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How should I apply psoriasis medication to my face?

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Here are a few basic tips:

  • Use small amounts.
  • Be careful when you put creams and ointments around your eyes. Some treatments can irritate them.
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions for taking the medication, especially with steroids.
  • Ask your doctor if you can use makeup to hide the psoriasis on your face. Some products can keep treatments from working.
  • If your medication doesn’t help or causes too many side effects, work with your doctor to figure out what will help.

SOURCES:

The Psoriasis Association: "Psoriasis in Sensitive Areas."

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Specific locations: Face."

Ortonne, J. , 2010. Eur J Dermatol

Yamamoto, T. . European Journal of Dermatology

FDA: "Elidel (pimecrolimus), Protopic (tacrolimus)."

FDA. “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 26, 2019

SOURCES:

The Psoriasis Association: "Psoriasis in Sensitive Areas."

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Specific locations: Face."

Ortonne, J. , 2010. Eur J Dermatol

Yamamoto, T. . European Journal of Dermatology

FDA: "Elidel (pimecrolimus), Protopic (tacrolimus)."

FDA. “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 26, 2019

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