With warm weather comes shorter hemlines and sleeveless tops, but if you have psoriasis and the unwanted dry, scaly patches of skin that come with it, this annual reveal can add a level of stress. But there’s no need to fret. Even celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Cara Delevingne have psoriasis and still look flawless on the red carpet.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune response that affects nearly 3 percent of the population, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation, and can range in its severity. “It’s most commonly characterized by red plaques or patches that have a silvery thick scale,” says Dr. Marina Peredo, a dermatologist in New York. These patches, which are often itchy, can appear consistently or flare up, depending on specific conditions like stress or cold weather.
Although there may not be a cure for psoriasis, you can conceal some symptoms. Before applying any makeup, however, proper treatment is key. As with all dry skin, adequate moisture is needed to avoid irritation and soothe inflamed areas. Pedero suggests using an ointment-based product instead of a cream-based one. Not only will this keep skin hydrated while treating the psoriasis plaques, but it will also add a layer of protection between your skin and potentially irritating cosmetics.
After the plaques are treated with prescription products or over-the-counter moisturizers, such as hydrocortisone, you can apply cosmetic products like concealer or foundation.
“Depending on the severity of the condition, you can conceal psoriasis with a full-coverage concealer or foundation,” says Ebony Peace, a makeup artist with Black Opal Cosmetics. “Since the goal is to cover both the discoloration and texture of the affected skin, it is important to build coverage only as needed and avoid caked-up product.”
Another option to consider is a green color corrector like the Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage Corrector, which tones down redness. Opt for liquid and cream formulas over powders for a more natural look.
When spot treatments aren’t enough and you need all-over coverage, tinted body and leg sprays are a great pick. If you love the way flesh-toned stockings give legs even coverage, an airbursh spray will do just that. Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Leg Makeup spray, Kardashian's go-to psoriasis concealer, will spritz onto legs, creating an overall glow and buildable coverage. If sprays aren’t for you or you are concerned about the mess, try a lotion or cream formula like Votre Vu Silk Stockings, which gives lightweight coverage while diffusing the appearance of scars and marks.
Gone are the days when psoriasis put a damper on your lifestyle. The bottom line is to treat first, then conceal, and avoid caking on layers that look unnatural. If Kim Kardashian still rocks a stunning LBD all year round, so can you.
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