Everyone has their own personal preference as to where they like to remove hair, but common areas (for guys and girls!) include the face, chest, armpits, legs and bikini area.
Over time, people also develop their own preference for how they remove the hair, depending on cost, convenience, how good the results are, and how sensitive their skin is. Luckily, hair doesn’t grow through psoriatic plaques, so your psoriasis shouldn’t cause you too much of a problem when it comes to hair removal.
It’s fairly easy to shave around patches of psoriasis, although you should be careful not to snag or cut yourself. Use the ointment or emollient cleanser you use in the bath or shower instead of shaving foam - it’ll do the same job of helping the razor to glide over your skin, but won’t be as drying. The face is quite sensitive, so, guys, if you’ve got psoriasis on your face and you want to shave, it might be best to try dry shaving with an electric razor instead.
Hair removing creams are another popular and inexpensive method, with results that last a bit longer than shaving. Again, it’s usually not too difficult to apply the cream to areas around any patches of psoriasis you might have. As with other cosmetics, though, it’s always best for anyone to do a small patch test before using properly, as hair removing creams can irritate the skin.
Waxing has some of the best hair removal results, but can be more expensive, and the most painful! You can treat yourself to a professional wax at a salon, or have a go yourself with strips or hot wax at home. As with the other methods, it’s best to try to wax around your psoriasis.
Whichever method you choose, hair removal can be harsh on your skin. It’s a good idea to moisturise well afterwards, and exfoliating once or twice a week can help to prevent itchy, irritated ingrown hairs (yes, you too, boys!) Also, it’s a good idea to leave applying your topical treatments until after you’ve done your hair removal - if you put them on beforehand they’re likely to get removed with the hair.