Makeup tips for women with psoriasis.

Women who are impacted by Psoriasis can rest assured that wearing makeup is not a problem at all ! According to Dermatologist Dr. Meilnda Gooderham, makeup is absolutely ok to wear for women with psoriasis.

Event hosted to raise awareness for women living with psoriasis

Before we talk about makeup tips and Psoriasis:

I’s very important to understand that the impact of living with Psoriasis, is not only physical and superficial but emotional and psychological too.

The most basic day to day tasks can be impacted when someone has Psoriasis. I was shocked to hear how ruthless and harsh people can be. Psoriasis sufferers  are often times bullied and told that they have a skin disease due to being “dirty”. This couldn’t be further from the truth and is absolutely not the case.

Psoriasis has nothing to do with personal hygiene. It is an autoimmune disease that makes the skin produce 10x more cells than an average person. This leads to calloused dry areas, the visible red and irritated skin we see on individuals who have this disease.

In a nutshell Psoriasis is no joke. It’s uncomfortable, itchy and takes a major toll on confidence. Psoriasis sufferers often times start avoiding social gatherings, vacations. Because of it’s isolating nature people with psoriasis end up with severe bouts of depression and anxiety due a condition that is heavily stigmatized. Women have an especially hard time if Psoriasis occurs on the face where makeup and skincare become impacted.

So what exactly is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease which causes the immune system to send out faulty messages, which makes skin cells multiply 10x faster than normal. Hence the hard and flaky appearance. This accelerated build up of skin cells puts the body into overdrive and causes the inflammation that appears on the surface of the skin.

Who can get psoriasis ?

Anyone can get it and it is genetic.

It effects both men and women, can strike at any age and 1 million people in Canada have psoriasis. Globally effecting 125 million individuals.

How do we treat psoriasis ?

There are 3 main treatment options depending on the severity of the psoriasis and what the patient responds to best.

  • There are topical 
  • Light therapy 
  • And oral or injectable medication options 

Treatment is prescribes based on severity and how much psoriasis there is on the body.

Other health concerns linked to psoriasis are arthritis and inflammation of the joints.

Over all Psoriasis is not fun and there are millions of people around the world living with it. Raising awareness to what this disease actually is, is so important. As a makeup artist and beauty expert I am so happy that I now know more about psoriasis. I was able to ask Dr. Melinda specific questions about skin care, makeup and psoriasis.


If you are a woman with Psoriasis wearing makeup is totally fine! You can wear all the makeup you want no problem! 

Top Makeup tips for women with psoriasis:

If you do feel like your skin is dryer and flakier due to psoriasis opt for moisturising formulas and wear a good primer under your makeup as this will help smooth out texture and ensure that your makeup is going on seamlessly.

Laura Mercier recently launched some amazing primers which are the perfect first step for your makeup routine. 

Get one for yourself : Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Primer

Laura mercier Pure Canvas Primer

Skincare tips for women with Psoriasis:

As far as skincare goes you can use anything that makes you feel good. The key is to take care of your skin and keep it happy and hydrated.

Products with retinols are highly recommended, here are my recommendations:

Neostrata Comprehensive Retinol Overnight Serum

Neostrata Retinol Overnight Serum

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Retinol Capsules

Elizabeth Arden Retinol Capsules

The one thing that is not recommended for those with psoriasis is exfoliating too often. And you should always steer clear of harsh granular formulations. If you do want to exfoliate use something very subtle these two options are outstanding and will not irritate your skin. 

Jouviance Gentle Purifying Exfoliator

Jouviance Gentle Exfoliator

Boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel

Boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel

I hope you found this informative? If you have any further questions regarding diagnosis and treatment options please contact the Peterbourogh Skin Laser Clinic.

To learn more about skincare for your skintype check out this post : Skin care for your skin type 

Thanks for stopping by and hope you find this post helpful. If you do know someone living with Psoriasis please take the time to ask them how they are coping. Small changes as to how we treat one another can make the biggest impact <3

Shira xo

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