My husband has Psoriasis. It’s not pretty, but it’s not contagious as some might think at first glance. Plaque Psoriasis is a common form of this autoimmune disease that appears on the skin in the form of raised red patches covered with white-silvery buildup of dead skin cells that the body can’t slough off normally.
These patches are itchy, dry, uncomfortable, scaly, and are easily injured when they are bumped or banged. They most often appear on the knees, elbows, back, and scalp, but they can show up anywhere, including the hands, arms, legs, eyelids, etc.
There are treatments available such as UVB light treatment, and medications, but they each have their risks. UVB light treatment can cause cancer and serious eye damage, and the drugs on the market, while proven effective in controlling Psoriasis, may be risky for patients that are already taking other necessary medications, increasing complications or damage to vital organs if combined.
There are many creams, lotions and potions, smelly coal tar, sea salts, and other over the counter remedies out there that many have tried, and I just wanted to throw out one more combination that we have found that helps calm my husband’s Psoriasis. Note: it does’t heal, only “calm.”
My husband has chosen not to use extra prescription drugs or UVB ray treatments for personal reasons. He has noticed that when we go to the beach, the combination of the sea water and sun does help clear up the lighter breakouts, but unfortunately, we can’t hang out at the beach 24-7. Bummer! So, after years of empty bottles of this and that, he has discovered the winning combination of two products that he uses to control the build up of plaque and moisturize his skin.
The best way he has found to control the build up of Psoriatic Plaque is by using Amlactin Lotion which contains Alpha-Hydroxy acids that are pH balanced for the skin. It safely exfoliates the outer-most layers of dead skin, and it works very well not only for Psoriasis, but also for eczema. You can use things like a pumice stone to exfoliate, but when you have Psoriasis or eczema, you can easily damage the fragile layers of skin. It really doesn’t take much! BUYING TIP: This lotion can be purchased on Amazon.com, but if you have a Costco membership (or know someone that does), I highly recommend looking for it there. Ask someone to help you if you can’t find it, because it is between $15 and $17 there… about $3 cheaper and NO shipping (unless you have Prime) !!!
The absolute best moisturizing lotion he has found for his skin was discovered completely by accident, and honestly, makes complete sense. It’s Banana Boat Aloe Vera Sun Burn Relief Sun Care Lotion. This lotion is made with aloe vera and vitamin E, which are both used to ultra-moisturize and heal. He likes it because it’s creamy but not greasy. He can put it on and get dressed right away without having to wait for it to dry, and it doesn’t have a bad smell. For years, you’ve heard of people smearing aloe vera juice on burns, right? Well there’s a reason why. It’s healing properties come from the nutrition in the plant. It also helps increase the elasticity of the skin, making it more flexible, softening it, and soothing it (you’ll hear more about this from me in weeks to come). Psoriatic skin is very fragile, thin, brittle. It breaks open very easily. This lotion helps keep it supple. BUYING TIP: You can purchase this lotion on Amazon.com as an add-on item for under $5 !!! AWESOME PRICE, because it’s just under $9 in the drugstores!!
So there you have it. Our discovery for calming Psoriasis with two over the counter products. Coming soon… I’ll share the family of lotions that have changed my life. Really. They did. And that’s all for today, and it’s all… According to Giselle, although I’m not a doctor, or a nurse, but I play one at home. Thank you to the University of Google.com and our own personal experiences. If you break out in a strange rash or loose a phalange from using these lotions, please don’t sue me because I don’t have Malpractice Insurance and you’ll be very disappointed. Very.