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Psoriasis and Hair Removal: A shave too close for comfort pSo & You

Do you know what I love more than dark chocolate and yoga? Hearing your stories and answering your questions, of course! So here I am, staring at my oh-so prickly legs, and it got me thinking about the questions you’ve had about how to deal with hair removal when you have psoriasis.

Now I don’t need to tell you this, but this simple routine can be a pain for those with psoriasis especially if it’s irritating – literally – or triggers an outbreak! If the razor is your tool of choice, here are some quick tips:

“This simple everyday routine can be a pain for those with psoriasis.”

Making the perfect match: Like dating, you might need to experiment with a few before settling with the one. If you have plaques on your legs, opt for a razor with fewer blades. Or, as a few of my PsO friends have reco’d, use an electric razor. The last thing you want is to nick a plaque. Now that’s like a sight from The Shining…

Take it slow: Be ultra-careful when shaving and don’t rush through it. If you’re a shower kind of guy or girl, towel off and take a seat tub-side.

Don’t be afraid to be sensitive: Like razors, you might need to give different shaving products a go. You’ll want a shave gel or cream for sensitive skin that helps prevent any irritation during shaving. Shaving your scruff? Some recommend to skip the aftershave… and skip that burn!

A shaver’s best friend: Like they say a dog is man’s best friend, moisturizer is yours! Use it after shaving to protect the skin from dryness, avoiding one that have fragrance and alcohol. Thicker products tend to be better so don’t be afraid to slather it on.

Still scared of removing your hair? Well hey – maxi dresses are in, and the lumberjack look is big with the ladies (this one included)! TTYL

Unfortunately there is no “one size fits all” solution, but consulting with your healthcare professional about treatment options to manage your psoriasis can help manage the ouch-factor and reduce the hazards of shaving.

What’s your shaving experience with PsO? I’d love to hear from you!

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