Most days I go without earrings because there is a little something in the way…my ear psoriasis. It becomes so scaly and inflamed, I can’t put in earrings without causing some distasteful bleeding. My psoriasis slowly crept from my scalp over time and moved to my hairline to chat up my ear. Then, my ear and hairline became best friends. In my opinion, this is a very toxic friendship. I don’t like it one bit.
When my ear first started to flare, it began to flake and bleed and sometimes even ooze. This was not my favorite thing when I was a teenager in my dating prime and I had to steer my partners clear of my ears during some heated encounters. This may be a little TMI, but I was definitely an ear girl when it comes to kissing or romantic touching. Now, that sensitivity comes in handy when I need to move away from my partner.
Kind of sad, right?
This is by far my LEAST favorite place that my psoriasis has conquered. It gets in those awkward crevices, it becomes uncomfortably crusty and once it moves into your ear canal, just frickin’ throw your chair out the window.
When my darling ears are 80% covered, I use my very very VERY expensive external steroid prescribed by my last dermatologist and apply it to my ears before I go to sleep until it goes away. Then, I can enjoy a blissful two days without psoriasis on my ears. Surprisingly, I discovered that Vaseline works almost as well as my $1000+ dollar cream.
Also kind of sad, right?
Alright, Clair, time for some positivity!
I know, I know, I’m getting there. One thing that ear psoriasis is good for is making you re-think your jewelry selection. Some of my chunky ear studs were not cutting it anymore. But, it made me re-think how I pick my jewelry and what I truly like about it. Although I love fashion, I’m pretty much lost when it comes to jewelry. I’m one of those girls that gets all her jewelry from relatives and friends at Christmas-time or birthday time. My style hasn’t really been defined through my jewelry
Having psoriasis in and around your ears can also make you re-think how you wear your jewelry. If you don’t want to draw so much attention to your ears, you can experiment with chunky necklaces or cool bracelets. Draw the eye to different parts of your body. Or if your pierced areas are particularly inflamed, you can try wearing earring cuffs that don’t require your ears to be pierced.
Change up that hair-do, girl! My ear psoriasis improved so so so much when I cut my hair into a very short pixie cut. Sun exposure is everything. Treat yourself to some delicious doses of natural vitamin D. Now, if you’re not quite as enthusiastic about buzzing most of your head, you might try a tasteful undercut or wearing your hair up when you’re outside.
Again, try and think of this semi-annoying psoriasis as an opportunity to try new fashion and hair styles. It can lead you to that perfect jewelry piece that catches everyone’s eye or a really flattering up-do that gets you all the compliments. Who knows! Get experimenting.