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Love Island’s Olivia Bowen poses in lilac lingerie to reveal her psoriasis

Love Island’s Olivia Bowen proudly displays her psoriasis in racy lilac lingerie after revealing she’s struggled with the condition since she was 17

Olivia Bowen wowed in lilac underwear on Friday while displaying her psoriasis, after battling the condition since she was 17-years-old 

The former Love Island star, 27, alluded to the skin condition as she said it’s important to ‘love yourself in all aspects’ in her empowering Instagram caption. 

She shrugged a checked shirt over her shoulders for the candid snap and styled her blonde tresses in a beachy wave. 

Reveal all: Olivia Bowen wowed in lilac underwear on Friday while displaying her psoriasis, after battling the condition since she was 17

Olivia enhanced her visage with full coverage make-up as she wrote: ‘Beautiful lingerie making me feel beautiful always. Thank you @bouxavenue ✨

‘There is so much I could write in this caption about this photo, but instead I’m just going to say – love yourself in all aspects on your journey in life, we have good days, and we have character building days. Both are as important. #Ad #myboux #bouxavenue #lovemeforme’. (sic)

In January,  Olivia disclosed the impact of her battle with psoriasis in a topless Instagram post while confirming it covered 50% of her body.

The former Love Island star stripped off to show the effects of the skin condition as she reminded fans they should take her glamorous Instagram posts ‘with a pinch of salt.’

Feeling confident: The former Love Island star, 27, alluded to the skin condition as she said it's important to 'love yourself in all aspects' in her empowering Instagram caption

Feeling confident: The former Love Island star, 27, alluded to the skin condition as she said it’s important to ‘love yourself in all aspects’ in her empowering Instagram caption

Honest: She shrugged a check shirt over her shoulders for the candid snap and she styled her blonde tresses in a beachy wave while stating that she has 'good days' and 'character building days'

Honest: She shrugged a check shirt over her shoulders for the candid snap and she styled her blonde tresses in a beachy wave while stating that she has ‘good days’ and ‘character building days’

Olivia also shared the post to ask for fans’ help in locating a sunbed-for-rent as the UV lights were the only thing that treated her psoriasis. 

She wrote: ‘I wouldn’t usually ask about sun beds and I don’t actually use them however, my psoriasis (which I talked about the other saying it was on my chest and scalp) has now travelled all over my back and stomach and is making its way down my arms and legs!

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  

‘The only thing that helped when I was 17 when it was all over my body was a sun bed. I’ve called numerous places today with no luck of renting. I wondered if anyone could recommend my a sunbed rental for home in Essex?’ 

Olivia then shared a topless snap showing how the psoriasis had spread all over her stomach and back, reminding fans they shouldn’t take her flawless Instagram snaps as the truth.

She continued: ‘It’s like this over about 50% of my body now, it’s actually now that bad right now in comparison to what I had at 17 – but its been spreading over my body everyday I wake up for the past week – which it’ll continue to do until the patches are large around 3/5cm each and cover more like 85% of my body. It flares up after I’m ill or really stressed.

‘Unless I stand in direct light and close to the camera you can’t see it on photos. My skin has been like this for a week or so now and you can’t tell in my normal photos.

‘PLEASE this is a reminder to take photographs on Instagram with a pinch of salt. Lighting, angles – all diffuse skin blemishes. 

‘I really hope that seeing this makes you feel more accepted in your skin/body, because god knows when I was 17 and was covered in head to toe on my girls holiday – I could of used it.’

Olivia also posed a video of her body, and gradually turned to show the spread of the psoriasis.

She added: ‘Psoriasis is normal. It’s OK. I’m with you. God knows it’s annoying but it’s OK! Unless my photos are super clear and up close – you can’t even see it. 

‘So let this be a reminder to you that posed pics on Insta aren’t as clear as they seem! I won’t let you guys think how I thought back when I had it at 17.’

Olivia then re-asked fans for help in finding a sunbed she could use at home, explaining ones with UVB lights could help ease her skin 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.

Open: In January, Olivia disclosed the impact of her battle with psoriasis in a topless Instagram post while confirming it covers 50% of her body

Open: In January, Olivia disclosed the impact of her battle with psoriasis in a topless Instagram post while confirming it covers 50% of her body

I need your help! She also took to her Instagram Story to ask fans for help in finding a sunbed during the COVID-19 pandemic, after her psoriasis began to spread all over her body

I need your help! She also took to her Instagram Story to ask fans for help in finding a sunbed during the COVID-19 pandemic, after her psoriasis began to spread all over her body

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