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Are extra-strength deodorants or antiperspirants safe if you have psoriasis?

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If you have a type of skin condition called inverse psoriasis, you may need to take care with extra-strength antiperspirants or deodorants. They’re also called “clinical strength.” They may help if you sweat heavily and if the regular stuff isn’t enough. Extra-strength products may save you from having to switch to prescription-strength antiperspirants, which are even higher strength. Prescription products are more likely to irritate your skin if you don’t follow the user instructions closely.

SOURCES:

Lawrence J. Green, MD, clinical professor of dermatology, George Washington University School of Medicine.

Sarah L. Taylor, MD, assistant professor of dermatology, Wake Forest School of Medicine.

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Best Beauty Tips For When You Have Psoriasis,” “Inverse Psoriasis.”

American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association: “Autoimmune Disease List.”

The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: “FAQ.”

Mayo Clinic: “Sweating and Body Odor.”

International Hyperhidrosis Society: “”Antiperspirant Basics.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on May 11, 2020

SOURCES:

Lawrence J. Green, MD, clinical professor of dermatology, George Washington University School of Medicine.

Sarah L. Taylor, MD, assistant professor of dermatology, Wake Forest School of Medicine.

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Best Beauty Tips For When You Have Psoriasis,” “Inverse Psoriasis.”

American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association: “Autoimmune Disease List.”

The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: “FAQ.”

Mayo Clinic: “Sweating and Body Odor.”

International Hyperhidrosis Society: “”Antiperspirant Basics.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on May 11, 2020

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