Cosmetic Cover-Up for Psoriasis

Medically Reviewed by Debra Jaliman, MD on August 05, 2021

Cosmetics and cover-up lotions can be part of your treatment for managing symptoms of psoriasis. If you like, try these clever make-up tips to conceal your irritated skin.

Some lotions and makeup are designed for people with skin problems. For instance, you could look for creams that have green dyes to counter skin redness. Ask your doctor for advice on how to pick one that meets your needs.

Glow From a Bottle

Self-tanning products have come a long way since the days when they gave skin an orange tinge. Today's lotions can put a sun-kissed look on your skin. Some experts say they may also help hide psoriasis.

Can You Conceal It?

You naturally want to look your best. But with psoriasis, there are a few more things to consider.

Know where you can use cosmetics. If your symptoms are under good control and all you have is some redness or brown spots, a cover-up may work well. But if there are raised patches or your skin is scaly, it likely won't.

Don't use any cover-up for psoriasis on open sores or raw or bleeding skin.

If your psoriasis causes pus-filled blisters or red and scaly skin on large parts of your body, ask your doctor before you use any cover-up product. It may not work and could actually make your psoriasis worse.

See how your skin does. If a cosmetic cover-up for psoriasis seems to bother your skin, stop using it.

Time to rethink? If you've spent a lot of time and money trying cover-ups that haven't worked, you may want to ask your doctor what else could help and if your psoriasis treatment plan is working.

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Robert Brodell, MD, professor of internal medicine, dermatology section, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Rootstown, Ohio. 

Mark Lebwohl, MD, chairman, medical board, National Psoriasis Foundation; chairman, department of dermatology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York University. 

Alan Menter, MD, president, International Psoriasis Council; director, Psoriasis Research, Baylor Research Institute, Dallas.

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Camouflage and Cover-ups."


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