T/Sal and BENGAY - Your Community Recommendations

When it comes to managing psoriasis, we’re always keen to know what’s working for others. That’s why we’re keeping track of products and treatments recommended by you! In our last article of your community recommendations, we reviewed CBD Oil, Dermablend, MG217, and CeraVe. Let’s check out some of your favorites from Winter 2018.


When it comes to shampoos for psoriasis, coal tar really steals the limelight. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other solutions at your local drugstore if coal tar isn’t your thing! T/Sal is a shampoo manufactured by Neutrogena, the same people who make T/Gel. T/Sal’s active ingredient is 3% salicylic acid, which has been shown to be beneficial for psoriasis. Salicylic acid can be a great tool for keeping psoriasis scales at bay, which makes it a useful addition to shampoos and lotions for us. Always do a patch test first, as some people find their skin is irritated by high concentrations.

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BENGAY – Cold Therapy Gel

If you’ve ever turned to Vicks VapoRub to get some quick relief from itching, BENGAY’s Cold Therapy Gel may be right up your alley. Okay, so the product is actually marketed as a topical pain reliever for muscles and joints, but some of you use it in a pinch for your psoriasis too. The active ingredient is 5% menthol, the same ingredient that gives Vicks its cooling sensation. I like using anything with menthol when itching is particularly bad, so I’ll definitely try BENGAY.

You can find more information about this product here.

Mangosteen extract

I had to give this one a shout out because I had never heard of it before. A few months ago, in a thread about supplements for psoriasis, one community member shared that mangosteen extract is something she keeps in her arsenal. I couldn’t find any studies for psoriasis specifically, but anecdotal stories abound for its healing effect on skin. As always, remember to check in with your doctor before adding any supplements to your diet to make sure you’re aware of medication contraindications and possible side effects. Failing this, just eat straight up mangosteens, because they are delish!

Vaseline Intensive Care

This one came up too often not to mention: Vaseline Intensive Care. As the name might suggest, this lotion also contains petroleum jelly, which many with psoriasis find is a great way to keep skin moisturized. Unlike regular lotions, lotions that contain emollients like petroleum jelly (or cocoa butter, shea butter, etc.) provide an extra layer of protection that locks in moisture and helps prevent scaling and flaking. This one’s great because it’s available at most drugstores!

You can find more information about this product here.

Corn Huskers Lotion

If your regular lotion is not intense enough for your psoriasis, many community members recommended Corn Huskers Lotion. This heavy-duty lotion is meant for hands, but many of you use it on elbows and knees as well. It’s oil-free, which means you’re less likely to leave greasy stains all over your keyboard (no, just me?). You can purchase Corn Huskers from Amazon, Target, and Bed Bath and Beyond.

BONUS: Insight Timer

For this edition of your community recommendations, I thought I would add a bonus phone app that might help you de-stress (because let’s face it, stress is one of our biggest triggers!). Insight Timer is a meditation app that lets you set up your own meditation timers, giving you the option to add relaxing background music and bell chimes to let you know how far along you are. There are also thousands of guided meditations, and you can see who around the world is meditating with you. Did we mention it’s free? You know my motto… if it’s free, it’s for me!

See you in a few months for your next round of community recommendations. Have something you want to add? Send us a message or drop us a line with products or treatments that you want to share.

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