Going to any function when you have psoriasis can often bring on bouts of anxiety. It’s not just thinking about what to wear to cover your skin or whether you feel brave enough to bare your scars. For me it is more about what to put on my skin. Yes, men get these worries too and so many of us choose to ignore or not discuss it because it is not perceived as something men should do. Even if you discuss it with yourself in your head it’s good for you, don’t feel you have to “man up” and just grin and bare it.
As a guest at a wedding later today I have spent what feels likes a month deciding what to wear. Well I knew I was going to wear my best suit, it’s what it’s there for. I have been preparing though. My scalp has been a bit flaky so there’s been some intense treatment to calm that down. I have just purchased a navy blue trilbury too so I have to be flake free. I don’t want anything to show on my hat or the shoulders of my jacket.
Then I had to think about a shirt because I have to think about is my skin irritable, will it be hot. Luckily it seems the weather has gone cooler so I have gone with an Egyptian cotton shirt. It’s soft, not too tight fitting, even though it’s tailored, and it’s thick enough that if warms up a bit I will still be comfortable without a jacket.
What next, ah yes, my legs. These are the worst part of my body. Obviously no shorts today but going back to the suit I will explain why this causes concern. The suit is from Savile Row, the iconic British Street which is home to some of the best tailors in the world. So yes it wasn’t very cheap and as you would expect it is made out of a very good material, material that would not get on well with my greasy ointments. A few months ago this may have cause me a lot of anxiety as my legs were pretty scaly and I would have to seriously consider wearing a different suit.
I have had a bit of luck with how to prepare for the suit though. Firstly, I woke up at 3 am this morning and have struggled to get back to sleep. This is not actually due to my psoriasis, this is more that my head is flooded with thoughts of the new house my wife and I took the keys for yesterday. So exciting times are ahead and the most stressful bit is out of the way. Why is it lucky I woke up so early? Well as I couldn’t sleep I thought I may as well put my Dovobet gel on now as it will have a good number of hours to soak in and work its magic before I need to shower. I have been making sure I keep my treatment regular this week also.
Also recently I have been lucky enough to receive a few gifts in the post recently. One being a tub of Hydromol ointment. It is the waxy oily kind of ointment and I find this great to slather on before a shower. I wouldn’t put it on before getting dressed as it wouldn’t be comfortable but as something to seal in moisture and protect your skin whilst showering it is perfect. Even washing doesn’t dry your skin out if you put this on.
The other gifts were from Galderma who sent me some of the products from the Cetaphil range. I have been using their Restoraderm Skin Restoring Body Wash and have to say it probably is the best body wash I have used to date. You don’t need a lot, you feel clean and you don’t get that dry tight feeling after you shower. Even without the routine above of coating my body with Hydromol, it still works well.
After this I use something I have been wanting a long time. It is a new product they have called Moisturising Body Mousse. What can I say? It’s brilliant. Again you don’t need a lot to go a long way and it is great if you have a few patches of psoriasis rather than total coverage as you can use this all over. It’s not just your psoriasis patches that need moisturising, you do need this all over and the mousse is excellent. It is really light and soaks in quicker than anything else I have come across. This means you don’t feel like you need to let it soak in for half an hour or so before getting dressed. You can put it on and in seconds feel dry enough to dress.
Also, the mousse isn’t greasy so when you’ve got a fine suit or that special item of clothing you want to wear there is no worry. If you have severe psoriasis thought his really won’t be the product for you. So that’s the suit sorted then. No staining, no stickiness, I can wear my suit and not only look good but feel good.
So that’s how a man chooses both what to put on his skin and what to wear to a wedding. A wedding where the invite is to my wife and I. Psoriasis has not been invited. I might post a pic once we’ve been to he wedding.
For more info on Hydromol please visit http://www.hydromol.co.uk/hydromol/home/ You should be able to find a 500g tub of the ointment is around £8.00 in most chemists.
For information on Galderma ranges including Cetaphil please visit http://www.galderma.co.uk/ Please note that the mousse is a brand new product, it should now be available in most Boots stores. RRP £13.99.