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- What is Facial Psoriasis?
- What are the Symptoms of Facial Psoriasis?
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- What Causes Facial Psoriasis?
- Diagnosing Facial Psoriasis
- Treatments for Facial Psoriasis
- Tips for How to Deal with Facial Psoriasis
What is Facial Psoriasis?
Facial psoriasis is a troublesome skin condition that produces silvery scales, itchy rashes and open lesions on the skin (in severe cases). Facial psoriasis affects both men and women with a usual incidence during late teens or early twenties and a second peak during the fifties.
Facial psoriasis is commonly found on the eyebrows, above the lip and at the hairline appearing as red, elevated plaques with silvery scales.
What are the Symptoms of Facial Psoriasis?
Common symptoms of facial psoriasis include:
- Skin rash (red or silver looking)
- Blisters on the affected area
- Scales (red or silver)
- Rounded and dry patches (that may expand gradually and become scaly)
- Skin pain
- Skin itching
- Cracked skin
Less common related symptoms include:
- Restricted joint motion
- Emotional distress
- Thickening nails
- Split nails
Facial Psoriasis Pictures
What Causes Facial Psoriasis?
When cells in the outer layer of the skin reproduce faster than normal (and pile up on the skin’s surface), scaling results. Psoriasis on the face can have many causes – that may range from genetic factors to factors in the environment.
Psychological issues may also make an individual prone to facial psoriasis, such as emotional issues (trauma, emotional pain or worry) and stress.
Physical factors may include:
- Viral rashes
- Drug rashes
- Skin damage such as sunburn
- Bug bites
- A cold, dry atmosphere
- Smoking or excessive alcohol consumption
- Types of infections, such as strep throat
- Some prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications
- A weakened immune system
Diagnosing Facial Psoriasis
Diagnosis will rely on an examination of skin lesions and a personal history. A biopsy may also be performed to rule out other skin diseases (such as seborrheic dermatitis).
Treatments for Facial Psoriasis
Conventional treatments often include topical steroid creams, such as hydrocortisone creams. Such steroids should be limited, as long-term use can cause skin thinning and other side effects so it is best to talk to your physician about steroid treatments and risk factors.
Any rich creams may be irritating on the skin, so you should work with your doctor to find a way to address this concern. Prolonged use of steroids may cause it to become thin, shiny and/or prone to enlarged capillaries (spider veins).
Tips for How to Deal with Facial Psoriasis
Facial psoriasis carries a variety of psychological challenges but given the right combination of treatment and support it can be managed successfully - Here are some tips:
- Experiment with various cover-ups that are manufactures for psoriasis sufferers
- Moisturize daily - apply a liberal layer of skin-quenching natural lotion over the body each morning after bathing
- Decrease stress – do this by taking part in regular exercise, yoga, deep-breathing or short vacations
- Get enough relaxation and sleep
- Boost the immune system and eat fresh fruit and vegetables daily
- Stop smoking or cut back on alcohol (research is investigating a direct link between severe psoriasis and heavy alcohol consumption)
- Do not pick or scratch! This may create cracks and openings for bacteria to enter, potentially leading to infection!
- If you have severe psoriasis avoid shaving nicks, insect bites, tattoos or acupuncture
- Get a little sun: limited exposure to natural sunlight (20 minutes per day) helps slow rapid skin cell turnover - but avoid sunburn!
- Educate your family and friends about facial psoriasis - allow them to be a part of the solution!