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Can I use makeup to cover a psoriasis flare-up on my legs?

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Yes. You can cover pink or red patches with a lightweight liquid foundation. Darker or more severe patches may need a heavier product. For a large area, apply a powder-based mineral foundation with a makeup brush. Keep in mind that your legs may not be the same skin color as your face. Skip products that sparkle or highlight. They can draw attention to problem areas. Never put makeup on an open wound or skin that’s bleeding. Use your fingers or a gentle cotton cloth or cotton balls and a gentle makeup remover to take makeup off. Petroleum-based removers soften makeup for removal. Harsh scrubs or cloths can make flare-ups more irritated.

SOURCES:

Doris Day, MD, clinical associate professor of dermatology, New York University Langone Medical Centers.

Gary Goldenberg, MD, assistant clinical director of dermatology, Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine, New York,

National Psoriasis Foundation: "The Great Cover Up: Psoriasis Makeup," "Makeup Tips For Skin With Psoriasis."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on November 30, 2018

SOURCES:

Doris Day, MD, clinical associate professor of dermatology, New York University Langone Medical Centers.

Gary Goldenberg, MD, assistant clinical director of dermatology, Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine, New York,

National Psoriasis Foundation: "The Great Cover Up: Psoriasis Makeup," "Makeup Tips For Skin With Psoriasis."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on November 30, 2018

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