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As a brand that specializes in gentle, nonirritating products, CeraVe offers several items that can provide relief for — and may even control — some symptoms of psoriasis.

While there are prescription medications that can improve psoriasis symptoms, there are also many over-the-counter (OTC) products available that can provide relief for itchy skin caused by psoriasis.

CeraVe, a brand known for creating gentle skin care products, offers a few psoriasis-specific items, and others that are psoriasis-safe.

Many contain trusted itch-relief ingredients like pramoxine hydrochloride and moisturizing ingredients like shea butter and ceramides. Salicylic acid, the active ingredient in CeraVe SA Cleanser, can help slough dry skin off of psoriasis plaques, reducing itching.

There’s also hydrocortisone, which is the main ingredient of most OTC anti-itch creams. A small trial study from 2007 found that for the 10 participants, using 1-percent hydrocortisone cream — the amount in CeraVe anti-itch products — resulted in improved skin appearance and a reduction in itching.

All CeraVe products are created with input from professional dermatologists, and, per their website, have “been widely endorsed worldwide by skincare organizations, including being awarded more Seal of Acceptanceawards from the National Eczema Association than any other brand.”

In a recent study, 33 participants with a history of psoriasis on the face or body reported favorable experiences using a basic CeraVe moisturizer and a cleanser twice a day for 2 weeks, from how the products felt on their skin, to how moisturizing they were.

The skin care products you use can make a huge difference in managing your psoriasis. When choosing which CeraVe products are best for those with psoriasis, we looked at endorsements from dermatologists and experts, the inclusion of ingredients with proven itch-reducing and skin moisturizing capabilities, and consumer reviews.

In general, most CeraVe products are safe for psoriasis. However, CeraVe does make a handful of products intended to treat psoriasis side effects. They’re labeled as such.

Those with psoriasis should avoid skin care products with fragrances, sulfates, or alcohols like ethanol or isopropyl alcohol. The products we recommend include none of these.

Best for itch relief

Itch Relief Moisturizing Cream

If you need quick relief from itchy skin, CeraVe Itch Relief Moisturizing Cream provides fast relief. It contains 1-percent pramoxine hydrochloride to treat itch, and shea butter and hyaluronic acid for sustained hydration. Amazon users give this product a near-perfect score of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Best face wash for psoriasis

Hydrating Cream-to-Foam Cleanser

While most plaques appear on arms, legs, or scalp, psoriasis can appear on your face as well. Face washes for those with psoriasis should be free of harsh alcohols or fragrances and as moisturizing as possible. CeraVe Cream-to-Foam cleanser is their most hydrating formula, with hyaluronic acid and ceramides providing moisture. Added bonus? It’s great at breaking down makeup.

Best for exfoliation

Renewing SA Cleanser

Salicylic acid is commonly recommended as a treatment for psoriasis plaques, as it helps peel skin. However, there’s a limit to how much SA plaques can take: Too much of it can irritate plaques further. CeraVe Renewing SA Cleanser is gentle enough for psoriasis and supplemented with hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and niacinamide to moisturize and calm skin.

Best moisturizer for psoriasis

Healing Ointment

To tackle tough plaques, try CeraVe Healing Ointment. It’s made to not only moisturize dry, cracked skin, but also to protect it from further irritation by forming a barrier. Even though this is a heavy-duty hydrator, it’s still recommended for psoriasis as a nonirritating topical product. Reviewers swear that this ointment has remedied a whole host of skin problems, from dry winter skin to diabetic blisters.

Best body wash for psoriasis

Psoriasis Cleanser

When choosing a body wash, you will want something nonirritating and hydrating, but that can still get the job done when it comes to exfoliation. CeraVe makes a psoriasis-friendly cleanser with salicylic and lattice acids to assist in peeling back itchy plaques.

Amazon buyers say this product cut down on the sting those with psoriasis can feel after showering in hot water, reduced redness and scaling in plaques, and even helped with body acne. CeraVe Psoriasis Cleanser is recognized as an effective product by the National Psoriasis Foundation.

Best sunscreen for psoriasis

Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen

Many people with psoriasis find that getting some sun improves the appearance of psoriasis plaques, the National Psoriasis Foundation recommends those with psoriasis still wear sunscreen (though they recommend not to apply it to open or inflamed skin).

Zinc and titanium dioxide — two common UV-blocking ingredients in sunscreen — are psoriasis-safe and found in CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen. It also comes in a lotion formulation for the face.

CeraVe is a brand known for using gentle ingredients, so they have plenty of products for you to try to manage your psoriasis symptoms. No matter what products you decide on, look for skin-softening ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides and avoid perfumes and isopropyl alcohol.


Jody Amable is a freelance writer and editor from the San Francisco Bay Area specializing in music and subcultures. Her work has been seen in KQED Arts, Atlas Obscura, and local weeklies.