Woman with psoriasis hated looking in mirror – but now bares skin in lingerie
Claire Spurgin spent years hiding herself away from the world due to her condition, which causes dry and itchy red patches on her skin.
The 25-year-old, from Essex, even used to avoid looking in mirrors when she went through flare-ups.
But after years of battling with her physical and mental health, the influencer has learned to embrace her psoriasis.
In a candid Instagram post, Claire said: "Psoriasis and mental health often come hand in hand.
"When my psoriasis started in 2016 I didn’t see light at the end of the tunnel.
"My skin condition consumed me and it’s all I could focus on."
She continued: "I hated my reflection in the mirror and I lost all confidence.
"It took years until I was able to say the words ‘I have psoriasis.’
"My mindset is the complete opposite now and if I can overcome how I felt at 19, then I can do anything!
"It’s not easy to accept such a change in your appearance but when you realise your unique it becomes easier to show your skin."
Claire's post garnered more than 2,200 likes – and many praised her for speaking so openly about her journey with psoriasis.
One commenter gushed: "I think you are amazing and so inspiring."
Another said: "You are capable of anything! Amazing post."
A third wrote: "Gosh I'm trying to accept and cope with my skin bu sometimes it's hard – especially when people point it out. You're an inspiration."
And a fourth added: "I got psoriasis at 12 and I'm 26 now.
"I'm still struggling to find that inner acceptance but seeing others overcome it and gain self confidence is truly inspiring."
Claire, who was diagnosed with psoriasis in 2017, spoke to the Daily Star about her journey last year.
She said: "When I first got it I was definitely self-conscious. I was 19 and you worry about your appearance a lot more at that age…
"You could have the psoriasis gene in your body but you might not have psoriasis until it's triggered.
"I had sunburn on my shoulders and that was the trigger of my psoriasis, the sunburn never healed, my shoulders just got a lot dryer and then I had the other dots that appeared on my body. Then it kept spreading and spreading."
Thankfully, the junior sommelier has made peace with her autoimmune condition.
She inspires thousands with her posts – and seeks comfort in others with psoriasis too.
She added: "When I made this Instagram, I felt like I wasn't hiding anymore.
"It’s taken me years to accept my skin and to not be petrified to wear a bikini at the beach. I was in constant fear someone would point at me… and they would!!
"I was shocked at how many people would openly ask ‘what’s wrong with you?’ At that time I was so embarrassed but now, I understand they were just unaware and curious".
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