There is no cure for psoriasis, but it can be treated and managed.
Psoriasis is unique to each individual, and a treatment that works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. Because of this, treating psoriasis can be a process of trial and error, and it can be frustrating.
There may be times when your psoriasis gets you down, and when it can be hard to be motivated to use any treatment at all. However, it’s important that you regularly see your doctor to review your condition, and be honest about your treatment. It’s the best way of making sure you get to try as many treatments as possible, and find one that makes a difference to you.
Most people with psoriasis start their treatment under the guidance of a General Practitioner (GP). Psoriasis treatment usually starts with topical (applied to the skin) treatments, which can come in different formulations (creams, ointments, gels, etc) and have different active ingredients. You can find more information on the main topical treatments in our Psoriasis Treatments from a GP section. If psoriasis is severe, or if various types of topical treatments don’t work, a GP should refer the person to a Dermatologist. You can find out more about the treatments available from a Dermatologist in our Psoriasis Treatments from a Dermatologist section.