I have the autoimmune condition Psoriasis. I have the most common form plaque psoriasis, which basically means I get patches (or plaques) of thick red skin with white scales.
I count myself lucky that my psoriasis doesn't generally itch - and on the odd occasion that it does, some moisturiser usually keeps it under control. I've had it since I was 15 so I've become so used to having plaques on my arms and legs, that I never really felt the need to cover them up and I never made a conscious effort to hide my skin.
People would ask if I had a reaction to something, or had sunburn. Explaining that I have psoriasis; it is not contagious and it doesn't hurt, usually answered the majority of any questions I was asked.
Recently I started having phototherapy treatment or light treatment. Here's a few answers to the FAQs
1. I am having narrowband Ultraviolet B (UVB) light treatment
2. It's not the same as a sunbed. Though I do have to stand in what is best described as a sun-bed like machine
3. I go to the clinic two mornings a week for treatment. I am 'exposed' to the light for a set amount of time. I started at 15 seconds and now up-to having 1 minute 17 seconds
4. I will have approximately 15 weeks of treatment
5. It's not a cure and I don't know how long the effects of the treatment will last!
Here are some photos of my progress (left arm and elbow)
Some Useful Linkshttps://www.psoriasis-association.org.uk/