Topical treatments – medications applied to the skin – typically are your first line of defense when treating psoriasis. Topicals slow down or normalize excessive cell reproduction and reduce inflammation caused by psoriasis.
There are several effective topical treatments for psoriasis. While many can be purchased over the counter (OTC), others are only available by prescription.
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Over-the-counter topical guidance
Learn what ingredients to look for and what to stay away from with NPF's over-the-counter product fact sheet.
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Last updated by the National Psoriasis Foundation.