Living with psoriasis could take its toll on anyone’s social life. This is especially true if your psoriasis lesions are on your face because you cannot cover them up with clothes. And without the right products, makeup will only make them look worse than they actually are.
Below are simple skincare and makeup tips to help you safely and effectively cover psoriasis patches without risking the development of even more flares.
Pamper and Nourish Your Skin Before Putting on Makeup
Piling on concealer and foundation to psoriasis flares will just emphasize them more. What you need to do is to calm your skin before you camouflage your flares so that there is little to no scaling left for makeup to cling to.
For instance, you can start with a gentle cleanser and an exfoliating facial mask that contains chamomile extracts, jojoba oil and walnut shell powder to slough off scales and nourish your skin. Next, apply a hydrating serum and top off with the Multiuse Cream from Kedma Skincare. It is a non-greasy, paraben-free multiuse light moisturizer with Dead Sea minerals, vitamin E and aloe vera extract to protect your skin against redness, dryness and cracking.
When choosing products, note though that not all skincare products will work for everyone, so patch test first on skin that does not have a lesion.
Blend, Blend and Blend Some More
When applying concealer and foundation, you should not just conceal specific spots. Use concealer on the spots and then foundation over your entire face for a more natural and even look. Use a wet sponge or soft buffing brush for blending. Make sure to pick shades that match and blend in with your skin tone.
Go for Gel, Liquid or Cream-Based Makeup Products
These usually contain hydrating ingredients that can reduce peeling and flaking, plus cream, liquid and gel-based products typically stay on longer. On the other hand, powder-based makeup like foundations, blushes, highlighters and bronzers could stick to peeling psoriasis lesions and highlight them as opposed to camouflaging them.
Always Make Sure Your Skin Is Sufficiently Hydrated
Sufficiently moisturized and hydrated skin will minimize redness and flaking from lesions. Opt for hydrating and gentle cleansers, moisturizers, exfoliators, foundations and cleansers. Select makeup products specifically developed for dry skin, which are usually liquid or light cream preparations, as powdery products will only highlight your flare-ups instead of concealing them.
Refrain From Wearing Makeup Everyday
Only wear makeup when you really have to so that you can avoid exacerbating your psoriasis flares. When starting out, see how many makeup days your skin can tolerate and go from there. Likewise, remember that makeup will work better if your psoriasis treatment is also working.
But while makeup—done right and with the proper products—can help conceal psoriasis flare-ups, it will not treat your condition. Some makeup products might irritate your skin, or your lesions might be too severe. The key is to continue with your skincare regimen and work with your dermatologist to get your psoriasis under control.