Eczema is a general concerning inflammation of the skin, and thereby also covers the most common form of eczema which is dermatitis. Eczema can appear anywhere on the body as red, rough, itchy and inflamed patches. Certain foods can trigger eczema like nuts and dairy, as well as certain environmental factors like smoke and pollen. The triggers might also be hormonal, stress related or can be caused by bacteria and microbes, which makes eczema very hard to avoid.
Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease that can appear anywhere on the body, creating plaques of raised, thickened, scaling and itching skin. Skin cells normally grow in a cycle that lasts about a month. But in people with psoriasis, this production process may occur in just a few days, leading to the buildup of skin cells. Factors like obesity, diabetes and heart disease can increase the the risk of psoriasis outbreaks. Also foods like red meat, sugar, dairy, processed food and alcohol can trigger psoriasis, as well as environmental, genetic and immune system factors.
It can be difficult to differentiate some types of dermatitis from psoriasis and the two often respond to similar treatments. They are both not contagious and is considered chronic inflammatory conditions, that will flare up from time to time.
The most common reason for rashes is when allergens causes an immune reaction that makes the skin flare up. Choose a skincare routine meant for dry and sensitive skin, to prevent skin irritation.
Painful long-lasting rashes can be treated by a doctor or a dermatologist, with topical medication that prevents flare-ups. There is however no known cure for either eczema nor psoriasis, and it will usually be a reoccurring problem. Many skin care ingredients do however have the benefit of calming inflammation, while some ingredients are also known to directly aid the healing of eczema and psoriasis.
- Vitamin B5 (panthenol/pantothenic acid)
- Turmeric / Curcumin
- Tea tree oil
- Squalane / squelene
- Shea butter
- Sea buckthorn oil
- Rosemary leaf extract / rosemary leaf oil
- Rose water / Gulab Jal
- Rice water / komenuka
- PHA / Gluconolactone / Lactobionic acid (exfoliate)
- Olive oil
- Licorice oil / Dipotassium glycyrrhizate
- Juniper berry oil
- Jojoba oil / Jojoba wax ester
- Hydroxyethyl urea
- Glycerin / glycerine / glycerol
- Glucosamine sulfate
- Chia seed oil
- Argan oil / Argonia Spinosa Kernal