As I said, in many ways I am lucky because my psoriasis is only on my scalp, under my hair where it cannot be seen. Yes it can be irritating and it gets worse when I am stressed but it is manageable, especially with certain shampoos and conditioners. However, my mum has it on her arms, legs and now her face too. She has recently begun a treatment for it called PUVA which is affectively like a sunbed a few times a week as the sun helps the patches go from dry and flaky to smooth and pink which is a much better look. There is also a type of “tar cream” that she can put on but doctor’s surgeries are not allowed to prescribe it as it is too expensive and so she can only get this from the hospital when they allow it.
Psoriasis can look as I said smooth and red/pink in colour or there can be the hint of red and pink underneath and the whole of the top of the area can be covered in white, dry flaky skin that drops and falls off very easily. That’s actually one of the main things that my mum hates about it – the fact that the skin can just drop off and she almost leaves a trail. People look disgusted at her sometimes but other than the treatment she is already getting there hasn’t ever been a whole lot she can do. I hate the fact that people can act so ignorantly about something that is almost uncontrollable and unfortunately not preventable – it can be managed but only to a certain degree which is different in everyone.
Quality Care from Leo Pharma UK have created a Youtube Channel with lots of different information about psoriasis – everything from things that may help to make-up tips on how to cover it up. One of the best and most poignant videos that I found was the video below entitled Is Psoriasis Contagious…?
They have also created a brilliant questionnaire designed to help people living with the condition as well as designing an app to help people track it too which I think is brilliant – anything they can do to raise awareness and educate people in my book is fantastic!