Gentleman's guide to psoriasis

Gentlemans Guide to psoriasis

A gentleman psoriasis sufferer's day starts with a good shaver. The ideal time to shave is just after the traditional towel down once showered. This ensures the skin and facial hair is at its softest.

The Philips S7370 Wet-Dry Shaver has been co-developed with dermatologists and is proven to reduce skin irritation whilst shaving. It's currently available at John Lewis for £134.99 (Normal price £270).

Philips razor for shaving with psoriasis

Pair the Philips S7370 together with Clinique for Men Aloe Shave Gel for a gentle, soft shave. Follow this up with Clinique for Men Post-Shave Soother, the aloe rich formula should help to soothe any dry skin left from the shave.

Clinique for Men Aloe Shave Gel available direct from Clinique at £15.

Clinique for men aloe shave gel

Clinique for Men Post-Shave Soother also available direct from Clinique at £20.

Clinique for men post shave soother

Finish off with you fragrance of choice. Apply by spraying at least 12-15cm away from the skin to ensure maximum coverage, allowing the fragrance to breathe whilst ensuring the least chance of skin irritation.

Suits You Sir

A gentleman's business suit speaks volumes without saying a word. The style, the colour and the fit are the key elements to making a suit speak for you. Here I have chosen a modern style , grey check suit from REISS priced at £450.

Reiss Suit

This Crow suit from REISS is an ideal work suit which will look equally at home in the office as it would at a working lunch or the bar for after work drinks. Together with the REISS tailoring service, it can be adjusted to fit perfectly. Grey is a gentleman with psoriasis' friend. It's forgiving yet sophisticated. The modern style will keep you on-trend whilst looking professional and being a three piece, you can remove the jacket to keep your skin remaining cool as things start to heat up.

How does a gentleman approach the subject of psoriasis?

In a work environment

A gentleman exudes confidence at work and tackles the subject of psoriasis head on as they would their work. This approach can cut straight to the point. An example opening line would be; "I have psoriasis, so you'll have to excuse me if I moisturise from time to time throughout the day".

This approach isn't for everyone but handling the "P-word" is generally easier to get out of the way as soon as possible.

Some gentleman prefer to use "I have an auto-immune condition that requires me to moisturise more than average" and keep the "P-word" for line-managers and those they work most closely with.

In a social situation

Social situations are in general a relaxed affair, but they can still be a minefield when it comes to the timing of entering psoriasis into the conversation. A good way is to pull out your handiest moisturiser and begin to moisturise your hands. Of course one wouldn't do this mid-conversation, but at a natural break or pause.

This can lead to someone asking you about it. The perfect chance to naturally lead into a conversation about psoriasis.

Or you could explain why you are moisturising as an opening for a conversation. Something along the lines of; "Sorry about this, I need to stay on top of my psoriasis no matter the time of day" is a great opening.

Matt psoriasis on elbow

All of these tips will stand you in good stead to converse with people about psoriasis and explain it to those that want to learn more about the condition. If you get nervous during this, try to remember a few keys facts:

  • Approximately 3% of the UK's population has psoriasis, that's around 1.8 million people 
  • Psoriasis is NOT contagious 
  • Psoriasis is an auto-immune condition NOT just a skin condition as it's often referred to

All the above are great conversational peaks, but don't forget to share a little about your own experiences of psoriasis. How long you've had it, how much time you've spent trying to find the perfect moisturiser for your skin etc.

Evening Wear

A gentleman's evening attire is extremely important as this sets the tone for the entire social event. In general, there's no getting away from a black tuxedo at a black tie event. There is, however, one alternative. The Sean Connery as James Bond-esque Midnight Blue tux. This will enable any flakes to be less visible than they would be on black.

Whether you opt for the black or Midnight Blue make sure to ignore the ‘tip’ of "spraying hairspray onto the tux will make the flakes of skin slide off", this is nonsense. The best you can do is take a miniature sticky lint brush with you in your inside breast pocket to subtly brush away any wayward flakes. (Once you have excused yourself to go to the facilities, naturally.)

For more Gentleman's tips on how to strike up a conversation about your psoriasis, you can get in touch with Matt via Twitter or via his blog.

This content is not intended to advise you about your health. Always seek advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare professionals.

UK/IE MAT-08643. Date of Prep: May 2017

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