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  • Many contain trusted itch-relief ingredients like pramoxine hydrochloride.
  • Moisturizing ingredients like shea butter are also present in CeraVe formulas.
  • Ceramides are used in CeraVe products. They help repair the skin’s natural lipid barrier, which is typically doesn’t function properly in people with eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea.
  • Salicylic acid, a keratolytic, can help slough off dry skin from psoriasis plaques, reducing itching. It’s the active ingredient in CeraVe SA Cleanser.
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Price guide

Most CeraVe products are quite affordable for most people, and they can be found at major drugstores.

However, some can be a bit pricey to pay for at once, especially items that come in larger containers like the Renewing SA Cleanser and specialty products like the Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen.

That said, sometimes a single tube of sunscreen can last a whole summer — or multiple summers — depending how much you get outside.

The prices of the products in this article are broken down, per the following key:

$ = under $1 per ounce $$ = $1–$2 per ounce $$$ = over $2 per ounce

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Best for itch relief

Itch Relief Moisturizing Cream

  • Price: $$
  • Fragrance: no
  • Key ingredients: pramoxine hydrochloride, niacinamide


  • In addition to expert moisturizing ingredients, this product contains an anti-itch ingredient to calm skin irritation.
  • Users with psoriasis say it provides significant relief from itching.
  • It lives up to its promise of lasting 8 hours.


  • It is expensive compared to similar products.
  • Some reviews say the itch relief isn’t strong enough.
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Best face wash for psoriasis

Hydrating Cream-to-Foam Cleanser

  • Price: $
  • Fragrance: no
  • Key ingredients: ceramides, amino acids, hyaluronic acid


  • While prices vary, the product is generally affordable when broken down per ounce.
  • The formula also helps remove makeup.
  • It’s designed to help maintain the skin’s natural moisture.


  • Some users report it irritates sensitive skin.
  • Some reviews say it feels more “nondrying” than “hydrating.”
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Best for exfoliation

Renewing SA Cleanser

  • Price: $$
  • Fragrance: no
  • Key ingredients: salicylic acid, hyaluronic acid, ceramides
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  • It does not leave skin feeling “tight” as other salicylic acid (SA) products can.
  • SA can also help control oil.
  • Many users find it’s gentler on their skin than most salicylic acid cleansers.


  • The SA in this product can dry out skin.
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Best moisturizer for psoriasis

Healing Ointment

  • Price: $$
  • Fragrance: no
  • Key ingredients: petrolatum, hyaluronic acid


  • It has a slightly lighter formula than other petrolatum-based ointments.
  • The ceramides and hyaluronic acid give skin added moisture.
  • A little goes a long way, making it a good bang for your buck.


  • Some users find regular petroleum jelly is just as effective.
  • The texture may feel greasy at first as it sinks into the skin.
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Best body wash for psoriasis

Psoriasis Cleanser

  • Price: $$
  • Fragrance: no
  • Key ingredients: ceramides, urea, alpha-hydroxy acid, niacinamide, salicylic acid


  • This product is specifically formulated to treat and calm psoriasis symptoms.
  • CeraVe Psoriasis Cleanser is officially recognized by the National Psoriasis Foundation as an effective product.
  • It can be used on the scalp, a place where people with psoriasis may be prone to developing plaques.


  • The product consistency is thin, making it hard to apply evenly.
  • The product is unscented, but reviewers say it has a strong chemical smell, which is often attributable to urea or lactic acid.
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Best sunscreen for psoriasis

Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen

  • Price: $$$
  • Fragrance: no
  • Key ingredients: titanium dioxide, zinc oxide
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  • This is a noncomedogenic sunscreen, meaning it will not block pores.
  • CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen is reef-safe, so it does not contain ingredients that cause damage to coral reefs.
  • The facial version has a “universal tint,” which may help reduce the white cast sunscreens sometimes leave.


  • On a per ounce basis, this is the most expensive item on our list.
  • Reviewers say the regular sunscreen leaves a white cast on darker skin tones.
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Product Price per ounce Product type Key ingredients
Itch Relief Moisturizing Cream$$lotionpramoxine hydrochloride
Hydrating Cream-to-Foam Cleanser$gentle face washhyaluronic acid
Renewing SA Cleanser$$face/body washsalicylic acid
Healing Ointment$$ointmentpetrolatum
Psoriasis Cleanser$$face/body wash with mild chemical exfoliationsalicylic acid, alpha-hydroxy acid
Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen$$$sunscreentitanium and zinc oxide

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