Pso…. (see what I did there?) No, seriously. So, I have quite a bit of ink. During my first flare-up I was actually getting a tattoo. At this point my psoriasis was undiagnosed and I had just a few areas that had spots. No biggie. I went through with the tattoo. WELL…. Not my best decision.
My psoriasis responds to stress. It’s like sprinkling water on a gremlin; all hell breaks loose. I love my tattoos but a tattoo is just injury to the skin, injuries cause stress, voila -> flare-up. Everyone has their own opinions on whether or not a person with psoriasis should be getting inked. Personally, I recommend not getting a tattoo during a flare up. Any way you can help your body and not harm your body is a plus during this period and Dr. Wasserman a Bakersfield, Calif., dermatologist and clinical researcher, seems to agree.
“One of the issues, any time the skin is traumatized, is psoriasis can occur in that area,” says Wasserman, referring to what’s known as the Koebner phenomenon. “And tattoos are trauma. In order to get a tattoo, needles have to be put in and there’s trauma that happens to the skin. It’s likely to bring up psoriasis in those areas.”*
Is it medically proven? Not really but why risk it. My tattoo is still unfinished a year later because I want almost completely clear skin when I go to finish it. And honestly, I probably won’t be getting more after it but if I were diagnosed sooner in life, I probably would have gotten a few and taken my chances.
In this case and any others, please consult your physician.
Does anyone have tattoos and psoriasis?
*National Psoriasis Foundation Interview : http://www.psoriasis.org/advance/features/to-tattoo-or-not-to-tattoo-psoriasis