I’m a huge Project Runway fan. I realized that I’ve actually seen every episode of every season except for the very first episode of the first season of the show. I think this season of the show has turned out to be one of the best, and my favorite contestant is definitely Mondo (who I really hope wins it all). Anyhow, any fan of Project Runway must have an opinion about Tim Gunn who functions as a mentor to the fashion designers on the show. Personally I think Tim Gunn is great. I even read his new book which was interesting to say the least (I mean how many people describe themselves as “asexual”? If you like Tim Gunn read this book; you can read it in a day or two. Gunn definitely has some mother issues to work out, but I do appreciate his honesty and integrity.)
But back to skincare issues. I read a Skin Inc. online article about how Tim Gunn and Dr. Susan C. Taylor (who wrote the book Rx for Brown Skin) are helping people with psoriasis ( Tim Gunn Hosts Online Style Resource for Clients with Psoriasis). Amgen and Pfizer have launched an online resource center called Address Your Psoriasis! for people suffering from psoriasis with an emphasis on style: making good fabric choices and finding clothes that are comfortable and breathable. By teaming up with Tim Gunn and making these tips available online the creators of the website hope to help psoriasis sufferers look good and feel confident about their appearance.
Why is looking good such an issue for psoriasis sufferers? Let me explain (I’ll quote from the website):
Psoriasis is a noncontagious chronic disease in which the immune system causes the skin cells to grow at an accelerated rate.
Approximately 7.5 million American adults suffer from psoriasis. Although there are several types of psoriasis, approximately 80 percent of patients have plaque psoriasis.
Psoriasis is commonly diagnosed in early adulthood. Certain people may be genetically predisposed to develop psoriasis. A “trigger” often seems to cause symptoms to appear. These triggers may include emotional stress, injury to the skin, some types of infection, or reaction to certain drugs.
While there are several types of psoriasis, the most common form is plaque psoriasis. Approximately 80 percent of patients suffer from plaque psoriasis, which is characterized by skin lesions that appear as patches of thick, red, or inflamed skin covered with silvery scales. Instead of being shed, skin cells pile up, causing painful and itchy patches, which are also referred to as plaques.
While the exact cause of plaque psoriasis is unknown, we know that it is a disease involving the immune system. Certain cells in the immune system become overactive and release proteins called cytokines. Overproduction of these cytokines plays a large role in causing inflammation that leads to development of often painful and sometimes debilitating skin plaques.
In addition to the skin symptoms, plaque psoriasis can also negatively impact people’s lives in other ways. It can:
- Interfere with basic functions, such as sleeping, using hands, and walking, as well as sitting or standing for long periods of time.
- Impact a person’s job performance, with many patients reporting missed time from work due to their condition.
- Cause people to feel helpless, embarrassed, angry, frustrated, and/or self-conscious. This distress may lead to feelings of social isolation.
The better you look, the better you feel, right? I’ve always believed that was true. Since psoriasis can affect self-esteem so severely I was very happy to see these free online tips that can really help anyone with the condition feel much better about their appearance. And now I have even more reasons to love Tim Gunn.