Moisturisers are widely available and can be bought from pharmacies, supermarkets and beauty stores. Some can be prescribed by your doctor.
Although there is little scientific research into the effects of moisturisers on psoriasis, our own experience - and the experience of healthcare professional bodies that we work with - shows that:
• Moisturisers make the skin much more comfortable – they decrease the dryness, scaling, cracking and soreness, and itching;
• Through decreasing the dryness and softening scale, moisturisers allow the other active treatments you use (e.g. coal tar, vitamin D) to be better absorbed, and therefore to work more effectively.
There are so many moisturisers to choose from that sometimes it can be difficult to know which is best. However, the best moisturiser is the one that you feel happiest with and that you can use easily on a regular basis. You may find that a combination of moisturisers work best for you, and that different moisturisers are more appropriate at different times of day. Even if you’ve been prescribed another treatment for your psoriasis, it is still recommended that you moisturise every day.
Click here for tips on moisturising, as well as more information on the different moisturisers that might be useful for people with psoriasis.