A woman has been praised for baring her psoriasis online.
After years of hiding her skin condition away from the world, Claire Spurgin found the strength to embrace it.
She started sharing candid pictures on Instagram last year and now has more than 33,600 followers.
In a recent post, the 25-year-old explained why she posts pictures of her bare skin online.
After stripping down to a red underwear set, she said: “It’s not about posting ‘naked’.
“It’s about showing the unique markings on my skin. It’s showing what it’s like to live with a skin condition…. It’s showing what’s real!”
The body positive post has garnered 4,600 likes and plenty of positive comments.
One commenter said: “Your page has helped me so much in accepting my own body with psoriasis. Thanks.”
Another wrote: “You’re unique and that’s beautiful. Thanks for being real.”
A third remarked: “I’ve has psoriasis for 41 year and it makes me really happy to see young people like yourself proud of who you are and owning what you have. True inspiration.”
And a fourth added: “You are beautiful and strong.”
Claire, who was diagnosed with psoriasis in 2017, spoke to the Daily Star about her journey last year.
She said: “When I first got it I was definitely self-conscious. I was 19 and you worry about your appearance a lot more at that age…
“You could have the psoriasis gene in your body but you might not have psoriasis until it’s triggered.
“I had sunburn on my shoulders and that was the trigger of my psoriasis, the sunburn never healed, my shoulders just got a lot dryer and then I had the other dots that appeared on my body. Then it kept spreading and spreading.”
Thankfully, the Essex-based junior sommelier, has made peace with her autoimmune condition.
She inspires thousands with her posts – and seeks comfort in others with psoriasis too.
She added: “When I made this Instagram, I felt like I wasn’t hiding anymore.
“It’s taken me years to accept my skin and to not be petrified to wear a bikini at the beach. I was in constant fear someone would point at me… and they would!!
“I was shocked at how many people would openly ask ‘what’s wrong with you?’ At that time I was so embarrassed but now, I understand they were just unaware and curious”.
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