Tattoos and Us

I have seen people over the years with tattoos that have psoriasis. I think they are very nice and a way to show self-expression. Tattoos can tell a story or even make a statement. They can be beautiful.

To ink or not to ink?

But what happens if you have psoriasis or are having a flare? Do you think it is a good thing to get a tattoo? Will the ink hurt my scales, will the scales interfere with your design or will getting a tattoo cause a flare-up? I think these are all valid questions, but ask yourself, are you are getting a tattoo to cover up psoriasis; what if your psoriasis goes away; will this if any effect on how the tattoo will look afterward?

I would think the first thing you should do is see a dermatologist for advice. He would probably be the best person to talk too. He can give you some insight on what could or could not happen to you.

Things to consider

I would never consider getting anything on my body; just having this disease is enough. I have realized that for the past fifty years that every time I get any kind of trauma on my skin that the psoriasis always comes in that area. It can be a scratch, scrape, bump, nick it is a guarantee to have psoriasis come there. This is called the Koebner phenomenon which means that psoriasis develops at the site of a skin injury. This will not happen to everyone of course.

I would say not to get a tattoo during a flare up, but that is just me. I would be scared of getting a skin infection or having some kind of reaction to the ink. After all, they are puncturing your skin.

After doing some research, doctors are finding no direct correlation between tattoos and outbreaks but I still recommend caution. Some doctor’s biggest concerns are the location where people with psoriasis get their tattoo. Some areas are just too sensitive and healing could be a huge cause for concern. While aftercare of a tattoo is important for anyone who gets a tattoo, it’s especially crucial for people with psoriasis. The healing process could be longer and risk of infection with scabs is slightly higher.

Getting a tattoo is a big step

My advice would be to do your homework. Talk to other people with psoriasis who have gotten tattoos. They have gone through the trials and tribulations and can tell you how this has affected them. This will give you a better idea of what to look forward to.
There are different types of psoriasis so what effects one person might not affect the other; but knowledge is power. Getting a tattoo is a big step with or without psoriasis; be smart.

I would say that if you want to do this; start small. See how you feel about the tattoo, observe your healing process and give yourself time to think about what you want to do moving forward.

I think it’s great to adore your body and express yourself. Just be safe and have a doctor access your condition properly. You need to know if this is going to interfere with the medication that you are taking.

Remember most tattoos are forever. Whatever the reason behind your interest in a tattoo, you should never rush. Listen to your own body.

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