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How do I Choose the Best over-The-Counter Psoriasis Treatment?

By Angela Crout-Mitchell
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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There are several over-the-counter psoriasis treatment options available including aloe, hydrocortisone creams, and oatmeal bath products. Some psoriasis sufferers have found relief with lesser known remedies available over-the-counter, such as Indian earth and menthol sprays. Psoriasis is a common skin condition that creates large patches of dry, red skin that may be located on any part of the body including the scalp, back, and in creases of the body. In some cases it is characterized by layers of white, dead skin cells, referred to as plaque psoriasis. Some forms of this skin condition are thought to be genetic and all produce itchy, easily irritated skin.

Aloe is one of the most popular over-the-counter psoriasis treatment options on the market, and many patients have found great success using it. Medical experts suggest using aloe directly from the plant or in cream form. The product is to be applied directly the affected skin as often as needed. It is common for psoriasis sufferers and their doctors to try several treatments and medications before finding the appropriate combination.

Another over-the-counter psoriasis treatment to consider is hydrocortisone cream. It is most effective when applied to clean skin one to four times each day. This type of psoriasis treatment is also used to treat a host of other skin conditions, including eczema and poison ivy infections, due to its anti-itch properties. Most medical experts suggest using hydrocortisone creams for a short time, as steroidal creams can thin the skin over a long period of time.

Oatmeal bath products are popular for treating psoriasis and can be used easily on a daily or as needed basis. This over-the-counter psoriasis treatment is unlikely to clear up the outbreak, but it can offer soothing relief from the skin irritation and itching common with this condition. Oatmeal baths are incredibly useful for patients with large areas of skin affected by the psoriasis lesions.

Some over-the-counter psoriasis treatment options are holistic and natural in nature, such as Indian earth. This product is a mixture of minerals, such as iron, calcium, and silicon, and is intended to be mixed with fragrance free lotion to be used as a treatment. The mixture should be applied to the affected skin with a small sponge. Like many psoriasis treatments, Indian earth reduces symptoms and is not a cure for the condition.

Menthol sprays are also used to provide relief from the common psoriasis symptoms. It is believed that the peppermint oil found in most menthol sprays is very soothing to irritated skin. This remedy can also be used to treat a variety of other skin conditions.

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Discussion Comments
By ddljohn — On Jul 18, 2014

@ysmina-- Have you tried aloe vera gel?

Everyone knows about aloe vera gel, but not everyone knows that it's great for psoriasis. And if you purchase 100% aloe vera gel, there are no additives or chemicals whatsoever.

Aloe vera gel is very hydrating. It absorbs into skin and keeps skin hydrated for a very long time. So with regular use, it can prevent the dry patches caused by psoriasis. And aloe vera gel is an anti-inflammatory as well. It reduces swelling and itching. I think it's just wonderful.

I realize that one product may not work for everyone though. So everyone with psoriasis should do their own share of research about this. I personally like reading customer reviews for psoriasis products before purchasing them. I've saved a lot of money that way by avoiding useless products.

By ysmina — On Jul 18, 2014

@literally45-- Many people use coal tar products for psoriasis. I was interested in it too for a while but then I read that coal tar may cause cancer. So I'm using neem soap instead. It works fine, I'm not sure if it's as effective as coal tar. But I don't want to harm myself in the long run, so I only want to use all natural, safe products.

By literally45 — On Jul 18, 2014

I've tried various over the counter treatments for psoriasis. So far, the only thing that has worked relatively well is coal tar soap. I use this soap in the shower on a regular basis and the red patches reduce after use. The itching goes away too.

I'm not too fond of the scent of coal tar and it does have a dark color. But since I use it in the shower, I've been able to avoid messes. This is really the only over the counter treatment that I can recommend for psoriasis right now. I do try new products when I find them though, I'm always looking for something that works better.

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