Jess Wright has shared a candid post updating her Instagram followers on her 14-year psoriasis battle, revealing that her skin condition has worsened over the last six months because her ‘mental health has taken a battering recently’.
The TV personality, 35, shared a lengthy update with fans on Saturday, sharing a mirror selfie taken in her stylish bathroom and revealing a sore-looking red mark on the back of her right arm.
Donning a chic white camisole for her post and wearing her raven-hair loose, Jess explained: ‘My mental health has certainly taken a battering recently, so currently my psoriasis is not budging.’
Candid: Jess Wright, 35, has shared a candid post updating her Instagram followers on her 14-year psoriasis battle, which has worsened because her ‘mental health has taken a battering’
The former TOWIE star looked radiant in the post, wearing nothing but a flick of eyeliner while opening up on social media.
She made sure to show off her impressive engagement ring while addressing fans.
Jess wrote in full: ‘Good morning world & good morning to my persistent ongoing battle with psoriasis.
‘Whenever I post anything about my psoriasis I cannot tell you the amount of messages I receive. It is comforting to know that SO MANY of us have it & I am not alone.
Jess wrote: ‘Good morning world & good morning to my persistent ongoing battle with psoriasis’
‘This past year has mentally took a toll on us all, in particular for me the past 6 months. So currently my psoriasis is not budging. I am going to do my absolute upmost to find us some kind of miracle cure guys because I know how much it gets us down!!
‘I promise you I will!! I am starting now with persistent vitamins, a change in diet & a general increase in self care. As it is #mentalhealthawareness week, I wanted to send a message out to anyone suffering & tell you you are not alone.
‘My mental health has certainly taken a battering recently but also as I have said before, sometimes it can hit you out of nowhere too when you think you’re doing great & have “no reason to feel down”.
‘Well all I’ll say is, when your backs against the wall, the only way is forward. It can try and knock you down but it won’t knock you out.’
She concluded: ‘We’ve got this. Oh, & if anyone can please help me get rid of that sun spot I have on my nose please tell me because that’s also a stubborn little b****** that won’t piss off too!!’
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that is characterised by raised areas of skin that is typically red, dry, itchy and scaly.
Last month, Jess admitted her 14-year battle with psoriasis has worsened following her uncle Edwards’s death amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Candid: The model explained how she’s glad she opened up about her condition with her fans on social media, and is currently undergoing treatment (pictured with a flare-up in November)
The former TOWIE star also revealed that while she’s suffered from flare-ups during the last ‘really rubbish few months’, she’s glad she opened up about her condition with her fans.
The model said: ‘My psoriasis has got a lot worse because of the pandemic. With my uncle and all the stress of the past year, it’s flared up. It’s been a really rubbish few months with everything that’s gone on.’
On the benefits of sharing her story, the TV star, who is currently undergoing treatment for the skin disease, added to new! magazine: ‘I’m really glad I did share it. So many people appreciate my openness and it’s important to keep it real.’
Tough time: The former TOWIE star previously revealed she’s suffered from flare-ups during the last ‘really rubbish few months’ (pictured with her uncle, centre)
Jess’ beloved relative passed away in March following an eight-week battle with Covid.
In an honest video uploaded to her Instagram Stories in January, Jess told how she experienced a flare-up on her face and arms and is now having a ‘light therapy’ to help with it.
The media personality said: ‘It’s prescribed through my doctor and you can get it on the NHS or you can do it privately.
‘It’s like a light therapy basically and you have to go for sessions every so often. If I get married this year, I don’t want to be conscious of it all the time.’
The model said: ‘My psoriasis has got a lot worse because of the pandemic. With my uncle and all the stress of the past year, it’s flared up’
WHAT IS PSORIASIS?
Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that affects the skin and sometimes the joints.
Around two per cent of people in the US and UK suffer from the condition.
Psoriasis occurs when a person’s skin replacement process takes place within days rather than the usual 21-to-28 days.
The accumulation of skin cells builds up to form raised plaques, which can be flaky, scaly and itchy.
Psoriasis arthritis can occur in the joints near affected skin, causing them to become tender, swollen and stiff.
Anyone can suffer, but psoriasis is more common in people in their late teens-to-early 30s or those between the ages of 50 and 60.
Psoriasis’ cause is unclear. Flare-ups can be triggered by stress, skin injury, hormonal changes and certain medications.
It is not contagious and there is no cure.
Treatment focuses on managing symptoms via topical creams, gels and medication.
Source: Psoriasis Association