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What drugs are used to treat psoriasis on the face?

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Pimecrolimus (Elidel) and tacrolimus (Protopic) are two drugs the FDA has approved for eczema, a different skin condition. Some dermatologists recommend these drugs for psoriasis on the face. But talk to your doctor about whether you need these medicines. The FDA says people should use them only for a short time, since some studies have linked the drugs to cancer risks.

From: Psoriasis on Face (Facial Psoriasis) WebMD Medical Reference

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 October 16, 2018

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 October 16, 2018

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