Dealing with feelings of self-consciousness & embarrassment
If you’ve ever felt self-conscious about your psoriasis, you’re not alone:73% of people with psoriasis reported that they feel self-conscious about their condition. Yet, like any illness, psoriasis is nothing to be ashamed of.
While feeling self-conscious about your psoriasis is completely normal, it is important to manage these feelings so that they don’t get in the way of your treatment or quality of life.
Living with psoriasis can be difficult
The emotional impact of living with a chronic skin condition should not be underestimated. If you’re worried about the way your skin looks, this may stop you from putting yourself forward at work, from socialising, making new friends and forming close relationships. And, if you feel ashamed of your psoriasis, you may be more likely to try to keep it secret, which can be emotionally tiring.
There are physical considerations, too. If you always cover up your psoriasis with long sleeves, trousers and scarves, you’ll not only be uncomfortably hot in the summer but your skin will have less exposure to sunlight, and sunlight can often be good for psoriasis – as long as you avoid sunburns and keep your skin protected with sun screen.
Self-confidence is important
While feeling self-conscious about your psoriasis is completely normal, it is important to manage these feelings so that they don’t get in the way of your treatment or quality of life. Although avoiding situations that make you feel anxious might seem to be a sensible strategy, the benefits tend to be short lived. Instead of easing distress, avoidance is likely to make your worries about your appearance worse and lead to even more anxiety.
The good news is that there are lots of things that you can do to help you feel more at ease. So, if you do feel that the appearance of your psoriasis is affecting your quality of life, contact your doctor. He or she is best placed to advise you on strategies you can use to keep any self-consciousness at bay or refer you to more specialized help.