How to Wear Makeup If You Have Psoriasis

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Your face is usually the first thing people notice about you. Having psoriasis anywhere on the body can affect your self-esteem. If you’re a woman with redness and scaly plaques on your face, you may feel even more self-conscious. Fortunately, the right skin care and makeup can help you look your best and return your confidence.

Areas most often affected by facial psoriasis include your upper forehead and hairline, above your upper lip, and your eyebrows. Before taking any steps to camouflage your psoriasis with makeup, see your doctor to make sure the reddened areas really are psoriasis. Your doctor can recommend treatments to improve your psoriasis while protecting your delicate facial skin.

There are many treatment options for psoriasis, and they all come with risks and benefits. Ultimately, whether you treat with topical creams, light therapy, or medications, you and your doctor will decide the best treatment path together.

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

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