Psoriasis & Tattooing


Psoriasis is a noncontagious skin condition that produces plaques of thickened, scaling skin. The dry flakes of skin scales are thought to result from the excessively rapid proliferation of skin cells that is triggered by inflammatory chemicals produced by specialized white blood cells called lymphocytes. Psoriasis commonly affects the skin of the elbows, knees, and scalp.

Some people have such mild psoriasis (small, faint dry skin patches) that they may not even suspect that they have a medical skin condition. Others have very severe psoriasis where virtually their entire body is fully covered with red, scaly skin.

Psoriasis is considered an incurable, long-term (chronic) skin condition. It has a variable course, periodically improving and worsening. It is not unusual for psoriasis to spontaneously clear for years and stay in remission. Many people note a worsening of their symptoms in the colder winter months, during stressful times, when having gut problems, or having a non-healthy diet.  I found this to be a good article for more info Dr.Dobbin.  He states that by addressing other issues that affect the whole of the body, such as stress and digestive imbalances much can be done to reduce its impact.

How this effects tattoos:  Many tattoo artists will not work with individuals who have visible psoriasis.  I personally, have lived with this disease in my household all of my life, & have mild psoriasis isolated to certain areas of my body.  I have worked with clients and family with this skin condition to help to find treatments that actually work in clearing up problematic areas.  I am open to consulting with you if you have this problem.

The #1 reason for most outbreaks is due to deficiency or excess in nutrition.

When it comes to tattooing, it is not advisable to tattoo over an area that is currently in an outbreak, or one that is prone to breaking out often, as there is a potential of re-occurance at a later date.  Due to psoriasis being a constant peeling of deadened skin, this can be very damaging to a tattoo whether healed or newly applied.

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