What's All Over Her Arms? Kim Kardashian Confesses

MakenzieR on 22 Jul 2011 at 10:54am

With an empire built almost exclusively on her looks (because let's face it, the sibling squabbles on their show are pretty mundane), Kim Kardashian made a confession that could greatly affect her career.

She has psoriasis. Just like 2-3% of Americans. 

"Psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder characterized by skin inflammation and flaking that occurs because skin cells grow or turnover too quickly.  People affected by psoriasis may also show the following symptoms: thick, red or silvery patches of skin, tender, itchy, dry or cracked skin; thickened, ridged fingernails and toenails, stiff or sore joints (a sign of psoriatic arthritis)."

Doesn't sound too attractive, does it? '

“People don’t understand the pressure on me to look perfect,” Kim said. “When I gain a pound, it’s in the headlines, so imagine what the tabloids will do to me when they see all these spots.”

Apparently Kim's mom, Kris Jenner, was diagnosed with the same disease at age 30. But it's still unclear if psoriasis is truly genetic. 

kim kardashian has psoriasis

While there are creams and lasers to keep psoriasis symptoms at bay, it's unlikely she'll be patch-free 24/7/365. It'll undoubtedly be difficult for her to deal with on a personal level. But she doesn't seem like a stranger to Photoshop, so it's hard to imagine it will truly affect her career. 

Hopefully Kim will become a positive face (like LeAnn Rimes) for the misunderstood auto-immune disease. 

The #1 thing everyone should know? It's not contagious. 

Do you think Kim's career is in jeopardy because of psoriasis?

Photo credit: Hollywood Life and  mysiana on flickr