Pictured are celebrity hair stylist Trudy Hayes, fashion blogger Helen Hanrahan, make-up artist Paula Callan, Callanberry, Marissa Carter, CEO of Cocoa Brown, Fidelma O’Dowd, Nurse Specialist, Beaumont Hospital and Dr Nicola Ralph, Consultant Dermatologist, Mater Hospital. Picture: Kinlan Photography.
People with psoriasis in Ireland ‘settle’ with their treatment and condition (46%) when compared to global counterparts (average of 55%), according to new research launched today. The findings also revealed that over half of those surveyed (54%) have given up hope of ever achieving clear skin.
The Clear About Psoriasis Survey, the largest global patient research of its kind, showed that living with psoriasis has a significant impact on the lives of those with the condition. Almost 8 in 10 (78%) experienced discrimination or humiliation due to psoriasis, such as being asked if they are contagious (32%). 62% of people with psoriasis say they are self-conscious of their skin and it makes them feel unattractive, and over half (52%) feel less confident about themselves. A quarter of those surveyed say they feel their psoriasis has taken over their life, while 31% avoid having sex because of their psoriasis.
People with psoriasis were encouraged to Ask for More when managing and treating this skin disease at a Clear About Psoriasis Workshop held recently. Marissa Carter, who has psoriasis, joined medical professionals, beauty and hair experts and fashionistas to give guests tips and advice for dealing with psoriasis.
Marissa Carter, CEO, Cocoa Brown said, “The Ask for More – Clear About Psoriasis Workshop is all about feeling good in your skin and encouraging people with psoriasis to seek help to get their psoriasis under control. The survey showed that the majority of people say they are self-conscious of their skin and it makes them feel unattractive. We want to show people with psoriasis that there is nothing to be ashamed of. Why settle when there is a wealth of experience and expertise available to treat this skin disease?”
Patients in Ireland see three different medical professionals and try four different treatments before achieving clear or almost clear skin. On average, people with psoriasis spend five months researching their condition. 29% are not satisfied with their current treatment and two thirds (67%) of those are dissatisfied because they are not achieving clear skin.
Commenting on the research, Dr Nicola Ralph, Consultant Dermatologist, Mater Hospital, Dublin said, “Everyone is affected differently by psoriasis, and it can have a severely negative impact on every aspect of a patient’s life, from personal life to social activities to their work life. This workshop aims to give guests advice on dealing with psoriasis, with beauty and mindfulness tips to help cope with this disease. There are many options available to people with psoriasis to help them treat it more effectively and achieve clear skin.”
Loretto Callaghan, Managing Director, Novartis Ireland said, “This research shows how difficult everyday activities and social interaction can be for people living with psoriasis. Finding the right doctor and treatment is an important part of managing this skin disease, and nobody should feel they have to ‘settle’. We encourage everyone with psoriasis to speak to their healthcare professional about finding a suitable treatment and make sure to always Ask for More.”
The Ask for More – Clear About Psoriasis Workshop, sponsored by Novartis Ireland, also included demonstrations and tips from renowned make-up artist, Paula Callan, Callanberry, celebrity hair stylist Trudy Styles, fashion blogger and psoriasis advocate Helen Hanrahan, ‘The Flaky Fashionista’, and the evening was rounded off with a session on ‘Achieving a State of Mindfulness’ by Fidelma O’Dowd, Nurse Specialist, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.