Getting naked in front of someone is a vulnerable experience. Psoriasis can make it even more uncomfortable in the bedroom, as sufferers often have visible symptoms in the form of scales, redness and plaques.

With two-thirds of individuals with psoriasis experiencing genital psoriasis and flare-ups, communicating with your partner(s) about your skin before, during and after intimacy can increase comfort and confidence.

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that causes plaques, which range from small specks to large lesions. This skin condition is an autoimmune disease that causes skin to regenerate faster and thus attack healthy skin cells. Signs and symptoms can vary with different subtypes.

Unlike other subtypes of psoriasis, genital psoriasis develops around the genital area, specifically on or around the vulva or the penis. Plaques can also appear on the thighs, between the buttocks and in the vagina. Symptoms include red patches covered in silver scales and dry, cracked skin