When you have psoriasis and scaly skin, it is essential to find the best skin care products that will help you moisturise the skin, control itch and improve the appearance and condition of psoriatic skin.
We know how difficult it is to find the right skin care products that match exactly with your specific needs. That’s why we conducted a survey among people with psoriasis that were looking for something for scaly skin to let them help you find the right combination of products for you. Based on the responses we got, we have put together different packages to make it easy for you.
Regularly moisturising with emollients can help ease the itchiness while also help with dry, red, scaly plaques and patches of skin that are characteristic of psoriasis. For this reason, we introduce you the importance of the emollient therapy.
What is emollient therapy?
Emollient therapy is a combination of cream, ointment, bath oil and emollient soap substitute and is an essential part of the daily skin care routine if you have psoriasis or other skin condition.
What are the benefits of an emollient therapy? (1)
Emollients smooth and hydrate the skin and are used for all dry or scaling disorders. They make the skin more comfortable and more flexible so lesions are less likely to crack. (It should be emphasised to all people with dry skin problems that to get the optimal benefits they should be applied frequently, also in the silent periods between flare-ups).
Emollients can reduce superficial scales. This is helpful for several reasons. Cosmetically, the plaques look better and they are less troublesome when dressing etc. Scale removal also allows easier application, and possibly enhanced penetration, of other topical creams.
If your psoriasis is itchy, emollients could soothe and help relieve the irritation.
When showering and bathing
A good skin care routine starts in the shower and bath. Use a soap substitute with emollient properties instead of a regular soap. Emollients create a barrier which prevents further water loss as well as protecting the skin from bacteria and irritants, keeping it soft and flexible and helping to prevent cracking (2).
In our survey, 100% agreed that Aveeno daily moisturising bath and shower oil for dry and sensitive skin had the effect that they were looking for to alleviate their symptoms (3).
In the bath: Add the equivalent of 2 tablespoons (approximately 30 ml) to the bath water and let the body soak for a while.
In the shower: Massage the oil right onto wet skin and afterwards wash off while showering.
Do not allow your skin to dry out throughout the day. Instead, apply a moisturiser whenever your skin feels dry. Depending on how dry your skin is it may be that an all-over application in the morning can last all day, with further applications confined primarily to areas with dry patches. Apply the cream gently, in the direction of hair growth. Do not rub vigorously as this could irritate the skin.
In the survey, 100% strongly agreed that Epaderm Cream for Psoriasis, Dry Skin & Eczema had the effect that they were looking for to alleviate their symptoms (4).
The Epaderm emollient cream can be applied to wet or dry skin. When used on wet skin as part of your daily showering routine, use Epaderm Cream instead of a normal soap by putting a small amount in your hand and lather in warm water before applying to the skin. The Epaderm emollient cream is also suitable as a regular leave-on emollient for instance following a bath.
Additionally, an ointment or a high fat cream might be ideal for applying before bedtime. In this way, you make sure to give maximum support to dry skin overnight, and avoid getting your clothes messy during the day.
In our survey, 100% strongly agreed that Epaderm ointment had the effect that they were looking for to alleviate their symptoms (5).
Epaderm Ointment can be used in different ways as a part of the emollient therapy:
When applied directly on the skin, Epaderm adds a barrier on the skin to seal moisture. Apply generously and as often as needed - even when you see improvement in the skin.
Epaderm Ointment can act as soap substitute, and replace regular soaps that usually have drying effects. With Epaderm you can wash without loosing additional moisture. Lather a small amount under warm water and use as a normal soap.
A third way to rehydrate is to soak the skin in an emollient bath. Take 4g of ointment and melt it in a container of hot water. When the mixture has cooled sufficiently then add it to the bath.