Scaly skin. Raised, reddish spots. Rough texture and cracking. Sound familiar? If you’re suffering it could be psoriasis. The pesky condition is one of the most vexing in the beauty world and currently has no known cure.
Don't despair - In support of Psoriasis Awareness Month this August, Dr. Rebecca Kazin of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and the Johns Hopkins Department of Dermatology shares some of her tried and tested tips to get the condition under control:
- This condition is notoriously stubborn and resistant to at-home remedies; so don’t delay in seeing your derm. Ask for a topical solution with corticosteroid to lessen inflammation.
- For at-home maintenance, you can control psoriasis and limit those pesky plaques with NeoStrata Psorent. It creates a light-occlusive barrier on afflicted areas and significantly reduces the odor and staining associated with traditional coal tar products.
- If you need to go out and have a problematic patch, exfoliate the area to temporarily even out the surface so you can apply makeup over any redness. Use tweezers to gently lift off any larger flakes that are just hanging on.
- If you’re out in public and the flaking worsens, hand lotion will help mask symptoms in a pinch. Apply a THIN layer just to driest areas, then blot gently with paper towel or tissue to limit shine.
- At least half of the 7.5 million Americans who have psoriasis have it on their head. Different from dandruff, scalp psoriasis is silver and powdery rather than yellow and greasy. Your derm will likely prescribe a medicated shampoo with active ingredients like clobetasol propionate (a topical steroid), salicylic acid, antifungal medication, Blue Lagoon algae, and zinc pyrithione to soften and loosen the scales so they can be washed away.