- 18 beauty products this make-up artist with psoriasis swears by
- Decleor Cleansing Micellar Oil, £32
- Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Wash, £24
- Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Retexturizing Concentrate, £41
- The Ordinary Buffet Serum, £12.50
- MAC Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator, £23
- Manuka Doctor APIClear Facial Peel, £30
- Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil Free Lotion, £29.50
- Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate, £38
- Nizoral Anti Dandruff Shampoo, £6.29
- Westlab Epsom salt, £11.99
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- Consult Your Dermatologist
- Pay Attention To The Ingredients
- Always Test It First
- Final Words
- Pamper and Nourish Your Skin Before Putting on Makeup
- Blend, Blend and Blend Some More
- Go for Gel, Liquid or Cream-Based Makeup Products
- Always Make Sure Your Skin Is Sufficiently Hydrated
- Refrain From Wearing Makeup Everyday
- More Than Skin-Deep: 8 Fashion and Beauty Bloggers with Psoriasis Share Their Best Secrets
- I calm flare-ups on my scalp with neem oil
- I soothe itching with coconut oil
- I cover up breakouts with green concealer, priming spray, and setting spray
- I prevent irritation by avoiding products with fragrances, parabens, and sulfates
- I treat myself to a manicure during flare-ups
- I exfoliate psoriasis flakes with my Clarisonic brush
- I soak in a bentonite clay bath at least once a week
- I use minimal makeup when my psoriasis is bad
18 beauty products this make-up artist with psoriasis swears by
Psoriasis is an extremely common skin condition, but it is manageable. On World Psoriasis Day, makeup artist and psoriasis sufferer Charlotte Brooks shares the best beauty products to keep flare-ups at bay
When you meet Charlotte Brooks, a 24 year old makeup artist from Watford, you would have no idea she managed a skin condition. Psoriasis on her forehead and eyebrows is hidden by flawless makeup which she has mastered after years of trying various products.
Charlotte has mastered her flawless make up looks after years of trying different products
Charlotte is one of the two per cent of the UK population who suffers with psoriasis, a genetic skin disease in which the immune system causes skin cells to reproduce too quickly. The National Psoraisis Foundation says, ‘A normal skin cell matures and falls off the body’s surface in 28 to 30 days. However, skin affected by psoriasis takes only three to four days to mature and move to the surface.’ Instead of falling off, the skill cells pile up to form raised, red, flaky patches of skin which can become itchy and sore. These most commonly appear on the knees, elbows, scalp and lower back.
Psoriasis causes skin cells to pile up in flaky, red patches
When Charlotte first went to the doctor during her first year of secondary school, she was told 75 per cent of her scalp was covered with psoriasis. It was thick and sore, and began spreading to her arms and legs. There is currently no cure, so Charlotte has managed her condition using creams and a light therapy treatment available on the NHS called phototherapy, which uses ultraviolet rays similar to those found in a tanning bed but in safe, therapeutic dosages. In fact, natural sunlight on holidays, as well as the de-stress effect, have been Charlotte’s greatest remedy.
‘Stress makes my condition ten times worse’, she says. ‘If I am stressed I will have a flare up around two weeks later. If I drink alcohol, it will come up 2-3 days later.’
Stress aggravates Charlotte’s psoriasis
At the moment Charlotte’s psoriasis appears in ‘raindrops’ across many parts of her body, and more persistently on her back, stomach and around her face. With an expert hand at makeup, and an inside knowledge of the industry, Charlotte tells Healthista the 19 makeup and skincare products that she swears by, and could work for you too.
Decleor Cleansing Micellar Oil, £32
‘To take off makeup, I don’t use face wipes as these strip the face of it’s natural oils and it can be quite harsh rubbing the cloth. This micellar oil uses nothing other than your hands. I use two pumps to rub over the face and remove make up, even waterproof and long wearing.
‘I look ridiculous because I have black mascara all over my face, but then the oil emulsifies and becomes white as you add water and massage any dirt away. I sometimes have a facial with Decleor – who you need to know about if you have interests in skin health. Their aromatherapy essential oils come in little bottles and despite being all natural they still have light fragrances.’
Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Wash, £24
‘I use this as my daily cleanser in the morning and evening. Kiehl’s have explained to me before that calendula flowers are anti-inflammatory and have natural healing properties. So they are really good for reducing redness in the skin and locking in moisture. I’d say this is good for anyone with skin complaints, as it leaves the skin so soft. I put two pumps into my hand and lather it with water and that’s enough.’
Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Retexturizing Concentrate, £41
‘This serum is quite expensive but it’s an absolute favourite. One of the ingredients is glycerine and anything that has glycerine in will help the skin to retain moisture – exactly what you want for skin conditions – by attracting water molecules. After using my skin feels more plump and even, which is just what I want considering psoarisis makes the skin lumpy.’
The Ordinary Buffet Serum, £12.50
‘This multi-peptide serum is a good cheap alternative to the pricey serums out there so I use it on a daily basis. It’s got an array of advanced ingredients which makers claim are antiageing, such as hyaluronic acid and Matrixyl 3000, to help with the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. It goes on a bit like a gel formula which melts into the skin but leaves a nice slick, hydrating the dry areas.
‘I haven’t found that cheaper products are less effective or that they have more chemicals in. The Ordinary are what they say on the tin without any sneaky added extras. Some of their products have retinols and acids but I just go for the simplistic ones as I don’t want to over complicate my skincare range. I’ve been through all the ingredients and I haven’t found anything to disrupt my skin.’
MAC Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator, £23
‘The reason I am using this is because it is sugar based. Microbeads (which are now banned in the UK) can be tough on the skin but sugar is gentle and dissolves as you rub it. My friend also recommended just using a couple of pieces of honey and sugar in a bowl stirred together – at least you know what’s in that. The honey is anti-inflammatory so I love any product which includes it.’
Manuka Doctor APIClear Facial Peel, £30
‘I have used face masks before but I have always been nervous about what I use. Make sure to do your research before buying something and finding it isn’t the best choice for people with sensitive skin. One I do use is Manuka Doctor APIClear Facial Peel.
‘It goes on very thick, dries, and then you peel it off from the chin upwards which has a plumping effect. It leaves my skin incredibly soft, that’s the honey working, but also slightly pink from the peel so I wouldn’t recommend using it more than once a week. Bee venom has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties and kaolin helps to clear impurities. I am obsessed with this!’
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil Free Lotion, £29.50
‘Generally my skin type is oily, but of course in the areas I have psoriasis, around my forehead and eyebrows, it’s dry. I try and use things that aren’t oily because where the patches of psoriasis are, it almost acts as a barrier – oil doesn’t get through that part of the skin, it just sits on top. So I tend to use things that are oil-free and water based or with glycerine that get through. This oil free lotion helps my skin because it doesn’t leave a residue and is very lightweight.’
Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate, £38
‘I cleanse my skin and use Midnight Recovery before bed. You apply it with a pipette and it sinks into the skin quickly but works through the night to help renew the skin cells. It’s full of essential oils including lavender and primrose which are hydrating which also make it smell incredible. It’s like a mini relaxation facial in the evening. The omega-6 fatty acids and squalane are known to do wonders for anyone’s skin, too.’
Nizoral Anti Dandruff Shampoo, £6.29
‘My Nan showed me this shampoo when she read an article so I thought what was the harm in trying? It’s luminous pink and so cheap, but after 2-3 washes the psoriasis on my scalp was completely gone.
‘You massage it in, leave for a couple of minutes, wash out (it leaves your hair feeling like straw) and then use your usual products. When my scalp clears I don’t need to carry on using it, but if the psoriasis comes back, I just use it a couple of times and it clears. Friends of mine have also found this really works for them.’
Westlab Epsom salt, £11.99
‘I put Epsom salt into the bath and soak for around 30 minutes which makes my psoriasis more manageable. I do this once a fortnight but if I had more time it would be once a week. It removes the flakey bits of skin and then I moisturise after with E45 Body Lotion for dry skin, £4.33, which absorbs really quickly, or The Body Shop Olive Nourishing Butter, £6. I’m careful about high street brands but this one agrees with me. I can’t often get nice smelling things because of the alcohol in the fragrance, so this is a luxury!’
Inglot Beauti Fier Tinted Cream, £17
‘This is like a tinted moisturiser which I use for light coverage. It comes in eight different shades and because it’s lightweight it tends to suit all skin tones. It has a soft focus finish using HD pigments so when it goes onto the skin, if you have any red areas, it gives the effect of blurring them out. I love this because it gives the skin a really even complexion.
