Psoriasis on the face: effective treatments, ointments, masks and recommendations

Tired of fighting psoriasis on your face? Don't know what can provoke its appearance and how to accurately recognize this disease? Would you like to know traditional treatment recipes? Are you looking for information on modern hardware techniques to combat this disease? You will find this and other interesting information in our article!

What is psoriasis on the face?

Progressive stage of psoriasis on the skin of the face

An autoimmune disease of a non-infectious nature, which manifests itself in intense redness of the skin with the appearance of small scales (papules) on its surface, gradually increasing in size and merging with each other, is called psoriasis. In this case, the person feels itching and discomfort associated with the disgust of others who do not understand that this disease is not transmitted through everyday contact.

It is impossible to reliably identify the cause of this insidious disease, even with the modern level of development of medicine. It is believed that the disease is caused by hereditary factors, disorders of the immune or endocrine system, lipid metabolism disorders, as well as constant stressful situations.

Most often, the location of psoriasis on the face is the area around the eyes and temples, eyebrows, nasolabial folds, as well as border zones close to the scalp.

There are 2 types of psoriasis – vulgar (the most common) and seborrheic. Unlike seborrhea vulgaris, it is considered a more complex form of the disease, as it is characterized by the appearance of particularly dense and large papules, as well as scales covered with a layer of yellowish sebum. The common belief that seborrhea (increased sebum production) is the cause of the development of this form of psoriasis is erroneous.

The course of the disease is accompanied by periods of remission (disappearance of symptoms), as well as relapses (symptoms that reappear after a certain period of time).

Characteristic signs of psoriasis

To correctly recognize and determine the presence of psoriasis, and not some other dermatological problem, you need to know the following main symptoms of this disease.

  1. If you run the nail plate over the scaly plates that appear on the surface of the skin, you will notice a subsequent increase in peeling in this area. This mole is called stearin stain because of its resemblance to a drop of frozen wax, which, when touched with a finger, forms many peeling plaques.
  2. When thoroughly cleaning the skin from the scales that have appeared, a thin film on the surface of the epidermis, bright red in color, will be visible. This feature is called terminal film.
  3. After removing the terminal film from the surface of the skin by scraping, multiple small point bleeding is observed in the form of small drops. This bleeding is caused by the close location of the capillaries to the epidermis, which are easily damaged during the course of the disease. This phenomenon is called blood dew.

Plaques and papules in psoriasis grow, rapidly increasing in size. Merging together, they form single conglomerates that disfigure the affected area of the face. Do not comb or remove scabs from the affected areas of the skin, as this may cause scars.

Stages of psoriasis

There are 3 main stages of the clinical manifestation of psoriasis on the skin of the face:

  1. Progressive. It is characterized by an increase in the size of existing plaques and their fusion into a single place with the active appearance of new papules, as well as a bright red rash with a scaly structure against the background of severe itching. When scratching, new rashes appear.
  2. Stationary. Its peculiarity is the cessation of the growth of papules with a notable reduction in scaling. Existing plaques acquire a bluish tint and itching becomes less pronounced.
  3. Regressive. This phase is associated with masking all symptoms of the disease. All manifestations of psoriasis become almost invisible. Peeling and itching disappear completely, papules and plaques begin to disappear.

Skin Care Recommendations for Psoriasis

The right thing to do in such a situation would be to immediately contact a specialist - a dermatologist, who will do a complete examination of the body, identify the extent of damage to the skin, prescribe professional treatment, and also tell you how to properly care for skin affected by psoriasis. If for some reason you cannot see a doctor right now, listen to the following tips and recommendations.

  • Use cosmetic cleansing and facial care products designed for sensitive skin to prevent injury and subsequent exacerbation of the condition.
  • Avoid vigorously rubbing the affected skin surface after washing. It is best to dry these areas with a paper napkin, gently applying it to problem areas.
  • It is worth temporarily stopping (before consulting a doctor) using any cosmetics, including decorative ones.
  • You should not use exfoliants and peels, as they can cause inflammatory reactions and worsen the condition.
  • Men who use razors should replace them with an electric shaver, which damages the surface of the epidermis less.

Possible treatment options for the disease

We present the treatment method for general and informative information only. Don't self-medicate! Be sure to contact a specialist to receive comprehensive, individual therapy that’s right for you!

