5 Ingredients to Avoid in Beauty Products When You Have Psoriasis

Patient Expert

You may use certain beauty and skincare products because you think they’re helping our psoriasis, even if they’re not. I know I’m definitely guilty of that. In reality, some of your favorite products may be making your psoriasis worse, adding to your irritation. I’ve compiled a list of the five common beauty ingredients you may want to avoid if you have psoriasis.

1. Sulfates

First, what are sulfates? Sulfates are detergents, or surfactants, commonly found in products like shampoo, body wash, and face cleanser. They are “added to products to create a lather or bubbles [and] remove dirt and oils from skin and hair,” according to Environmental Working Group. They can contribute to irritation in some people. You may want to be on the lookout for beauty and skin care products that are sulfate-free.

2. Salicylic acid

Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid most commonly found in acne treatment, which means it’s best used to dry out the skin — the exact opposite effect you want if you have psoriasis. Though salicylic acid is commonly found in psoriasis medication, it’s important to use as directed. Strong salicylic acid preparations can cause irritation if left in contact with the skin for too long. Another negative side effect of salicylic acid is that it can interfere with a few specific drugs, such as blood thinners.

3. Anti-itch ingredients

Even though some ingredients in anti-itch creams have been evaluated but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, use caution when reaching for a cream to help with your itch. If used for more than two weeks, anti-itch cream that contains hydrocortisone will thin the skin, making it subject to bruising.

4. Argan oil

Argan oil comes from the kernels of the argan tree, which grow in Morocco. According to Dermatology News, "The therapeutic activities of topical argan oil are reputed to be antiacne, antisebum, antiaging, moisturizing, and wound healing, but such claims are based on traditional uses with only a small body of supportive clinical evidence."

5. Products with fragrances or alcohol

Be careful with heavily scented fragrances and beauty products because added fragrances can be irritating to your skin. Also, try to avoid beauty products with alcohol as a top ingredient as it can be drying to your skin.

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