‘I’ve tried other tinted moisturisers, but this one has the added benefit of Coenzyme Q10 and vitamins C, E and F which are enriching for sensitive skin. I apply it with a Mac 170 Rounded Slant Brush, £28, using a buffing motion (circular whilst pushing into the skin). This blends it into the skin rather than leaves it sitting on top, which you can get with flat foundation brushes.’
MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation, £27
For heavier coverage I Fix Fluid from MAC. If you are finding you have red areas that are hard to cover, this is the best makeup for that. It’s the closest oil free foundation they do, claiming to control oily skin with a matte finish. It sinks into the skin well and I like that it is buildable, meaning you can go for a natural finish if you want. Again, this has blurring focus molecules which creates a flawless look.
To apply, I use a Beauty Blender, £16, which is amazing for blending any skin makeup product to avoid the texture of dry skin coming through.
MAC Prep + Prime Fix +, £21
‘You can use this spray either before makeup as a primer, after or on it’s own. It’s not a setting spray but it is hydrating, being water based. To avoid a matte look which isn’t ideal when you have textured skin, I use this spray to create a dewy look. I spray it 30cm from my face and it comes out as a mist, evenly covering the face and bringing the products together. If you find make up is settling into a part of your psoriasis, this spray lifts it or makes it more able to be blended again.’
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Promade, £19
‘I get psoriasis in my eyebrows, so firstly I make sure I exfoliate them once or twice a week, really scrubbing to make sure all makeup product and flakiness is removed. As long as I do this and make sure the skin is hydrated, it will be ok.
‘For makeup, I use Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Promade. This is a popular product for eyebrows and is a wax product that you apply with an angled brush. It’s water resistant and last all day, but it isn’t tough to remove like I have found with other longwear eyebrow products. It lasts all day without irritating the skin on removal.’
Charlotte Brooks has been a makeup artist for six years, working with MAC makeup for four years. She has worked in TV, film, fashion and theatre. You can follow her Instagram here.
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How to Pick Makeup Products When You Deal with Psoriasis
If you suffer from psoriasis, you’re certainly not alone. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, over 7.5 million people in the U.S. are battling the chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease that’s characterized by red, flaky patches on the skin, including stars like Kim Kardashian who has been open about her skin struggles.
While there isn’t a cure for psoriasis, there are a number of methods for treating and preventing outbreaks and you can always conceal flare ups on the face with makeup. While an arsenal of products is a simple way of concealing current visible signs of the autoimmune disease, using the wrong makeup can also further exacerbate the situation.
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Before reaching for your makeup bag, Dr. Joshua Zeichner, N.Y.C.-based dermatologist stresses the importance of properly moisturizing your skin to heal current dryness and lesions while preventing future ones. “Skin hydration with emollients is important to help hydrate the skin and smooth out flakes on the skins surface,” he says. He recommends using a rich, but gentle moisturizer like Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Lotion ($5; target.com) or Aveeno Skin Relief Moisture Repair Cream ($12; target.com) which both work to heal the skin’s barrier, balance pH levels, and improve the appearance of the plaque (raised lesion).
In addition to moisturizing Dr. Jeannette Graf, Great Neck, N.Y.-based dermatologist says to avoid exfoliating or scrubbing skin because the trauma will worsen the disease’s current state, and to make a visit to a dermatologist’s office if you want to recieve any facial treatments.
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Luckily, both dermatologists agree that applying makeup to mask lesions and dryness is safe to use. “Cosmetic products likely do not affect psoriasis. Psoriasis is caused from the inside out, so applying a cosmetic product over the plaque should not make the psoriasis worse,” explains Dr. Zeichner. That being said, a moisturizing or mineral foundation such as bareMinerals Original Foundation SPF 15 ($29; nordstrom.com) would be your best-bet to ensure that your skin is still retaining hydrating throughout the day. “Look for emollient ingredients like stearic acid or natural oils like oat kernel oil which are especially helpful in smoothing out thick rough scales on the surface of plaques,” says Dr. Zeichner. Alternatively, a soothing formula like Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation ($66; dermstore.com) is another effective option.
As for what to avoid: Any product with ingredients that will further dry out skin. “Although salicylic acid is used to treat scales in psoriasis, I would stay away from this ingredient in foundation since it have a drying effect as in acne,” explains Dr. Graf.
Alison: Here’s your normal skin tone right here mixed with the green and then some of the red, it’s okay to have some other red shine through, but I’m going to get a different shade.
Narrator: Use an applicator to get the product from its container …But to blend and apply, use your fingers. A little concealer goes a long way.
