- If thou have a reactive skin type, you already know that putting on makeup during an exacerbation can be a little tricky.
- However, if you have a plaque on your face from psoriasis, applying the product – while trying not to irritate the skin further – can be very difficult.
But it’s not impossible.
Makeup artist Alan Avenanno has worked with stars like Jody Turner-Smith, Carrie Washington, and Vanessa Hudgens – and has also lived with psoriasis. So she knows a business or two about how makeup works for this skin type.
That’s why he partnered with Otezla, a drug used to treat moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, for the brand’s Inside Look campaign to prove that people with psoriasis shouldn’t stop living when they get worse.
For this reason, we have Avendaño and Dr. Contacted Jennifer Song to create a step-by-step makeup tutorial and share some helpful tips for people with psoriasis-prone skin.
Step 1: skin preparation
Proper skin preparation is essential for everyone before makeup is applied, but especially for those with plaque.
First, choose a gentle cleanser, massage it gently into your skin, then rinse. Avendaño recommends using an oil-based product to remove dirt without compromising the moisture barrier.
“You want to look for something that moisturizes and cleanses the skin effectively without causing inflammation that can irritate plaque,” she says. “It’s important as everyone, regardless of skin type, to keep your skin hydrated, moisturized, and clean, but it’s crucial for people with skin conditions like psoriasis.”
And while it may seem like a good idea to use an abrasive scrub to remove plaque quickly, Dr. Sung that this is not the way to go. “While it’s tempting to wipe away your plaque with these abrasive products, I tell my patients that too much skin trauma or plaque can worsen psoriasis or even cause new plaque to appear,” she says.
After cleansing, apply moisturizer and sunscreen to keep the skin supple. Give extra affection to all areas where seizures can occur. “Applying sunscreen and wearing SPF is very important for everyone, but especially if you have psoriasis,” explains Dr. song. “The sun can cause irritation or inflammation of the plaque, so sun protection is mandatory.”