Psoriasis is the number one most prevalent autoimmune disease in the United States, affecting as many as 7.5 million Americans. It's an inflammatory skin condition that causes the skin cells to build up on the surface of the skin, resulting in thick, red scaly patches. There's no cure for psoriasis, but it is treatable. In addition to prescription drugs (both oral and topical), light therapy, and vitamin D supplementation, choosing the right over-the-counter skin care products can make a huge difference in a psoriasis sufferer's quality of life. Like with any product, results may vary. I hope this article brings you relief so you can worry less about your skin and enjoy the summer weather. Here are our top favorite:
McArthur Skincare is an Australian skincare brand that has refined the Pawpaw extract in skin, body and hair care products. They created the only cream with 60% papaya extract concentration on the market. It was in the remote rainforests of Borneo that the co-founder first encountered the incredible soothing powers of the Pawpaw when he observed local villagers using it on their skin.
The Psoriasis, Dermatitis & Rashes Cream is a highly active natural cream. It contains Aloe Vera and Chickweed which is a natural ingredient that has traditionally been used in herbal medicine and assists in providing relief from mild psoriasis. I applied a thin film of cream on smaller affected areas twice a day and noticed a difference in the size of the psoriasis patches after just one week of use. Skin was hydrated and the itch was minimized.
Their Complete Skincare Cream has the highest percentage of Papaya extract in a cream. It has no nasty petrochemicals or parabens so it helps to soothe the skin and relieve redness and dryness. It absorbed fast and best of all has no fragrance. This is the perfect product to nourish and maintain the rest of epidermis that has not been affected by psoriasis. Prevention is key!
The Hydrating Facial Cream is designed for all skin types. With 25% Papaya extract, it will improve hydration and minimize signs of aging. It helped hydrate small psoriasis patches on my face which served as the perfect primer for make-up application. I used this morning and night.
We all tend to forget the importance of scalp care until we suffer from an irritation. The scalp is a ‘hidden’ area - it can overheat, may retain moisture in humid weather or when rooms are steamy, and it can suffer in stuffy or smoky environments. McArthur Scalp Care Shampoo & Conditioner helped with irritation and some scale build up. It left my hair healthy, soft, luscious and easy to manage! Perfect product to use after a long day in the summer Heat.
Their Complete Skin Care Soap and Body Wash is perfect for psoriasis prone skin because its gentle yet effective enough to cleanse and exfoliate. This rich, moisturizing paw paw formula provides a natural cleansing that leaves the skin soft and smooth. The natural ingredients cleanse and refresh both skin and pores without drying or damaging the delicate surface. A must for anyone with sensitive skin.
Rooted from a medical heritage, TriDerma® MD has been in business for more than 24 years. With more than 100 unique products made with organic Aloe Vera, and other medical strength natural botanicals, their goal is to create the perfect healing formulations for specific skin irritations.
TriDerma’s Psoriasis Control worked wonders. It dramatically decreased symptoms without using steroids or prescription drugs. It helped promote fast healing on white dead skin cell build-up, extreme dryness and itching. Because each and every product contains the AP4® Aloe Complex, they are rich in botanicals that help to soothe the skin. I applied this after every shower on affected areas and saw results in as little as one hour. Psoriasis patches were well moisturized and redness was reduced. This formula lasted longer than most, so there was no need to re-apply throughout the day. This Product became one of my instant favorites.
Their Psoriasis Control shampoo provided fast relief for my itchy scalp. Unlike other medicated shampoos, this exclusive salon formula smells great and gently cleansed my hair while promoting shine and manageability. It is safe to use on color treated hair and contains ingredients to help relieve and prevent flaking and build up. It did leave my hair a bit dry but it was easily fixed with a moisturizing conditioner like Herbal Essences Hello Hydration.
Based in sunny Perth, on the wild west coast of Australia, Sage Botanicals was born from a love of natural plant ingredients. Unlike most commercial skincare products, Sage Botanicals' skincare does not contain parabens, mineral oils or any other harsh chemical ingredients which can cause skin irritations or allergies. On the contrary, Sage Botanicals' skincare presents only the best that nature has to offer, packed with antioxidant-rich anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and therapeutic essential oils to leave your skin hydrated, glowing and refreshed with a more youthful appearance.
The symptoms of skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis and acne can all be reduced with the use of Dead Sea mud. The rich mineral content of Dead Sea mud aids exfoliation and balances the skin's PH balance. It helps to improve the skin's appearance by reducing wrinkles, lines and pores and extracts toxins, leaving your skin feeling clean, smooth and refreshed. After I used the Dead Sea Mud Soap I noticed an instant soothing effect on my psoriasis patches. After I was out out the shower, affected areas seemed less sore and inflammation was reduced. I saw a difference in size of patches in as little as one week. Huge fan of all 35 minerals that exist in this healing mud!
Feel the stresses and pains of your day slip away with Detox & Relax Dead Sea Bath Salts. Since ancient times, Dead Sea salt has been renowned for its therapeutic effects on both skin and body. Super rich in minerals, rosemary, lavender essential oils and magnesium sulphate, these salts help to alleviate eczema and psoriasis while soothing aching muscles and joints. Your skin will feel incredibly hydrated, softened and smooth after bathing. Rosemary and lavender essential oils cleanse and refresh the skin while inducing feelings of clarity and contentment. This product definitely felt like a spa day every time I used it. I helped with inflammation, reduced redness and helped with scale build up.
The Calm Balm was great to use on smaller psoriasis patches around my hands. It is made with 100% natural botanical ingredients to nurture your skin, and help provide relief from skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and rashes. It instantly soothed and moisturized my skin back to health. I applied this throughout the day and used it as a night treatment when I needed extra boost of hydration.
The Organic Calendula and Lemon Myrtle Soap smelled great and was oh so refreshing! This product can also be used as prevention to keep unaffected skin glowing and healthy. The Organic Calendula possesses powerful anti-inflammatory properties, alleviating dry, damaged, cracked, flaky and irritated skin. Australian lemon Myrtle is naturally antibacterial, anti fungal and anti-viral. This soap is also beneficial for balancing oily skin and reducing acne. Reap in the benefits of natures best!