Cleansing and psoriasis

Cleansing and psoriasis

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During my first few years with facial psoriasis I wasn’t sure about how to keep my skin care routine up without irritating my psoriasis patches.

Over the last year I think I have managed to find a routine that works for me, this will vary from person to person but I thought I would share with you a couple of tips I have learnt.

One part of the skincare process which I found especially difficult to find the right product for was cleansing.

A cleanser is a facial care product that is used to remove make-up, dead skin cells, oil, dirt, and other types of pollutants from the skin of the face. This helps to unclog pores. By keeping your pores unclogged, your skin can breathe easier and it will mean you skin is a little less irritable – which is something everyone with psoriasis wants.

Below I share some tips on how to ensure you get the most of cleansing in your skin care routine.

What type of cleanser?

You might not know this, but cleansers come in all shapes and sizes and it’s not a case of one size fits all. The first thing to do on your quest for a psoriasis friendly cleanser is to find what type of cleanser is best for you. Maybe it’s a cleansing bar or a Micellar water, do you want a foaming or non-foaming cleanser or maybe a facial oil is best for you? By learning what the best type of cleanser works with your skin is half the battle.

For me I have found that using a cleansing milk is best for my skin. This type of cleanser is best used with a cotton pad and can help remove oil and dirt from the skin. It is great for dry skin and can leave moisturising agents on the skin which helps to improve the skins dryness. I like cleansing milks as this is a product I can use without water. As I usually do my skincare routine after a shower, I find that putting more warm water on my skin can irritate my psoriasis. This product allows me to apply my cleanser without the need for warm water – extra bonus!

It might take a few tries to find the right cleanser for you. If you are unsure of where to start, ask your dermatologist who will be able to give you advice.

How often should I cleanse?

So, how do you know if you should cleanse once or twice a day? Simple, do what feels best for your skin! If you find that cleansing as part of your morning routine and evening routine doesn’t irritate your skin then go for it. If you find that it does, then decide if it is something you want to use in your morning or evening routine rather than both.

I tend to cleanse twice a day. This is only something I found out recently as I didn’t actually realise that the micellar water I use to remove my make up in also a cleanser – oops! Using the micellar water in the evening is a gentle way to cleanse my face and get rid of my makeup. In the morning, I use a milk cleanser which helps removes any excess creams or treatments from the night before.

 My advice for this would be to do what feels right for your skin. At the end of the day, you know what is best for you.

It doesn’t have to cost a small fortune

There are many great brands and beauty products out there that promise the world with huge price tags attached. The truth is, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on your skin care routine. There are great products out there to suit every budget – so don’t be drawn into buying a product just because it is expensive!

In my skincare routine, a lot of products are under £25 and work well. I have also tried products that are over £50 and felt really let down plus being out of pocket for something that didn’t work at all on my skin!

Find a great product in your price budget and I bet you won’t be disappointed!

Skincare and cleansing can be hard to navigate, especially if you have a condition such as psoriasis. Hopefully this article will help you and give you some good tips for the next time you go skincare shopping.

If you are unsure of anything I recommend you ask your dermatologist who will be able to give you advice tailored to you and your skin.

UK/IE MAT-20127 Date of preparation: September 2018

Article developed in partnership with LEO Pharma.

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