Skin Care Tips for Psoriasis
Living with psoriasis can be challenging and those suffering from psoriasis can keep symptoms under control by using certain types of skin care products. Many topical treatments for psoriasis of the skin are available by prescription only and can be very effective for reducing the itchiness and scaly skin associated with the chronic disease. Some types of moisturizers, cleansers and sunscreens are especially effective for protecting and improving the texture of skin that has been affected by psoriasis.
If you are suffering from psoriasis, set up a consultation with a dermatologist to discuss your symptoms and treatment options. Your dermatologist my offer prescription treatment options or refer you to a specialist who can provide more information about skincare products that are most suitable for those with psoriasis of the skin.
Choosing a Skin Cleanser When You Have Psoriasis
Most people with psoriasis of the skin need to use skin cleansers that are designed for sensitive skin types or for treating inflamed skin. These skin cleansers do not contain ingredients that can cause inflammation of the skin or aggravate lesions. Choose a non-greasy and unscented cleanser in the form of a wipe-off solution, water-soluble cleanser or a soap-based, foamy cleanser.
Some of the most-recommended skin cleansers for those with psoriasis of the skin include:
Choosing a Moisturizer When You Have Psoriasis
It is very important to keep skin moisturized and protect it from the elements when you have psoriasis. Moisturizers help to create an artificial barrier between the skin and the environment. The right moisturizer can repel toxins and other elements in the environment that trigger inflammation or aggravate the skin lesions.
If you live in a very dry climate, you will need to use a heavier moisturizer that contains petroleum and other skin-protecting ingredients. If you have oily skin, you will need to choose an oil-free, lightweight and non-comedogenic moisturizer that does not contain any fragrances.
Some of the most-recommended moisturizers for those with psoriasis of the skin include:
- Cetaphil Moisturizer®
- Neutrogena® Norwegian Formula
- Coal Tar moisturizers
Choosing a Sunscreen When You Have Psoriasis
Mild sun exposure can help to keep psoriasis symptoms under control and prevent itchy, scaly lesions from forming. Some people with psoriasis also report an overall reduction in redness of the skin after regular sun exposure. However, the skin needs to be well-protected from sun damage with the right sunscreen. Sunscreen can prevent skin cancer and sun burns. If you have psoriasis of the skin, choose an oil-free sunscreen in the form of a lotion or spray. Stick with fragrance-free products to prevent skin irritation and make sure you apply it at regular intervals throughout the day when you will be outdoors for extended periods of time.
Learn more about the different skincare products and topical solutions available for people with psoriasis of the skin by consulting with a dermatologist in your area. Your dermatologist can review your symptoms and recommend a skincare regimen that will help you keep your symptoms under control.