Aljaz Skorjanec: Strictly pro recalls doctors’ warning about ‘frustrating’ skin condition

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Aljaz Skorjanec, 31, has shared how his psoriasis has affected him mentally and left him at times feeling “frustrated”. The Strictly Come Dancing star has said that he has sought medical help from many professionals over the years, but most have warned it “will never go away”.

You can’t really explain it

Aljaz Skorjanec

Speaking on the psychological effect it has had, Aljaz said: “It had a huge impact, especially at the beginning as well, because it was scary. 

“You know seeing something happening on your skin that you can’t really explain or there is no reason for.

“So it was frustrating to say the least. So then I started trying to find different ways to treat, to cure it.

“But the more doctors or dermatologists I would speak to, they sort of let me know, ‘This is going to be a long process.

“’It’s never going to go away’. So I had to start learning to manage my skin really really early on.”

Aljaz was just 18 when he landed his first theatre job, which subsequently began his over a decade long battle with psoriasis. 

The Strictly Come Dancing professional believes the “stress” of leaving home at a young age and being in a new environment is what prompted his skin to react in an aggressive way.

Opening up on when he first noticed patches of inflamed skin on his body, Aljaz shared: “I noticed I had psoriasis I was around 18 or 19. 

“I left home to work in a theatre. I got an offer to do a theatre job, then I feel because of the stress, with moving, and being in a new environment, doing something completely different put a lot of stress on my body and on my mind. 

“So that’s when my psoriasis sort of really, really sort of started to… it started covering more of my elbows and my knees. It then progressed during my 20s.”

Psoriasis is a condition that causes red and crusty patches of skin covered with silvery scales.

The main symptoms of psoriasis are patches of skin that are dry, red and covered in scales.

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Mild psoriasis can be treated with creams and ointments. If these do not work, you may need light treatment (phototherapy) or stronger medicines.

Psoriasis is thought to be caused by a problem with the immune system, which sees your body make too many skin cells.

Throughout the year Aljaz explained how his psoriasis symptoms can fluctuate, he said: “When it gets the best is when it is summer and there is a lot of vitamin D with the sun, UV light helps tremendously. Saltwater helps a lot. 

“The worst my psoriasis is, is in the wintertime, because of the central heating in houses, because of no sunlight, and then winter time is my stressful time of the year because of Strictly. 

“So everything put together makes it become its worst condition.”

However, despite his worries, Aljaz said his wife Janette Manrara, 37, has always been “supportive”.

The 31-year-old revealed: “She’s been amazing, always so supportive… that this would be more than an issue that is in my head. 

“Whenever it is on us, we see those things amplified, they seem much worse than what they are, but in reality, you still suffer from these things, but Janette has always been extremely supportive and understanding. 

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