The ‘Snake Boy’ Who Has Shed His Skin Every 41 Days Since He Was Born


Ari Wibowo sheds his skin like a snake every two days and must constantly smear his body with moisturiser to stop it hardening and seizing up. The Indonesian teenager has a rare skin condition that doctors in Indonesia have been unable or unwilling to treat and which has left him with an extraordinary appearance. He suffers from Erythroderma, an inflammatory skin disease also known as ‘red man syndrome’, that causes the skin over almost the entire body to become scaly and flake off.


Ari must contantly wash and moisturise his skin to stop it from drying outAri has had trouble making friends because he looked different and people feared his condition may be contagiousPhotographer Nurcholis Anhari Lubis has documented Ari's life for an essay project