Look and feel comfortable in your own skin

Dealing with feelings of self-consciousness & embarrassment

If you’ve ever felt ashamed of your psoriasis, you’re not alone. Yet, like any illness, psoriasis is nothing to be ashamed of. Nevertheless, feelings of shame and embarrassment can be common. In fact, in a survey,68% of people with psoriasis reported that they feel self-conscious about their condition.

While feeling self-conscious about your psoriasis is completely normal, it is important to manage these feelings so that they don’t get in the way of your treatment or quality of life.


Living with psoriasis can be difficult

The emotional impact of living with a chronic skin condition is not to be underestimated. If you’re worried about the way your skin looks, this may stop you from putting yourself forward at work, from socializing, making new friends and forming close relationships.

There are physical considerations, too. If you always cover up your psoriasis with long sleeves, trousers and scarves, you’ll not only be uncomfortably hot in the summer but your skin will have less exposure to sunlight, and sunlight can often be good for psoriasis – as long as you avoid sunburns and keep your skin protected with sun screen.2

Self-confidence is important

While feeling self-conscious about your psoriasis is completely normal, it is important to manage these feelings so that they don’t get in the way of your treatment or quality of life. Although avoiding situations that make you feel anxious might seem to be a sensible strategy, the benefits tend to be short lived

If you experience that you can’t find a good way to cope with shame and anxiety you might consider consulting your doctor who may be able to help you or refer you to more specialized help.

[References]

  1. National Psoriasis Foundation, ‘Report on the Psycho-Social Impacts of Psoriasis’, page 6
  2. http://www.dermatology.org/skincare/psoriasis/psorhand.html. p. 1, Last accessed date: 11 Aug 2015

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