How to Apply Psoriasis Medication on the Face
Here are a few basic tips for applying topical psoriasis medication on your face:
- Apply small amounts.
- Be careful when applying creams and ointments around eyes, which can become irritated.
- Follow treatment schedules closely to minimize side effects, especially with steroids.
- Check with your doctor about whether or not you can use make-up to conceal the psoriasis on your face. Some can interfere with how well your topical psoriasis treatment works.
Tips for Psoriasis on Your Eyelids
If you have psoriasis on your eyelids,
- Scales may cover your lashes.
- Eyelid edges may become red and crusty.
- Rims of eyelids may turn up or down if inflamed for a long time.
Take great care treating psoriasis around your eyes. The skin on eyelids is delicate and more easily damaged. Stay in touch with your doctor about any problems that occur. Two treatments that your doctor may recommend include:
- Special corticosteroids to treat scaling around the eyes. Do not overuse. If they get into your eyes, they can lead to glaucoma or cataracts.
- Protopic or Elidel topical drugs. These don't cause the side effects of steroids. However, they can sting the first few days of use.
Psoriasis in the eye is very rare. If you have it, you may experience dryness and discomfort. You may need topical antibiotics to treat infection if it occurs.
Tips for Psoriasis in Your Ears
In some cases, scale build-up can block the ear canal, causing temporary hearing loss. Your doctor can remove it. Usually, ear psoriasis does not affect the inside of your ear.
Take great care in applying psoriasis medication inside your ear. Otherwise, your eardrum is at risk. Your doctor may recommend:
- A prescription corticosteroid solution to drip in your ear canal or apply to the outside of your ear canal
- Dovonex or Tazorac, usually combined with a topical corticosteroid
Tips for Psoriasis Around Your Mouth and Nose
It is not common, but psoriasis can appear:
- On your gums or tongue
- Inside your cheek
- Inside your nose
- On your lips
These are especially sensitive areas. So psoriasis around your mouth and nose can be quite uncomfortable. Treatment tailored for these areas may include:
- Topical steroids that are designed to treat moist areas
- Frequent rinsing with a saline solution to relieve discomfort
- Low-potency corticosteroids such as hydrocortisone 1% ointment
- Protopic and Elidel