What are your treatment options?

Finding a treatment that’s right for you

A dermatologist will consider a number of different factors when recommending a treatment, including:1

  • The type of psoriasis you have
  • Whereabouts it is on your body
  • How severe your symptoms are
  • How your psoriasis affects your day-to-day life
  • Your age and previous medical history

By talking to a dermatologist about these factors and your goals for treatment, you can work together to find the best option for you.

The options available

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 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.

Topical (external) treatments 1-3

Emolients

Topical steroids

Tar preparations

Dithranol

Vitamin D analogues

Vitamin A analogues

Phototherapy 1-3

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.

Phototherapy 1-3

UVA

UVA combined with psoralens

Marrowband UVB

Systemic therapies 1-5

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.

Topical (external) treatments 1-3
  • Oral Systemics 1-4

    Acitretin

    Apremilast

    Cyclosporin

    Fumaric acid esters

    Methotrexate *

     

  • Biologics 1-4

    Adalimumab

    Etanercept

    Infliximab

    Ixecizumab

    Secukinumab

    Ustekinumab

* Can also be given as an injection.