Cyndi Lauper & Psoriasis: LGBT Activist & Singer Cyndi Joins Kim Kardashian In Autoimmune Disease Struggle [Video]

Cyndi Lauper struggled with psoriasis secretly for years. Now, Cyndi has decided to reveal her condition. And Lauper hopes that talking about psoriasis will help others to understand it, reported People.

Previously famed for iconic pop songs such as “Time After Time” and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” as well as her gay rights championship, Cyndi is sharing how she felt during the years in which she hid her disease. Lauper, 62, recalls having such severe psoriasis that she laid in bed.

“It was so bad, I felt like the Elephant Man,” admitted Cyndi.

Lauper is teaming up with the National Psoriasis Foundation and Novartis. The trio’s campaign, “More to Psoriasis,” focuses on taking away the shame associated with the condition.

“You don’t have to suffer in silence or live in pain. It’s not just a rash. It’s a disease.”

Cyndi initially experienced an irritated scalp. Lauper didn’t realize she had psoriasis until the LGBT activist visited her dermatologist in 2010.

“First, I thought I just had a really bad bleach job… I am a suicide blonde, after all,” joked Cyndi.

Lauper then experienced a psoriasis flare-up in 2012.

“My whole entire body was covered in a rash and scaly skin. And then it just started creeping up my neck. I felt swallowed by it. I tried every kind of natural cure I could. My immune system got a little wacky, and it took my strength away. My skin was so inflamed, it could not regulate hot and cold, so I had the chills all the time.”

Cyndi wore turtlenecks, long-sleeved attire, and other cover-ups, as well as makeup. But Lauer’s efforts to hide her psoriasis didn’t work. Moreover, using netting on her stage costumes didn’t disguise Cyndi’s condition from her team.

“When I took it off, it was like, ‘Ugh,’ ” recalled Lauper of the reaction to her psoriasis. “The people I was working with would look at me and say, ‘That looks like it hurts.’ ”

Cyndi isn’t alone in battling this condition. Lauper’s companion in struggling with psoriasis includes Kim Kardashian, reported Harper’s Bazaar.

Talking about her passion for self-tanners, Kim dished on her favorite.

“Kardashian Glow, but I use sun bed lotions, too. I have psoriasis so it’s important for me to go to tanning beds every once in awhile,” said Kim.

That comment about Kardashian’s psoriasis contradicts the recommendations of the National Psoriasis Foundation. The organization does not recommend using indoor tanning beds rather than doctor-supervised, prescribed phototherapy.

What exactly is psoriasis? The National Psoriasis Foundation defines it as an autoimmune disease that results in scaly, red, raised skin patches.

“It typically affects the outside of the elbows, knees or scalp, though it can appear on any location. Some people report that psoriasis is itchy, burns and stings. Psoriasis is associated with other serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and depression. If you develop a rash that doesn’t go away with an over-the-counter medication, you should consider contacting your doctor.”

In addition to Cyndi’s and Kim’s candor about their psoriasis, an increasing number of celebrities are speaking out about their own health conditions. As the Inquisitr reported, Lyme disease impacts Yolanda Foster and Avril Lavigne, both who have gone public with their battles.

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