Psoriasis has a significant impact on quality of life. One big piece of psoriasis management that takes up that impact? Skincare routines. When it comes to psoriasis skin care routines, they are as unique as the individual implementing them.
I have recently started really using petroleum jelly on all my plaque areas. I have it all over my feet causing them to crack. Also on my knees and often my eyelids and hands. The softening of the petroleum on the plaques seems to be helping lately.
For years I have been using Aveeno all over my body right after I towel off from my morning shower. In the winter I add whatever creme I have at the time directly on the plaques...they all seem to work the same...I've tried many OTC and prescription. I'm 56 and I've had this since I was 5 years old. Lately I've been using vitamin E oil. I always have lesions on my knees, elbows, arms and legs...but rarely on my torso. I use coaltar shampoo which mostly keeps it out of my scalp. No pain, yes itching but mostly managed. Summer always brings relief.
Since having to come off my biologic after two rounds of bacterial pneumonia and not being able to requalify for cost coverage program to get back on biologic and then developing issues with brushing any time I apply prescription topical treatments, I've had to get creative. I am covered from my scalp to the soles of my feet, in my ears, eyes and even inside my nose and on my lips (the only place I don't have it is on the palms of my hands). I alternate between covering myself in plain petroleum jelly (to help to keep skin more pliable and help reduce cracking and bleeding) and using my own mixture of organic food grade solid coconut oil, organic therapeutic grade chamomile, rose geranium, lavender essential oil and raw unfiltered pure honey (to help with hydration and some soothing of server itching and burning). Occasionally when I can't take the itching, burning and constant pain any more I will use OTC topical lidocaine lotion on the worst spots. I also drink mostly water to keep well hydrated. While none of this actually treats the real issue, it does keep me mostly sane until I can figure out what to do next.