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5 Skincare Ingredients to Soothe Your Psoriasis

Medically reviewed by Allison Truong, M.D.

When it comes to shopping for moisturizer, sometimes you simply can’t trust the label. A lotion may say it’s extra moisturizing, but leave skin feeling greasy and unquenched. In caring for psoriasis, doctors say you want a moisturizer that penetrates the dermis—the inner layer of your skin—and helps heal those scaly patches. To find one, know what ingredients to look for on the label, and understand what they do.

Pyrithione Zinc

A common ingredient in anti-dandruff shampoos, pyrithione zinc is a mineral compound that’s effective in treating psoriasis plaques elsewhere on the body. “It’s thought to help normalize the way skin cells grow and work,” explains Adam Mamelak, M.D., a dermatologist practicing in Austin, Texas. “It has anti-proliferation properties—meaning it keeps scaly patches from spreading—and also works to lift those scaly skin cells off of the skin.” Mamelak recommends Noble Formula Pyrithione Zinc Maximum Strength Cream, which contains 0.25 percent of this active ingredient.

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