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What Soap to Use for Psoriasis? Soaps and lotions

What Soap to Use for Psoriasis? Soaps and lotions
26/01/2018

Hygienic skin care for psoriasis should be performed not only for purification, but also for the purpose of its treatment.

In case of psoriasis, it is important not to irritate and dry the skin because it can provoke aggravation, growth of psoriatic plaques and appearance of itching and flaking.

Using the right soap for psoriasis can prevent further irritation, help the plaques heal faster and possibly even speed up the process of treating psoriasis.

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that causes painful and unpleasant blemishes. Psoriasis is also an autoimmune disease, which means that when the immune system becomes overactive the skin cells develop too quickly causing the formation of scaly spots.

Psoriasis is not contagious or associated with poor hygiene and skin irritation. Thus, only soap is not able to prevent psoriasis and eliminate stains. However, a good soap will prevent the deterioration of the disease and help the skin to become healthier faster.

Some facts about psoriasis:

  1. In most people this disease occurs with exacerbations
  2. The outbreaks usually appear and disappear and then the process repeats
  3. Soap for psoriasis can shorten the duration of exacerbation of psoriasis
  4. The choice of soap for psoriasis depends on the severity of exacerbations and other skin care needs

Types of soap for psoriasis

People with psoriasis and very dry skin should pay attention to moisturizing soap. A dermatologist can help in choosing the right soap. We will introduce various options.

Tar soap

Some studies have shown that tar can slow down the growth of skin cells that are involved in the formation of plaque psoriasis. Such soap also helps to cope with:

  1. Itching
  2. Redness
  3. Inflammation
Psoriasis - soup

Tar soap comes in two types: from coal tar and wood tar. Soap from wood tar is produced from various plants, such as juniper and pine. Coal tar is more thoroughly studied as an agent for the treatment of psoriasis.
Doctors do not know exactly how tar soaps work or why they are good. Nevertheless, studies continue to testify that tar soaps help cope with psoriasis.
An analysis of twenty-five studies in 2010 aimed at studying coal soap used to treat psoriasis showed that 84 percent of studies confirmed the effectiveness of coal tar in the treatment of psoriasis. The remaining 16 percent of the studies did not show the benefits of using coal soap.
It should be noted that tar soap has a strong unpleasant odor and makes the skin more vulnerable to sunburn. For some people, sunburn is a risk factor for exacerbation of psoriasis, so people who use tar soap should apply sunscreen.
There are cases when the skin reacts with a strong irritation to the soap itself. There may even be burns. Before using soap on large areas of the skin, it is necessary to test for an allergic reaction.
Some studies show that shampoos and other products with a high concentration of coal tar can increase the risk of cancer. In California, products containing more than 0.5% of coal tar should have a warning about cancer on the label.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claims that the concentration of coal tar between 0.5 and 5 percent is safe. A study in 2010 involving 13,200 people, found no increase in the risk of cancer among people who used products from coal tar for 1 to 300 months.

Exfoliating Soap

Psoriasis - bath

Exfoliating soaps help to remove the upper stratum corneum. This can accelerate the healing process and allow the body to quickly replace the scaly patches with a smooth, healthy skin.
Salicylic acid is one of the most popular and safe products for exfoliation. Many acids including glycolic acid and lactic acid can also perform this function.
Stronger exfoliating soaps can qualify as keratolytic. Keratolytic is a tool that helps to reduce the scale of psoriasis. It helps to speed up healing and allows psoriasis drugs to penetrate deeper into the skin. Keratolytics can cause severe irritation, so it is not safe to use them on all parts of the body.
Consult your doctor before using a highly concentrated exfoliating soap and always do a patch test on a small area of the skin.
Pregnant women should not use chemical exfoliators without first consulting a doctor. Salicylic acid and some other acids can harm the developing fetus.

Oatmeal soap

Psoriasis - Oatmeal soap

Oatmeal soap, especially colloid oatmeal, can relieve the pain and itching associated with psoriasis. It can also reduce the redness of psoriasis spots. Studies have shown that oat flour reduces inflammation and can even prevent the release of chemicals that contribute to inflammation and irritation.
Oat products rarely cause irritation even in people with allergic reactions. So, both for psoriasis patients with sensitive skin and for those who cannot use other products, oat soap can be a good option.
Dry skin is not a cause of psoriasis. However, it can cause itching and irritation exacerbating the discomfort associated with psoriasis. In this case, various oils and moisturizers can help. Some people with psoriasis prefer to use soaps containing natural oils, such as aloe or avocado oil to avoid allergic reactions and chemical irritation.

What is the difference between lotion and soap for psoriasis?

Soap is not the only way to improve skin health. Different lotions can also help. Many lotions for psoriasis contain the same ingredients as soap. Manufacturers offer lotions based on salicylic acid or oatmeal.
The main difference between lotions for psoriasis and soap is that lotions take care of the skin more gently. In addition, they do not need to be washed off. For example, hydrocortisone is a steroid that helps reduce itching and skin irritation. Lotions with hydrocortisone should be left on the skin so that they can have a curative effect.
As lotions are safer for skin care, they are usually less effective than soaps that contain the same ingredients. For example, soap with salicylic acid is more effective than a lotion with the same component. To prevent skin irritation, it is important to follow the instructions on the label. Do not leave soap to treat psoriasis on the skin.
People with psoriasis who use both lotions and soap should be careful with skin irritating ingredients and possibly refuse to use one of the means. Choose either an exfoliating soap or lotion, since a high concentration of the active substance can be harmful. Do a patch test of lotion and soap together before using them throughout the body.
Remember that psoriasis is a chronic disease, so no soap can completely rid you of it. People with psoriasis should always seek medical help and not just rely on home remedies. Treatment prescribed by a doctor will help to eliminate the underlying cause of psoriasis, improve the appearance of the skin and reduce the frequency of outbreaks.
Soap for the treatment of psoriasis and other home remedies can only be a supplement to basic medical procedures.

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