Psoriasis Remedies

After Psoriasis Clears: Ghost Spots

I think we can all agree that the best part of psoriasis is when a flare clears up!

casper-the-friendly-ghost-5094014b31e18But in my personal experience, I’m usually left with white spots where my psoriasis once was. I like to affectionally call them my Ghost Spots, but the “Caspar the Friendly” kind of ghost. Not ideal to gain a new kind of spot, but I’ll take ’em if it means the red, itchy, dry ones are gone.

The reason this happens to skin after psoriasis clears is because of skin cell inflammation, which temporarily destroys pigment cells called melanocytes. In all of the sources I’ve read and through my own experiences, the spots are temporary. So have no fear, they may seem stubborn (just like the psoriasis spots were), but they will eventually go away.

I usually wait until they clear on their own since I tend to get the majority of spots on my stomach and back, which can easily be covered with clothing, but I have used a few tricks to make them seem less obvious:

  • Sunless tanning lotion: depending on how many spots you have, you can either spread on evenly or individually fill in the white spots
  • Make-up: Dermablend and Sally Hansen Airbrush legs work best for me
  • Moisturize often: These days I’m all about Coconut Oil & Dove Cream Oil Intensive Body Lotion

In addition, plan to show your doctor on your next visit to ensure there’s nothing concerning or out of the ordinary.

Sources: Everyday Health, Inspire.com

Just A Girl With Spots

2 comments

  1. Good idea to discuss this, because it’s an overlooked topic….probably because we’d rather have the “ghost spots,” than what was there before. Because I get UVB treatments, I haven’t had the white spots the past few years….now that I think about it. I wrote a young adult novel about a 13 year old with Psoriasis, and I’m currently writing the sequel. I hadn’t thought to include the spots….so thanks ! By the way, I’m still looking for an agent and/or publisher for the book if anyone knows one. My husband is convinced that the only agent that will be interested is one with psoriasis.

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Psoriasis Remedies

After Psoriasis Clears: Hypopigmentation and Hyperpigmentation of the Skin

I think we can all agree that the best part of a psoriasis flare is when it clears up.

After a flare, I’m usually left with areas of lighter spots where my psoriasis once was, known as hypopigmentation. Alternatively, some people see areas where the skin is darker where their psoriasis spots were, which is hyperpigmentation. It can be frustrating that there is still discoloring on my skin, but I prefer it over the itchy, dry psoriasis spots.

This can happen to skin after psoriasis clears because of skin cell inflammation, which temporarily destroys pigment cells called melanocytes. In all of the sources I’ve read and through my own experiences, the spots are temporary. With some patience over time, you will start to notice the spots going away on their own.

Is there anything that can be done to even skin tone?

If you’re looking to even out your skin tone while you wait for the hypopigmentation and/or hyperpigmentation to clear, there are a few tools you can utilize.

  • Sunless Tanning Lotion
  • Make-up: Dermablend and Sally Hansen Airbrush  Legs
  • Moisturize often: Coconut Oil & Dove Cream Oil Intensive Body Lotion
  • Sunblock: if you’re heading outside, protect your skin

In addition, plan to show your doctor on your next visit to ensure there’s nothing concerning or out of the ordinary.

Sources: Everyday Health, Inspire.com, Healthgrades.com

2 comments

  1. Good idea to discuss this, because it’s an overlooked topic….probably because we’d rather have the “ghost spots,” than what was there before. Because I get UVB treatments, I haven’t had the white spots the past few years….now that I think about it. I wrote a young adult novel about a 13 year old with Psoriasis, and I’m currently writing the sequel. I hadn’t thought to include the spots….so thanks ! By the way, I’m still looking for an agent and/or publisher for the book if anyone knows one. My husband is convinced that the only agent that will be interested is one with psoriasis.

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