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:

1.Exfoliating

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

 

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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

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 Summer Top Tips

So here are 5 of my summer top tips:

1. Wear comfortable clothing made of soft, natural fibres such as cotton. So clothing that is less likely to make you itch and also loose clothing, to reduce irritation.

I think my biggest advice for the summer is wear what makes you comfortable. I know many people have issues or are uncomfortable showing more skin during the summer and I certainly used to be and sometimes still am. So definitely don’t wear something that makes you feel insecure.

I’m quite comfortable having my arms out, so that’s not a problem, but having my legs out is still a big no no, so I stick to maxi skirts/dresses on hot days, that way I’m still with the summer fashion, but also wearing something I feel comfortable and secure in.

2. I find chlorine water helps my psoriasis. So I usually go swimming during the summer.

Some people may find that chlorine helps their psoriasis, others may find it makes theirs worse, or some may even see no difference.

I think swimming also helps me de-stress, which is why I’ve also noticed it makes my psoriasis better.

3. Soak up some UV rays! I think every psoriasis sufferer has been told that the sunlight is good for their psoriasis. Even if its just 10-15 minutes, it’ll do wonders for your psoriasis.

(Exactly how much sunlight you should/can take should be discussed with your doctor)

Obviously don’t take too much sunlight, as that can cause your psoriasis to get worse.

4. Drink plenty of water and keep your body hydrated. Extremely important during the summer.

5. Keep moisturising as much and as often as you can

My top tips for Psoriasis

1. Moisturise as much and as often as you can! It is so important to moisturise your psoriasis. Moisturising will reduce flakiness, itchiness and redness as well as help to heal your skin. Find a cream/ointment that you find is working, this may take some time. Personally, I suggest using more natural products so it does not irritate your skin. I like to give my skin a natural balance, giving it a break from the steroid ointments and creams I use, because as us, psoriasis sufferers, all know unfortunately they’re only a short term fix!.

I will talk more about what products have/are working for me and my psoriasis in my upcoming blogs.

2. Try not to pick and scratch! Keep finger nails short if you can. I know that can be asking for a lot and I know how tempting it is to scratch!! Literally makes you go crazy!! But it is only going to make your skin worse.

3. Have lukewarm showers and bathes. Hot water can irritate your skin. I find that hot water makes my skin very red. Possibly add dead sea salts to your bathes. This helps reduce the itchy sensation and also exfoliates your skin, getting rid of the dead skin cells. Remember to moisture straight after.

4. Try to keep stress levels to a minimum. I am probably the worse person to tell you not to stress because I deal with my stress very poorly! But lately I have been trying different techniques to reduce my stress. Do a little research and find ways and techniques that may help you reduce your stress. For me, I have found that going out for walks and getting some fresh air helps me.

5. Maintain a healthy diet, with lots of fruit and veg. I know there is more to diet and psoriasis, and, again, I will talk about that in my upcoming blogs.

6. The very obvious one- drink as much water as you can.