Kim Kardashian defends tanning bed use to aid psoriasis: ‘It really helps’

Of course Kim Kardashian isn’t backing down about her favorite office accessory.

The 43-year-old reality star took to Twitter Friday after an Allure article criticized how she’s trying to “normalize tanning beds,” with Kardashian sharing the piece and explaining that the device “really helps” with her autoimmune disease.

“I have psoriasis and it really helps when it’s bad. But I don’t use it too often,” she wrote in reply to the magazine’s opinion piece.

The tanning drama started when the beauty guru jumped on the recent “I’m ____, of course” trend by sharing a TikTok tour of her Skkn by Kim office on Thursday.

Kardashian, clad in a furry cream robe and high boots, strolls through her office in the clip, proclaiming things like, “I’m Kim Kardashian, of course I have all my magazine covers covering my walls.”

Kardashian keeps a tanning bed in her Skkn by Kim offices. kimkardashian/Tiktok
The star suffers from psoriasis flareups. kimkardashian/Instagram

As she continues the tour, the Skims founder adds a pair of tanning goggles to her look as she climbs into a lit-up tanning bed, saying, “I’m Kim Kardashian, of course I have a tanning bed and a red light bed in my office.”

Allure immediately penned an opinion piece titled “Please, Kim Kardashian, Don’t Try to Normalize Tanning Beds,” citing the high risk of skin cancer associated with indoor tanning.

The mag wrote that the star was sending a potentially dangerous message to her fans in the video by making them think it was okay to tan, also pointing out that “contrary to popular belief, UV exposure can be more harmful than helpful in the treatment of psoriasis.”

Indeed, Kardashian’s comments section was filled with quite a few TikTok users who wondered if it was now acceptable to tan indoors, like one who wrote, “So can I go back into the tanning beds if Kim Kardashian does ?”

“Of course I have a tanning bed,” she quipped. kimkardashian/Tiktok
Kardashian has been candid about her struggles with psoriasis.

However, others were skeptical of her office tanning setup, like a fan who commented, “Omg 💯 literally shocked they are still around.”

On Twitter, Kardashian received plenty of supportive comments, with one fan writing, “Humira helps my psoriasis and a tanning bed helps as well like you said. Looking good Kim.”

Still, others warned that she could be sending a mixed message, with one Twitter user commenting, “Still don’t try to normalize it, or at least state why you’re using it.. Your followers would be using it without knowing why… And IT COULD CAUSE complications.”

Although she frequently sports skimpy outfits, Kardashian often deals with blotchy, red skin. Kim Kardashian / Instagram
The star also has a red light bed in her office. kimkardashian/Tiktok

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The “Kardashians” star has been candid about her battle with psoriasis over the years, showing off photos of her red, inflamed skin and penning an essay about the autoimmune disease for sister Kourtney Kardashian’s Poosh site in 2019.

“If you have psoriasis, you can’t let it ruin your life or get the best of you. You have to do what you can to make sure you are comfortable but not let it take over,” she wrote at the time, telling fans, “I hope my story can help anyone else with an autoimmune disease feel confident that there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

Perhaps just not a UV tunnel.