The skin is a precious organ which is complex and magnificent. It is much more than a protective envelope against the outdoor world, it is the first thing that we expose to others and as such, it contributes to the first impression we give to others. We can feel both defined and confined by our own skin. How we think others perceive our skin affects our minds and our well-being but we don’t always realize this. The skin is essential to our identity but also to our wellbeing. To me, this is a fascinating field.
The advances in the skin microbiome, the skin immunity and neuro-cosmetology are domains which have completely revolutionized the comprehension of skin and brought numerous innovations in the skin care world these last years. Tomorrow, these technological advances powered by the artificial intelligence will allow us to offer more personalized approaches to skin care, which will privilege customized cosmetology.
Today, I am excited to volunteer for the Swiss Society of Psoriasis and Vitiligo for two main reasons. The first one is related to the urgency to change the way the society reacts to Vitiligo by raising awareness of the condition while helping to educate Vitiligo patients to better take care of their skin ( because it means taking care of themselves)
The second reason is more personal. I was diagnosed with Vitiligo about ten years ago, an evolutionary form that is much less visible than the Vitiligo my mother suffered from. Therefore, I am committed to sharing my experience in a comforting and accompanying approach.
When you think about your personal story skin wise: what was the influence of your skin in the development of your personality?
When I discovered I had Vitiligo, it presented itself as two small white patches on the interior side of both of my wrists. Their well-defined contours led me to think that I had discoloured my skin while testing cosmetic products at work!
There was a significant period of deny before feeling energized by the prospect of living with my Vitiligo in a positive way, making sure not to suffer from it the way it had affected my mother’s life. I felt compelled to help others live better with their Vitiligo.
I find remarkable the work of some artists, associations or bloggers who have understood that it is the way our society reacts to vitiligo that we need to change as quickly as possible. I was lucky enough to meet Elisabeth Van Aalderen, a Dutch photographer also diagnosed with vitiligo, who used photography as a platform to document and celebrate the body of women diagnosed with vitiligo. Her project “Shades of Pale” is an ode to the beauty and to the uniqueness of vitiligo. It gives hope and confidence while contributing to educate the society on this very rare skin disease.
I am glad to answer questions from the members of the SSPV and to listen to their suggestions. I will concentrate on topics that matter the most to them.
Dear Sylvie, On behalf of the SPVG, I would like to thank you for your open mindedness and I appreciate your contribution to the SPVG.
Christina Inglin- Chief Redactor La Peau Surtout- SPVG