What Soap Should I Use If I Have Psoriasis?

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 What Soap Should I Use If I Have Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes the skin to build up dry, red patches, which sometimes have white or silvery scales. Read more about the causes of psoriasis here.

Psoriasis is a chronic condition that has no cure and can be fairly difficult to manage - especially when it comes to finding the right skin care routine. Keeping the skin clean and hydrated can be particularly tricky, but here we share our tips on the best cleansers for psoriasis.

What Is the Best Soap for Psoriasis?

First things first: you should avoid using soap for psoriasis at all costs. Soap strips the natural oils from the skin, so it is much better to use a creamy cleanser for your body or your face.

What Is the Best Cleanser for the Face If I Have Psoriasis?

Cleansers To Soothe Dry Psoriatic Skin on the Face

We prefer this soothing creamy cleanser to wash your face when you have psoriasis:

Zerafite Creamy Cleanser can also be used to shave the face.  It is gentle enough not to irritate psoriatic skin.

Hydrating Cleansers are another great choice to wash the face- especially if you have dryness:

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Zerafite Creamy Cleanser


Cleansers To Help Remove Dry Scales on the Face

If dry scales on your face are your main concern, then a hydroxyacid cleanser for the face is a good option for your morning skin care routine.  (Your evening face wash should be a nonfoaming cleanser or cleansing oil listed above.)  Hydroxyacid cleansers for the face are:

How to Wash the Face If I Have Psoriasis

After using your psoriasis cleanser, rinsing with warm water and then gently patting dry with a clean towel. Do not rub the skin dry. Avoid scrubs, exfoliators, and other friction as this can make your psoriasis worse.

Once you've used your psoriasis face wash, gently apply your psoriasis cream as part of your daily skincare routine.


Should I Use a Face Brush If I Have Psoriasis?

You should never, ever use a face brush if you have psoriasis. A 19th-century dermatologist called Heinrich Koebner discovered a phenomenon (now known as the Koebner Phenomenon) in which the inflammation of psoriasis can appear on parts of the body that are not commonly associated with psoriasis as a result of injury or trauma. 

By exfoliating the skin with scrubs or a face brush, you can actually worsen your psoriasis and make it even harder to treat - and can even lead to psoriatic arthritis. Therefore, scrubs, face brushes and loofahs should be avoided at all costs in psoriasis.

What Is the Best Psoriasis Cleanser for the Body?

Cleansers To Soothe Dry Psoriatic Skin on the Body

Do not use soap on your body.  Instead, use a creamy or hydrating body cleanser.  Look for cleansers with soothing fatty acids.

Cleansers To Help Remove Dry Scales on the Body

You can use hydroxyacid cleansers for the face on your body,  however, hydroxyacids cleansers designed for the body may cost less because they come in larger bottles. 

How to Wash the Body If I Have Psoriasis

Similar to the face, you should cleanse your body using a liquid creamy psoriasis cleanser in the shower or bath. Do not use a loofah or any other kind of cleansing brush.

Rinse with warm water. Pat - don’t rub - the skin dry and apply your usual psoriasis cream to damp skin after using your psoriasis body wash. 

Follow with a Barrier Repair Body Moisturizer.

In Summary

Keeping your skin clean and hydrated when you have psoriasis needn’t be tricky, but selecting the right cleanser for your psoriasis and Baumann Skin Type is essential. Follow cleansing with your usual psoriasis cream and a personalized skincare routine.

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