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Psoriasis and Topical Medications

Written by ColleenO.

Topical prescription medications are generally considered "step one therapies" and are used as first-line treatment for mild to moderate psoriasis.

Common topical medications for psoriasis treatment include:

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Effect of Topical Medications on Psoriasis

Topical medications for psoriasis work through various mechanisms. See individual medicines for more information:

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Effect of Corticosteroids on Psoriasis

Corticosteroids are used for treating the inflammation associated with mild to moderate psoriasis.

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Effect of Calcipotriene on Psoriasis

Calcipotriene helps treat psoriasis by slowing down the over-production of skin cells.

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Effect of Anthralin on Psoriasis

Anthralin is used to reduce the rapid growth of skin cells associated with plaque psoriasis.1

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Effect of Salicylic Acid on Psoriasis

Salicylic acid complements other psoriasis treatments by helping remove the scales from psoriasis plaques. When scales are removed, other medications may penetrate the skin and promote healing.

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