Options for mild psoriasis

Options for mild psoriasis

Treatment of mild psoriasis

Psoriasis cannot be cured, but with effective treatment symptoms can be lessened or even disappear. Because everyone is different, finding the best treatment plan may take some time. If you have mild psoriasis your doctor will probably prescribe a topical treatment – one you apply to your skin surface. If your psoriasis becomes worse or your symptoms are not sufficiently relieved other treatment options may be chosen.

Topical treatments are applied directly to the skin, to help slow down excessive skin cell production and/or reduce the inflammation that psoriasis causes. They address psoriasis from the outside.

 

Topical treatment options

Corticosteroids
Reduce inflammation or the swelling and redness of lesions.

Vitamin A analogues
For example, tazarotene. Help to slow skin cell growth and may decrease inflammation.

Salicylic acid
Softens keratin, a protein that forms part of the skin structure. This helps to loosen dry scaly skin making it easier to remove.

Vitamin D analogues
For example calcipotriol. Slow the production of skin cells. Also have an anti-inflammatory effect.

Dithranol
Works in a similar way to vitamin D by slowing the production of new skin cells.

Coal tar
How it works is not exactly known. Can reduce scales, inflammation and itchiness.

This educational resource is not intended to replace discussions with your healthcare team. If you have any questions about your condition or treatment, please contact your doctor.