AveenoThis is just a brief note of what I found works the best from medication to day to day cleansing.Please note it is just what I find works the best, there is no product endorsement and I cannot take any responsibility for the results should you decide to try any of the medications or cleansers below. Obviously , you should consult your doctor or dermatologist before using any medication.
Currently I am using several creams and prescribed treatments as follows:
For the Scalp: Betnovate Scalp Application, contains betamethasone.
This is for the scalp only and I’ve been using this throughout my whole time with Psoriasis. When my scalp isn’t too bad, as it is now, I only use it every other day or so. When my scalp has been very bad I combine this with daily use of a medicated shampoo and have even used olive oil on my scalp.
For the body: Various
I have stopped using any prescribed treatments for my body currently.
Aveeno Bath & Shower Oil – I use this mainly in the bath, putting some in and having a soak. Sometimes I will apply directly to my skin whilst in the bath or shower. Always seems to sooth my itching skin. For washing, the main Product I sue is Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. I find it very light to use and causes no tightness of the skin.
Other non-precription products – On the whole I am only using Aveeno moisturising cream. bit of a theme gong on here. I have found after using several Aveeno products together that my skin is clearing without having to use prescribed treatments. If I’m going out I tend to use the lotion rather than cream or Calmurid Pro mousse. Both are very light and soak in quickly without leaving a greasy residue. Also finding that Calmurid Pro Lipolotion is very light and great for day time use, quite soothing at night too especially during the warmer summer nights. Having recently tried AproDerm Colloidal Oat Cream I am switching between this and Aveeno as my main moisturiser depending what is on offer.
During the bitter winter months I find layering on a coat of diprobase before I bathe or shower is a great way to prevent my skin becoming too sore. You don’t need to use any wash product then either, just rinse it off.
For my hands I switch between Aveeno or Calmurid Pro hand creams. Both go on very easily and leave little grease. Sorry if I sound like an advertisement for Aveeno and Calmurid Pro, I just find these brands work best for me and switching between them stops my skin getting too used to them (well I think it does anyway). Before you ask, no I’m not paid by them.
In the shower I currently use Aveeno body wash Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. I find both very light to use and causes no tightness of the skin. I have tried numerous products and settled on these two, depending what offers are on. I have tried other non branded and leading brands and found that I feel less dry after a shower with these products.
Sea Salts – I try so many of these for the bath. I don’t know if they really work but it’s good to have a bath, soak them in and relax. I find that going in the sea has helped my skin so I am sure they help to some degree, but it’s not something you can afford to use every day.
For the Face – Mainly at the moment my face is good so I’m using a little Diprobase or one of the moisturisers I mentioned below. I also have a tube of Eumovate Cream (clobetsone butyrate) which I use for any visible patches when they come up. My derm put me on this and it is by far the best cream I’ve had for my face.
Face Cleansing & Care
Men sometimes shy away from discussing their hygiene and beauty regime so I thought I would share with you my shaving routine. I don’t have psoriasis on my face in the way I used to but part of this is due to the care I take in cleaning and moisturising.
When it comes to day-to-day care, I have a few products I use as I do get spots/acne. On the whole I tend to have three different products on the go, a scrub, a spot care wash and a moisturising cream wash. The idea is to just use them every few days is rotation. I find most scrubs and washes for spots dry your face too much, even the gentle ones.
So the basic routine is this
Day 1 – Use the scrub. At the moment I’m using Neutrogena Spot Stress Control Daily Scrub. Have found this to be one of the better ones out there, especially suffer from blackheads and it will help get rid of any dead skin.
Day 2 – Onto the moisturising wash. My current one is L’Oreal Men Expert Hydra Sensitive Soothing Cream Wash for Sensitive Skin with Mineral Salt. Bit of a long head but it will help you find it if you want to try it as well. It is good, only a little is needed and it’s very creamy. My face always feels good after using this and sometimes I will use it after using the other washes.
Day 3 – Spot cleanser. I’m on Neutrogena again for this with their Visibly Clear 2-in-1 wash and mask. If you do suffer from spots quite a bit it’s good to put on before getting in the shower so it soaks in for a bit before washing it off.
After all of these it is good to moisturise. I use either my current prescription one, which tends to be a bit greasy so I do try men’s products. Currently I have a Clinique moisturiser and a L’Oreal Men Expert one as they soak in better if you’re going out somewhere. It’s worth just getting out there and finding one that suits you.
Some of these products are quite pricey but I think well worth it. The cheap ones just aren’t worth the hassle to be honest, well I haven’t found any that are good so please feel free to let me know what you find works. What I do do though is to keep an eye on offers, I have never paid full price for any of these, I always get them in the multibuy or half price offers.
This may sound obvious but the key here is moisturising. Anyone with psoriasis should know that though. The two ways I shave are either with the Philishave you can use in the shower as a dry electric shaver causes me so many problems with my skin. Most of the time I just use a good razor and wet shave. I use some diprobase or similar moistruriser and put a fine layer over my face. I then add the shaving gel. Currently I use Nivea Anti-Irritation shaving gel. It’s something again I see what’s on offer, generally the anti-irritation, sensitive skin or aloe vera shaving gels are good along with the extra moisturising ones. I do also use Clinique. It’s so expensive but by far the best I have used to date. I ask my family for it every Christmas and if I’m feeling flush I’ll buy one so it’s a once a month or special occasion use.
As for the razor of choice, I have stuck with a Mach 3 for years, I find any more than 3 blades on a razor makes it too difficult to use no matter what they try to tell you in the ads. I do hope Gillette never get rid of the Mach 3.
After shaving it’s a good post shave moisturiser. This time of year I have my Clinique moisturiser that was given to me as a present. Otherwise I use a L’Oreal or Nivea men’s moisturisers. remember guys, moisturise every time. You will understand if you do it.
The one thing to remember though is don’t use a moisturiser with a perfume in it. Always go for sensitive skin ones as these tend to have nothing else in them that will irritate the psoriasis, or worse make it flare up.
Updated November 2016.