Alison: If you don’t see your finger print, you have too much product on your finger. Look for the finger print and then you know and then you’re going to tap and press it right into the skin just like we did on your finger which is the firm pressure towards the base. All we want to do on your cheek is kind of break up the redness and we don’t need a whole lot of it
Narrator: Only light pressure is needed to pat on the application. Too much pressure will likely result in the product coming off and sticking to your fingers. Because of the scaling and creases psoriasis can cause, be sure to take your time.
Alison: This may take three to four set kind of applications. And the reason you use your hand is because the warmth of your finger actually warms this product, so it will actually stay in place.
Narrator: Don’t get frustrated if you don’t achieve 100% coverage.Perfection is not the goal in working with cosmetic camouflage.
Alison: You can get a 100% improvement if you’re going to have photograph taken, and then it looks normal. But if you get beyond 65% or 70%, usually it looks like there is a product covering
Narrator: Also remember that while you may know where the outbreak is, other people do not. Having camouflage should help make it easier to keep it that way. For WebMD, I’m Janice McDonald.
Psoriasis And Makeup: All You Need To Know
Today’s blog post is near and dear to many female readers of Smart Psoriasis Diet. It took me a while to research and fact check this one because as you can guess, I am not that familiar with using makeup on psoriasis (but to be honest, I did consider it many times in my younger years!). However, I sought advice from the most important woman in my life, my beautiful and talented wife, to help sculpt this post.
Let’s get straight to the point, having facial psoriasis sucks…
Your face is usually the first thing people notice when you enter a room. Having psoriasis on other parts of your body can affect your self-esteem. But having it on your face, especially if you are a woman, can make you feel even more self-conscious.
Fortunately, adapting the right skin care routine and makeup can help you look your best as well as bring back your confidence.
In this post, we are going to offer tips on psoriasis and makeup. This includes choosing the right makeup for your skin, how to apply, and why body washes for psoriasis is highly recommended.
How To Wear Makeup If You Have Psoriasis
Skin experts agree that makeup can help mask some of the scars brought about by this chronic, immune-mediated skin condition. The secret, however, is to use a light touch.
The less makeup you need to apply on your face to conceal the redness, the better. Another important thing to remember when applying makeup is never to use it on open psoriasis lesions.
The same applies to skin that is still irritated or cuts that have not healed. If you suffer from Erythrodermic or Pustular psoriasis, you may not be able to use makeup on your skin at all since these types of psoriasis are prone to irritation caused by cosmetic and other skin products.
Makeup Application For Psoriasis Tips
Preparation is key when applying makeup for psoriasis.
Start By Reducing The Scaling
Makeup looks better on a smooth surface. So, before applying it, make sure to minimize psoriasis scaling on your face for better results. One of the best methods for de-scaling is hydration. Hydrate your lesions by sitting in warm water with bath oil for about 10 to 15 minutes. After that, gently exfoliate the scales with a towel. Make sure to do this once every week to help soften and reduce the hard, dry, scaly patches.
Use an appropriate moisturizer and cleanser to prepare and protect your skin. Try to find products that are hypoallergenic, non-clogging and fragrance-free. This will stop your scales from flaking as well as help them appear less red. After that, apply a primer to help the rest of the makeup go on smoothly.
Use Liquid Base Products, No Powders
Avoid using powder-based products, including foundations and concealers. This is because the powder tends to make your skin even drier, which may lead to more flaking. For best results, use liquid-based products as they stick better to your face and provide more coverage. Always remember that less is more when it comes to makeup and psoriasis.
Regardless of your skin type, always start by applying foundation before the concealer for a more natural look. You may end up not needing to use concealer after all. Remember to keep the coverage simple. Do not let yourself fall into the temptation of putting on a lot of makeup. Applying too much foundation will only draw more attention to your face.
Choose Your Concealer Carefully
Concealers are usually similar to foundation only that they are thicker and less translucent. Concealers help to cover up the psoriasis lesions. Green concealers are highly recommended for facial psoriasis. They provide a highly efficient way to counteract the stubborn redness that may not be covered well by regular concealers, and make your skin look clearer after applying makeup. Just make sure to choose one that matches your skin tone.
Stick To A Few Essentials
Sticking to a few essential high-quality products will achieve far better results than a complicated array of facial products. The fewer products and ingredients you apply on your face, the less the risk of your skin reacting negatively or getting irritated. Get a good, high-end foundation that offers good coverage in just one layer.
