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Feeling beautiful is hard at the best of the times. We all have appearance demons we face on a regular basis. Perhaps you don’t like the shape of your nose or the way your lips curl down. We’ve all got something that bothers us. And, finding our way to beauty is even harder when dealing with a skin condition like psoriasis.

 

So, what is psoriasis?. If you aren’t aware, you may well have been suffering without even realising. When an excessive amount of underlying skin cells die and come to the surface, they can produce raised red patches, which often flake and itch. And so, psoriasis begins. The condition commonly appears on elbows and knees, though it’s by no means limited to these areas.

 

Of course, the degree to which this affects your life all depends on where on your body it occurs. Psoriasis on your upper arms or torso, for example, is easy to keep hidden. But, if it’s on your face or hairline, there’s no ignoring the fact that the whole world can see. The implications of such a brazen outbreak can be disastrous. The delicate balance you already had with your appearance will become that bit worse. The good news is, there are ways to keep yourself feeling beautiful at these times. Following these steps should certainly go some way towards restoring your self-confidence.

Reduce the mental impact

Psoriasis’ main impact on your beauty is a mental one. The chances are that the condition will be much less an issue to people seeing it. But, that doesn’t stop it shattering your confidence. And, we all know that we’re less beautiful when feeling self-conscious. You may try to hide behind your hair or shy away from eye contact. And these, rather than psoriasis itself, will impact the way you appear to the world. So, what can you do about it? For one, you should take the time to look kindly upon yourself. Spend some time in front of the mirror and think how you would view your psoriasis if it were on someone else. The chances are, you’d be much kinder than you are to yourself. Get into the habit of looking at yourself in this kind manner. And, when you’re out and about, hold your head high. Small steps like this will go a long way towards reinstating your confidence, even during breakouts.

Killer outfits

Psoriasis may affect your appearance in a major way, but it can’t harm your outfits. Nothing quite beats the confidence of wearing new clothes. You’ll feel good, and look fantastic. And, the clothes are sure to detract your attention from feeling self-conscious. If you want to divert attention, opt for bright outfits which can become the main attraction. You’ll feel better knowing the attention is away from your insecurity. And, that’ll help you move past your fears.

 

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Know how to reduce breakouts 



For the most part, psoriasis comes and goes. Sometimes, your skin will break out and wreak havoc. If that happens, it’s important you know what to do to reduce the impact. If you don’t have a plan in place, it’s much more likely that you’ll lose all sense of control over your appearance. And, control over how we look is always important! The main thing you need to get on top of is your skincare routine. This has the power to keep things under control and ensure breakouts don’t last for long. In extreme cases, you’ll need to moisturise often. Some psoriasis sufferers have to moisturise three or more times a day. If you haven’t already, it’s also worth visiting your doctor. There are many creams which can clear breakouts, and also keep them at bay. Don’t hesitate to try them out.



As well as perfecting your skin care, it’s important to avoid worsening the condition. Psoriasis is often itchy, and you may experience an intense desire to scratch. But, this is never a good idea. For one, it’ll worsen the condition. It’ll also cause damage to your skin which could last, even after your psoriasis clears. If this is something you struggle with, this article about why you shouldn’t scratch itchy psoriasis should help you. This, and other articles like it, should offer you enough reason to leave well alone. There’s also plenty of advice out there about alternative coping methods. These will help you keep your fingers distracted from where they urgently want to go!

Makeup which covers without making it worse 

If you suffer from facial psoriasis in a major way, it makes sense that you’d want to cover the issue with makeup. The problem here is that you don’t want to put strong chemicals on sensitive skin. That’s a sure way to prolong and worsen the situation. So, you need to find a makeup routine which doesn’t cause more harm. The best route to success is natural makeup. It’s free from the chemicals many choices contain. In fact, natural options often include ingredients such as coconut oil, which is good for your skin.

 

Bear in mind that you’ll want heavy coverage to hide any signs of redness. Foundation alone may not be enough to do the job. Psoriasis is a raised skin condition. So, you need to go about layering makeup to create an even finish. Toners and BB creams are a fantastic starting point. Look out for options which moisturize your skin as well. That way, you’ll kill two birds with one stone. Then, you can focus on the foundation. Again, moisturisation and natural ingredients should be your priority here. Bear in mind, too, that focusing too much on the problem areas could draw attention rather than detract it. Instead, work on building a subtle but effective image. Use as little product as you can to cover things over, then stop while you’re ahead.



It’s also worth considering how you apply your makeup. Dense brushes could irritate and worsen your psoriasis. It may be worth applying with your hands instead, and dabbing instead of rubbing!

Beth Mahoney

Hi! I'm Beth Mahoney, a beauty and lifestyle blogger from Honiton in Devon.

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