Topical treatments (cream or ointment used externally, applied directly to the affected skin) are used for mild to moderate psoriasis.
calcipotriene is related to vitamin D, which is proven to be effective for treating psoriasis, especially combined with topical corticoteroid cream. But use only limited amounts to avoid side effects. The mode of action is not fully understood, but it is believed that calcipotriol works by slowing down the hyperproliferation of keratinocytes and immunologic changes in the psoriatic skin.
Should be applied twice daily and Approx. 70% of patients will be clear or almost clear after 8 weeks treatment. The most frequent side-effects are burning, itching and skin irritation, which occur in about 10-15% of patients.
help slow the growth of skin cells and alleviate symptoms, but some people are vulnerable to the side effects, especially folliculitis, a pimple-like rash affecting the hair follicles. Tar also helps reduce the inflammation, itching and scaling of the skin.
Improvement is often seen in a few weeks, but it can take up to 2 months to achieve maximum benefits.
contain synthetic form of vitamin A which can help clear up psoriasis. These gels don't work as quickly as steroids but tend to have fewer side effects. Topical retinoids can sometimes cause dryness and irritation of the skin.
moisturizing helps the skin to heal and to maintain the skin clear and free from psoriasis.
Can be bought over the counter in many different formulations and brands.
Topical steroids are effective and safe when used properly. Be careful if You used them on a large body area, cover the area with film and the treatment lasts more than 2-3 weeks.