6 Ways to Hide Your Psoriasis

by HealthAfter50

Coping tactics

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.

1. Follow doctor’s orders

Minimize flare-ups by avoiding your psoriasis triggers. Common ones include alcohol, stress, and certain foods. And be sure to carefully follow your treatment plan.

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.

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HealthAfter50 was published by the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, providing up-to-date, evidence-based research and expert advice on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide range of health conditions affecting adults in middle age and beyond. It was previously part of Remedy Health Media's network of digital and print publications, which also include HealthCentral; HIV/AIDS resources The Body and The Body Pro; the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter; and the Berkeley Wellness website. All content from HA50 merged into Healthcentral.com in 2018.