How to care for psoriasis on your face

man checking his face for psoriasis in the mirror

Manage psoriasis on your face with some simple techniques

Psoriasis can affect the skin on your face. It usually appears on your eyebrows, upper forehead, hairline and the skin between your nose and upper lip. Psoriasis on your face should be treated carefully because the skin on your face is sensitive.1,2

What can I do?

There are a number of simple things that can help you manage psoriasis on your face.

  1. Use a moisturising cream to keep your skin hydrated2
  2. Try skin care products that have been specifically made for sensitive skin2,3
  3. Use an electric razor to shave – they are less harsh on the skin than a manual razor3
  4. Try to get into the habit of patting rather than rubbing when you dry your skin4

A healthcare professional may recommend suitable treatments for your face.

Caring for your skin all year round

When you have facial psoriasis your skin may be more sensitive to the weather.5

Cold weather can dry out your skin.6,7 Therefore, in the autumn and winter it is particularly important to apply a protective cream to your face and wear a hood or scarf.7

Over exposure to the sun can trigger psoriasis.2,8 Avoid too much exposure to sunlight in very sunny weather.8 Wear sun block rather than sun screen for better protection.8

Apart from during a flare-up, moderate amounts of exposure to the sun may help to clear psoriasis plaques. However, it is important to increase exposure to the sun gradually without burning.9

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-26485 Date of prep: July 2019

  1. www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis (accessed July 2019).
  2. www.healthline.com/health/facial-psoriasis (accessed July 2019).
  3. www.everydayhealth.com/psoriasis/living-with/shaving-safely-with-psoriasis/ (accessed July 2019).
  4. www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/psoriasis/caring-for-psoriasis#1 (accessed July 2019).
  5. MP Schon and WH Boehncke. N Engl J Med 2005; 352(18): 1899-912.
  6. www.healthline.com/health/psoriasis-things-you-should-know#1 (accessed July 2019).
  7. www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/psoriasis/features/winter (accessed July 2019).
  8. www.healthline.com/health/psoriasis/best-sunscreen (accessed July 2019).
  9. www.papaa.org/further-information/psoriasis-and-sun (accessed July 2019).

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