Don’t use sparkle makeup or anything that has glitter. Instead, opt for matte finish cosmetics. Using glitter and sparkle only attracts more attention to the areas that you are trying to conceal. Even worse, they can irritate your skin.
Take It Off Right
Always look out for makeup cleansers and removers with gentle and mild formulas that are specially made for sensitive skin. For instance, creams are recommended as opposed to gels which have high alcohol content and thin lotions which do not lock in moisture. Do not use abrasives and scrubs that can irritate your skin further.
Makeup Removals For Psoriasis
You can use your fingers, soft cotton balls or gentle cotton cloth and a mild makeup remover to take off the makeup. Petroleum-based removers help to soften up the makeup, making it easy to take it off. Using harsh scrubs or cloths can make psoriasis flare-ups more irritable.
How To Choose The Right Make Up For Psoriasis Sufferers
Facial psoriasis should be treated with care because your facial skin is particularly sensitive. Here are some tips for choosing the right makeup for psoriasis:
- Avoid foundations that are too slippery as they tend to cling to the areas you are trying to conceal
- Avoid using powdered formulas as they emphasize flaking and scaling
- Choose foundations that contain sunscreen
- Always look for makeup products that match your skin tone
Consult Your Dermatologist
Take the initiative to consult your dermatologists on which skin products that suit your condition. Your dermatologist may even prescribe treatments that can help improve psoriasis to protect your delicate facial skin.
Before applying any new product to your face, always do a patch test first. You can test it underneath your jaw by applying a little bit of the product, be it foundation or concealer. If after a while the product does not irritate your facial skin, you are good to go.
Pay Attention To The Ingredients
With the help of your dermatologist, you should be aware of the components to avoid, such as irritating fragrances or drying alcohol, and which ones to look for like emollients. Cosmetics labeled ‘water and sweat resistant’ are highly recommended as they aren’t absorbed into your skin. Choosing moisturizers and foundations with sun protection (SPF) ensures that you don’t have to worry about too much sun on your skin.
Always Test It First
Before applying any new product to your face, always do a patch test first. You can test it underneath your jaw by applying a little bit of the product, be it foundation or concealer. If after a while the product does not irritate your facial skin, you are good to go.
The aim of following the Smart Psoriasis Diet is not to have to worry about having to use makeup on psoriasis. If you follow the six simple steps as part of your daily psoriasis diet plan and routines, you will massively improve your psoriasis and hopefully, make it a second thought in your life, and not the living nightmare it can be when flare-ups are at their worst.
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.
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Anyone with psoriasis knows how painful a flare-up can be. With its accompanying dryness, itchiness, and flakes, psoriasis can seriously rain on your parade. But these eight beauty and fashion bloggers with psoriasis don’t let the condition cramp their style. In fact, they’ve found tricks and tools not only to cope with psoriasis but also look fabulous doing it. Once you read their tips, you’ll understand why they’ve amassed quite a following. Here’s how fashion and beauty pros manage their psoriasis flare-ups with enviable skills, and how you can too.
I calm flare-ups on my scalp with neem oil
Los Angeles-based beauty vlogger Yalon Hutchinson says she’d had psoriasis for 10 years when her father discovered her favorite product. He was researching ways to clear up scalp psoriasis when he stumbled on TheraNeem neem oil, which his daughter swears by.
“It’s 100 percent natural and works great for psoriasis on your scalp and helping boost new hair growth,” she says. “I used to hate wearing black because my scalp psoriasis would show on my clothes. But since I started using neem oil, I can wear black as much as I like to.”
When her scalp is particularly dry and itchy, she applies neem oil once a week for an hour before washing her hair. When she’s not having a flare-up, she uses Jamaican black castor oil instead to keep her scalp moisturized. On her skin, Hutchinson says African black soap and cortisone cream soothe breakouts. She also likes SheaMoisture CC Cream because it’s organic and made for sensitive skin.
Hutchinson loves cotton clothes and avoids anything that doesn’t stretch. She says Whole Foods’s eco-friendly clothing line may be good for women with sensitive skin. Ultimately, she chooses comfortable clothes that give her confidence.
“I have come to embrace my skin and what it looks like, so I don’t really cover up my flare-ups.”
I soothe itching with coconut oil
To cope with really bad bouts of psoriasis, British beauty blogger Hayley Joeanne Owen uses coconut oil and swears by LUSH Fair Trade Honey Shampoo. She says both products soothe itching.
