Are Your Skin Care Products Irritating Your Psoriasis?
My psoriasis makes my skin extremely sensitive to a lot of different things. It also makes me think twice about the products that I use on my skin. This includes detergents, lotion, soaps, etc. There are common ingredients used in your everyday skin care products that can help treat your psoriasis but there are a lot of ingredients that may be further irritating your skin. For the past year, I decided to only use fragrance-free products. This switch was definitely worth it for me. I realize the importance of the ingredients that are in the products I use on my arms, legs and especially on my face where I tend to flare to the most.
Always read the label
It is so important to always check the ingredients of the skin care products you use. When you have psoriasis certain ingredients will help improve your skin during a flare, while others can make your symptoms worse. Ingredients like salicylic acid are used in some lotions, shampoos, and soaps. It is great for the treatment of psoriasis. Salicylic acid is an exfoliate which helps to soften psoriasis plaques. Tar is another great ingredient for psoriasis. Tar is also especially great for the treatment of scalp psoriasis. You can find this ingredient in products like T Sal Shampoo. Products that contain lavender oil is a plus. Lavender Oil is calming and contains anti-inflammatory ingredients.
Alcohol and sulfates
Alcohol-based products dry the skin. Stay away from products with high levels of alcohol like gel, dye and scented body sprays. Surprisingly many soaps contain high levels of alcohol. Instead, opt for oil-based cleansers. Apple Cider Vinegar can be safely used as a natural facial cleanser too. Sulfates is another ingredient to stay away from. They are extremely harsh and can further irritate your skin. Sulfates are most commonly found in soaps and shampoos. Instead look for products that are listed as “fragrance-free” or “sulfate-free”.
Fragrance and toxicity
All of our favorite detergents and soaps keep our laundry clean and smelling fantastic. But what you may not know is that many of these products are saturated with very harsh chemicals which make them smell good. Ingredients such as lanolin and formaldehyde are often used in highly fragranced products. Be sure they are not listed as ingredients in any of your skin care moisturizers because they are also toxic.
Fragrance-free or unscented
These chemicals are extremely toxic to your skin. This is why I have opted to live a completely fragrance-free lifestyle. I still use my favorite products like Tide and Dove but I use the fragrance-free versions of these products. As an alternative to using bleach in my laundry, which is also toxic to the skin, I simply add baking soda to my load if I need to lift stains from my clothes. If I want to use a perfume, I never spray it directly on my skin. Pay close attention to product labels listed as “unscented". Unscented does not always mean it is free of perfumes, parabens, and dyes. Make sure the products actually lists that it is fragrance-free on the label.
Does your psoriasis skin feel out of control? How are you managing?