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Learn how creams and lotions can help treat psoriasis.


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Psoriasis Lotions and Creams

Psoriasis is a skin condition which creates a thick build up of extra skin on the surface of the body. These
thick skin patches are referred to as psoriasis plaques, and they often develop on the scalp, knees and
elbows. Some psoriasis sufferers however, get the scaley psoriasis skin plaques on other places of their body
too. In some cases the skin patches can build up on the face, hands, ankles, and feet. In rare cases psoriasis
plaques will develop over most of the body too.

Since psoriasis creates very thick patches of skin which is dry, red, itchy and flaky, many people not familiar
with the condition will automatically try using extra creams and lotions to treat the skin areas. Unfortunately
most of these don't work very well though, because they're too thick to penetrate the thick skin plaques
psoriasis creates.

There are some creams and lotions however, which can help soften the dry skin area, and some can help
reduce redness and itching too. The most effective creams and lotions to use for psoriasis though, contain
herbal or vitamin additives which are better able to penetrate the thick skin layers, plus these ingredients
tend to work best at helping thin the psoriasis skin plaques out a bit too.

There are also medicated prescription creams and lotions used for psoriasis as well. These can only be
prescribed by a doctor or dermatologist though, and they often contain various ingredients which may help
thin the psoriasis skin patches, reduce itchiness, or help suppress the new skin growth which causes the
problems. Prescription psoriasis creams and lotions may have ingredients such as coal tar or a Vitamin D
derrivative. Some also have steriods which help supress the immune system, and this is what helps slow
down the growth of new skin.

The reason prescription psoriasis creams and lotions are made to slow down skin growth is because psoriasis
is caused by an over reaction of the body's immune system. Instead of creating new skin about once a month
like healthy immune systems do, a psoriasis affected immune system will generate new skin every three to
five days. This is too fast for the existing skin to die off and be shed from the surface of the body, so the skin
piles up in the form of the thick skin plaques mentioned previously.

Herbal creams and lotions used to treat psoriasis usually contain aloe vera. Using pure aloe vera juice
however, tends to work better than using a cream or lotion which simply contains a little aloe vera. Often
creams and lotions don't have enough aloe vera in them to do much good. Aloe vera will help soften
psoriasis plaques, plus it can help thin the skin patches out too because it helps remove dead skin. Aloe vera
also promotes healing, so it can sometimes help reduce the severity of the psoriasis plaques too.

Creams and lotions which contain oatmeal can also be quite helpful, and plain old fashioned oatmeal by
itself is the best for the reasons already stated. Psoriasis creams and lotions which contain oatmeal will help
clear off dead skin faster though, because oatmeal is a natural exfoliant. Oatmeal also does a wonderful job
of softening skin too, and it can help relieve the itching caused by psoriasis as well.

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