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Vicki’s ready for a close shave in aid of Psoriasis Awareness Week
SHE has suffered years of bullying as a result of a chronic skin condition.
Her psoriasis and people’s reactions to it has shaken Vicki Ekins’ confidence and self-esteem so much that she says, if it wasn’t for her partner, she wouldn’t still be here.
But the mother of one from Eastleigh is fighting back against the condition by shaving off her hair to raise money for the Psoriasis Association, and to mark Psoriasis Awareness Week this week.
The 25-year-old says she would love to wear skirts in the summer, but the condition, which makes her skin red, dry and flaky, is so severe that she is too embarrassed to bare her legs.
And she often finds herself having to wear long sleeves to cover up her arms when she’s having a flare-up.
Psoriasis is a long-lasting condition which occurs when the process by which the body produces skin cells is accelerated. Skin cells are normally made and replaced every three to four months, but in psoriasis this process only lasts about three to seven days. The resulting build-up of skin cells is what creates the patches associated with psoriasis.
It’s thought the increased production of skin cells is related to a problem with the immune system and is not contagious.
While it is most common for people to have patches of psoriasis, Vicki has it from head to toe and on bad days it’s extremely itchy.
“Once you start scratching, you just can’t stop,” she says.
Vicki’s scalp is affected at the moment so she decided to shave her hair off so that she can treat her skin and raise some money for the Psoriasis Association at the same time.
- To make a donation to Vicki’s fundraising bid, visit virginmoneygiving.com/VickiEkins.
- For more support and information, visit psoriasisassociation.co.uk or call 0845 6760076.