“They’re better than anything I’ve ever been prescribed by doctors,” she says.
Owen has suffered with eczema, allergies, and asthma her entire life and was diagnosed four years ago with psoriasis. “Flare-ups used to be really terrible for me. I had psoriasis all over my body—23 patches to be precise. I once counted!” After having UV treatment, she’s temporarily rid her body of psoriasis, but she still has flare-ups on her face and scalp. “They’re both incredibly dry and itchy. Sometimes it can be unbearable.”
To keep from irritating sore skin, Owen avoids makeup when she has psoriasis on her face. “I know it’s tough when you’re feeling self-conscious, but your skin needs to breathe and recover.”
She also recommends not wear clingy or synthetic fabrics. Instead, she recommends natural fibers like cotton, which are kinder to sensitive skin. During flare-ups, she wears airy tops and dresses on warmer days and soft trousers on chillier ones to keep irritation to a minimum. She tops off every look with a handbag.
“Sometimes I even base my outfits around handbags. Plus, you can never have enough of them!”
I cover up breakouts with green concealer, priming spray, and setting spray
British beauty vlogger Bryony (Bryneenee) Bateman says she never covers up her skin to please other people.
“I don’t care if people stare or ask questions. I use it as an opportunity to educate them and raise awareness,” she says.
Bateman loves beauty products and swears by moisturizing and priming skin, particularly during bad psoriasis breakouts. “It creates blank skin ready for foundation.” She turns to Dermalogica Ultracalming moisturizer for her face. Then she applies Urban Decay B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Priming Spray before applying makeup.
Bateman had her first psoriasis flare-up seven years ago and started using Instagram and YouTube to connect with other people who have psoriasis.
“Concentrating on helping others manage their psoriasis has actually been a way of managing mine!” To keep her skin in check, Bateman takes a weekly bath with Westlab Dead Sea Salt. During flare-ups, she’ll hit the bath sometimes every day with an extra dose of sea salt. “When my psoriasis is bad, the only time I’m not in pain is in the bath.” She also applies coconut oil on her skin every morning and night and uses Capasal Therapeutic Shampoo, which contains salicylic acid and coconut oil to help with flakes.
To cover redness, Bateman uses green concealer by W7, Boots Natural Collection or MUA prime and conceal creams before foundation. “I go through it like nobody’s business!” she says. For the best coverage, Bateman swears by Maybelline Fit me! foundation and concealer. (She suggests testing them on a small patch of skin first to make sure they don’t irritate you). She finishes with a spritz of Urban Decay Chill Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray. “It takes down the burning, and it’s super hydrating.”
I prevent irritation by avoiding products with fragrances, parabens, and sulfates
Sabrina Skiles, the 32-year-old style blogger of Homegrown Houston, says she loves Aveeno Active Naturals Skin Relief body wash and moisturizer because the line is fragrance-free. The oatmeal in the product soothes dry, itchy skin.
“It leaves my face feeling soft and clean, not heavy and thick like other face cleansers.” For her hair, she sticks with the sulfate-free OGX shampoo with Argan Oil.
On her face, she likes the Sheseido Ibuki line, which is paraben-free and sulfate-free. Some research suggests that paraben, a common ingredient in moisturizers, often causes skin allergies.
Skiles says stress, alcohol, and environmental changes are triggers for her psoriasis. Over the past 15 years, her flare-ups have appeared in random patches on her elbows, knees, and scalp most severely. During flare-ups, moisturizing daily is key. “It makes it easier to apply makeup. And I don’t feel the need to pile it on thick.” She uses bareMinerals since it’s lightweight.
“Once your skin’s hydrated, a little foundation and blush will go a long way,” she adds.
As for her clothes, Skiles says fabrics like viscose, cotton, or jersey, look put-together while allowing your skin to breathe. Polyester and wool are no-no’s! Accessories like a bright scarf or statement necklace help take her mind off psoriasis flare-ups.
“Embrace your flare-ups. If you’re not feeling like yourself, grab a light sweater, put on that chunky necklace, and grab a cute bag. Let these be the conversation starters!”
I treat myself to a manicure during flare-ups
When Helen Hanrahan, author of the Dublin, Ireland-based blog The Flaky Fashionista is having a psoriasis flare-up, she enjoys some me-time to take her mind off things.
“The little bit of pampering gives you a lift, and your newly painted nails will give you something pretty to focus on and distract you from your skin.”
