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									Psoriasis Lotions and Creams

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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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