6 Ways to Hide Your Psoriasis
HealthAfter50 | Oct 4, 2016 Oct 17, 2016
If you have psoriasis, the discomfort of red patches, and dry, cracked skin may not be the only thing you’re contending with: Many people feel self-conscious about how their skin looks. Here are six ways to minimize the appearance of psoriasis.
2. Remove scaling
During a warm bath, gently rub the psoriasis plaques with a loofah sponge to loosen scaling. You may also want to try using gentle cleansers containing salicylic acids to help remove scaling, which not only makes the plaque less noticeable but helps your skin absorb moisturizer and topical creams.
3. Moisturize your skin
Psoriasis patches are less noticeable when you keep them moist. Ask your dermatologist for recommendations that are safe and effective for you to use. In general, look for “fragrance-free,” “hypoallergenic,” and “non-comedogenic” (non-clogging) on product labels.
4. Camouflage it
Your dermatologist can give you recommendations for lightweight or heavyweight foundations (depending on your coverage needs) that are safe to use on sensitive skin. He or she may also offer suggestions for color correcting makeup (yellow- or green-based shades) if your skin is particularly red. To remove makeup, the National Psoriasis Foundation suggests using a petroleum-based remover.
5. Make a ‘joint’ effort
If you’re covering up patches on joints with makeup, bend (not extend) before you apply, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation. This will prevent products from breaking up as you move. A quick spritz of waterproof hairspray can help set the foundation on your body.
6. Cover up with clothing
Depending on where your plaques are located and the weather, long sleeves and long pants can help conceal your psoriasis. Keep clothing loose, so it doesn’t irritate plaques.
7. Avoid letting it rule your life
Psoriasis is something you have, not who you are. While there are times it may be embarrassing or make you feel self-conscious, make sure it doesn’t affect how you live your life.