Expert Advice: Will makeup make my psoriasis plaques worse?

Steven Feldman, MD, PhD, is a professor of pathology and dermatology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

IstockphotoQ: I sometimes use makeup to cover up plaques. Will it make them worse?

A: Covering plaques should not make them worse. Ultraviolet light exposure does help psoriasis, however, so a little sunshine (not too much, because sunburns can make psoriasis worse) on psoriasis plaques can be a good thing.

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