By Chloe Sweet @_chloesweet
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Videographer / director: Marcus Hessenberg
Producer: Chloe Sweet, Ruby Coote
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Georgia Crowther, from Hertfordshire, was just six-years-old when she woke up with inflamed patches of psoriasis across her entire body.
Psoriasis is a chronic disease that causes the skin to become red, irritable and flaky and only affects around 2% of people in the UK. For Georgia, it was triggered by a throat infection.
But now, at 25, she has learned to fully embrace what she calls her ‘dalmatian skin’.
She told Barcroft TV: “When my psoriasis self-heals and the scars are left, it looks a bit like a Dalmatian so that is why I have adopted the name Dalmatian skin.
“The psoriasis itself, yes, is itchy and sore but the actual pigmentation that it leaves I actually really like. I think it looks nice and I think it looks pretty and I think it makes me look different.”
When her condition is at its worse, she has to bathe up to four times a day and will constantly apply cream to moisturise the dry patches.
She said: “When my skin does flare up it can be very itchy, very-very painful. I’ll get it all over my legs, my arms, my back, my chest, my belly, my scalp.”
Despite loving the skin she’s in at the moment, Georgia admits that there have been many times where she has felt self-conscious because of her psoriasis.
She explained: “With psoriasis, it isn’t just a physical issue, it is mental and emotional as well.
“It can be so difficult to deal with, purely because I think you have this image of yourself in your head about the way you should look.
“I do get times where I feel really, really low and not confident and I don’t want to leave the house.”
Her mother, Katie, remembers the extent to which psoriasis affected Georgia’s confidence growing up.
Katie told Barcroft TV: “There’s so many times where it has been really bad and it has always affected her because it is so visual.
"People have judged her by it and have been very unkind to her.”
After switching to a plant-based diet, Georgia’s skin has started to clear up. She credits her success to good food and an even better mindset.
She said: “Diet is the number one factor after mindset, after trying to lead a very stress free lifestyle.
“For me, starting a completely new, clean diet is definitely a way that I am fighting the root cause, rather than just what is on the surface.
“My psoriasis this year is the best it has ever been and it is purely because I am dealing with it from within rather than just putting a steroid cream on it.”
Although her skin condition has improved dramatically over the past few months, she still wants to find ways of raising awareness, so that she can help others who are going through similar experiences.
One of the ways in which she is doing this is through her Instagram, where she shares her psoriasis journey and provides advice on skincare and different immune-boosting recipes.
She said: “I just want people to feel that they aren’t alone because I have felt so alone growing up with a condition and I don’t want anyone else to feel the way that I felt.
“When someone messages you and says that, ‘You inspire me’, it is amazing.”
She’s also training to become a personal trainer, specialising in helping those who suffer with skin conditions like psoriasis.
She said: “I would really like to focus my clientele on the skin condition community, because I just want people to be able to exercise and to be active without being in pain and without being embarrassed.
“I believe that I was given psoriasis because I was a strong enough person to deal with it and because I know that I can do amazing things.
“It is part of you, it is not everything about you. It is just a small part of who you are as a person and if people aren’t accepting and don’t love you for who you are then you don’t need those people in your life.”
Georgia’s instagram is at @georgia.crowtherr