For LeAnn Rimes, dealing with plaque psoriasis has been a lifelong struggle. Diagnosed at age two, she experienced unsightly patches on over 80 percent of her body by the time she was six. As a teenager already skyrocketing to fame, Rimes had no choice but to battle her condition in the national spotlight.

Telling her story

“Performing onstage, I'd always wear three pairs of pantyhose just to cover it up enough so people couldn't see it,” the country star admits. “I'd wear jeans in 105-degree weather.

“People think it's just a skin disease, but it really can be debilitating—emotionally and physically.”

“It's something that's had so much power over me for so long. To be able to share my experiences, because so many people go through the same thing, has been liberating in so many ways.”

Taking charge

Rimes, who's found relief through prescription medication, hasn't had a serious flare-up in twelve years. Now she’s proud to show off her beach body.

“I never got to wear a bikini as a kid. Now, I don't have to hide myself.” She adds that having a good support system is important and offers some support of her own, encouraging sufferers to stay strong.

“People think it's just a skin disease, but it really can be debilitating—emotionally and physically.”