Caring for your facial psoriasis

Facial psoriasis (which usually appears on the forehead or around the upper lip) can sometimes be treated with as mild an ointment as petroleum jelly. If this does not provide relief, you may need to advance to a slightly stronger medication that may contain a corticosteroid. Make sure you do not over-apply any medicated cream or ointment, and follow your doctor's instructions carefully. Use common sense and caution when applying any cream or ointment to your face, as the product may cause irritation if it comes in contact with your eyes.

Keep in mind that one drawback to using topical (skin-applied) corticosteroid medications is that your body may build up a tolerance to the medication and it may work less effectively over time. If this happens, other topical medications are available and your doctor may recommend you switch to one of these.

Light therapy is another alternative to help ease psoriasis on your face. Discuss this approach with your doctor and make sure to follow their directions. Light therapy usually requires on average 20 clinic treatments (or more if done with home equipment) so it’s important to be patient throughout your treatment. While light therapy may offer benefits, remember that over-exposure to ultraviolet rays may result in sunburn, or even skin cancer (over the long-term).

For further information on treatment for facial psoriasis, or for resources to help manage the impact of this condition, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

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