A dermatologist will consider a number of different factors when recommending a treatment, including:1
By talking to a dermatologist about these factors and your goals for treatment, you can work together to find the best option for you.
Understanding of psoriasis is evolving all the time, and as our understanding of psoriasis improves, it drives advances in dermatology and development of new treatments.
There are lots of different treatments available for psoriasis at the moment, which can be divided into three general categories: topical treatments, phototherapy, and systemic therapies (oral systemics and biologics).1-3
Topical treatments are applied directly to the skin, and include creams, lotions and ointments.
There are a number of different formulations available, which should always be used as directed by your dermatologist.
Vitamin D analogues
Vitamin A analogues
Phototherapy uses exposure to different types of ultraviolet (UV) light to treat the skin.
It is applied to the skin, and is usually available only in specialist centres.
UVA combined with psoralens
Unlike topical or phototherapy, systemic therapies are not applied to the skin. There are a number of systemic therapies available.
Oral systemics are ingested and are less targeted than biologics.
Currently available biologics work by targeting substances that are found in increased levels in people with psoriasis.
Because biologics are usually proteins, they cannot be taken orally and are typically given as subcutaneous injections (injections into the fat layers underneath the skin) or intravenous infusions.
Fumaric acid esters
* Can also be given as an injection.