An NHS worker faced death threats sent by horrid internet trolls after being diagnosed with one of the worst cases of psoriasis her doctor had ever seen.
Alice Lee, 23, began showing signs of the skin condition when she was 10 years old, according to Nottinghamshire Live.
Doctors misdiagnosed her with a host of other ailments when trying to find an explanation for her symptoms, including dandruff and ringworm.
Eventually, at the age of 13, Alice was finally told that she was actually suffering from psoriasis, which leaves her skin red, flaky and patchy.
One doctor said it was one of the worst cases of the condition she had ever seen.
Alice says her confidence is severely impacted by how her psoriasis affects her appearance, explaining that she continually has to deal with insensitive comments left by pathetic and cowardly online trolls.
She said to this day she even receives death threats and "general abuse from nameless accounts just for existing".
“All the threats I've received have been from men. I don't see the need for it, but I don't let it get to me, I know they're doing it to get a rise out of me.
“I encounter trolls in my everyday life, too, just last week I was on the tram to work when two young men sat across from me started watching me with one stating ‘at least your skin doesn't look like hers'.
The worst her skin has flared up was during her last year of university.
“In my final year at university, I was under a lot of stress from my degree, work and issues in my personal life,” said Ms Lee.
“My skin went out of control, spreading to what is now normal for me where it covers my torso, scalp, arms and legs and the majority of my face.
“At first, this really limited my life, I really felt like I'd finally lost control. I was constantly anxious, I couldn't leave to even go to the corner shop without wearing makeup.
“I couldn't feel comfortable in my own skin. At first, it seemed like a huge knock on my confidence.
“Over time I've learned to love my skin, for how unique it really is.
“That's not to say I don't have down days, some days I struggle to even look in the mirror, but that's okay one bad day doesn't negate months of progress towards loving my skin.”
Over the years, Ms Lee has tried all kinds of remedies to treat her condition to no avail.
“Throughout my time of having psoriasis I have been prescribed too many steroids to name,” she said.
“Unfortunately, none of these has ever worked for me, causing me pain and awful side effects like thinning my skin.
“Once my skin became resistant to the steroid, the doctors would prescribe a stronger one, it felt like a never-ending cycle.
“At around 20 years old I decided to stop using steroids to treat my skin, relying upon creams to soothe and just accepting the redness that comes alongside the condition.
“When I was about 16 I got swept up into diet culture and believed changing up my diet would sort everything out.
“I tried being a vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, nothing changed but I'm hardly surprised.
“My skin flares up fairly regularly, I'm actually in a flare right now and have been for the past few weeks.
“I've recently moved houses and jobs so I think the stress of both of those has just caused me to flare. Usually, my flares happen every few months I just ride it out now.
“My psoriasis has been hard on my professional life. I have to take so many extra precautions working within a hospital to ensure I can keep myself and my patients safe.
“PPE has been a bit of a nightmare for me, causing such pain behind my ears when the mask rubs on my psoriasis.
“Often by the end of a 14-hour shift psoriasis behind my ears will begin to bleed with the friction of the surgical mask strings.”
She has received a lot of support and encouragement from the online skin community.
So much so that she wrote her university thesis on the impact of skin conditions on mental health and how the online community is a protective outlet for mental health.
“I have been amazed by the response I've received online,” she said.
“The skin community is amazing, there is so much love and support surrounding everything to do with skin from medication to mental health impacts.
“I've had messages from young girls telling me that seeing my photos on their Instagram has made them feel like they're not alone and has given them such a confidence boost.
“I just think back to myself at that age and how much I would have appreciated someone helping me navigate living with psoriasis.
“To anyone who is struggling, take one day at a time. No matter how you feel about your skin, you are not alone.
“There are so many people living across the globe with psoriasis.
“No matter if you use steroids, diets or choose not to treat it, your methods are valid and you have the right to love your skin regardless.
“Remember, one bad day doesn't negate all the progress you've made.”