Living With Psoriasis

Psoriasis, with its red and scaly patches or other visible symptoms, can cause emotional as well as physical pain. Over 7.5 million US citizens have one of the five types of psoriasis, and many of these patients suffer from poor self-image as a result. If you are plagued by this autoimmune disease, you can find ways to make living with it easier.


Reducing stress in your life can help you minimize your psoriasis outbreaks. Your emotional state can cause your condition to flare, so learning to avoid your personal "stressors" can help your skin and make you happier all around. Finding someone to talk to about your psoriasis can allow you to release some tension. Also, taking up meditation or yoga can help you relax, which can help your skin improve. 

Eat Well

Being overweight can irritate your skin and make psoriasis worse. Following a diet that focuses on whole grains, lean protein, fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy can help you lose weight, control your psoriasis, and lower your chance of developing diabetes, stroke, and heart conditions. Physically feeling better will improve your mental outlook and help keep your skin condition under control.


Using cover-up for your psoriasis can be quite effective but only if your psoriasis is under control. Concealing products can be used on red or brown spots, but if you still have blisters or large scaly patches, such a product may not work. Before using anything on your skin, you should consult your doctor. Finding the right formulations for your skin may be a matter of trial and error. Experts recommend using a cleanser for sensitive skin first. Then, after removing the flakes from your skin, use a hypoallergenic moisturizer. Next, apply a primer to create a smooth surface for the foundation to cover. After that, you will apply a quality foundation that contains sunscreen. If you have difficulty finding products that work for you, ask your physician for more product recommendations.

Psoriasis can be difficult to face, as can any chronic condition. When the skin is involved, you have to deal with feeling self-conscious as well as physically uncomfortable. Having this disease is not easy, but living a healthy lifestyle can help keep it under control. You can also effectively cover up your condition with a variety of products that will not further irritate your skin. Psoriasis is a difficult burden, but one you can manage with help from your doctor and your loved ones.