About five months after stopping treatment, English was covered in red, scaly plaques.
She was especially self-conscious about her hands, which hadn’t really been affected by psoriasis before.
Stepping in front of the camera in that condition was not easy. “I felt completely vulnerable and wanted to run and hide,” says the 25-year-old, “(but) I just kept picturing all the men and women who’d see these pictures and hopefully gain some motivation from this.”
In the months after discontinuing treatment, English avoided the media, staying on the sidelines of life.
“I knew I didn’t want anyone capturing my psoriasis in a way that wasn’t empowering,” she says, “There were already some red-carpet pictures of my scars with comments like ‘CariDee’s legs are beat!’ That hurt.”
During the photo shoot of herself covered in plaques, English struggled to keep her confidence.