consulting your GP who will be able to give you a diagnosis.

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American Academy of Dermatology Association

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