Genital Psoriasis

When psoriasis affects the genital skin it can be distressing, and both you and your sexual partner may need reassurance and encouragement. If you and your partner are concerned or put off by genital psoriasis it may be helpful to talk together to your Dermatologist or GP. Psoriasis is not infectious and cannot be transmitted to another person by sexual contact. Using condoms may be helpful for male patients* and women can use lubricating jelly to reduce further aggravation of the psoriasis. Tips that some people find help in the management of genital psoriasis include:

  • Avoid the use of all soaps, gels and scented products in the bath or shower – replace these with soap substitutes, bath or shower emollients to cleanse but not irritate the skin
  • Using a soft towel, always pat the area dry after bathing and showering rather than rubbing vigorously • Wear clean cotton underwear and avoid tight fitting jeans or trousers
  • Women should try to wear stockings or hold ups rather than tights
  • Men may find boxer shorts preferable to briefs
  • Do not use products prescribed for other parts of the body unless specifically directed to do so by your doctor.

Psoriasis on the face and hairline

Psoriasis on the face is relatively uncommon and plaques may be less clearly- defined, which sometimes leads to confusion with eczema or other skin conditions. If you have scalp psoriasis you may have specific treatments and natural products that you can also use to treat psoriasis on your hairline.

​Can I use make-up to conceal the psoriasis on my hairline and face?

Make-up could interfere with how well your topical psoriasis treatments work and this is something that should be considered very carefully. Cosmetiq e Skincare is formulated as a barrier cream to prevent your skin coming into contact with any other products that can cause a reaction.

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