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Clobetasol Propionate
This is a foam-based topical medication (Olux®) that has been approved for the treatment of scalp and body psoriasis. The foam penetrates the skin well, is easy to use, and is not as messy as many other topical psoriasis medications.
 
Bath Solutions
People with psoriasis may find that adding oil when bathing, then applying a moisturizer, soothes their skin. Also, individuals can remove scales and reduce itching by soaking for 15 minutes in water containing a coal tar solution, oiled oatmeal, Epsom salts, or Dead Sea salts.
 
Moisturizers
When applied regularly over a long period, moisturizers (such as petroleum jelly or thick creams) have a soothing effect. Preparations that are thick and greasy usually work best because they seal water in the skin, reducing scaling and itching. They should be applied immediately after bathing or showering.
 
Bath solutions and moisturizers may be soothing, but they are seldom strong enough to improve the condition of the skin. Therefore, they usually are combined with stronger remedies.
 

Systemic Treatment of Psoriasis

For more severe forms of psoriasis, healthcare providers may prescribe medication for psoriasis that are taken as a pill or injection. This is called systemic psoriasis treatment. Some medicines used in systemic treatment can include:
 
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