Blogmas Day 2 [skincare]
For many reasons I love December. I love the Winter season. Unfortunately, my face does not love the dry weather.
You see, I have psoriasis on my scalp and face. It can be frustrating and painful at times, especially if I don’t keep it moisturized (well my face anyway). The problem is, there are not many moisturizers out there that don’t make my face hurt even more.
A few years ago, I finally had found a facewash that didn’t hurt my face and I was able to make a difference with my breakouts. Though, it didn’t do much for the psoriasis, it didn’t irritate it either. To me that was a win. It is the Simple Face Wash
To help my psoriasis, I normally would cake on a ton of aquafor at bed time. It would take 2 or 3 nights of doing that to ease the flare up. However, I didn’t really like going out in public with it all over my face. It didn’t do any good for my already low self esteem. I thought there had to be something better, so I started trying different facial moisturizers. At the time, the Simple brand didn’t have any that I could find. For about 6 months I used several different moisturizers, but they all did more harm than good. I really thought I was doomed to deal with it forever.
Then one day we were roaming the aisles of Target and there it was! Simple finally had a facial moisturizer. I didn’t hesitate to buy it. As soon as we got home I put it on and I instantly felt relief from the psoriatic burn. I began using it every single day and eventually you couldn’t really tell that I had psoriasis at all.
Flash forward to this year. Target stopped carrying the lotion! I was so angry! They had a couple different Simple products that I decided to try, but none of them did the same amount of good as the lotion did. So, what is a person to do? Check Amazon of course!
Luckily Amazon does carry the Simple brand products. I ordered it and 2 days later there it was (yay Prime). A couple of weeks ago I ran out of my lotion. I knew I should have ordered more right away, but I kept putting it off. I am slapping myself for doing that because now my face is worse than it has been for a long time. The girls I work with, who weren’t aware I had psoriasis, have been asking me all week if I am okay and what is going on with my face. I explain to them that I have psoriasis and ran out of my lotion. I wound up finally remembering to order my lotion and it should be here tomorrow.
In the meantime, I have been trying to be more gentle with my face by not using make up, which I honestly don’t use much of anymore anyway. I have gotten accustomed to using just mascara and lipstick. Not using foundation is better on my face, plus when I have a flare up using foundation just makes the appearance of psoriasis much worse. During the Winter months, I tend to use my moisturizer multiple times a day. Keeping it hydrated keeps it happy.
I have yet to meet anyone that has psoriasis on the scalp and face like I do. Though I know there are plenty of us out there, maybe even living in silence. I choose not to because even though my skin is frustrating it is a part of who I am. Not only that, but what good does living in silence do? If more people know about it, the more options we can find to help conquer it.