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Moisturizing is an important part of your routine if you are living with Psoriasis. It is used in addition to other systemic and biological treatment, especially if you have moderate to severe Psoriasis.[1]   Medicated and non-medicated moisturizers are available for use as part of the Psoriasis daily skin care routine.[2]

Moisturizers are available in many forms – thin and easily spreadable lotions, Psoriasis creams for day time use or thick and greasy ointments preferable for night time use.[1][2]

Benefits of moisturizers:

  • Help relieve dryness and promote healing of skin.[3]
  • Reduce discomfort and itching.[1]
  • Help soften the area and allow other medications to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin.[1]
  • Easy to use and can be applied directly to the affected area.[1]

Moisturizers contain emollients, water binding agents, anti-irritants and antioxidants.[4]

Emollients are part of a moisturizer that softens plaques and cracks, improves the skin barrier function and eases inflammation.[2] Water binding agents help maintain the water concentration in the skin, while anti-irritants act as calming agents. Anti-oxidants help clear away scales while moisturizing.[4] Your choice of moisturizer will depend on its active ingredients and comfort you feel during and after use.[1]

Moisturizing recommendations:

  • Set a daily bathing and moisturizing routine to help you minimise scaling, itching and discomfort.
  • The best time to moisturize is after a bath which helps lock in the moisture.
  • You can choose from a variety of products including Psoriasis creams, lotions and ointments that can be used to manage your dry and itchy skin throughout the day and night.
  • Use a medicated product along with a non-medicated moisturizer for best results.[2]
  • Try out different moisturizers before deciding which one suits you the best. Generally, thicker Psoriasis ointments are more effective in locking in skin moisture than thinner Psoriasis creams or lotions.[5]
  • Before using a product, check for an allergic reaction by applying a small amount of it on a coin-sized area of your skin. If there is no reaction for around 1 day, it is probably safe for you to use.[2]
  • Pay special attention to your moisturizing routine during winters. Harsh and dry weather increases the risk of dry skin and Psoriasis flare-ups.

The American Academy of Dermatologists recommends moisturizing at least twice a day for anyone with Psoriasis.[3] Your Dermatologist or skin doctor will be able to recommend a product best suited for you, depending on the type and severity of your Psoriasis.

    Curated Tags

    Talk to your Dermatologist
    about biologics for clear* skin

    *No plaque elevation, erythema or
    scaling, hyperpigmentation maybe present.

    References

    1. Medical news today. Lotions, creams, and ointments for psoriasis. Available [Online] at: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319693#1.

    2. AAD. What psoriasis treatments are available without prescription. Available [Online] at: https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/psoriasis/treatment/medications/non-prescription.

    3. Very well health. How to Properly Moisturise and Treat Psoriasis. Available [online] at https://www.verywellhealth.com/how-to-properly-moisturize-and-treat-psoriasis-2788299. Accessed on 9 October 2020.

    4. Keeping Your Skin Hydrated with Advancing Psoriasis. Healthline. Available [online] at https://www.healthline.com/health/psoriasis/keeping-your-skin-hydrated-with-advancing-psoriasis. Accessed on 9 October 2020.