MANILA – Volleyball star Aby Maraño is hoping to erase the stigma of psoriasis by showing off her own patches caused by the chronic skin condition.
“Showing my patches like they aren’t a damn thing anymore,” Maraño said in an Instagram post, which showed her wearing a bikini.
“I know most psoriasis patients don’t have the courage to show their skin. I heard some stopped going to school at ‘yung iba, ayaw lumabas ng bahay. Sad, I know. There are times that I feel uncomfortable, too, but my confidence is greater than my insecurities.”
Maraño went on to stress that psoriasis is not contagious, contrary to what some people think: “Hindi naman kami nakakahawa. Hindi rin ito sumpa.”
“Every day is a battle. I got to fight because if I don’t, I might just stop playing. Simple psoriasis might lead to psoriatic arthritis that may really affect my condition in playing, and I definitely don’t want that to happen,” she added. “So if you know someone who has psoriasis like me, hug them. They are not contagious.”
The Mayo Clinic has described psoriasis as a skin condition “that speeds up the life of skin cells,” causing “red patches that are itchy and sometimes painful.”
It noted that there is no cure for psoriasis, but symptoms can be managed by moisturizing, quitting smoking, and managing stress.
Kim Kardashian, Cara Delevingne, LeAnn Rimes, and Liam Gallagher are among the celebrities who have opened up about living with psoriasis.