Miss California Has Psoriasis & Had To Learn To 'Be Comfortable In [Her] Own Skin' (VIDEO)

04/29/2013 01:24 pm ET | Updated Apr 29, 2013

It's easy to assume that all beauty queens have perfect skin, but Miss California is here to tell you that's not the case.

Mabelynn Capeluj, Miss California USA 2013, spoke out on CBS about having been diagnosed with psoriasis when she was 16 and how she had to overcome the low self-esteem that came along with it.

Psoriasis is reportedly the most prevalent autoimmune illness in the US, and the National Psoriasis Foundation is putting on a "Walk to Cure Psoriasis" on Saturday, May 4, at the Santa Monica Pier.

"They see me as a beauty queen, and they think, 'Oh my gosh, her life must be so perfect. It must be so easy,'" Capeluj said. "And it's not really like that. I've struggled with it. I've struggled with my self confidence. And I really want to reach out to other people who are struggling with it that, 'Look, if I can overcome it, you can too.'"

Dr. Gene Rubinstein encouraged people with psoriasis to seek the currently available treatments that are effective -- even though there's not a cure.

Most people with psoriasis have thick, red skin with flaky, silver-white patches called scales; it most commonly begins between ages 15 and 35, according to the US National Library of Medicine. You cannot catch psoriasis or spread it to others.

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