When I was diagnosed with psoriasis for the first time, I assumed that I would need a lot of expensive prescription treatments or would have to revise my whole life to cope with it. Over time, however, I learned not to underestimate the power of simple creams and lotions in drugstores.
Psoriasis is believed to be an autoimmune disease that causes the body to drive skin cells too fast through their natural life cycle. Leave it to to enrich on the skin surface . This can lead to a variety of skin symptoms, most commonly to "plaques", which are inflamed areas of red, dry skin that are often covered with silvery dandruff.
On each of my elbows is one of those stubborn plaques that developed years before the other. For a long time I thought it was just a dry stain that would not disappear. And I think that's basically what it is. But it was finally diagnosed as plaque psoriasis about two years ago. It was great to finally have an answer to what was going on with my poor, dry, itchy elbows – and an explanation for why he does not completely disappear, no matter how much moisture I gave him.
But that was even better I did not really have to change what I did to handle it. I am glad that my psoriasis is not usually so severe that I need a prescription treatment, and I have always used a pharmacy moisturizer with some success: I started using the Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion $ 8 , which I liked, but I felt too thin. Then I completed the Skin Relief Moisture Repair Cream $ 13, which is thicker and contains Ceramide and I've never looked back. (To be honest, I still keep the lotion at my desk because the tube is slightly less noticeable than the tub in which the cream is delivered.)
I think it's great that both products are fragrance-free (they only have a mild oat smell) and are just so, so gentle to this incredibly sensitive skin spot. If it looks cracked or feels itchy, I apply a thin layer to this area of the skin and rub it in until it retracts. Almost immediately, I feel some relief from the dry itch. And within a day or so, the badge usually settles and leaves only a reddish spot. All products offered on SELF are independently selected by our editors. If you buy something through our retail links, we may earn a partner commission.