Olivia Bowen praised by fans for showing her psoriasis but what is the skin condition and how do you treat it

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Love Island star Olivia Bowen recently shared a snap of herself in some gorgeous pink lace lingerie.

The picture the media personality, 27, who is married to former co-star Alex Bowen, looked stunning in the snap, which she accompanied with an inspirational message.

She wrote: "GROW through what you GO through & you will GLOW boo!"

Many were quick to praise the star for sharing snaps which showed that she had psoriasis on her skin, something she had previously been open about.

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One wrote: "I applaud you for normalising reality when it comes to what culture deems "imperfections", I think you're absolutely gorgeous".

Another added: "This is so inspiring! You are beautiful".

But what exactly is psoriasis and how do you treat it?

What is psoriasis?

According to the NHS website: “Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin covered with silvery scales.”

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It can appear anywhere on the body and “affects 2% of people in the UK”.

Although the condition can affect anybody it is most popular in “adults under 35”, and women and men are at equal risk of getting it.

For most people they only get small patches on their body, but in some cases these can be painful and itchy.

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Psoriasis is defined as a chronic disease, and those that have it may have periods of time when they are asymptotic, followed by “by periods when symptoms are more severe.”

How to treat psoriasis?

There is no proper cure for psoriasis, however there are thing that people can do to improve the appearance and symptoms of the skin patches.

The NHS website explains that: ”In most cases, the first treatment used will be a topical treatment, such as vitamin D analogues or topical corticosteroids. Topical treatments are creams and ointments applied to the skin.”

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But if the symptoms are more severe, or topical creams are not working, then people may be then have a treatment called phototherapy. This is a practice that “involves exposing your skin to certain types of ultraviolet light.”

In very bad cases of psoriasis doctors may suggest systemic treatments. The NHS describes these as “oral or injected medicines that work throughout the whole body.”

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