Eczema and Psoriasis

What is it?

Eczema can be an acute or chronic condition of the skin which manifests as painful, itchy, red, inflamed areas. Eczema breakouts can be anywhere on the body. Eczema on its own is not contagious, however if a breakout gets infected, the infection can be contagious.

Psoriasis is also a red patch of skin with itchiness, but covered with white-ish silver-ish scaly skin. Psoriasis breakouts typically appear on the scalp, elbows, knees, chest, and lower back. Psoriasis is not contagious from person to person, but can be spread by irritating the affected area.

How is it caused?

Modern medicine is not 100% certain what the cause of eczema is. The most current mindset is that eczema is caused from a combination of genetics, compromised immune system, environment, skin-sensitizing activities, and defects in the skin barrier. Skin irritants can lead to eczema flare-ups.

Psoriasis is caused by a combination of genetics and triggers. Modern medicine finds that a person must have both the genes which lead to psoriasis, and be exposed to psoriasis triggers to actually develop the condition.


At this time, there is no cure for eczema. If you or your skincare professional think you have eczema, see a physician for proper diagnosis.

Working with your doctor is key to treating psoriasis. Options may include medication, light therapy, and topical ingredients.

An ounce of prevention…

Maintaining a gentle, non-irritating routine can help minimize and prevent eczema flare-ups. Using a gentle, non-stripping, non-irritating cleanser followed by a non-irritating, hydrating moisturizer is great for the face. Short, warm showers, and non-irritating clothing can help for the body. Speak with your doctor about other options.

Limiting exposure to psoriasis-inducing triggers is key to avoiding psoriasis. Some triggers include stress, infection, skin injury, and certain medications.


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