Kim Kardashian may have never pictured having to share the spotlight with her psoriasis. Between working in the beauty industry and showing off her body in photoshoots, though, the condition can be difficult to disguise. "I have psoriasis all over my face, so it is a challenge," the celeb told Extra in 2019. In fact, psoriasis is something the reality star has been treating for well over a decade. But the famous Kardashian isn’t alone.
According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, over 8 million Americans have the autoimmune disease. It’s a sometimes painful diagnosis that has very visible effects. Psoriasis causes the body to create new skin cells at a much faster rate, leading to inflammation and dry, red patches over the skin.
Over the years, Kardashian has spent time sharing her experience with psoriasis and even posting images of her dry patches online for the public to see. "I hope my story can help anyone else with an autoimmune disease feel confident that there is light at the end of the tunnel," she shared on her sister Kourtney’s website, Poosh. This is a look at Kim Kardashian’s long history with psoriasis.
Kim Kardashian thought her psoriasis was just a rash at first
After developing a common cold when she was 25 years old, Kim Kardashian noticed she was also developing a scaly, red marks all over her body. "Khloé seems to think that I have ringworm," she told her dermatologist during an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, "and I don’t even know what that is." Well, it wasn’t a ringworm. At first glance, her dermatologist was immediately able to identify the "new-onset" condition as psoriasis. It happened to be set off by her cold, which kicked her immune system into high gear (via Poosh).
While it was shocking to be diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, it didn’t completely come out of left field for the reality star. "I have heard of it before," she admitted in the episode. However, Kardashian couldn’t believe it was happening to her. "For a second, you kind of get this little depression," she later admitted to Entertainment Tonight. "’Okay, what are all the possibilities of what can happen? What’s my life going to look like?’"
Kim Kardashian isn’t the only member of her family with psoriasis
While psoriasis can show up on anyone’s body at any time, it sometimes runs in families, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation. That’s exactly what happened in Kim Kardashian’s case. The reality star’s mom, Kris Jenner, was diagnosed with psoriasis when she was 30 years old, the foundation explained.
However, Jenner’s experience has been very different from that of her daughter’s. "My mom didn’t have red flaky dots all over her," Kardashian explained in an episode of the family’s reality show. That said, Jenner does have psoriasis that affects her scalp and other parts of her body (via Poosh).
According to Healthline, a person only has a 10 percent chance of inheriting psoriasis from one of their parents. In fact, only one-third of people who develop it are related to someone else with psoriasis. "I am the only child my mom passed down her autoimmune issue to," Kardashian admitted in a personal essay for Poosh. "Lucky me, lol."