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Many psoriasis treatments offer one of the two FDA-approved ingredients. The best treatment plans use both.

Psoriasis, an autoimmune disorder that causes people’s skin to overproduce skin cells resulting in itchy, scaly plaques on the skin, affects nearly 8 million Americans. And the experience can be miserable.

“Psoriasis at its worst point is very painful,” explained Cheryl, who suffered from scalp psoriasis — which also impacted her confidence and mental well-being.

“In a culture where your appearance is very important, this can be really damaging for people,” noted Jody Currie, director of innovation and business development at Pharmacal, a leading health and wellness company. 

Treatment options

There are two approved ingredients for over the counter treatment of psoriasis: salicylic acid and coal tar. Salicylic acid softens and lifts scales from the skin, while coal tar slows down the overproduction of skin cells. They are most effective when used together — starting with salicylic acid to clear away plaques on the skin, then following up with a coal tar-based product.

Unlike many psoriasis treatments available over the counter, Pharmacal’s MG217 line of products features salicylic acid and coal tar solutions. Those products include Multi-Symptom Relief 2% Coal Tar Medicated Ointment that is ideal for fast results, MG217 Medicated Moisturizing Psoriasis Cream (which helps restore the skin barrier), and the MG217 Shampoo + Conditioner for scalp psoriasis.

The team continues to explore innovation in both scalp and skin care, with plans for new products on the horizon. “New formulas will look to not only clear up psoriasis,” Currie explained, “but also condition, moisturize, and strengthen the skin barrier.” 

For Cheryl, these treatments have been life-changing. “The quality of life that I’ve had is phenomenal,” she said. “If you want complete control and to be symptom-free of your psoriasis, buy MG217.”

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