These Celebrities Have Psoriasis, Too

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  • While these celebrities struggled with psoriasis, they have also proven that anyone can manage the condition while living a successful and happy life
  • The most popular member of America’s first family of reality television, Kim Kardashian wasn’t silent about her experience with psoriasis

If ever you need proof that psoriasis can affect anyone,1 look no further than these famous figures from the sports and entertainment industry.2 While they struggled with psoriasis, they have also proven that anyone can rise above the condition and live a successful and happy life.

LeAnne Rimes

Before winning two Grammy awards, releasing platinum and gold albums, and becoming a successful country singer, LeAnne Rimes was battling psoriasis, which she was diagnosed with when she was just 2 years old.3

In 2008, Rimes went public with her condition by appearing in the "Stop Hiding, Start Living" psoriasis awareness campaign.4 In a Shape magazine interview, she discussed what drew her in to the cause:5

"… By finally getting control over it instead of it having control over me, I wanted to speak out and let people know that there is hope. There are 7 million Americans living with psoriasis and a lot of them are not getting treatment because they think it's just a rash, when it's really a chronic skin disease that's been linked to medical conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression."

Art Garfunkel

One-half of the iconic music act Simon and Garfunkel, Art Garfunkel has experienced psoriasis outbreaks. He even went to the Dead Sea in Israel to have the condition treated.6 "I've been told that if you float in that salty, buoyant water, it's very good for the skin. I found it not so much therapeutic as beautiful," Garfunkel told Canadian Jewish News in an interview.7

Phil Mickelson

With five major golf titles8 under his belt, American golfer Phil Mickelson has definitely cemented his place as one of the sport's best. Even more inspiring is that he accomplished some of them despite having psoriatic arthritis.

Mickelson experienced the initial symptoms of psoriatic arthritis while preparing for the 2010 U.S. Open, held in Pebble Beach, California.9 Before the tournament started, he narrated in a news conference that he experienced extreme tendon and joint pain that rendered him unable to walk at some point. As such, he had his symptoms checked. His psoriatic arthritis diagnosis came after seeking a second opinion at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.10

As for how he fared during the 2010 U.S. Open, Mickelson was able to play and landed in fourth place, three strokes behind winner Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland.11

Kim Kardashian

The most popular member of America's first family of reality television, Kim Kardashian was very open about her experience with psoriasis. In fact, the cameras were rolling in her doctor's office as Kardashian was diagnosed with the condition in an episode of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," after noticing red and inflamed patches on her skin. However, Kardashian isn't the only member of her family with psoriasis. Her mother, Kris Jenner, was also diagnosed with psoriasis when she was 30 years old.12

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