Advert

Latest

Giovanna Fletcher Crowned Winner Of I'm A Celebrity 2020
published at8 hours ago
Advert
Advert

Most Popular

Advert
Community

Teenager Has Rare Condition That Turns Her Skin Into 'Human Etch A Sketch'

Teenager Has Rare Condition That Turns Her Skin Into 'Human Etch A Sketch'

A woman with a rare condition that causes her skin to swell up red has decided to turn it into something interesting by making her skin a human Etch A Sketch.

Basically, 18-year-old Emma Aldenryd has something called dermatographia, which means that her skin reacts and comes up red whenever it is touched with anything.

Rather than getting annoyed about it - she claims it doesn't hurt that much, anyway - she decided to start creating little pieces of art on her skin using the disorder.

Advert

The designs she draws on herself are exactly like an Etch A Sketch, in that they disappear after only a short while visible on her skin.

Credit: Caters
Credit: Caters

Emma, who is from Aarhus in Denmark, said: "I started by drawing quite random stuff like a bunch of words that came to mind on my arms.

"I spelt small words and showed them to my friends as a party trick.

Advert

"People who I showed were really impressed, especially after they tried to do the same on their own skin but couldn't do it.

Credit: Caters
Credit: Caters

"Lots of people question whether it hurts, but my dermatographia has never hurt.

"I did get some wild reactions and some people thought I was dying.

Advert

More Like ThisMore Like This

1 of 6
News

Rare Condition Causes Woman To Grow Hair From Her Gums

"It's really itchy but I learnt to ignore it. It hasn't had any impact on my life."

Credit: Caters
Credit: Caters
Community

Teenager Battling Rare Condition That Makes Her Skin Feel 'Eternally On Fire'

published ata year ago

She found out she had the condition three years ago when a friend pointed out to her that her skin was red and swollen, and - strangely enough - her two cousins actually have the same thing, although she's never met anyone else with it.

Two people is a lot, as most people probably haven't even heard of it at all.

Advert

Despite being prescribed some antihistamines by her doctor, she realised that she wouldn't be able to make her doodles anymore if she took them, because they'd stop the swelling.

So, she sacked the course off.

Credit: Caters
Credit: Caters

Now, she shares her doodles on an Instagram page called @dermatographia_.

Advert

She continued: "I try and do lots of symbols that everybody will understand like smiley faces or well-known words like Hi.

"I do the designs with a pencil so that the lines are more crisp.

"If you did them with anything else it would make the designs less readable as the swelling would become broader.

"Usually, I do them quite quickly, in under a minute so that the designs are even when I photograph them, for aesthetic reasons."

Featured Image Credit: Caters

Topics: Interesting, Weird, Health

Chosen for YouChosen for You

Game Of Thrones Prequel House Of The Dragon Begins Production Next Year
published ata day ago

Most Read StoriesMost Read

Entertainment

ITV Announce Gordon Gino And Fred's Road Trip Christmas Special Show

published at18 hours ago

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a LADbible journalist and Twin Peaks enthusiast. Despite having a career in football cut short by a chronic lack of talent, he managed to obtain degrees from both the University of London and Salford. According to his French teacher, at the weekends he mostly likes to play football and go to the park with his brother. Contact Tom on [email protected]