Psoriasis on the face may affect the eyelids, the eyebrows, the skin between the nose and upper lip, the upper forehead, the ears, and the hairline. Because the skin on the face is thinner and more delicate than skin on other parts of the body, it may be more sensitive to treatments. Your dermatologist may prescribe a low-potency corticosteroid ointment, cream, lotion, or spray to reduce redness and swelling. Another treatment for facial psoriasis is synthetic vitamin D, such as calcipotriene Dovonex, Sorilux or calcitriol Rocaltrol, Vectical ointment or cream. Some dermatologists recommend pimecrolimus Elidel and tacrolimus Protopic , which are FDA-approved for atopic dermatitis, but should only be used for a short time.
Treatment of severe facial psoriasis with adalimumab
Psoriasis on the face: Symptoms, causes, and treatments
Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes skin cells to develop rapidly. This can create thick, scaly patches that may be itchy and uncomfortable. Sometimes, symptoms develop on the face. There are several types of psoriasis , which vary depending on the appearance of the scales and their location on the body. Psoriasis on the face can cause a variety of symptoms and complications. Alongside physical symptoms, psoriasis on the face can be highly visible and may contribute to self-image problems and emotional difficulties in some people. Lesions extend downward from the scalp and may appear as red or purple itchy areas.
Your doctor will ask questions about your health and examine your skin, scalp and nails. Your doctor might take a small sample of skin biopsy for examination under a microscope. This helps determine the type of psoriasis and rule out other disorders. Our caring team of Mayo Clinic experts can help you with your psoriasis-related health concerns Start Here.
DermNet provides Google Translate, a free machine translation service. Note that this may not provide an exact translation in all languages. Facial psoriasis is a chronic skin condition in which there are one or more, persistent , thickened, red and dry patches on the face. Psoriasis is a common chronic inflammatory skin disease that may affect any skin site. Facial involvement occurs at some time in about half those affected by psoriasis.