Most of us have heard of these common skin conditions, Psoriasis and Eczema, but how many of us actually know what they are? The difference between them? Causes? Treatments?
Here’s a little review:
Psoriasis is a long-lasting autoimmune disease which is characterized by patches of red, itchy, scaly skin that varies in severity from small and localized spots to complete body coverage.
Elbows, knees, and scalp are a few areas commonly affected by psoriasis
Psoriasis is generally thought to be a genetic disease which is triggered by environmental factors. Symptoms often worsen during winter and with certain medications such as beta blockers or NSAIDS. Infections and psychological stress may also trigger or worsen symptoms.
Psoriasis is not contagious. The underlying mechanism involves the immune system reacting to skin cells. Diagnosis is typically based on the signs and symptoms.
There is no cure for psoriasis. However, various treatments can help control the symptoms. These treatments may include steroid creams, vitamin D3 cream, ultraviolet light, and immune system suppressing medications and about 75% of cases can be managed with creams alone.
Eczema, also known as Atopic Dermatitis, is in a group of diseases that result in inflammation of the skin. They are characterized by itchiness and red skin. In cases of short duration there may be small blisters while in long term cases the skin may become thickened. The area of skin involved can vary from small to the entire body.
The exact cause of dermatitis is often unclear.
Treatment of atopic dermatitis is typically with moisturizers and steroid creams. Antibiotics may be required if there are signs of skin infection.
Atopic dermatitis is very common and generally starts in childhood. In the United States it affects about 10-30% of people.
Some ingredients that are known to calm, sooth and reduce irritation and provide relief from dry, red, itchy, flaky skin include:
- Aloe, calendula, soybean oil, shea butter, olive oil, rosehip seed oil, oatmeal, chamomile, cucumber, white willow bark extract, honey, gamma-linolenic acids (borage oil), and licorice root.
DermaMD’s Soy Moisturizer was specifically formulated to calm, sooth, repair, soften & hydrate dry, irritated, red skin, including skin affected by psoriasis and eczema. It is suitable for the face or body.
This smooth creamy formulation is combined with multiple antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients. Soy bean oil helps to reduce inflammation, while shea butter, olive oil, and rose hips seed oil will increase moisture retention. Additional conditioning ingredients such as algae help to hydrate dry skin. Skin will be softer, less red and smoother. Excellent when used on broken fissures in heels, and callouses to increase smoothness and hydration.