Kim Kardashian West Is Over Hiding Her Psoriasis: 'I've Really Learned to Live With It'
By Elisa Osegueda
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Kim Kardashian West loves every inch of the her body and is no longer worried about living with psoriasis.
"Since I was first diagnosed with psoriasis in 2010, I've been pretty open about my struggles with it," the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star explained on Wednesday via her app. "I have that one patch on my right leg that is the most visible. I don't even really try to cover it that much anymore. Sometimes I just feel like it's my big flaw and everyone knows about it, so why cover it?"
"After this many years, I've really learned to live with it," said Kim, who went on to recall the first time she realized she suffered from the chronic disease.
"I got it for the first time at the DASH store opening in New York," she said. "I wore this all-sequin dress and I started getting really itchy; I thought it was just a rash caused by the fabric, but then the rash was COVERING my legs and my mom was like, ‘I think you have psoriasis!!!’ She has it too, and it's hereditary, so she spotted the symptoms immediately."
The 35-year-old reality star says she’s learned to manage the disease by taking a cortisone shot every few years and staying away from certain foods.
"There's no cure that we know of right now, but there are certain foods you should avoid to help prevent flare-ups—acidic foods like tomatoes and eggplant, for instance," she continued. "Everyone with psoriasis has different symptoms; sometimes the rashes are itchy, sometimes they're flaky. Mine flares up from time to time for different reasons."
"For now, I use a topical cortisone ointment every night before bed," she added. "I'm always hoping for a cure, of course, but in the meantime, I'm learning to just accept it as part of who I am."
And, it's clear that psoriasis isn't stopping Kim from showing off her curves. The mother of two turned heads at Sunday's VMAs with a fresh, out-of-the shower look.
"For this year's VMAs, I originally wanted to go for a really glammed up look, but I changed my mind last minute," she wrote on her app. "I was so inspired by my recent trip to Mexico, that I went with this amazing, vintage Galliano dress that I already had in my closet, for forever."