Keeping Psoriasis Under Wraps

It certainly wouldn’t seem like anyone could make psoriasis look glamorous, but if anyone has managed to pull it off, it would have to be Kim Kardashian. It seems that even Kris Jenner’s genes aren’t without flaws. A recent episode of “Keeping up with the Kardashians” showed Kim rolling up her designer jeans to reveal an angry rash on her shapely legs, leaving the viewing audience on the edge of their seats with anticipation over whether a flawed Kim will show up for the Sketchers ad campaign she is set to appear in. Spoiler alert: Kim pulls it off like a pro with the help of a good make-up artist and a positive spirit. If Kim can pull it off, so can you.

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder which causes the skin to break out in red flaky patches. It begins with a type of white blood cells, known as T-cells, which function to protect the body from disease and infection. If these cells are triggered mistakenly, they can cause the immune system to react, leading to the symptoms of psoriasis. Although there is no cure for the disorder, there are many ways to camouflage the symptoms.

Woman in light clothing
Wear Light-Colored Clothing
Dark colored clothing tends to draw attention to psoriasis plaques, whereas light colors blend in, making them less noticeable. If you just can’t stay away from darker tones, try to top them with a pastel jacket or sweater.

Loosen Scaling
While emerged in a warm bath, take a loofah and gently rub affected areas to loosen the top layer of scaling. Cleansing with salicylic acid will give you a double edge. Not only will it help slough off the scales, but it will also prep the skin to better absorb moisturizers and topical cream.

Use a Petroleum Based Moisturizer
Pop a stick in your purse before you go out for the day for on the go relief. You will find that constant applications will begin to bring about desirable lasting results.

Concealer and Foundation
Concealer and foundation can hide a multitude of sins, but be careful to avoid applying over cracked and bleeding lesions, which may become irritated by makeup.

Spend Time In the Sun
Take about 10 minutes to get your daily dose of D. You may also want to talk to your dermatologist about phototherapy, both of which can be beneficial to your condition.

Wear Accessories
Your jewels and scarves can be functional as well as lovely, A shiny necklace will provide a nice distraction from plaques and will complete your head to toe look.

Avoid Irritating Ingredients
Scan your product labels for alcohol and fragrance; both of which can exacerbate your symptoms. Also, try to find products that multitask. Using moisturizers with built in sunscreen will cut down on your product use in general, and decrease your risk of exposing your skin to harmful ingredients.

Remove Makeup Gently
Look for mild creams. Also, avoid harsh facial scrubs.

If you suffer from psoriasis, we hope these tips are helpful. Let us know how you deal with it. We love to get your comments and suggestions!


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