5 Must-Have Ingredients in Steroid-Free Psoriasis Itch Relief Cream

Discover the best medical-grade skincare ingredients for calming your psoriasis

If you’re one of the over 7.5 million people in the US battling psoriasis, you’re probably sick of trying new skincare treatments in the search for an effective solution. The good news is there are steroid-free, medical-grade psoriasis skincare options you can try. 


Medical-grade skincare offers a clean yet effective arsenal of powerful ingredients clinically formulated to address the dryness, itching and redness associated with psoriasis. So if you’re looking for a new approach to treating your skin condition, here’s everything you need to know about the five best must-have ingredients in psoriasis skincare.

What is the best medical-grade skincare for psoriasis?

The best skincare for psoriasis is skincare that works. This means it provides deep relief from psoriasis burning, pain and itching, and doesn’t just cover up conditions.

While most people are prescribed topical steroids for psoriasis, too many find they either don’t work, or cause harsh side effects. These can range from worsening your psoriasis to thinner skin and even high blood pressure.

So if you’re looking for a medical-grade alternative to steroids, there are effective options out there. The difference between high-quality, medical-grade skin care products and poor-quality options comes down to the ingredients.

5 must-have ingredients in medical-grade skincare for psoriasis

1. Glycolipids, specifically HYDROSURF™, are fermented ingredients now used in medical-grade Psoriasis cream

Glycolipid technology, specifically HYDROSURF™, can only be found exclusively in ARCTIVA skincare, including the psoriasis cream. HYDROSURF is comprised of glycolipids, which are fermented ingredients produced by microorganisms discovered in the depths of nature, including the glacial lakes of Antarctica. HYDROSURF has many unique and impressive properties that makes it the perfect addition to psoriasis products, including an unmatched ability to enhance moisture retention and increase water mobility for better hydration.



Plus, glycolipids have significantly lower toxicity than commonly used chemical alternatives, reducing the risk of skin irritation. This means you get better results from a natural ingredient, while putting fewer chemicals on your skin. Sounds good right? There’s more.

How HYDROSURF glycolipid technology works on your skin:

HYDROSURF is made from naturally occurring molecules commonly discovered in nature. Produced by real, living microorganisms, the glycolipids in HYDROSURF are much better at supporting the health of your skin than chemical-based ingredients.

HYDROSURF improves bioavailability of skincare ingredients, enhances the skin’s barrier function and stimulates skin activity for better vitality. The ingredient’s tiny micelle size also helps reach further into the pores, rather than simply sitting on the surface and masking symptoms.


  1. Boost absorption​
  2. Improve hydration
  3. Stimulate exfoliation​
  4. Help your body respond to irritation and inflammation

Key Takeaway: Glycolipids are excellent moisturizers, helping hydrate your skin to combat the dryness and scaling you experience when you have psoriasis.

2. Salicylic acid is a must-have in psoriasis science-backed skincare


Salicylic acid is an FDA-approved beta-hydroxy acid or BHA that works as a gentle exfoliant. You’ll find it in a number of quality skincare products.

Salicylic acid works inside your skin’s layers to help regulate cell turnover and manage the keratinization, or shedding, of dead skin cells. These properties make it perfect for treating psoriasis thanks to its ability to slough off dead skin, helping manage your skin’s dryness, scaling and flaking.

Salicylic acid is oil-soluble so it’s perfect for sensitive, irritated psoriatic skin, helping manage dryness while also calming your skin.

Key Takeaway: Salicylic acid is an FDA-approved exfoliant that helps calm psoriatic skin’s itching and redness, while also reducing flaking and scaling.

3. Key vitamins should be included in science-backed psoriasis products

a. Vitamin A helps your skin repair

Vitamin A is extremely beneficial for skincare designed to help with psoriasis and heal your skin. Not only does vitamin A help repair injured skin after a particularly itchy flare-up, but it also boosts collagen production to help rebuild irritated areas. By enhancing your skin’s blood flow, Vitamin A also improves the overall health of your skin.

