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The Emotional and Social Effects of Psoriasis on Women

Jan 7, 2015

Psoriasis can take an emotional toll on anyone who is undergoing psoriasis treatment in Arlington Heights, but there are some particular effects that tend to impact women more than men. This is due both to these women’s own self-images and to social expectations revolving around beauty. Continue reading for a closer look at some of the ways psoriasis can affect women and how a dermatologist can help.

Difficulty with Self-Acceptance

Even when psoriasis manifests on areas of the skin that are normally obscured by clothing, women with the condition are particularly self-conscious about it, often to the point that they can’t even accept themselves. An early childhood diagnosis doesn’t make it easier to deal with, as one might believe. When psoriasis affects the face, hands, or other prominent areas, the emotional consequences can be even more devastating. The reasons for this are complex and unique for each woman, but a great deal of it is usually because the woman doesn’t feel that she fits a superficial standard that society deems attractive. It’s not an issue of vanity, but rather a longing to fit in with peers and to be comfortable in one’s own skin. Even with psoriasis treatment, the condition is a lifelong state that must be controlled constantly, which can be disheartening.

Difficulty with Camaraderie

Women are far more likely to attempt to conceal their psoriasis than men, and they often don’t want to talk about it. This makes real relationships difficult to form, as a woman with psoriasis may constantly feel that she must hide part of herself to avoid being rejected. There are, however, support groups for psoriasis sufferers where very strong bonds are formed and members help each other come into self-acceptance and, in turn, form more meaningful relationships.

If you have psoriasis, it’s important to remember that you can have a fulfilling life despite the condition. At Arlington Dermatology, we offer advanced psoriasis treatments, and we’ll work with you until we find the treatment that controls your condition best. We also offer treatments for eczema, rosacea, and more. Call [company-phone id=1] for an appointment.

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