From Cara Delevingne’s to Olivia Wilde’s, who knew that over the last few years eyebrows would grow to be so important? (Excuse the pun). With eyebrows being one of the biggest beauty trends of the year, you want to ensure your eyebrows look great without causing an angry forehead flare up during the beauty process.
From HD Brows to threading and good old do-it-yourself plucking, there are many treatments on the market for your eyebrows. However if, like me, you suffer from facial psoriasis, particularly on the lower forehead near your eyebrows, the options for you and your brows can be slimmer and finding a treatment for you can be harder. Of course you want to have ‘on fleek’ eyebrows like everyone else, but achieving a great look and not irritating your skin in the process can be tricky. I outline below a few ways to get perfect brows without causing a psoriasis melt down.
Make sure you do your research!
The first thing I would recommend to anyone looking to get their eyebrows done, regardless of psoriasis, is to do their research into the methods of treatments as well as the type of products your chosen beauty salon uses. Everyone likes something different, so do not just choose what your friends get – do your research and find which treatment is right for you.
It is also useful to ensure you do your research on salons; read their reviews and the type of products they use before you make a booking. More and more salons are moving towards using organic or natural wax, which is better for your skin.
Using natural wax on your skin means when the hair is removed from the skin it won’t be as harsh or painful. This is particularly good news for people with skin conditions such as psoriasis, as it means you can wax over the psoriasis without damaging the skin, reducing the chances of bleeding. By using natural wax I have been able to maintain my waxing routine without causing irritation to my psoriasis or cracked skin, which shaving can cause.
It is not just wax that can cause irritation to your facial psoriasis when getting your eyebrows done. The soothing products that salons use before and after the treatment can cause flare-ups and irritation if the skin has already been slightly aggravated. It is always best to look at what products the salon use to ensure that they are psoriasis friendly and won’t cause any burning sensations.
It isn’t just about waxing them…
Nowadays, there are so many more options available rather than just simply waxing when it comes to getting your eyebrows done. From dying your brows slightly darker than your hair colour, to getting that perfect celebrity shape, it can be a long process and for psoriasis suffers, an uncomfortable one. Dying your eyebrows can irritate skin and your newly preened eyebrows will not look great if they are lined with red, irritated skin and an angry psoriasis flare up.
If you are unsure how your skin will react to having dye applied so closely to your psoriasis, do not dye your brows, instead fake it! A few quick sweeps of the right product and voila! Your brows look like they have just come out the salon. With lots of products now available on the high street, for all price ranges, filling in your brows is no longer a chore. I personally use the NYX Brow Pencil, which is a great and inexpensive dupe of the Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Brow Wizz’ pencil. You are able to pick this up either online or in your local Boots store. If you are instead looking for a heavier eyebrow look, I would recommend using a gel product instead of the pencil such as the Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘DipBrow’ gel.
Shaping brows with psoriasis can also be a difficulty as psoriasis plaques may lie where you want the shape to be, meaning potentially not getting the eyebrow shape that you want in order to not cause too much irritation to your skin. It is always best to keep your natural brow shape as much as possible. This will reduce the amount of preening needed to get your desired shape and will also allow your brows to look more natural.
I hope this post helps you on your way to achieving that desirable ‘on fleek’ eyebrow look. Having psoriasis on your face can be a confidence knocker but it should not be. Embrace your facial psoriasis and your beauty no matter what!
This content is not intended to advise you about your health. Always seek advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare professionals.
UK/IE MAT-04620. Date of Prep: August 2016