I used to dread waking up and looking in the mirror first thing in the morning. I felt so self-conscious about my skin condition that it affected how I lived my life.

I have psoriasis. It will always be a part of me, but it doesn’t define who I am.

I’ve consulted with different dermatologists and have been prescribed with various creams and medicines to alleviate the flare-ups. But these blotches of thick and scaly skin get aggravated with stress, alcohol, smoking, and cold and dry weather. So my best cure is to prevent it from getting worse.

Like other people I share this condition with, I wished it to go away. Or at least make it appear a little less obvious. This is when I started paying attention to my skincare regimen and playing with makeup to camouflage psoriasis.

My beauty routine:

  • Before I start putting on makeup, I make sure that my face is clean. I use Cetaphil’s Gentle Skin Cleanser. There’s a reason why it’s recommended by dermatologists: it’s non-comedogenic, fragrance-free, lanolin-free, and pH-balanced. The ingredients are ideal for people with dry and sensitive skin.
  • For foundation, I prefer using a tinted moisturizer like Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturized Broad Spectrum. I feel like foundations keep my skin from breathing properly. This one blends into the skin just right. It’s lightweight, has sheer coverage but enough to blur out my red areas. I apply it either with a slanted brush in a buffing motion or with a damp, egg-shaped sponge to pat and gently roll the product onto my skin.
  • Sometimes when I feel like I need more coverage in certain areas, I reach for Glossier’s Stretch Concealer. It’s paraben-free, non-comedogenic, and fragrance-free. I apply it with a clean fingertip in a dabbing motion.
  • For the brows, I use Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. This stays put all day but isn’t tough to remove. I don’t have that much flakiness on my brow areas, but I still make sure to exfoliate once a week to remove makeup residue and then moisturize.
  • Lipstick is where I go all out, from lip tints and liquid lipsticks to gloss and matte creams. I can play with a bold lip or simply enhance my natural lip color with a tinted lip balm.

I’ve learned in the past years to live with my condition and love myself despite it. I’ve found a way to work around it with proper skin care combined with medications, preventative measures, and using the right kind of hypoallergenic makeup—let a girl transform herself once in a while.

Do take note that it’s an absolute no-no to cover active and open psoriasis lesions with makeup. Consult with your dermatologist first before testing out products for more specific care and recommendations.