Removing Unwanted Hair With Psoriasis

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FAQs About Moderate To Severe Psoriasis

Get to know the basics of psoriasis from a practicing dermatologist.
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Tackling unwanted body or facial hair can be tricky when you have psoriasis. Sensitive skin can be a challenge to keep hairless, especially during flare-ups. But finding a hair-removal method that works for your skin isn’t impossible.

Shaving, waxing, and using depilatory creams can all cause some skin trauma. This can set off the Koebner phenomenon—the process by which a psoriasis patch forms at the site of a skin injury. So what’s the best way to take care of that unwanted hair?

Shaving Your Body

It’s fine to lightly shave your skin, but it’s crucial to avoid nicking your skin or disturbing any psoriatic scales. Gentle shaving is generally recommended for arms and legs instead of other methods that pull hairs out, such as waxing.

Psoriasis is a difficult condition to live with—and not everyone knows the whole story. Learn how to separate fact from fiction.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Nov 6, 2015