You and your doctor are partners in finding the most appropriate treatments for your psoriasis. Becoming familiar with different psoriasis treatments will help you discuss them when your doctor recommends one treatment type or another.

Psoriasis treatments generally fall into one of three categories, including:


One of the most common treatment options, topicals, are usually the first medication your doctor will prescribe after you’ve been diagnosed with psoriasis. They come in different forms, like creams, ointments, gels, or foam. Topicals work on top of the skin, where the symptoms appear – not under the skin, where symptoms start. Applying topicals directly on plaques can help slow the growth of skin cells.


Phototherapy, also known as light therapy, also works on the surface of your skin. Using special lamps that shine UV rays directly onto your plaques can slow down the growth of affected skin cells.


This type of treatment works throughout the body. For example, this type of treatment can be taken orally or by injection.


Biologics are an advanced type of treatment typically for moderate to severe psoriasis patients. They target and help block specific parts of your immune system. They’re usually taken by injection or infusion, because they work from the inside of your body.

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Treatment Types & How They Work

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