Psoriasis and depilation – one excludes the other?

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Depilation and skin do have something in common

In our efforts to achieve velvety smooth skin, we face an ongoing struggle of psoriasis and depilation. Those of us who are willing to get rid of unwanted hair can choose from variety of techniques, such as shaving, waxing and epilation. Though they address different needs costumer may have, each of them gives satisfactory results.

Some methods can be carried out by yourself at home, while others require help of specialist. Some yield results lasting only for a day or so, while others give us a few weeks with no hair in sight. While deciding on depilation and what hair removal technique we would proceed with, we take into consideration factors such as our needs, discomfort during the procedure and potential effects. What most people forget about is whether our skin is ready to endure the process of depilation, especially when psoriasis is concerned.

Psoriasis and depilation - legs waxing

What psoriasis is all about?

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease developing in cycles of flare-ups and remission. It is characterised with rough, itchy sometimes scaly changes to the skin. Most commonly affected areas of body include elbows, knees and scalp among others. The disorder is brought about by abnormally excessive and rapid growth of the epidermal layer of the skin. Having come into a contact with person suffering from psoriasis in no case should we be concerned about possible infection. It is not contagious, because it is a hereditary predisposition – it responds to genetic makeup. Even though at first glance the issue may seem to be only aesthetic in nature, it comes with a great deal of discomfort and limitations.

Psoriasis and depilation – contraindications to the treatment?

Willingness to possess velvety smooth skin is no stranger to people suffering from the medical condition. The question that should be addressed is whether psoriasis is a condition enabling indulgence in hair removal services? Unfortunately, it is not the case. Psoriasis, similarly to other skin diseases, is a contraindication to undergoing a depilation with wax or laser.

Prior to deciding on depilation and preferred technique, it is vital to determine exactly from what body parts we would like to remove unwanted hair. Afterwards, we should assess whether in chosen area there are visible psoriatic skin changes. If it is the case, then proceeding with the beauty treatment leads to severe consequences. Injury to the skin can trigger psoriatic skin changes at that spot, which is known as the Koebner phenomenon. It can appear somewhere between 8 and 14 days after the treatment.

It cannot be denied that depilation is an invasive procedure, during which our skin is not only put to the test but also susceptible to mechanical damage. In this line of thought, depilation with soft waxhard waxsugar paste or even laser is not recommended.

Skin characterised with tendency to psoriatic changes requires proper daily skin care adjusted to severity of the medical condition. Every attempt at waxing may result in dire consequences having adverse effects on the quality of costumer’s life. While in remission, even small skin trauma may lead to an aggressive flare-up of the disease. No matter the limitations at hand, we probably still want to take matters into our own hands and make the dream of smooth skin a reality. Bask in the after-glow of success, beauty and psychological comfort. Completely unpredictable solution to the dilemma that we have come up with is … a razor.

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