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I have psoriasis and use a variety of treatments to try and keep it at bay. One of the treatments I used on a daily basis is no longer being manufactured and as yet I have not been able to get a replacement on prescription.
What I need is a cream formulation so I can apply before dressing. What I have been offered so far are ointments which are impractical as they are too greasy for day to day use.
I have been trying various creams as an alternative to the ointments and have been looking for other treatments that do not contain steroids as I don't want to use them on a daily basis.
I came across Exorex moisturising cream on Amazon and having read the reviews decided to give it a try.
The company who manufacture this point out that this product alone will not treat psoriasis but it is recommended to use with Exorex Lotion as part of managing the condition.
I have the lotion which is coal tar based but have mostly used the moisturiser on its own.
The cream comes in 100g or 250g pots, which are sealed in plastic and a box.
The cream is odourless contains no colouring and is white and fairly thick. When I first applied this I thought that I had made a big mistake and had paid over the odds for what was fundamentally an emulsifying cream that you can buy giant size for under a fiver.
The cream does not absorb immediately you have to work with it but it does absorb well and is a very effective moisturiser. It did not irritate my skin which can be sore as I scratch and after applying my skin felt more comfortable .
I used this for a few days mostly without applying the lotion and noticed that the psoriasis felt less bumpy and the skin had started to heal. What I also noticed particularly on my arms was the skin starting to lift in slivers (sorry) which generally in my case means the product is working.
This cream felt like it was doing the same job as the prescription cream that is now discontinued, albeit a lot slower.
The thing with psoriasis is that it never really goes away; it is simply a question of managing it. No one knows why people get psoriasis but it is simply an overproduction of skin cells that creates flaky bumpy patches anywhere on the body but most commonly knees and elbows, on the scalp and worse of all nails.
It really limits what you can wear as depending on how bad this is I cover up on the body, and avoid dark coloured clothing if my scalp is bad. It takes a lot of time and effort to keep it at bay and although sometimes it does disappear, it nearly always comes back. It is very itchy and I unconsciously scratch at it which makes it sore as well.
While I was on holiday for 2 weeks the skin on my arms almost healed because I had the time to apply twice daily and lots of fresh air,some sunshine and relaxation helped as well.
I have looked at the make up of this product to see what magic ingredient this contains, but this appears to be simply a combination of paraffin, wax, oil and vitamin E plus a lot of chemical sounding ingredients. However they do seem to have hit on a winning combination for me and I now use this on a daily basis and limit the use of the prescription ointments.
I would definitely recommend this as part of the treatment of psoriasis as although the company are at pains to say it isn't a treatment, this does slowly heal and improve my skin. My skin feels much more comfortable and supple, less itchy and it does heal very gradually if I apply this twice a day. I can apply over sore skin and it does not sting or irritate.
It does take a little while to absorb, but not too long and it does not leave greasy stains on clothing or smell of coal tar.
I bought this from Amazon and paid around £10 for the 250g size and a 100g size is around £5-6.
The larger tub lasts me several weeks. I use this at least once a day on arms legs and other patches on my body. I don't use this as a general body moisturiser just on the psoriasis and then follow with one of my normal body products.
I will continue using this as it has made a difference to my skin. It would be nice if I could persuade my doctor to prescribe this as I have found it so effective. ( the lotion is a prescription product)
It isn't something that will cure psoriasis but I have found it does gradually seem to have a similar effect as the prescription Vitamin D cream I used, which is strange as Exorex does not contain Vitamin D.
5 stars from me.
Exorex Moisturising Creamcan be used after treatment with Exorex Lotion as a non-irritantmoisturiser for psoriasis / It does not contain coal tar and is fragrance and colourantfree / Beforeeach treatment, cleanse the affected areas gently using non-irritantcompatible cleansers / Pat dry - avoid harsh rubbing / In the morning,apply exorex lotion to the affected areas of your body / Don’t worryabout Lotion getting on good skin - no harm will be done / Applysufficient Lotion so that it dries in approx / 2 minutes / If it drieswell before, you have not applied enough / If it dries well after 2minutes, you have applied too much, and are simply wasting Lotion.Oncethe Lotion has dried, we suggest that you apply a moisturiser such asExorex moisturising cream to the affected areas (on top of the Lotion)and massage in gently until it disappears and dries / Repeat the regimeat midday (if at all possible) / Repeat the regime in the evening.Note:You should not apply exorex lotion to the body more than 3 times daily.However, there is no restriction in daily use of exorex moisturisingcream / Therefore, you may wish to apply it in between Lotionapplications to help reduce itching and irritation, maintain moistureand help remove scaling.How to apply Exorex Moisturising Cream:Oncethe lotion has dried, apply the Exorex Moisturising Cream to theaffected areas (on top of the lotion) and massage in gently until itdisappears and dries / Thereis no restriction in daily use of Exorex Moisturising Cream / You mayapply it in between Exorex Lotion applications to help reduce anyitching and irritation, maintain moisture and help remove scaling / Before using Exorex Moisturising Cream:For external use only.Keep out of reach of children.Exorex Moisturising Cream contains:Water,Paraffin White Soft & Emulsifying Wax & Liquid Paraffin,Paraffin White Soft, Glycerin, Mineral Oil, dl-a-Tocopherol, EthylLinoleate & Ethyl Oleate & Ethyl Linolenate, PEG-40 HydrogenatedCastor Oil, Methyl Paraben, Sodium Propyl Paraben, Imidurea.