The Best OTC Psoriasis Treatment Is Not The Same For Everyone.
After almost 20 years of suffering from Psoriasis outbreaks, sometimes with health insurance and sometimes without, I’m always looking for a good OTC Psoriasis Treatment. They can be found online, in your local supermarket, drug store, or big-box store, making them readily available to just about everyone. Whether you have health insurance and access to prescription medicines or not; you don’t have to suffer the painful itching, red scales, and embarrassment of a psoriasis outbreak.
If there is one thing I think we can all agree on when it comes to psoriasis, it is that it always seems to strike at the worst possible moments and let’s face it, once it does show up, you stress about it and the stress just makes it worse. Maybe you just ran out of your prescription creams and the doctor wants to see you before renewing the prescription (and of course can’t get you in for 2-3 weeks), or maybe you just can’t afford the doctor visit or the prescription. When these things happen I go to my arsenal of OTC psoriasis treatment products. I’m going to share my favorite solutions with you based on the symptom they address.
Dry Skin Moisturizers Are Not An Effective OTC Psoriasis Treatment:
Everyone suffers from the occasional bought of dry skin, but for a psoriasis sufferer, that little patch of dry skin often turns quickly into an all out outbreak. More than most people it is vital that psoriatic skin is kept hydrated to reduce the chances of new lesions developing. If you are like me you’ve found that regular “lotions” just don’t cut it. Skin creams and even ointments provide a lot more hydration. I’ve found that the emollient-rich creams such as Eucerin or even Vaseline, twice a day and definitely after bathing help.
For the seriously budget conscious these may just be too expensive, several people I’ve talked to have had success with olive oil or even good old Crisco shortening. Sometimes you just don’t catch it quickly enough that’s when I like to pull out the Bag Balm (this is probably one of my absolute favorite OTC psoriasis treatments), an anti-bacterial ointment found in any farm store and now available in most drug and big-box stores, this is great for cracked skin especially if you are able to cover it for added moisture absorption.
Hydrocortisone cream: While available by prescription, the lower strength OTC versions are readily available, due to there use for bug bites and poison ivy, making it very easy to find. This is a topical steroid, and can be found under many names, such as Cortaid or Aveeno.
Follow the directions on the brand you get, but generally this cream can be used every 4-6 hours and should be applied to freshly washed skin. Long term use should be avoided, since over time steroid creams have been shown to thin your skin.
Aloe: While you can certainly buy Aloe gel or cream at the store, I think everyone should have an Aloe Vera plant in their home. This is a great natural remedy for mild itching or burns and contains natural moisturizers as well. A non-thorny member of the cactus family this is a wonderful and very hardy plant, give it a sunny spot and the occasional watering and you are good to go.
When you need it, just cut off part of a stem and slice it open, rub the gel inside on burns, bites, and psoriatic lesions for a 100% natural method of relief. Studies are split on how beneficial Aloe is when treating psoriasis, but I can attest to the soothing benefit it gives to irritated skin. While some might not call it an over the counter psoriasis treatment, you buy the plant once for $5-10 (depending on plant size) and you enjoy the benefit of that investment for years to come. Why not give it a try.
Salicylic acid: Often recommended for other skin problems such as acne or dandruff. The 2-3% concentrations found in the latest psoriasis treatments , soaps, and shampoos such as Head and Shoulders or Oxy Clean fights psoriasis by softening those horrible scales, making them easier to remove.
This solution is also found in prescription strength however, the OTC psoriasis treatment versions are often used as a first line of defense in the fight against Psoriasis. Once you soften the scales go right back to step 1 and moisturize.
I’m not a doctor, just a fellow sufferer. If you are taking prescription medicines of any kind, please remember to check with a pharmacist or doctor before adding any over the counter psoriasis treatment to your regime. Psoriasis affects everyone just a little bit differently; there is no single product or solution that works for everyone.
It affects not just us, but our families and loved ones. Always having to explain it or hide it. This can be exhausting and demoralizing for even the most confident people. The best case scenario is to avoid the outbreak to begin with, but if one sneaks up on you, I hope some of my OTC psoriasis treatment options work as well for you as they have for me.