Psoriasis on the Face

An estimated 50 percent of people with psoriasis experience psoriasis on their face

Facial psoriasis typically occurs on the eyebrows, the skin between the nose and upper lip, the upper forehead and the hairline.

(Canpolat, Cemil, Eskioğlu, & Akis, 2008)

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In the Ears

Psoriasis can occur around the ear, behind the ear and in the ear canal. Symptoms include itch, redness/discoloration and scaling. Scaling can build up and block the ear canal which may lead to temporary hearing loss. Do not put objects (including your fingers) into your ear canal to avoid pushing scales further into the ear. If your ear canal becomes blocked, you should see an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist.

In and Around the Mouth

In rare cases, psoriasis can affect the mouth (lips, gums, tongue and cheek). Symptoms in the mouth include redness, burning, bleeding and difficulty chewing and swallowing food. If you experience symptoms in your mouth, visit your dentist and dermatologist.

Around the Eyes

Psoriasis around the eyes is extremely rare but can cause redness/discoloration, dryness, discomfort and may impair your vision. If you have psoriasis around your eyes, consult with a dermatologist and an ophthalmologist (doctor who specializes in treating eye diseases).

It is very important to follow your provider’s instructions on how to apply topical treatments around the eye. Overuse of certain topicals around the eye may increase the risk of cataracts and glaucoma.

Treatments

Psoriasis on and around the face should be treated carefully as the skin here is very sensitive. Discuss with your health care provider a treatment that may be best for you. Possible treatment options include topicals, phototherapy, oral and biological treatments. Always follow your provider's instructions when applying medication or using a treatment to avoid skin thinning or other side effects.

Your provider may also recommend an over-the-counter (OTC) cleanser or moisturizer as part of your treatment plan. If you are looking for certain OTC products to try, check out the National Psoriasis Foundation’s Seal of Recognition program. These products have been created or are intended to be non-irritating and safe for people with psoriasis.

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Canpolat, F., Cemil, B. C., Eskioğlu, F., & Akis, H. K. (2008). Is facial involvement a sign of severe psoriasis? Eur J Dermatol, 18(2), 169-171. doi:10.1684/ejd.2008.0363

Last updated on 9/17/20 by the National Psoriasis Foundation.

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