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 – Psoriasis is a skin condition marked by inflammation and red, inflamed skin areas with flaking and silvery scales. Not only are the symptoms of psoriasis highly visible - they can be itchy and sometimes painful and uncomfortable. Although psoriasis can begin at any age, it is prevalent in more adults than children and affects more than 6 million people in the United States. There is no cure for this skin condition but there are products available that can significantly improve the symptoms and make living with psoriasis a little easier.
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One ingredient dermatologists may often recommend for psoriasis is coal tar. Psoriasis is a skin condition marked by overproduction of skin cells and inflammation. These skin cells build up on the surface of skin leading to some of the visible symptoms of psoriasis. Although it is not completely clear how coal tar works, it appears to reduce the over active growth of skin cells and calm red, inflamed skin. Coal tar has been used to ease the symptoms of psoriasis for more than 100 years.

Since psoriasis is marked by inflammation, psoriatic skin rashes can be intensely red and itchy. Dermatologists frequently advise patients with this skin condition to use hydrocortisone creams and lotions to ease the inflammation, itching and irritation of psoriasis. You can find hydrocortisone crea, in some psoriasis products. Over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams are lower in potency and may be gentler on the skin, especially for the face, than prescription steroid creams (although you should still be advised by a physician whether or not it is right for you). Another ingredient that may help with itching is oat complex, derived from oatmeal. Oatmeal contains compounds that can reduce inflammation and soothe itchy, irritated skin.

Salicylic acid may be also suggested by dermatologists and skin care specialists for treating psoriasis. Salicylic acid is a compound that dissolves the sticky glue-like substance that holds skin cells together. This helps them slough off more easily, helping to relieve skin flaking and scaling. It also softens and conditions rough skin. Psoriasis can also affect the scalp which is why salicylic acid is a common ingredient in shampoos recommended for scalp psoriasis.

Aloe vera naturally derived from plants can offer potential benefits for psoriasis sufferers as well. A double-blind study showed aloe vera extract in a cream base was more effective than a placebo for easing psoriasis symptoms. Aloe vera is known for its soothing skin properties and is generally considered safe when applied topically. Aloe vera contains a number of beneficial compounds that help to soften and lubricate skin. It's appropriate even for people with sensitive skin.

Psoriatic skin often feels painful and uncomfortable. That's why moisture is so important. Moisturizing regularly can help minimize tenderness and irritation that's so common with this skin problem. There are a number of medicated moisturizers available that contain ingredients that help skin retain moisture along with other ingredients specifically targeted to psoriasis. This is convenient because you only have to apply a single product. The best time to apply a moisturizer is after bathing when your skin is still damp.

These are some of the most common over the counter ingredients dermatologists recommend for psoriasis. It's a good idea to talk to your doctor or dermatologist to see what they recommend because some products may cause irritation for different skin types. They can guide you and help you decide which of these ingredients will offer the most benefits for your skin.

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