You know you shouldn’t let your psoriasis define who you are, what you wear or where you go. But sometimes you just don’t want to explain, deal with the strange looks or feel self-conscious. You just want to blend in and be like everyone else.
The best way to avoid flare-ups is to avoid triggers as much as possible and to follow your treatment plan. Using topical creams, phototherapy and medications can help keep your skin clear. But despite your best efforts there may be times when your psoriasis shows up and you have to deal with the plaques the best way possible. The following are some tips for camouflaging psoriasis plaques:
Moisturize using a petroleum oil based moisturizer. Keep a small container with you to moisturize on the go and when you are away from your house. Lesions look less noticeable when you keep up with a daily moisturizing regime. If you aren’t sure what moisturizer is best for you, talk with your dermatologist.
Wear light colored clothing. Dark clothes tend to accentuate the psoriasis plaques while light colored clothing blends in with the plaques and makes them less noticeable. At times when you do wear a dark shirt or pants, top it off with a light colored jacket or sweater. Be sure to keep clothing loose so it does not irritate or aggravate lesions.
Depending on where your plaques are located, you can use clothing to cover up. Long sleeves and long pants
Remove scaling. Taking a warm bath and gently rubbing the plaques with a loofah sponge loosens the scaling in the top layer of the psoriasis plaques. Gentle cleansers containing salicylic acids can be used to help remove scaling. Not only does this make the plaque less noticeable but helps moisturizer and topical creams be absorbed.
Use concealer and foundation. Makeup can help to cover up lesions. Be sure not to use makeup on bleeding or cracked lesions as this can cause infection, however, for those that are intact, concealer and foundation can hide the area.
Spend a few minutes in the sun or talk to your doctor about phototherapy. Both have been found to help reduce psoriasis. Be sure to spend only about 10 minutes in the sun to give you the benefit of Vitamin D but stop any chance of burning.
Add accessories to your outfit. Accessories help by both covering up areas you don’t want seen and also help to draw other’s eyes to the accessories and away from other parts of your body.
Remember, your psoriasis is something you have - it is not who you are. While there are times it may be embarrassing or make you feel self-conscious, it does not impact your personality or your abilities.
Eileen Bailey is a freelance health writer. She is the author of What Went Right: Reframe Your Thinking for a Happier Now, Idiot’s Guide to Adult ADHD, Idiot’s Guide to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Essential Guide to Overcoming Obsessive Love, and Essential Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome. She can be found on Twitter @eileenmbailey and on Facebook at eileenmbailey.