For the past three years, Hanrahan has been on a biologic drug that has stopped her psoriasis flare-ups. But for nearly 20 years before, her skin was constantly problematic, especially during stressful times.
To manage her psoriasis, Hanrahan swears by Cocoa Brown Kind Shampoo and Kind Conditioner. “It was created by someone who suffers from scalp psoriasis so it’s very gentle and non-irritating.”
For her skin, she likes natural products that contain seaweed, like the Irish brands Voya and Green Angel face and body moisturizers.
“Use tons and tons of moisturizer before applying makeup to ensure that your makeup stays in place and doesn’t dry out your skin too much.” Her go-to camouflage makeup: Vichy Dermafinish Foundation and Setting Powder.
For those with scalp psoriasis, Hanrahan suggests skipping dark tops. “They highlight the problem. Make paler shades such as white, taupe, grey, cream, or beige your go-to colors.” She avoids lace too, since it can scratch and highlight inflamed skin.
“I find accessories are great for distracting the eye if your psoriasis is bad — scarves, costume jewelry, jaunty fedoras.”
I exfoliate psoriasis flakes with my Clarisonic brush
Beauty vlogger Krishna Branch says that while it won’t work for everyone with psoriasis, she swears by her Clarisonic Acne Cleansing face brush. “The very gentle exfoliation helps to prep my skin for a smoother makeup application.”
Branch’s go-to day and night cream is SheaMoisture African Black Soap Problem Skin Moisturizer. She says it’s hydrating without being too greasy. She loves the brand’s cleansers and shampoos as well, crediting the natural ingredients for their minimal irritation. To keep her scalp hydrated and flakes at bay, she says coconut, olive, and avocado oils are a must.
During flare-ups, Branch tries to avoid makeup. When she does use it, she makes sure to moisturize with a heavy cream and then apply a face primer. “The extra barrier may help protect your skin from makeup, hopefully causing less irritation. When you’re done with your day, wash off the makeup as soon as you can.”
I soak in a bentonite clay bath at least once a week
Fashion blogger Katie Rose says one of her favorite psoriasis cures is bentonite clay baths. She buys a 2-pound tub of bentonite clay online and adds a few scoops to her bath. Then she soaks for a good 20 minutes once or twice a week.
“The bentonite clay helps draw toxins out from my skin and improves my psoriasis symptoms. It’s cleared my skin up a few times and is definitely something I recommend for any skin problems, not just psoriasis,” she says.
She also loves relaxing in a warm bath with sunflower and fractioned coconut oil, which also help soften psoriasis scales.
To minimize flare-ups, Rose avoids skincare products with parabens, sulfates, and fragrance. “I’ve found they make my psoriasis a million times worse and irritate my skin, making it sore.” Instead, she moisturizes with the Diprobase emollient cream recommended by her doctor.
To cover up psoriasis scars, Rose likes Sally Hansen Airbrush Spray-on Tan. “I’ve been using it for over 15 years now, and it’s a lifesaver. It hides everything, so I can wear my little black dress whenever I want. I love a good night out getting dolled up, and psoriasis won’t stop me looking good.”
I use minimal makeup when my psoriasis is bad
Glasgow-based blogger Jude Duncan of The Wee Blondie says moisturizer and mascara are all she needs when she’s having a flare-up.
“Putting foundation or other products on your psoriasis will only make it worse! Keep it light, and your skin will be so grateful,” she says.
For the past four years, Duncan has battled psoriasis on her face and scalp. To manage breakouts, Duncan uses Aveeno for Sensitive Skin shampoo twice a week and shower gel two times a day. They’re gentle on her skin and affordable.
“They’re the only products that don’t irritate my psoriasis and don’t smell like tar.” For her face, she loves Cetraben Emollient Cream. “It’s so light but gives you amazing skin.”
These eight fashion and beauty bloggers remind us to put our best foot forward, no matter what qualities we may not love about ourselves. Their pro tips for managing psoriasis are truly inspiring. What are your best tricks of the trade to treat psoriasis symptoms? Share them with us in the comments below!
This article is a favorite of the following psoriasis advocates: Nitika Chopra, Alisha Bridges, and Joni Kazantzis
Colleen de Bellefonds is a Paris-based health and wellness journalist with over a decade of experience regularly writing and editing for publications including WhatToExpect.com, Women’s Health, WebMD, Healthgrades.com, and CleanPlates.com. Find her on Twitter @ColleenCYNC.