Does psoriasis bother you, or are you wondering what it is or whether you can shave with the condition? We're here to help with the research we have done personally and learned from our own experience.
Psoriasis is the the rapid buildup of skin cells which appear as red scaly patches on the skin. It is a chronic autoimmune condition that causes this build up. Although it usually affects the elbows, knees and scalp it can be found in any location on the body.
There are 5 different types of psoriasis, and every single person experiences varying degrees of severity. It is not contagious, but a skin condition resulting from genetics and the immune system. Although there is no cure for Psoriasis, if you do have symptoms it is important to see a professional to assist with a management plan.
Psoriasis can make seemingly simple every day personal care routines stressful by potentially triggering an outbreak, or complicating your management plan.
Shaving especially can result in irritation, blood and potential psoriasis flare up. Unfortunately the alternative hair removal techniques are no better with waxing often removing more skin than shaving and hair removal creams leaving the skin with painful red bumps and burns. So if being hairy isn’t for you, try these tips to make shaving a little less gruelling:
- Slow down. Be mindful when shaving and take extra care to ensure a smooth and irritation free shave.
- Choose the right razor. Less blades means less razor blades passing the skin and accordingly less irritation.
- Quality Blades. A dull blade will not offer the best shave and likely require the need to apply pressure. Opt for a single high quality blade to provide a clean cut and safer results.
- Quality shave support. You may need to shop around, but opt for sensitive skin products designed for skin conditions. Avoid any harsh chemicals, scents, or ingredients that may irritate the skin. Instead choose ingredients such as oatmeal, aloe vera and jojoba oil. When shaving, ensure the product offers a good barrier assisting the razor to glide along the skin smoothly.
- Get treated. Management of psoriasis can help you control the outbreaks and make everyday tasks such as shaving more comfortable. Please consult your health care professional for assessment and treatment.