Makeup tips for covering psoriasis plaques and lesions
Makeup is a wonderful way to accentuate features, but it can be equally useful for hiding imperfections. Whether your psoriasis is limited to a few patches of psoriasis pigmentation on your body or tends to appear on your face and neck, there are some excellent products that can correct the redness and camouflage rough areas.
The challenge lies in the technique: learning to apply, blend and layer the products correctly can shorten your routine and greatly improve the effect.
Choosing the Right Products for your Skin
The severity of your psoriasis will determine how many products you will need, but every psoriasis sufferer should play close attention to their skin care and makeup routine. Since your skin is sensitive and irritating your plaques could lead to complications, treat your face and body gently from start to finish:
- Clean and moisturize. Before you get to the makeup, be sure to use an appropriate cleanser and moisturizer to prepare and protect the skin. Consult your dermatologist for skin care recommendations, and stick to moisturizers that are fragrance-free, hypoallergenic and non-clogging.
- Reduce lesions. Makeup works better on a smooth surface, so you may want to use a de-scaling technique (like occlusion or deep hydration) once a week to help slough off the hard, scaly patches.
- Use liquid foundation. Powders tend to dry the skin, and thick and chalky concealers can cling to raised spots. A smooth, liquid concealer is your best bet for good coverage, and if you still see some red areas after you apply it, you can touch up with a bit of concealer on top.
- Be cautious with color correctors. You may have heard that green and yellow shades can neutralize redness in your skin, but these color correctors can be difficult to use. Use a very small amount and blend very well to get the smooth, neutral surface you were hoping for.
- Stick with matte finishes. Focusing on the eyes or the lips can draw attention away from psoriasis patches on the face. But makeup that glows or glitters tends to irritate skin, and will accentuate uneven surfaces. Opt for matte finishes, which can be natural or dramatic, and will generally stay on for longer.
- Lock in the effect. Experts suggest a light layer of pressed powder once the foundation has set, which will leave a natural texture and keep your face makeup in place. When using camouflaging foundation over your body, a quick spray of waterproof hairspray will help prevent smudges and smears.