LeAnn Rimes bares all in honest post about psoriasis: ‘I’m sick of concealing’

LeAnn Rimes bares all in honest post about psoriasis: ‘I’m sick of concealing’
LeAnn Rimes bares all in honest post about psoriasis: ‘I’m sick of concealing’

LeAnn Rimes opens up about her psoriasis journey.
LeAnn Rimes opens about her psoriasis journey. (Photo: Getty Images)

LeAnn Rimes is getting individual for World PsoriasisDay In an honest essay for Glamour, the “How Do I Live” vocalist opened about her journey with psoriasis and how it’s been an insecurity for many years. Rimes shed her clothing for an accompanying image shoot, providing readers a glance of her skin for the very first time.

“I needed this,” she composes.

Psoriasis is a skin illness that triggers red, scratchy flaky spots. It tends to go through cycles, flaring for a couple of weeks or months, according to the MayoClinic, and the illness has no remedy.

Rimes was detected with psoriasis at age 2, exposing that by 6 red marks covered 80 percent of her body.

“When I was in public, I did I everything I could to hide it. Onstage I’d often wear two pairs of pantyhose or jeans — even in 95-degree heat. Underneath my shirt, my whole stomach would be covered in thick scales that would hurt and bleed. For so much of my life, I felt like I had to hide,” she composes.

In her 20 s, the vocalist discovered a treatment that appeared to assist. However, she stopped the shots around 2 years back, not understanding a pandemic loomed.

“All hell broke loose in the world — and inside of me, as I’m sure it did for so many other people amid this pandemic. Suddenly I went from doing what I love, and being surrounded by people, to just hanging around the house in sweats. Stress is a common trigger for psoriasis, and with so much uncertainty happening, my flare-ups came right back,” she continues.

AlthoughRimes has actually discussed her psoriasis prior to, she kept back on sharing the intensity. “This time is different,” she describes.

“Even though I’ve opened up, I’ve still kept hidden,”Rimes includes. “And when you’re concealing your physique, there’s a lot that rolls over into your psychological and spiritual psychological health. You seem like you’re holding yourself back– like you have actually been caged in.

Now,Rimes wishes to “break out of that cage.”

“We’re at a moment in time right now when we’re all being stripped of everything we thought we needed — and now we can see how worthy and good enough we are without all of the bulls***. We’re worthy without the makeup and the artifice. We’re worthy of love without having to work for it,” she states. “And that’s why I’m tired of hiding.”

Rimes continues, “You know when you say something you’ve been holding in for so long, and it’s such a sigh of relief? That’s what these photos are to me. I needed this. My whole body — my mind, my spirit — needed this desperately. I honestly thought these photos were going to be challenging to look at. It’s one thing to see yourself and judge yourself in the mirror; I thought it would be even harder in a photo, which is why in the past I never let people take pictures of me during flare-ups. Being in our own bodies, we judge ourselves so harshly. But when I look at these photos, I see so much more than my skin.”

Whether the pictures will offer her the self-confidence to “wear shorts out to the grocery store” stays to be seen.

“But what I do know is that it’s amazing how small we can keep ourselves. When you finally allow yourself to step outside of what you’ve been caging in, the whole world opens up. There’s freedom in even just putting one foot outside the door,” she concludes. “I hope anyone who also kept themselves small has the courage to step outside of that cage. When we allow ourselves not to be held in, our lives come back to us.”

Rimes happily shared the images on social networks and has actually gotten a profusion of assistance from pals and fans.

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