All the itching, pain, and flaking can make it feel like your psoriasis or extremely dry skin is trying to compel all your attention. It can be hard to focus and enjoy life.
Luckily, a number of products out there can be effective in addressing these relentless symptoms. You deserve relief, so let’s take a look at some things to consider before trying an over-the-counter (OTC) product.
First, an important note: No moisturizer, shampoo, sunscreen, or cream will address the systemic inflammation of psoriatic disease. When you have psoriasis, what you see on the skin is only the visible part of the disease. Psoriasis is associated with inflammation throughout the body that can lead to related conditions and diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, or even anxiety and depression.
Consult your health care provider to find the right treatment to address psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis and its underlying systemic inflammation. Talk with your provider about the OTC products you plan to use and remember that what works for one person may not work for another.
Lotions, Balms, and Creams
When you are making your next OTC moisturizer selection, keep in mind that all lotions and creams are not created equal. Many contain chemicals, fragrances, and dyes that could irritate your skin. Some of the essential oils that lend their scents to many face and body products – even those formulated for sensitive skin – can irritate the skin of some people, for example.
Use caution with or avoid:
- harmful chemicals
- some essential oils