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Should people with psoriasis use goat's milk soaps and lotions?

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As you and your doctor work to manage your psoriasis symptoms, you may need to experiment with different foods, soaps, and lotions.

Goat's milk contains fat, so it makes sense that it could help keep skin moist. And moisture can help with some of the itching and flaking that come with psoriasis.

But there are lots of goat's milk skin products, made in many different ways. So make sure any you choose are gentle as well as moisturizing.

Also, choose soaps and lotions that are free of perfumes and dyes. These are less likely to worsen your psoriasis. Talk to your doctor if you’re unsure what to use.

And watch for symptoms of dairy allergies. Some research has found that goat's milk lotion or soap could actually trigger an allergy to goat's milk or other types of dairy.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology Association: “Psoriasis,” “Lichen Planus,” "8 Ways to Stop Baths and Showers from Worsening Your Psoriasis."

Mary Spraker, MD, dermatologist, The Emory Clinic.

National Psoriasis Foundation: “About Psoriasis,” “Plaque Psoriasis,” "Anti-Inflammatory Diet," "11 must-have lotions under $12."

International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences: "Goat Milk in Human Nutrition and Health -- A Review."

Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders: "Anti-inflammatory and Anti-Allergic Properties of Donkey's and Goat's Milk."

UpToDate: "Management of food allergy: Nutritional issuesManagement of food allergy: Nutritional issues."

Nutrients: "Comparative Nutrient Profiling of Retail Goat and Cow Milk."

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: "Goat's Milk Moisturizer Induces Goat's Cheese Allergic Reaction."

Internal Medicine Journal: "Goat's Milk Allergy Associated with the Use of Goat's Milk Skin Products in Inflammatory Skin Conditions."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on May 11, 2020

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology Association: “Psoriasis,” “Lichen Planus,” "8 Ways to Stop Baths and Showers from Worsening Your Psoriasis."

Mary Spraker, MD, dermatologist, The Emory Clinic.

National Psoriasis Foundation: “About Psoriasis,” “Plaque Psoriasis,” "Anti-Inflammatory Diet," "11 must-have lotions under $12."

International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences: "Goat Milk in Human Nutrition and Health -- A Review."

Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders: "Anti-inflammatory and Anti-Allergic Properties of Donkey's and Goat's Milk."

UpToDate: "Management of food allergy: Nutritional issuesManagement of food allergy: Nutritional issues."

Nutrients: "Comparative Nutrient Profiling of Retail Goat and Cow Milk."

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: "Goat's Milk Moisturizer Induces Goat's Cheese Allergic Reaction."

Internal Medicine Journal: "Goat's Milk Allergy Associated with the Use of Goat's Milk Skin Products in Inflammatory Skin Conditions."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on May 11, 2020

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