You’ve just been asked out on a date? A colleague from work suggests meeting up for after work drinks? Or friends get in touch saying a night out is well overdue? While all of these prospects sound like fun, your mind automatically starts wondering off to all the things that could potentially go wrong. And before you know it, you’re coming up with excuses how to turn down the offers because it’s all too stressful for you. Stop right there! Worrying is not going to get you anywhere. And we’re here to help you look past all that and give you some advice on how to put your psoriasis on the back burner so you can enjoy a night out.
What to wear?
Choosing the right outfit is a task and half at the best of times but with psoriasis, choosing the right outfit suitable for a night out can be quite a challenge. It’s always best to try on your ensemble beforehand, to make sure you feel comfortable in it. After all, there’s nothing worse than spending the night adjusting your clothing because it’s either too tight, the fabric is irritating your skin, or it’s making you overheat. All of these things may aggravate your psoriasis symptoms, and besides all the typical tricks like avoiding dark colours, opting for cotton rather than synthetics and wearing loose garments, here are some additional tips to help keep your condition under control:
Your favourite shoes
Uncomfortable shoes, stiff materials, and tight toe boxes can exacerbate symptoms and make inflamed spots more uncomfortable. Do not fret, you can still wear your stylish shoes to go with your outfit, but perhaps consider wearing a thin pair of socks. This can ease friction between your skin and the shoes, allowing you to wear your favourite footwear.
Applying makeup to cover up your plaques
Consider using a primer. Moisturiser absorbs into your skin, but makeup primers sit on top of it to create a smooth surface. This, in turn, helps makeup stick better, especially if your skin's surface isn’t even because of your psoriasis plaques.
Good to know: You can also cover up some plaques on your body by using waterproof makeup. The adavantage is that it won’t come off as easily when you the hit the dance floor and work up a bit of a sweat!
Pick the place
So your outfit’s sorted, your makeup’s just right – you’re ready to go out. But when you get to the bar or club, people are smoking, it’s sweltering hot and everyone’s offering you alcoholic drinks. You know that these conditions and substances are not ideal for your skin and can cause flare ups, so what do you do?1
It’s simple: you pick the place. This is your night out and your friends and colleagues will hopefully understand and share your opinion about the location. It’s all about feeling comfortable and doing what’s right for you.
Afraid of what people might think and say about your psoriasis?
The reactions of other people especially ones you are getting to know for the first time, like on a first date, can be quite intimidating. It’s entirely up to you how you feel like broaching the subject of your psoriasis, if at all.
Even though it’s often a good idea to get it out in the open, you shouldn’t feel like you have to mention your psoriasis. There will be a right time and place to talk about it and again, you are the one who gets to determine this. Learn more about talking to strangers about your psoriasis here.
Cancelling plans last minute
You’ve been looking forward to going out all week but all of sudden frustration sets in because everything seems to be going wrong. Your flares just got worse, your outfit’s just not working for you and your makeup won’t sit right. We’ve all been there: bad hair day, or that annoying spot that appears on the tip of your nose! It’s no fun!
The main thing is to not let it get the better of you. You shouldn’t feel responsible for your friends and it’s your right to ring up and cancel last minute if you are not in the mood to face a night out. If they are true friends, they’ll support and understand your reasons and hopefully encourage and support you, so you do feel like going out again – when it’s right for you!