Can You Get a Tattoo If You Have Psoriasis?


Linda Wasmer Andrews

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FAQs About Moderate To Severe Psoriasis

Get to know the basics of psoriasis from a practicing dermatologist.

When you love body art, you see skin as a canvas—but what if psoriasis is in the picture? Some people with this skin condition do get tattoos.

But if you're thinking about taking that step, having psoriasis means there are extra factors to consider.

Make a Statement

Tattoos can be a way to adorn your body and express yourself. One thing a tattoo can't do, however, is cover up your plaques—the raised, red, scaly patches of skin caused by psoriasis. Fortunately, many parts of the body where psoriasis is common—such as the scalp, elbows, and knees—aren't prime tattoo locations anyway.

Psoriasis doesn’t just affect your skin—it affects your self-esteem, your social life, and your overall mental health. Psoriasis patients share the tools they’ve learned to help manage their condition.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Apr 13, 2016

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