Exfoliating with Psoriasis

Continuing the theme from flawless foundation and cleansing, one question that comes up is: can you exfoliate if you have psoriasis?  My answer? Yes yes yes!

I am a total diva when it comes to exfoliating; I try and do it every day.

I have found it to be extremely beneficial and help with the build-up of skin. It always leaves my skin feeling smooth (well, as smooth as I can get it), opens pores and leaves me feeling refreshed. I’ve talked before about how to keep skin moisturised for longer, but I haven’t covered exfoliating yet.

Benefits of exfoliating 

  • Improves texture – revives, dry dull looking skin. 
  • Gets a closer shave – exfoliate your skin beforehand, this will get rid of any dead skin that can potentially clog up your razor blades and will give you a smooth, clean shave!
  • Fights signs of aging – dead and dull skin cells often make fine lines, wrinkles and dry skin stand out even more.
  • Helps prevent breakouts – exfoliating your skin will help keep pores clean and unclogged, keeping breakouts, spots and blackheads under control.
  • Evens out skin tone – removes leftover dirt and make-up as well as layers of dead skin to reveal bright, new skin that’s hiding underneath.
  • Helps skincare products penetrate deeper – exfoliate regularly so your skin care products get a chance to really sink in and work on your skin.

I can sense some of you thinking it being painful and causing more irritation by rubbing and using products that may have exfoliating beads, but there are products that are very mild and exfoliating doesn’t necessarily mean using product: you can use brushes, gloves and flannels which work really well too.

I have a few products I like to use and alternate between them depending how my skin is and if I have sore, inflamed patches I avoid exfoliating.

I love exfoliating gloves, they are so handy and easy to use, I use these with my normal shower gel or Dead Sea salt soap. Also fab when I feel itchy, I can give my skin a good scratch without causing it too much damage, as the water and soap lessen the impact. 

A body brush is also a good one to use, but I recommend only rubbing gently. I often use this with an emollient cream, exfoliate and moisturise at the same time!  

I do love my pamper sessions, and we all know the amount of baths we have to take to ease the discomfort of psoriasis. Every so often, I like to dry exfoliate my face and body with a good exfoliator, leave it on for a few minutes, then soak in a bath of salts and oil. Whilst in the bath I gently rub my skin with a flannel (which is also a form of exfoliation). So relaxing and refreshing for my skin, oh and not forgetting TLC for my feet – I have a special foot scrub with lavender and mint, its divine! I call this my refresher session! 

Some of my favourite exfoliating products

  • Origins Ginger Body Scrub
  • Palmers coco scrub
  • Skin Clear by Boots 
  • Skin Prep by Dermalogica 
If you’re not sure which one to try, most of the larger brands will be more than happy to give you samples. 

Make you own home-made sugar scrub

Ingredients: 

  • Granulated sugar
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • An essential oil of your choice
  • A glass container

Method: 
  1. Put one cup of sugar in a bowl and add one-third cup of olive oil and 10 drops of an essential oil of your choice.
  2. Mix the ingredients thoroughly.
  3. Store your homemade sugar scrub in a glass jar.
So simple!

This content cannot be taken as medical advice. Always consult a healthcare professional about psoriasis and ensure that any cosmetic products you apply are appropriate for you.

UK/IE 2013b/00059f; date of preparation: Sep 2015

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