As mentioned, there are various therapies available to treat psoriasis, and our strong recommendation is to start with those that have the least-serious side eﬀects, such as intermittent use of an OTC topical cortisone cream; vitamin D preparation, both topical and oral; retinoids; salicylic acid (BHA); and topical coal-tar creams, lotions, cleansers, and shampoos.
It is important to point out that the vitamin D treatments for psoriasis, both oral and topical, are not the same as the vitamin D supplements you can buy in stores. Calcipotriene is the form of vitamin D used to treat psoriasis, and it has a very diﬀerent action on skin and the body than the form of vitamin D in supplements (cholecalciferol).
Based on how your skin responds to the above treatment options, you then can decide if you want to consider higher risk treatments, such as UVB therapy. UVB therapy can involve merely exposing your skin to the sun’s UVB rays (daylight) or to UVB emitting devices, or a combination therapy that involves UVB-emitting devices along with topical medications (immunemodulating medications).
Keep in mind that successful treatment often requires a combination of methods.Don’t put oﬀ seeing a dermatologist to explore all your options. It is surprising how many people suﬀer with psoriasis without seeking medical options.
CHOOSING A SKINCARE ROUTINE WHEN YOU HAVE PSORIASIS
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