Written by Tikeyah Varner

Let’s be real we live in a time where appearance is everything! Whether it’s social media, selfies or music videos, everything is based on how you look. I think that is why my psoriasis has literally driven me up a wall the past few months. I have had psoriasis for eight years. My flare-ups have been off and on, sometimes manageable, sometimes not so much.

The past few months of my journey with psoriasis have been significantly tricky. This is because more recently my flare-ups have mainly been on my face. In a world where everything seems to be based on looks and outward appearance, I feel it’s quite obvious why this has been extremely hard for me. I’m a communication major and a public speaker so I spend the majority of my time talking to people, that’s what I love.

The reality is they probably aren’t staring, but because I am my biggest critic, I feel self-conscience about it. To help me with this, I have to continually remind myself that I’m more aware of my psoriasis than others.

If you have psoriasis, you know that each day is unpredictable. There are some days I wake up feeling very confident, and there are some days that I don’t feel as great. Whether you are dealing with psoriasis, battling with self-esteem, or a lack of self-confidence, I think it’s important to remember the true meaning of beauty. Being beautiful isn’t just your outside appearance, as a matter of fact, that is a tiny part of it. Beauty comes from within. Beauty is a state of mind that describes the way a person feels on the inside. Ultimately, being beautiful means feeling confident in your own skin no matter the circumstance. I make sure that I remember of this every morning.

No, I can’t control my psoriasis, but I won’t let it control me either! With each day that goes by, I make sure to remind myself that I am beautiful just the way I am and I hope that if you are reading this, you tell yourself the same!