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Un tatouage est-il compatible en cas de psoriasis ?

Tattooing and Psoriasis: Are they compatible?

Given that psoriasis is a condition that directly affects the epidermis and the aesthetic appearance of the skin, it is entirely legitimate to question the possibility of getting a tattoo when suffering from this disease. Learn more in this article.

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Published February 20, 2024, by Manon, Scientific Editor — 4 min read

What are the risks of tattooing in patients with psoriasis?

Naturally, some patients with psoriasis may be hesitant to get tattooed due to the fear of flare-ups. Is there a link between psoriasis flare-ups and the act of getting a tattoo?

Regarding patients with psoriasis, data on the risks associated with getting a tattoo remain unclear, especially for those receiving systemic or biological treatment. A few cases of Koebner's phenomenon have been reported, but no serious complications, particularly of an infectious nature, have been reported in patients undergoing immunosuppressive treatment. This phenomenon refers to the occurrence of pre-existing dermatitis on a previously healthy skin area following mechanical trauma. Another study showed that few complications were associated with tattooing in psoriatic patients.

Generally, it is not prohibited for patients affected by psoriasis to get tattoos outside of the areas impacted by lesions. However, it is said that patients who have previously experienced the Koebner phenomenon are more likely to develop an early onset of psoriasis on their tattoos. Therefore, it is important that patients with psoriasis who are considering a tattoo are informed about potential risks and complications and seek prior advice from their dermatologist. These professionals also play a key role in being aware of the available data to advise their patients in an informed manner and prevent possible complications.

Sources

KLUGER N. & al. Tattooing and psoriasis: a case series and review of the literature. International Journal of Dermatology (2017).

GRODNER C. & al. Complications des tatouages chez les patients psoriasiques avec ou sans traitements. Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie (2019).

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