Most of us don’t think twice about the things we do - you want to get a tattoo? You go and get one! You like fancy pedicures? Appointment for 1, please!
But when you’re living with a chronic condition, all the things that most of us take for granted, come at a price.
Here are 4 things you probably didn’t realize were affected by psoriasis.
1. Getting tattooed
It’s not to say that all people living with psoriasis can’t get tattooed, but there are certainly more factors to consider.
Psoriasis is an inflammatory condition that largely affects the skin.
And while “flare-ups” which lead to psoriatic skin lesions may not be consistent, there are things that can trigger them… like injury to the skin.
And because all bodies react differently to injury, there’s no saying what your reaction will be like.
The Koebner phenomenon, first described in 1877 suggests that various traumatic injuries (including tattooing) can trigger psoriasis “flare-ups” and in turn, lead to skin patches that will occur in about 25% of people with psoriasis.
These lesions typically only affect the damaged area, and are not infectious or contagious. Some states, however, actually prohibit the tattooing of an individual with psoriasis, and additionally, artists may refuse to work on individuals who have a history of it.
But don’t let that scare you, because there are many people in the psoriasis community who have tattoos. And while it's important to be aware of the risks, it’s also important to enjoy and celebrate YOU!
Be mindful when choosing a spot, and make sure to discuss your questions and concerns with your healthcare provider and tattoo artist.
2. Getting pierced
Much like getting tattooed, getting pierced also has the potential to trigger psoriatic flare-ups.
It’s suggested that neither be performed on an area of the body that is, or has been an active site for lesions.
To minimize the risk of developing any problems afterwards, be sure to monitor the area and keep it clean.
Choosing jewelry that’s hypoallergenic, or stainless steel may also help reduce any potential risk for developing an allergic reaction that’s common with materials like nickel.
The weather’s getting warmer and you want to show off some skin, huh?
The struggle is real, because psoriatic skin is irritated skin, and irritated skin is prone to nicks and cuts.
Much like getting tattoos and piercings, shaving and other hair removal treatments have the possibility to induce the Koebner phenomenon, so you’ll want to be careful.
It’s recommended that to minimize your chances of causing flare-ups, you should:
Invest in a good razor:
Investing in a quality razor will help you cut back on the risk of nicking your skin. It’s important to find a razor that works best for you - and if you’re worried about a traditional razor, try an electric one! While it may not provide the close shave you’re hoping for - your skin will thank you.
Use a thick cream or gel:
Using a thick cream or gel is an important step in the process. And mostly for 2 reasons. 1. A thick cream or gel will help the skin stay lubricated, and in turn, allow for the razor to glide over more easily. And 2. A smoother shave will also help reduce your chances of inflammation which can lead to nicks and cuts.
Shave in the direction of hair growth:
Shaving against the direction of your hair growth will have you run the risk of irritation. Shaving in the direction of your hair growth will help curb that irritation, while still leading to a relatively close shave.
Moisturizing post-shower will help lock in moisture and prevent further agitation. We suggest using a thick, heavy cream that will help cool and hydrate the skin, even long after you’ve left the bathroom.
If you’re looking for the perfect moisturizer, we’ve got your back. The Psoriasis Honey Skin-Renewing Cream is a thick, long-lasting formula designed to hydrate, and deeply nourish psoriatic skin.
Whether you’re out in the sun, or wanting to hit the tanning beds, tanning is an activity to be mindful of when you’re living with psoriasis.
In one of our earlier blogs, we talked about how exposure to the sun can actually lead to several complications.
But one of the largest reasons to be mindful of your exposure to the sun, comes with the potential to develop sunburns.
And while sunburns are no fun for anyone, they may actually trigger flare-ups in those who have psoriasis. So it’s important to be mindful of the time you’re spending under super strong rays!
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