8 OTC Products to Ease a Psoriasis Flare-Up
Let’s start this one with a disclaimer: The best psoriasis treatment is the one that works for you. That might not be the same one that works for your friend, your sibling or anyone else with the disorder. And as everyone with psoriasis knows only too well, it can take a fair amount of trial and error to find that can’t-live-without cream, lotion or shampoo. (And once you do, it’s like winning the skin lottery, right?)
Having said that, some OTC products do come highly recommended—by users and dermatologists alike—because they tend to work well for a large number of people with psoriasis. Here are eight of the best OTC products for psoriasis. All are worth adding to your shopping list if you haven’t already given them a go.
CeraVe Psoriasis Cleanser
CeraVe Psoriasis Cleanser ($16.23 at Amazon.com) contains 2% salicylic acid, an ingredient used to improve many skin conditions. “Salicylic acid is a keratolytic, which means it works to peel the skin, causing the outer layer to shed,” explains board-certified dermatologist Rhonda Q. Klein, M.D. of Modern Dermatology in Westport, Connecticut. “When used as a psoriasis treatment, it lifts up the psoriatic scales and helps to soften them. It also proactively prevents the build-up of new scales associated with seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis.”