Dressing Up Despite Skin Problems
Unless you have to wear a uniform to work or to school, every morning presents a real challenge in deciding what to wear.
If you have psoriasis skin disease, how to dress is complicated by the need to disguise or cover areas of patchy, dry skin around your arms and legs.
Don’t let skin irritation stop you from looking and feeling amazing.
“People with psoriasis are not obliged to cover up the affected skin, but on days or during special event where one feels particularly self-conscious, use quarter lengths, long sleeves, maxi dresses or scarves. And use bold accessories for that extra boost of confidence!” — Dr Ch’ng Chin Chwen, Consultant Dermatologist
Look Your Best, Comfortably
Here are tips to help you dress confidently while protecting your skin.
1. Choose Kind Textures
Certain fabrics cause itchiness and skin irritation, like wool. If you have psoriasis plaques, fibers from your clothes tug or pull on the lesions. And that can be very painful. Wear fabrics that are gentler on your skin, like cotton, silk blends, or cashmere. Cotton and linen are excellent breathable fabrics that prevent moisture buildup on your skin.
2. Lovely in Layers
What if you need to layer up? Easy. Put a smooth layer between that sweater and your skin. Wear a cotton undershirt or silk camisole to protect your skin.
3. Courage And Color
Dry skin causes flaking, which can be easily seen on dark clothes. Wear light-coloured outfits instead. Be brave and bold. Your clothes are an easy way to express your personality. So, look for fun colors, patterns, and pieces that help you feel comfortable. Have a little fun.
4. Lively And Loose
Restrictive clothes make scaly patches bleed. Manage your psoriasis skin disease by wearing loose fitting clothes and lightweight undergarments. Cover your skin lesions with draped on scarves if necessary.
5. Comfortable Shoes
Shoes with tight toe boxes or made with stiff materials exacerbate symptoms and inflamed painful spots. Choose stylish but comfortable shoes. Wear thin socks to ease the friction between your skin and the shoes.
Love The Skin You’re In
Get ready to walk into the world looking amazing.
Look and feel your best by picking out the right clothes that fit you, your personality and your needs.
Don’t let any skin problems dull your shine.
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See also: Scalp Psoriasis: 6 Tips That Will Help You Look Sharp
Dr Ch’ng obtained his specialty training from the Royal College of Physicians in London. Subsequently, he obtained his Advanced Masters in Dermatology from the National University of Malaysia. He was previously the Head of Dermatology of the State of Pahang and Hospital Sungai Buloh.
His call to dermatology started way before he even contemplated doing medicine. His father suffered from severe psoriasis, and was in and out of hospital a lot in the late 1970s. His father’s condition made him see that skin disease is not just an aesthetic problem, as it can cause the patient and the entire family so much grief. His practice today reaffirms his belief, with many patients expressing deep relief and gratitude after their treatment.
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Dr. Ch'ng is a NSR registered consultant dermatologist. She graduated as a gold medalist from Univeristy Malaya in 2006. She obtained Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physician of the United Kingdom in 2010 and joined dermatology team in University Malaya in the same year. She completed Advanced Master in Dermatology (UKM) in 2014 and a visiting fellowship in Cutaneous Laser Surgery in Mahidol University (Thailand) in 2017. Her special interest include acne, psoriasis, urticaria, contact dermatitis/eczema and procedural dermatology.
Dr. Ch'ng started her instagram account @cccskindoc providing free skin care tips and education to public. She believes everyone deserves up-to-date and accurate information on skin care to embrace the skin that he or she is in.
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Dr Khor graduated from National University of Malaysia (UKM), Kuala Lumpur in 2002. He obtained his Internal Medicine specialty training from the Royal College of Physicians of London in 2007 and further subspecialized in Dermatology by obtaining his Advanced Master in Dermatology from UKM in 2013. Dr Khor served as the Head of Dermatology service for Perlis from 2013 to 2015 before transferring back to Penang. Currently, he is the Deputy Head of Department of Dermatology in Hospital Pulau Pinang. He is also a visiting consultant dermatologist at KPJ Penang Specialist Hospital and Northern Skin Specialist Clinic.
Dr Khor is active in academic activities, performing as an honorary lecturer for Allianze University College of Medical Sciences and Penang Medical College. He is active in research as well with the publication of original papers in dermatological journals and serves as a reviewer for Malaysian Journal of Dermatology. His dedication to the profession earned him Excellent Service Award from the Ministry of Health in 2009 and 2017.
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