Facial Psoriasis

By far, facial psoriasis has been the most difficult and frustrating to deal with.

  1. Because it’s on your face – everyone can see it!!
  2. 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 

IMG_0395Oils 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



The ‘Psoriasis Top 10’ Survey…

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Exams, Stress & Psoriasis

Stress is known to be a common trigger for a psoriasis flare-up, and any form of stress will cause my psoriasis to break out. Last year, when I was finishing off my undergraduate degree, my skin went through its worst due to the stress of final exams and assignments. I have spent the last three months writing up my Masters thesis and this time round, I was determined to not let my psoriasis take control. I’m not going to say don’t stress, because that is impossible! I have, however, found ways in which you can reduce or control your stress. My blog post for HelloSkin shares my tips on how to handle heavy work load, stress and psoriasis.

Click on the following link to view my 8 tips: Exams, Stress & Psoriasis


10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me

Living with the condition psoriasis doesn’t come with a manual. It takes time to learn and understand how your psoriasis works and what is best for you through ‘trial and error’. It took me a long time to figure out what works well for my psoriasis and what doesn’t, and to be honest even after having the condition for 14 years, I am still educating myself about my psoriasis.

In a guest post for LEO Pharma, I talk about the 10 things I wish someone had told me about psoriasis. Click on the link below to have a read! 🙂 xx

Psoriasis- 10 things I wish someone had told me


Summer Legs

The Magic of Make-up…IMG_7329.JPG

As a result of suffering from severe psoriasis, I have scarred and pigmented skin (aka ‘psoriasis shadows’) from all the treatments I have used over the years. For a long while, I have really struggled with the whole “confidence thing”, especially when it comes having my legs out during the summer months or on nights out. I would walk through shops, thinking ‘I wish I could wear that dress’ or see other girls wearing dresses and skirts, looking so carefree and always thinking ‘I wish I could just walk out the house in a dress, not have to worry about my skin’.

Anyways, to cut the story short, I recently invested in a bottle of Sally Hansen Leg Makeup after reading lots of reviews online,  and I’m actually really amazed at the wonders it has done for me. For the first time in so many years, I have been confident enough to wear a dress and walk out the house without being paranoid about my legs. It doesn’t guarantee you full coverage, but does give a nice layer, blurring out the pigmentation and scars, so they’re not as noticeable. I have been using the medium glow shade.

So if you have been struggling to cover your scars/pigmented skin, I highly recommend this product. Also, the directions on the bottle suggest that you spray it into your hands, then rub it evenly onto your legs. However, that didn’t really give me good coverage when I applied it like that, so instead I sprayed it directly onto my legs, and then blended it out evenly. The picture below shows the difference with and without the spray applied.


Left: with Sally Hansen leg makeup. Right: without makeup


Dealing with the emotional stress

Living with psoriasis can have a major psychological impact on a person and bring a mixture of emotions to your life. Psoriasis can make you feel very low at times as well as embarrassed, angry and frustrated. It can also make you very self-conscious, depressed and feel socially unaccepted.

Check out my top tips on how to deal with the emotional stress of living with psoriasis by clicking on the link below- a blog post I did for LEO Pharma UK:

LEO Pharma: Top tips to help with the emotional stress of living with psoriasis


My Story with TalkHealth

Hello guys! I’ve just quickly attached a link to my story with TalkHealth xx

My Story with TalkHealth