Cosmetic Cover-up Tips for Psoriatic Arthritis: Look and Feel Your Best
Psoriatic Arthritis: Camouflage and Cosmetic Cover-ups
There are a number of ways to camouflage and cover up parts of your
appearance that make you uncomfortable, even when your psoriasis and psoriatic
arthritis symptoms flare.
You can use special cosmetics to camouflage skin plaques that aren't open or
blistered. Talk with your dermatologist to learn more about the options and how
to use them.
"If you have scalp psoriasis, it can be helpful to avoid darker-colored
clothing," says Melissa Magliocco, acting chief of the division of clinical
pharmacology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert
Wood Johnson Medical School. Wearing long-sleeve shirts and pants can cover up
skin lesions on your arms and legs, even in the summertime. Long sleeves and
pants can also help hide swollen, red joints affected by psoriatic arthritis.
Choose light fabrics, such as cotton or linen, when the mercury rises.
Of course, when your joints are stiff and swollen from psoriatic arthritis,
the idea of pulling on a turtleneck or applying makeup can sound like too much.
Fortunately, there are tools that can help, including cosmetic brushes with
long handles and reachers or hand-grip tools.
If your psoriatic arthritis is causing your toes to swell, it may be
impossible for you to wear traditional shoes. Sandals or flip-flops won't
provide the support you need or the camouflage you want. You may need to look
for shoes that have extra room in the toe box, both for comfort and to cover up
Psoriatic arthritis often affects the finger or toe joints that are closest
to the nail, and many people with psoriatic arthritis may also have nail
psoriasis. In nail psoriasis, the fingernail or toenail may be discolored,
pitted, or have lines running across the nail. Sometimes the skin underneath
the nail grows thick, which causes the nail to come loose.
In many cases, you can help cover up nail psoriasis with nail polish, or by
gently buffing your nails. Avoid pushing back your cuticles or scraping
underneath your nails, because injury to your nails can cause a flare-up.
Depending on how psoriasis is affecting your nails, you may be able to use
artificial nails. Ask your doctor if that is an option for you.
Psoriatic arthritis may also cause you to slouch or stoop, especially if it
has affected your spine or caused osteoporosis. One way you may be able to
camouflage some of the damage is by practicing good posture whenever possible.
When you are sitting or standing, try to keep your head balanced and your chin
in line with the floor. To get a sense of how good posture should feel, stand
with your back to a wall.
Sharing Camouflage and Cosmetic Cover-up Tips
There are more than 2 million people with psoriatic arthritis in the U.S.,
so you're not alone in coping with physical changes brought on by the disease.
You can find additional advice and support at the National Psoriasis Foundation
and the Arthritis Foundation.