Cyndi Lauper has struggled with psoriasis.
With her pink tresses and eye-catching stage costumes, pop culture icon Cyndi Lauper was never one to hide. But that’s exactly what she wanted to do when she developed psoriasis, which spread to most of her body and sapped her strength before the skin disorder was controlled.
Appearing first on her scalp and later covering everything except her face, psoriasis struck Lauper in 2010 while the Grammy, Tony and Emmy award-winning singer-songwriter — famous for 1980s’ hits such as “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and “Time After Time” — was on tour. She soldiered through appearances despite crushing exhaustion and an inability to regulate her temperature, which left her zigzagging between hot and cold.
“It’s funny — you start wearing gloves, or this and that, hoping that [psoriasis] is invisible, but it’s not. I wasn’t wearing it like, ‘Woo-hoo, check this out!’ Doesn’t everyone hide it?” said Lauper, now 64 and also an actress and author.
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