After examining and evaluating the nature of the disease, a dermatologist will select the best treatment option for you, which may include:

  • Medicines for internal use (tablets, injections).
  • Suitable ointments, emulsions and compositions of cosmetic vegetable oils for external use.
  • All types of physiotherapeutic procedures using special devices and instruments.
  • Properly selected diet, as well as lifestyle recommendations.
  • Products for household use (lotions, ointments).

Medicines used for internal treatment

As a rule, this disease involves the use of the following medications: cytostatics, immunosuppressants, glucocorticosteroids, biologically active drugs.

Systemic therapy can be prescribed in the form of tablets or injections of medications that act purposefully and comprehensively, as well as relieve the itching sensation.

As preparations for external use, naphthalene and salicylic ointments, as well as mixtures containing corticosteroids, are most often prescribed.

Moisturizing and vitamin compositions are used for general toning and strengthening local skin immunity.

Physiotherapy treatments

Excimer laser for the treatment of psoriasis on the face
  1. Ultraviolet lamps, the action of which is based on the effect of UV rays, which consists in slowing down the growth of pathological cells in the epidermis and general improvement of the skin. The method was considered quite effective.
  2. Phototherapy, carried out under the supervision of a specialist, is based on exposure to certain frequencies of UV radiation. This method has many positive reviews.
  3. The excimer laser, used in specialized clinics, is considered the most modern and effective device that helps to actively combat psoriasis.

Diet indications

It is recommended to consume a large amount of vegetables, fruits, berries, herbs, fish, lean meat, dairy products and cereals.

The ban included fatty, spicy, spicy, smoked, fried foods and dishes, as well as sweets, baked goods, nuts and whole milk.

During the treatment period, smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited.

Used ointments and creams

To treat psoriasis on the face, non-hormonal ointments and creams are mainly used, as they are considered the safest. As an example, we can mention the most common and frequently prescribed ointments based on greases, essential oils and plant extracts, the use of which must fully comply with the instructions. They give temporary results and after prolonged use have an addictive effect.

Popular recipes

By making an effort to find and select the necessary components for making homemade ointments, you can obtain an effective treatment for psoriasis, which will have a therapeutic effect after 4 weeks of regular use.

Apply these compounds exclusively to clean, dry skin, in a small amount and in a thin layer.

Recipe number Components in composition, quantity Manufacturing Notes
  • oak bark ash – 26 grams;
  • rosehip ash – 25 grams;
  • grease – 100 grams;
  • celandine – 10 grams;
  • raw chicken egg white - 1 piece
After mixing all the components of the composition, it is kept in a cool, dark place for 15 days.
  • Kalanchoe juice (freshly squeezed) – 10 ml;
  • eucalyptus oil – 28 ml;
  • liquid honey – 8 ml
All ingredients are mixed well and infused in a cool, dark place for 3 days.
  • birch tar – 50 grams;
  • rosehip ash – 20 grams;
  • castor oil – 18 ml;
  • liquid honey – 10 ml
The components are mixed well and kept in a dark place for 3 days.

Treatment of psoriasis with Dead Sea salt has a good effect, thanks to the special composition of its minerals, which easily penetrate the epidermis, providing a healing, anti-inflammatory and astringent (drying) effect. It is recommended to add this salt to thermal water and spray problem areas of the epidermis with this composition several times a day.

The natural essential oils of coconut, borage, juniper, evening primrose, lavender, jojoba, tamanu and hawthorn have shown excellent results when used regularly.

Compositions for internal use

Chicory decoction that increases immunity for psoriasis
  1. A tincture of Chinese lemongrass fruits, consumed 20-30 drops before meals 3 times a day, will help the body actively fight against adverse environmental factors.
  2. It is recommended to drink a decoction of ordinary chicory ¼ cup 4 times a day. Improves immunity and has a calming effect.
  3. Applications made with Kalanchoe pulp (the leaves are ground into a paste) perfectly cleanse the skin of plaques and papules. Using a patch, the mixture is applied to the affected areas of the skin and left for 4 hours.
  4. Celandine juice (fresh plant) is mixed with calendula infusion in a 1: 1 ratio. Once a day, apply this mixture to problem areas.

Use folk remedies, but don't forget to consult your doctor!