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JJ Bray

I want to give people the power to wear that dress or go on that dream holiday – regardless of their skin.

I first experienced psoriasis when I was 20, not long after my mum passed away. The stress and grief I was dealing with at the time was a trigger. My whole body would be covered in a red, sore, raised rash and as a model, I struggled to find work. As a result, I became quite down and some nights I’d sit at home with cling film wrapped round my legs to soothe the skin and prevent itching.

I now use my psoriasis as a measure for my wider wellbeing.

If I notice a flare up I listen to my body and take a step back to relax and de-stress. I’ve learnt to make peace with my skin and to love myself again.