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



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

How I’ve been treating my Psoriasis

The questions I commonly get asked are:

  • How have I treated my Psoriasis?
  • What I’ve been using to calm down my Psoriasis?
  • How am I maintaining my Psoriasis?

Basically the answers to these questions are these magical products!


Aloe Vera Gelly, Aloe Propolis Creme, Forever Aloe Vera Gel

I’ve done a blog on this before when I first started blogging [The Wonders of Aloe Vera], but recently quite a few people have been asking me how I’ve been treating my Psoriasis, so thought I’d make a quick blog post on it.

I wasn’t really a fan of ‘home remedies’ for my psoriasis. But these products have done wonders for my skin!

My regime:

  • Drink aloe vera gel 60ml 2x a day. First thing in the morning and in the evening before dinner (ie. ideally on an empty stomach)
  • Apply aloe vera gel after showering
  • Apply aloe propolis creme as often as possible throughout the day (at least twice a day)

My psoriasis cleared up after 7 months of using these products, and I haven’t touched my steroid ointments since! xx


My results after 7 months of using the products.

The Wonders of Aloe Vera

Hello again! As I have mentioned in my previous blogs I suffered from a severe outbreak earlier this year. I have always used steroid ointments prescribed by the doctors to treat my psoriasis, but only found this to be effective to an extent and a short term solution as the psoriasis comes running back as soon as I stop using them, and I’m back to square one!

So this is a quick blog just talking about what I have been using to get my skin under control again.

I have always heard loads of things about aloe vera and how amazing the healing properties of aloe vera are. Not only for psoriasis but for many other skin conditions too. So I did some research online and read lots of testimonials from other psoriasis sufferers using Forevers Aloe Vera drinking gel to treat their skin, so I thought why not give it a try?

The Forever Products I use:

  • Forever Aloe Vera Gel
  • Aloe Vera Gelly
  • Aloe Propolis Crème
  • Aloe-Jojoba Shampoo and Conditioner
The Forever Aloe products that work wonders for psoriasis

The Forever Aloe Vera products

I drink 120 ml of the aloe vera gel every day, 60ml first thing in the morning and another 60ml in the evening before dinner and I apply the aloe vera gelly daily after showering and the aloe propolis crème atleast 2 times a day. I have been using these products for 5 months now and my skin has and continues to improve.

A word of warning! A week into using these products I did notice my psoriasis getting worse and redder. But that is actually a sign of the aloe working. It is hard but you just have to stick at it, because the end results are definitely worth it! As time went on I saw slight changes, but didn’t actually see a drastic change in my psoriasis until a good 3-4 months of using the products, and 5 months on my psoriasis is speedily improving. Also, the aloe-jojoba shampoo and conditioner is amazing for scalp psoriasis. I suffered badly from psoriasis along my hairlines, and now my scalp is completely psoriasis-free!

Below is an image of the progression of my skin throughout the time I have been using Forever Aloe products:

The progress of my skin. The first image of my arm was taken in February and the last image was taken at the end of April.

The progress of my skin. The first image of my arm was taken in February (2015) and the last image was taken at the end of April (2015).

My arm now, 90% free from psoriasis.

My arm now, 90% free from psoriasis.