How to manage psoriasis with skincare

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How to manage psoriasis with skincare

19 June 2021

Affecting up to 2.5% of the population, psoriasis can be a devastating skin condition. Luckily only half of all psoriasis sufferers ever get it on the face, and when it happens, it seems to be mostly pretty mild, compared to other parts of the body. Although half of all sufferers go into remission from time to time, it is usually a long term, persistent problem. There is no cure for psoriasis so the aim of any treatment including skincare is to reduce its severity, so it doesn’t have quite the same impact on your life.

Pretty much everyone with psoriasis needs a doctor to help manage it. First-line therapy of psoriasis usually consists of topical medications, such as emollients, tar, dithranol, corticosteroids and vitamin D3 analogues.

BUT SKINCARE CAN STILL HELP MANAGE THE CONDITION

1. Salicylic acid. Used at concentrations between 2 and 10%, salicylic acid breaks the bonds between the skin cells by breaking down the glue that bonds them together. This allows excess skin to be shed instead of building up in plaques. It also lowers the pH of the stratum corneum, increasing hydration and softening the skin. It is also anti-itch!

  • Only use it on <10% of the body’s surface area to reduce the risk of too much being absorbed into the bloodstream.
  • It can’t be combined with Vitamin D3 analogue treatments.
  • It can be used with topical corticosteroids.

2. Moisturizers. Moisturizing skin affected by psoriasis can help keep it softer and healthier and prevent a relapse. Moisturizers containing ceramides have been found to be particularly effective.

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3. Urea. This interesting ingredient prevents overgrowth of skin, breaks the bonds between cells allowing excess skin to shed. It also has excellent moisturizing and emollient properties and is a great choice for psoriasis.

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References

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2210836X10000035

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8265826/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4374065/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16856675/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7816244/

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/ijcp.13740

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