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7 Ways to Camouflage Psoriasis

Doctor William C Lloyd Healthgrades Medical Reviewer
Medically Reviewed By William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Written By Jennifer Larson on October 30, 2022
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    Take the focus off your psoriasis.
    Psoriasis symptoms can range from mild to severe. If your symptoms are mild, your psoriasis plaques may barely be noticeable to other people. But if you have more severe psoriasis, you may fear that it detracts from your appearance. Showing confidence in yourself is a great way to take the focus off your psoriasis, but a few tips and tricks for covering psoriasis might help, too.
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    1. Apply a thin layer of foundation to your face.
    A lightweight liquid foundation that closely matches your natural skin color is a good way to tone down the pink or red patches on your face or neck. Be judicious when applying the makeup, though. A thick coat of foundation will just draw more attention to the plaques. Aim for applying an even, thin layer of foundation, following with a dab of concealer if you think it’s necessary. Note: makeup is usually considered safe for psoriasis, but if you have an open lesion, skip the makeup and just keep it clean. And you might want to carefully read the label on any product before using it, to make sure it doesn’t contain any ingredients that might further irritate your skin. A tinted face moisturizer might be a quick way to even out your skin tone while also keeping your skin hydrated and protected.
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    2. Moisturize your skin.
    Applying a thick, penetrating moisturizer to your skin may not camouflage the psoriasis plaques per se, but it can be the first step in a larger effort to making them less noticeable. A good moisturizer can help your skin look less scaly and flaky, which may downplay any affected areas. Plus, it can help prep your skin for a coat of foundation or concealer.
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    3. Use cover-up on other parts of your body.
    Just as you can use cosmetics to cover plaques on your face or neck, you can use them to minimize the appearance of plaques on your legs or other exposed skin. A thicker liquid foundation or possibly a powder-based mineral foundation might help temporarily disguise any plaques that are visible on your legs or arms if your clothes don’t hide them. A tinted moisturizer might be worth a try on other body parts, too.
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    4. Change your hairstyle.
    Many people with psoriasis develop scaly patches on their scalp. In fact, the National Psoriasis Foundation estimates about 60% of people with psoriasis get it on their scalps. It’s understandable that you might be a little self-conscious about it, though. Consider this: a new hairstyle might camouflage the patches very effectively. For example, say you tend to develop scaly patches at the base of your hairline. Wearing your hair long enough to cover the neck can hide them. Changing your part is another simple (and easily reversible) way to camouflage some scaly patches, too.
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    5. Wear a hat.
    Maybe long(er) hair isn’t your style. Or maybe you don’t have much (any?) hair. What about donning a favorite hat? A hat can temporarily camouflage any plaques or lesions lingering around your hairline, while also providing you some style points. A hat can also protect you against the sun. True, UV light is sometimes used as a treatment for psoriasis, but it’s typically administered in a very controlled way. You don’t want to get too much UV light exposure, which can possibly raise your chances for developing skin cancer.
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    6. Dress for success.
    Depending on where your psoriasis plaques tend to be the most noticeable, a wardrobe adjustment could be the ticket. Plaque psoriasis can show up anywhere on the body, but it’s most common on areas like the knees, elbows, belly, and back. If you have noticeable plaques on your elbows, a shirt with three-quarter-length or long sleeves can easily disguise them. Capri pants or long pants will cover any signs of psoriasis on your knees or legs.
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    7. Try a spray tan or self-tanner.
    Sometimes it’s just too warm for long pants or leggings. Or you’re worried that foundation will rub off and possibly stain your furniture or your other clothes. Try applying a product meant to have a little more staying power. A spray tan might provide an even layer of color that should last for a few days. Or skip the salon and apply a self-tanner at home. Caution: if you have any open sores or lesions, skip this strategy until they heal up. Some products may also irritate your skin, so you might want to check out the ingredients before committing, too.
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About The Author

Jennifer Larson has more than 15 years of professional writing experience with a specialization in healthcare. She has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and memberships in the Association of Health Care Journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Education Writers Association.
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  2. A deeper look at psoriasis. Harvard Men’s Health Watch.
  3. Life with psoriasis. National Psoriasis Foundation.
  4. Psoriasis. Mayo Clinic.
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Last Review Date: 2022 Oct 30
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