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Olivia Bowen has reached out on social media to ask her followers to help her find a sun bed which she says will stop her psoriasis from spreading all over her body.
The Love Island star asked her fans for recommendations for UVB light sun beds as she revealed using them was the only thing that helped her psoriasis when she was a teenager.
Olivia began by posting a selfie on her Instagram story, as she wrote: “Hi guys – I wouldn’t usually ask about sun beds & I don’t actually use them however, my psoriasis (which I talked about the other day saying it was on my chest & scalp) has now travelled all over m back & stomach & is making it’s way down my arms & legs!
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“The only thing that helped when I was 18 when it was over my body was a sun bed. I’ve called numerous places today with no luck of renting. I wondered if anyone could recommend me a subbed rental home in Essex? Thank you so much! Xx.”
The In The Style ambassador then posted videos of her skin to explain more about guttate psoriasis, which she says flares up when she’s “ill or stressed”.
“It is like this over about 50% of my body now, it’s actually not that bad right now in comparison to what I had at 17 – but its been spreading over my body everyday I wake up for the past week – which it’ll continue to do until the patches are large around 3/5cm, each & cover more like 85% of my body. It flares up after I’m ill or really stressed.”
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While Olivia went into detail about her situation, she went on to stress that pictures on Instagram are never the real picture and told her fans to look at them with a “pinch of salt”.
“Unless I stand in direct light & close to the camera you can’t see it on photos. My skin has been like this for a week or so now & you can’t tell in my normal photos, so PLEASE this is a reminder to take photographs on Instagram with a pinch of salt,” she continued.
“Lighting, angles – all diffuse skin blemishes. I really hope that seeing this makes you feel more accepted in your skin/body, because god knows when I was 17 & was covered head to toe on my girls holiday – I could of used it.”
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In another video, Olivia explained she wanted to speak out as she confessed this information about the condition would have helped her when she was going through it all at 17.
“Psoriasis is normal. It’s ok. I’m with you. God knows it’s annoying but it’s ok! Unless my photos are super clear and up close you can’t even see it.
“So let this be a reminder you you that posed pics on Insta aren’t as clear as they seem!
"I won’t let you guys think how I thought back when I had it at 17.”
Olivia concluded her posts by writing: “The subbed type I’m looking for is one with UVB lights, it’s not a proper sun bed but sun beds do have those bulbs in!
“Please let me know if you know any companies that do the UVB light therapy/sunbed it worked so well for me before.”
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