Ashling Armstrong said she first noticed red marks on her chest in January but dismissed them as acne.
However, within a week they had spread across her entire body, and Ashling was diagnosed with Guttate psoriasis.
Psoriasis is a skin condition which causes flaky patches of skin which form scales and affects around 1-in-50 people in the UK.
Ashling said her doctor told her the sore throat she’d had around a month before her spots first appeared likely triggered her psoriasis.
The avid-gym-lover spent months trying to cover up the red patches on her skin because of the “embarrassment” and they were often mistaken for severe burns by strangers.
The newly-qualified nurse said that much of her psoriasis is now a faded red colour and that bits on her legs still have the distinctive teardrop shape.
Ashling said: “It came onto my face and that’s when I was like ‘I can’t hide this anymore’.