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How can peeling creams affect your psoriasis in sensitive areas?

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The best products to soften and remove scales have salicylic acid, lactic acid, urea, or phenol. Some over-the counter (OTC) peels may be too strong, so check with your doctor before you use them. Avoid peels on cracked or bleeding skin. Use an OTC antibiotic that you put on the area to help heal it.

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation.

Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: "Psoriasis and Sensitive Areas."

Psoriasis Association (UK): "Psoriasis in Sensitive Areas."

Guglielmetti, A. , December 2012 Dermatology and Therapy.

New York Times : "Weight Loss May Ease Psoriasis," May 30, 2013.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on December 4, 2018

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation.

Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: "Psoriasis and Sensitive Areas."

Psoriasis Association (UK): "Psoriasis in Sensitive Areas."

Guglielmetti, A. , December 2012 Dermatology and Therapy.

New York Times : "Weight Loss May Ease Psoriasis," May 30, 2013.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on December 4, 2018

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