By far, facial psoriasis has been the most difficult and frustrating to deal with.
- Because it’s on your face – everyone can see it!!
- Not only do you have to understand it like the psoriasis anywhere else on your body, but you also have to learn how it’ll behave with different make up and facial products.
You’re also very limited to the products you can use and how often you can use them. Even moreso, it’s frustrating to deal with in the colder seasons because it dries up as soon as you step out the house!
Typically, my facial psoriasis appears around my eyebrows, along my hairline and forehead, and around my nose. I have a VERY red nose that has a mind of its own! And no matter what I do or try, I can’t seem to get rid of it unfortunately. There was a time when my facial pso was extremeeeeely bad, spreading from cheek to cheek and across my forehead. Sadly, I don’t have any photos. I could barely even look at myself in the mirror at that time, let alone take a picture of myself.
My facial psoriasis has been the biggest confidence knocker and definitely added paranoia to my life. I would flinch every time I looked at myself in the mirror, or even in a window reflection. I would hate leaving the house. I would hate being in the sun or in places where there was bright light. But touch wood, my face is a lot better now. And it has definitely been a long journey of trial-and-error.
There are four main things that help me maintain my facial psoriasis:
Exfoliating my face at least twice daily helps to reduce the scaling build up and flaking. Especially in the mornings as this also provides a smooth face to apply my make-up onto. Be gentle when exfoliating as you’re more prone to irritating your skin and making your plaques sore (I’m guilty of that…)
2. Find a soap a suits you
Personally, I like to keep my bathroom products as natural as possible. So I use Black African Soap, which is packed with natural ingredients and herbs, such as aloe vera, shea butter and many vitamins. Natural products are less likely to irritate your psoriasis, especially as psoriasis on your face can be a little more sensitive.
I usually just buy a bulk of these of Amazon, and they’re really cheap!
3. Stick to liquid forms of make-up
I find liquid or creamy forms of make-up much easier to handle and more accommodating towards a psoriatic face. They sit better on my skin and provide better coverage.
I will do another blog post on the types of make-up products I use.
4. Use oils
Oils helps keep the skin hydrated. I literally smother my face in oils just before I go to sleep and then a small application in the morning straight after I’ve exfoliated. This prevents the psoriasis from drying up after it’s touched water, and slows down the re-build of scaling. Applying straight after exfoliating also provides a good base for my make-up application. I have been using Sukin Skincare oils – they are amazing!
I hope these tricks work on helping you manage your pso x