Advertisement

Why doesn't moisturizer seem to be helping my psoriasis?

A moisturizer may or may not help with your psoriasis, but you'll probably need some other form of treatment as well. That's why it is important to see your doctor about finding the best way to manage your condition. If you are using a moisturizer it is important to use it correctly. If you don't, you could actually be doing more harm than good. Start by using a thick moisturizer that's low in water and alcohol content. Following a bath, pat yourself dry with a towel and then apply the moisturizer while your skin is still damp. This helps lock moisture into your skin. If you're already moisturizing correctly without any improvement in your psoriasis, you may want to try using oil instead.

Continue Learning about Plaque Psoriasis

A Virtual Look at Psoriasis
A Virtual Look at Psoriasis
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that speeds up the growth of skin cells, resulting in a number of skin symptoms. Join Sanjay Gupta, MD, for a virt...
Read More
How do medications treat plaque psoriasis?
Dr. Mark W. Moronell, MDDr. Mark W. Moronell, MD
Light therapy, topical and other drugs control psoriasis by relieving symptoms and outbreaks. Topic...
More Answers
6 Psoriasis Self-Care Tips You Should Try
6 Psoriasis Self-Care Tips You Should Try6 Psoriasis Self-Care Tips You Should Try6 Psoriasis Self-Care Tips You Should Try6 Psoriasis Self-Care Tips You Should Try
Find out how you can manage your psoriasis on a daily basis.
Start Slideshow
How Do You Determine Which Type of Psoriasis a Patient Has?
How Do You Determine Which Type of Psoriasis a Patient Has?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.