The Treatments for Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic condition is marked by patches of red, scaly patches on the skin. It is caused by an autoimmune disorder that makes you produce excess skin cells.

The condition is incurable, but treatments can make it bearable. This article discusses some of the most effective treatments for psoriasis.

Topical Treatments

Topical treatments are the frontline treatment for mild to moderate cases of psoriasis. This involves the application of creams and ointments to affected skin. Common topical treatments include:

  • Topical Corticosteroids

Corticosteroids [1] are one of the most common treatments for mild to moderate cases of psoriasis. This corticosteroid is sold as sprays, creams, ointments, gels, lotions, and shampoos. There are several grades of corticosteroids. If treating widespread psoriasis or psoriasis in sensitive areas, such as your face or skin folds, mild corticosteroid ointments (hydrocortisone) are recommended. If treating less sensitive areas of skin or smaller and more resistant psoriasis patches, your doctor may prescribe stronger creams and ointments. These include Clobetasol and triamcinolone.

You may use topical corticosteroids once a day during flares then less frequently to maintain remission. Doctors discourage long-term corticosteroid use because they can make the skin thin. You may also stop responding to them with time.