Feeling self-conscious and embarrassed?
Living with psoriasis isn’t easy,1,2 no matter how severe it is. It can have a big impact on your life.1,2 It is perfectly normal to feel embarrassed and self-conscious about it at times.1,3
While feeling self-conscious about your psoriasis is completely normal,1 it is important to manage these feelings so that they don't get in the way of your life.2,4
If you are worried about how your psoriasis looks you are not alone.1-3 About 9 in every 10 people with psoriasis think their appearance is unsightly and about 8 in 10 people want to hide their skin.1 Feeling like this affects your confidence and can have a distressing effect on your social life and relationships.2
Self-confidence is important
When you are feeling down about how your skin looks it may seem easy to simply stop going out.5 You may choose to avoid social activities and sports where people will see your skin.2 While this may seem like a good idea and help you feel better in the short term it will mean you are missing out on the things you enjoy. This can make you withdrawn and isolated.2 It is better to accept your psoriasis and get on with your life despite it.2,4 Remember, many people have concerns about how they look, whether they have psoriasis or not.2
There are ways to help you manage your feelings2,5 so that you get the most out of your psoriasis treatment. Most people find strategies that help them cope.2 Talk to your doctor as a first port of call to discuss how your psoriasis is affecting your life. They should have advice about how to stay positive and help you get out and about with confidence.
Hearing how other people, even those with severe psoriasis, cope with psoriasis and embarrassment can be helpful. Empowering support networks like Psoriasis Shout Out provide support and run events for people with psoriasis.
This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.
UK/IE MAT-27018 Date of prep: July 2019
- AW Armstrong et al. PLOS ONE 2012; 7(12): e52935.
- Recreational activities, relationships and everyday life with psoriasis. IQWiG. 2017. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK435707 (accessed July 2019).
- Leo market research. Identifying the supportive needs of patients living with severe psoriasis. 2019.
- A Tuckman. Dermatol Ther 2017; 7(Suppl1): S53-7.
- www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/raising-low-self-esteem (accessed July 2019).