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How does shampoos with salicylic acid help treat psoriasis?

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Salicylic acid works well for a lot of skin problems because it helps you shed dead skin. With psoriasis, it helps lift, soften, and get rid of scales on your scalp.

To use one of these shampoos, wet your hair and work the shampoo into a lather. Rinse and repeat. Use it at least twice a week or follow your doctor's advice. Try not to get it in your mouth, eyes, or nose, and don't use it if you have a rash or a cut.

From: Psoriasis Shampoo: How to Choose WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Dermatologists' Tips to Treat and Control Dandruff," "Psoriasis: Recommendations for Coal Tar," "Scalp Psoriasis."

Clobex: "Clobex Shampoo." Food and Drug Administration: "CLOBEX (clobetasol propionate) Shampoo, 0.05%"
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Kidshealth.org: "Dandruff," "Psoriasis."

National Psoriasis Foundation: "OTC Topical Treatments for Psoriasis," "Topical Treatments."

The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: "Meted," "Scalp Psoriasis."

UpToDate: "Patient Education: Psoriasis: (Beyond the Basics)."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Psoriasis."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on May 17, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Dermatologists' Tips to Treat and Control Dandruff," "Psoriasis: Recommendations for Coal Tar," "Scalp Psoriasis."

Clobex: "Clobex Shampoo." Food and Drug Administration: "CLOBEX (clobetasol propionate) Shampoo, 0.05%"
®

Kidshealth.org: "Dandruff," "Psoriasis."

National Psoriasis Foundation: "OTC Topical Treatments for Psoriasis," "Topical Treatments."

The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: "Meted," "Scalp Psoriasis."

UpToDate: "Patient Education: Psoriasis: (Beyond the Basics)."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Psoriasis."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on May 17, 2019

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