When you have psoriasis, the skin-care products you use can make all the difference. On top of consulting with your doctor to explore prescription treatments, there are tons of over-the-counter products that can help you manage pink, flakey, rashy skin caused by psoriasis, explains Ivy Lee, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in Pasadena, California.
"Selecting skin-care products with salicylic acid, coal tar, or both can help with managing psoriasis," says Dr. Lee. "Both salicylic acid and coal tar are FDA-approved ingredients for psoriasis. Salicylic acid is a keratolytic, meaning it breaks up skin cells and can help smooth the texture and minimize scaliness and flakiness. Coal tar can help reduce inflammation, itching, and the scaling of psoriasis lesions." Additionally, moisturizing ingredients like ceramides and omega-3 can help keep the skin nourished and soothed.
- Ivy Lee, MD, board-certified dermatologist
When looking for skin care for psoriasis, Dr. Lee says it's good to look at products with the National Psoriasis Foundation Seal of Recognition. These are products that have been reviewed by a team of board-certified dermatologists and rheumatologists and recognized to "sufficiently and safely aids in the management of psoriatic disease or sensitive skin." Additionally, the products cause "no harm to those with psoriatic disease and-or individuals living with sensitive to severely sensitive skin," reads the foundation's website. (A similar guide exists for those with eczema.) Shop eight products for psoriasis that have the Seal of Recognition from the pros.
Made with 2 percent salicylic acid, this cream is great for removing scales and dead skin. Plus, it contains niacinamide to calm inflammation and ceramides to fortify the skin barrier.
This soap is made with natural pine tar oil and has long been used as a home remedy to treat symptoms associated with psoriasis. It relieves itchiness while providing an all-over deep yet moisturizing cleanse.
The only eye cream on this list, this product uses CBD to soothe, calm, and moisturize your skin. It also includes bisabolol, a skin-brightening ingredient found in chamomile extract, and marigold extract, a deeply nourishing and hydrating oil.
T/Gel is a tried and true psoriasis shampoo. It uses coal tar extract, an ingredient that has been proven to continue to work for hours after the shampoo is rinsed off. As a result, it provides long-lasting relief from itching and flaking caused by chronic scalp psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, and dandruff.
Tackle your psoriasis symptoms with this 3 percent salicylic acid cream. It provides relief from skin itching, irritation, redness, flaking, and scaling associated with psoriasis and-or seborrheic dermatitis.
Use this cream on your face and body to help visibly reduce scaly skin and redness. It blends exfoliating 3 percent salicylic acid with soothing urea and restorative aloe vera.
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