It’s tough being a teen with psoriasis.
A self-conscious psoriasis sufferer is slowly learning to love herself and her skin – despite cruel comments from strangers asking if she’s contagious.
Alice Weekes, 18, from Fareham, Hampshire, began to suffer problems when she was just 11, when hairdressers thought she had ringworm on her scalp.
However, this didn’t turn out to be the case as her skin worsened over the next few years before she was diagnosed with psoriasis at the age of fifteen.
Images show how badly Miss Weekes can be affected during her flare ups, which can cover up to 70 per cent of her body at any one time.
Speaking for the first time, she has revealed that she doesn’t ‘want to hide anymore’ and has praised her family and friends for their support.
Alice Weekes, 18, from Fareham, Hampshire, began to suffer problems when she was just 11
Hairdressers thought she had ringworm on her scalp. But this didn’t turn out to be the case
‘When the flare ups started I was feeling really self-conscious and started wearing clothes that would cover my whole body, so people wouldn’t see,’ she said.
‘I also had really bad anxiety which made me feel horrible and I wouldn’t leave the house if it looked bad but I’m learning to love myself and my skin.
‘Now I’m so used to my psoriasis that I don’t actually remember what I look like without it and I’m a lot more comfortable with showing my skin to people.
‘The reaction people have towards me are often strangers staring and asking lots of questions, I’ve also been asked if I’m contagious or sick.’
Miss Weekes, who is now an apprentice hairdresser, discussed in more detail the moment when the early signs of her psoriasis appeared.
‘I was at the hairdressers when I was 11 and they thought I had ringworm on my scalp,’ she said.
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