Psoriasis is when skin cells build up on the surface of our skin and begins to develop scales. If you believe you have psoriasis, you should get it verified by a doctor or skin specialist. Psoriasis favors the scalp, the elbows and the hands but it can be found throughout the body. Psoriasis usually begins in the teenage years, although older adults can develop it as well.
The approach I have taken was to try and keep the skin on my affected areas of my body and my face from peeling off. I did this to try to appear as possible, as most people with psoriasis will tell you that psoriasis sufferers can be self-conscious about their appearance.
Psoriasis should be kept moisturized, so I’ve taken an expensive journey towards finding the appropriate product from the many shelves stocked with hyper allergenic skin care lotions and treatments. I always make sure to test them before buying them, but many times my psoriasis would not respond to them for very long. Days later my skin would react with the same redness and itchiness, and then I’d realize I had just wasted more money.
Too often moisturizers and skin creams would often feel like they were burning my skin. My skin felt as though it had become quite thin with all the peeling, and my body could not keep up with replacing my skin that was peeling and flaking.
OTC Skin Products that Work for Psoriasis
I discovered that the better products were lighter and more fluid, and that gels work better than creams. Some OTC products I have used include:
- A fungal infection skin treatment lotion – This reduced the itching, and the itchiness being such a constant irritations, this was important to me.
- Coal tar lotion – I used a lotion of coal tar which seemed to reduce the itchiness for a few years. It was dark and oily however, and it would discolor my clothing.
- Psoriasis of the scalp – I’ve used a gentle ginger shampoo that works well for my scalp. I would recommend finding shampoo with ginger in it as it seemed to have a calmative effect at least on my scalp psoriasis.
- Digestive Tea – The better your digestion, the better your skin will be. Try to stay away from junk food and sugar, decrease your consumption of fats (especially saturated fats) and introduce an herbal tea, like ginger or lemongrass, that’s known to improve digestion.
- Baking soda (soda bicarbonate) – This can be useful if there seems to be an excess of oil on your skin. This seemed to enlarge my pores a bit, but experiment and see how this works for you. Baking soda seemed to be a little too harsh for skin. It did reduce the itchiness of my skin.