Hi. I've got a patch of psoriasis on my arm. Nothing too serious but annoying as it is very itchy at times.
I'm in the UK and the other day we had an article in one of our newspapers about
these creams you can buy over the counter.
Most of them make psoriasis and other skin conditions worse because they contain Sodium Laurel Sulphate which is an industrial degreaser.
I was using E45 cream and noticed every time I used it, my skin burned and turned the patch very red and angry looking. Even my son noticed it. He told me to stop using it as he felt it was making it worse - my husband agreed with him too.
Then we read that article. My son grabbed the tube and threw it in the bin.
Seemingly, even those that don't contain SLS have equally nasty chemicals in them which do the same thing.
Unfortunately, nearly every shower gel, bubble bath and shampoo on the market contains SLS - even baby products. Not good.
I did hear somewhere that Avon's Skin-So-Soft spray is very good for skin conditions but I haven't tried that myself yet. I'll see if I can get some and try it. Let you know if it works or not.
In the meantime, here's something that might help - home made skin softener and the ingredients are readily available.
Some almond oil mixed with a few drops of pure lavendar oil. Helps to soften the skin and the lavendar has healing properties. I have tried that and it does help - plus there are no harmful chemicals in it.
Given the amount of SLS in products, it's little wonder so many people have skin complaints ranging from dry, itchy skin to more serious skin conditions.
Washing powders, liquids and fabric softeners are just as bad too.
Makes life very difficult for so many people