Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Kim Kardashian Pregnancy Woes: Will Her Child Inherit Psoriasis?

Photo by Eva Rinaldi

Kim Kardashian has a lot on her plate these days. The reality TV sensation is currently embroiled in a messy divorce from second husband Kris Humphries, expecting her first child with baby daddy/rapper Kanye West and costarring in "Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor," which debuts this Friday.

The 32-year-old mom-to-be also suffers from psoriasis, which causes irritated, itchy skin and red scaly patches. The chronic condition, considered the most common autoimmune disorder, generally follows a pattern of flare-ups and periods of remission. In addition, it appears to be aggravated by sunburns, stress and anxiety, skin injuries or medications. 

Will baby "Kimye" inherit the disorder? It's impossible to predict, but psoriasis tends to run in families. So it's likely Kardashian got it from her mom, Kris Jenner, who also suffers from the condition. However, a child doesn't necessarily develop psoriasis just because the parent has it. 

No known cure exists, but sufferers can control symptoms with skin care containing hydrating and healing properties. Take a look at the latest sprays, bath and body products, and oils that soothe psoriasis. Here's hoping that Kardashian's baby will be born with beautiful, healthy skin. 

SHINE: MoonEssence Point Reyes Whey Soap and Mojito Bath & Body Oil. BEAUTY: The soap utilizes coconut, olive and palm oils, and Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company whey to help moisturize and mend dry, flaky skin. The bath and body oil also soothes and smoothes skin with grapeseed oil and vitamin E. BEACON: Vegan, gluten free and certified organic. Free of parabens, mineral oils, synthetic petroleum and sodium lauryl sulphate. Supports the Carousel Fund.

SHINE: Swedish Skin Care Prosanol Instant Soothing Spray. BEAUTY: Designed to relieve and repair chronic skin conditions such as itchiness, irritation, dryness, flaking and cracking. BEACON: Free of parabens, fragrances, synthetic dyes and steroids. Supports the National Psoriasis Foundation.

SHINE: Sumbody Bathsalt. BEAUTY: Nourish your skin and speed the healing process with dead sea salt, jojoba and avocado oils, colloidal oats, and licorice and bupleurum roots, which are known for their soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. BEACON: Free of parabens, animal oils, sulfates, artificial preservatives and synthetic chemicals.

SHINE: VMV Hypoallergenics Know-It-Oil. BEAUTY: Reduce inflammation and address severe dry skin issues with 100% pure virgin coconut oil. BEACON: No animal testing. Free of fragrances, phthalates, dyes and parabens. Supports The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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