How to care for psoriasis on the face

Manage psoriasis on the face with some simple techniques

Facial psoriasis most often affects the eyebrows, the skin between the nose and upper lip, the upper forehead and the hairline. It's important to discuss with your doctor which treatments or products are suitable for use on delicate areas such as the face.

What can I do?

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

Try to use skin care products that have been specifically formulated 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 you dry your skin. Once dry, use a moisturising cream to keep the skin rehydrated.

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 , so apply a protective cream to your face before going out and wear a hood or scarf.

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

Heat and sunlight in spring and summer can also increase 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 apart from during a flare-up, moderate amounts of exposure to the sun may actually help to clear plaques.

UK/IE MAT-09232 Date of prep: May 2017

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