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Must-Have Lotions

Not all moisturizers are created equal when it comes to soothing your psoriasis.

(Editor's note: This is an updated post from February 2016.)

Lotions and creams are no substitute for the treatment your health care provider recommends for treating your psoriasis, but they are an easy way to combat some of the symptoms associated with the disease, like itching and flaking.

Not all lotions are created equal, however. Many contain chemicals, fragrances and dyes that could irritate your skin, so please choose wisely. Essential oils, for example, which scent many face and body products – even those formulated for sensitive skin – can irritate some people's skin.  

The National Psoriasis Foundation Seal of Recognition highlights products that are meant to be safe and non-irritating. No one deserves to suffer the itch and burn of skin impacted by psoriasis.

Remember: What works for some people may not work for everyone. Always consult with your health care provider to find a product that works for you. You can learn more about maintaining healthy skin with our free Skin Care E-Kit.

Antü Brightening Moisturizer

This restorative daytime moisturizer also protects the skin by defending against exposure to airborne particulate matter pollutants.  It is made with their patented, anti-oxidant-rich AntuComplex™ and is clinically proven to hydrate skin and refine the appearance of pores. This moisturizer is vegan and cruelty-free.

CeraVe Psoriasis Cream

Developed with dermatologists, CeraVe Psoriasis Skin Therapy Moisturizing Cream treats psoriatic skin symptoms while moisturizing and repairing protective skin barrier. It removes scales and dead skin and helps restore essential moisture while helping to prevent the recurrence of the symptoms of psoriasis.

CeraVe Psoriasis Cream

Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer

This product is activated by water and designed to be used on freshly-showered skin. The shea butter-based lotion helps repair the skin’s moisture barrier with a mix of ceramides and is greaseless and fragrance-free. 

Dermarest Psoriasis Medicated Treatment Gel

This fragrance-free gel helps to remove scales, eliminate itching, reduce redness and restore moisture.

Gold Bond: Multi-Symptom Psoriasis Relief Cream

This fragrance-free cream designed for skin affected by psoriasis mixes seven moisturizers with ceramides and salicylic acid.

A bottle of Gold Bond: Multi-Symptom Psoriasis Relief Cream.

MG217 Medicated Salicylic Acid Cream

This is another lotion created specifically for people with psoriasis. Infused with salicylic acid, this moisturizer is meant to be used alongside MG17’s Coal Tar Ointment. The salicylic acid helps loosen and remove scales, while the coal tar helps slow down production of skin cells.  

A box of MG217® Sal-Acid Multi-Symptom Moisturizing Cream

Medovie 3HX All-Natural Plant-Rich Derma Cream

The 3HX Derma Cream has been clinically proven to comfort chronic skin conditions and the skin of people who have psoriasis. It contains a 3HX formula for managing the redness, dryness, and irritation that occur on the skin. It is designed to be easily absorbed by the skin.

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