Managing psoriasis on your face

Manage your condition with some simple techniques

Psoriasis on the face is quite rare compared with psoriasis on the body or scalp. Facial psoriasis generally affects the eyebrows, the upper forehead and the hairline.

What can I do?

In addition to prescription treatments for psoriasis of the face, there are a number of simple techniques and preventative measures that can help you manage the condition.

Always try to use skin care products that have been specifically designed for sensitive skin. Use an electric razor to shave – it’s less harsh on the skin than a manual razor. Also try to get into the habit of patting rather than rubbing when drying your skin. Once your skin is dry, use a moisturising cream.

Caring for your skin all year round

The skin on your face is delicate. When you have facial psoriasis it is much more sensitive to the weather than usual and adapts to changes of temperature less easily. Wind and rain in autumn and winter can dry out the skin Apply a protective cream to your face before going out and wear a hood or scarf around your face.

Always try to use non-irritating and gentle skin care products that have been specifically designed for sensitive skin.

Heat and sunlight in spring and summer can also increase swelling and inflammation so avoid direct exposure to sunlight in very sunny weather to prevent burning. Use a suitable protective cream, preferably a total sunblock for the face, especially during a flare-up.

Remember that except during a flare-up, moderate amounts of exposure to the sun may actually help to improve plaques.