Jess Wright has finally “embraced” her psoriasis after covering it up since her mid twenties when it would shatter her confidence.
The former TOWIE star and entrepreneur, 37, praised her husband William Lee-Kemp for helping her to love her body – no matter what it looks like.
Speaking exclusively to OK!, she said: “I think because I’m happily married I’ve found my confidence now.
“When I was single I got scared that (my psoriasis) was going to put people off. Now I couldn’t care less – my husband loves me for who and what I am. It doesn’t bother him.”
Last month, she bravely took to social media to share a snap showing her autoimmune condition to her 1.5 million followers.
She explained that the red rashes on her arms, legs and forehead had flared-up since giving birth to little Presley, who she shares with businessman husband William Lee-Kemp.
Explaining why she made the brave move, she told us: “I’ve got to the point where my psoriasis is everywhere. I had to address it. I still find it hard to wear short sleeves but I’m starting to embrace it.
“I know I should. It’s a relatable subject and I hoped by sharing it on socials, people could talk in the comments below and share remedies, and know that they’re not alone.”
Around 2% of people in the UK suffer from psoriasis – where skin cells build up to form flaky, scaly and itchy patches –and while its cause remains unclear, flare-ups can be triggered by stress and hormonal changes.
Jess added:, “It started on my head when I was 23 and has since gone everywhere. Before I was pregnant, it was nowhere near as bad as this, and when I was pregnant it disappeared – it’s since I’ve had the baby.”
In May, Jess gave birth to Presley after discovering she was pregnant days after tying the knot with William last September. She had to have her baby boy delivered by emergency C-section five days before her due date.
Starting a family was all she’d ever wanted and the couple had even frozen embryos as a precaution before conceiving naturally. But motherhood came as a shock to Jess, who suffered postnatal depression in the first month of Presley’s life.
“I think it’s the stress of having my first baby and not knowing what’s going on,” says Jess about the flare-up. “It’s the lack of sleep and I’m not at my strongest and my immune system is down.”
Jess Wright has launched her new collection, Jess Wright Baby at My 1st Years. You can buy the collection at my1styears.com
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