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Similar to ‘Disarmed’ Skin-Cap?
Howdy. I have
perused this site from time to time and found it interesting.
I have had
Psoriasis for about 11 years now (I am now 42).
It started after a case of strep throat. I have tried just about
everything in the arsenal and have had varying degrees of short lived
success. Soriatane worked best
until my liver functions got out of control and I had to stop.
Light treatments — both narrowband and wideband B — have helped
me maintain about a 15% body coverage. I used the Skin-Cap in the past and
had amazing results and an amazing rebound after discontinuing use.
This brings me
to Aveeno. I saw what was supposedly an ingredients list for Skin-Cap
without the steroids and kind of kept it in the back of my mind. Aveeno,
with 1% hydrocortisone, seems to mimic the supposed ingredients of
Skin-Cap with oatmeal thrown in for good measure.
I purchased a tube of this cream and decided to put it to the test.
I am now 3 days
into the test and have seen a noticeable improvement in the lesions on my
hands (where I applied the Aveeno cream).
I will continue using it on my hands only to see if the improvement
have been prescribed both Temovate and OLUX foam in the past and these
high strength steroids have done nothing for me. I think the Isopropyl
Myristate causes the active ingredients to penetrate through to the
underlying strata and become effective as compared to steroids alone. Time
will tell. -Wes H.
Response: Interesting, Wes.
Please do keep us
informed about your continued response to Aveeno cream.
I remember back
in the Skin-Cap Flap days, after the unmentioned steroid (clobetasol
propionate) was discovered in the product and there was this great
collective rolling of eyes — So
THAT’s why it’s been working so well! — a few people continued
to scratch their heads (figuratively speaking, this time) and wondered
quietly if the clobetasol was really the total answer to the phenomenal
success so many people had with Skin-Cap.
I remember some of the whispered conversations:
No, it’s got to have
something to do with the base, the delivery system, how it penetrates the
You may be on
to something, Wes, especially since the illegally hidden active ingredient
in Skin-Cap (the clobetasol propionate), to which you responded well, is also the active ingredient in Temovate, to which you haven’t
responded well. What’s the
difference? Well, for one, the
base. (Perhaps there was a
strength difference, too.)
Some of us
dismiss the over-the-counter remedies too quickly — because there are so
many of them we’ve found not to be effective.
But the upside to OTC products that we owe it to ourselves NOT to
forget, is that they are usually inexpensive enough to allow
Also, P lesions
on our hands can be particularly stubborn.
When my hand lesions were flaring, I could never “sit still”
long enough during the day to keep a greasy ointment on them.
Washing my hands for this or that reason — really, all the things
we do with our hands that we don’t think about — meant I probably
didn’t give most meds the chance they needed to work.
Ultimately I learned that my only effective way to combat hand
lesions with topical medications was to occlude them, over night, in food
handler’s gloves. So I went
to bed a lot of nights looking like I was ready to make sandwiches at the
I’m looking forward to hearing how things progress with the Aveeno. -Ed