Vitamin A can:

  • Enhance your skin’s wound-healing abilities
  • Increase collagen production
  • Improve your skin tone
  • Fight signs of skin damage
  • Gently exfoliate your skin

Key Takeaway: Vitamin A helps promote healing on damaged skin to restore your skin’s overall health.

b. Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) helps your skin manage inflammation

You have probably heard of niacinamide in skincare, as it’s one of the most popular ingredients. Skin experts love Vitamin B3 thanks to its countless benefits. It helps to strengthen the skin barrier to protect it from dryness and environmental factors. This is especially handy when you’re managing psoriasis, as it helps nourish your skin, while also boosting your defense against the elements.

Vitamin B also helps reduce inflammation and water loss, helping fight the redness and dryness associated with psoriasis. It can even increase the natural lipids found on your skin’s surface.

All of these powerful properties mean one thing: Vitamin B3 can leave psoriatic skin feeling softer and more hydrated. Plus, it works as a defensive layer against environmental elements like UV and indoor heating to protect your skin from becoming dry.

Key Takeaway: Vitamin B3 is a skin-loving mullti-tasker, helping support your skin’s ability to manage inflammation, redness and dryness you experience with psoriasis.

c. Vitamin C

arctiva-psoriasis-vitamin-cVitamin C is a natural antioxidant that is appearing in skincare everywhere thanks to its ability to boost the health of your skin. When it comes to psoriasis, vitamin C can help calm your skin during and after a flare-up, while also helping improve the overall integrity and health of your skin.


Vitamin C can:

  • Boost collagen production to help rebuild damaged and irritated skin
  • Enhance moisture retention, keeping dry skin more hydrated
  • Calm the redness and irritation associated with psoriasis

Key Takeaway: Vitamin C supercharges the health of your skin by helping repair and rebuild your skin’s layers.

4. Essential oils can provide psoriasis healing and itch relief

Jojoba Oil
Itchy, irritated psoriatic skin needs soothing ingredients to calm the itch and make you more comfortable. That’s where jojoba oil comes in handy. This exceptionally gentle oil is one of the most effective options for sensitive psoriatic skin. It calms your skin by nourishing it from deep within.

And if you’re worried about breakouts, don’t be. High-quality jojoba oil is non-comedogenic, which means it won’t clog your pores.


Vitamin E oil
Highly concentrated vitamin E comes in an oil form, allowing it to penetrate into your skin to work its skin-healing magic. It’s a natural antioxidant that improves hydration and refreshes skin. Perfect for dry, psoriatic skin needing nourishment and repair, vitamin E oil is a beneficial ingredient for psoriasis-specific skincare.

Key Takeaway: Jojoba and vitamin E oils are deeply nourishing to hydrate dry, scaly skin while providing soothing benefits.

5. Botanicals offer soothing relief for psoriasis


Extracts of lonicera japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) and caprifolium flower (Perfolium Honeysuckle) work to calm and soothe irritated skin. Honeysuckle is a favorite in medical-grade skincare and is beloved for its key bioactive ingredient, chlorogenic acid. Chlorogenic acid has antimicrobial, wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties. Both Japanese Honeysuckle and Perfolium Honeysuckle also contain flavonoids that work to calm irritated psoriatic skin.

Key Takeaway: Botanicals like Japanese Honeysuckle helps heal skin and calm redness and irritation.

Which steroid-free Psoriasis products contain these powerful ingredients?

Managing psoriasis can be challenging, but there's a steroid-free, professional-grade psoriasis skincare product available with impressive results. ARCTIVA Psoriasis Cream features all five vital ingredient categories in a clean-label formulation with medical-grade performance. Plus it’s dermatologist and pediatrician recommended and approved. It's also has the National Psoriasis Foundation Seal of Recognition as an over-the-counter product that is non-irritating and safe. 

So if you’re sick of lathering your skin with steroid cream, try a natural alternative that works. Look for a clean brand like ARCTIVA, that’s formulated explicitly for skincare conditions such as psoriasis. And make sure your psoriasis skincare has all five ingredients above–especially the HYDROSURF™ glycolipid technology–to get true relief beyond the surface. You may be able to finally turn your back on steroids.