If you have itchy skin that has turned red, patchy and inflamed, chances are you’re suffering from one of two conditions that are quite hard to deal with. Psoriasis and eczema are conditions that are usually thrown together and although they’re almost the same, there’s a marked difference between the two. Here are a few facts that will explain the conditions!
What causes them
Psoriasis occurs due to an overproduction of skin cells mostly caused by genes. While it can affect anyone from children to people who are over 40-years-old, it essentially occurs when your skin cells are produced more quickly than they should be. Skin cells take between 21 to 28 days to replace themselves. If you suffer from psoriasis, they can be produced in 2 to 6 days!
Eczema is a long-term condition often caused by genes and environmental factors. While the specific causes for eczema are still something of a mystery to researchers, they’re usually believed to be the result of a mixture of hereditary and environmental factors. Genes are the heaviest risk factor, while environmental factors merely bring out the symptoms of the condition. Irritants such as soaps and detergents, dust mites, bacteria, very hot or cold weather and even certain food such as dairy, nuts and seeds can aggravate the symptoms.
Bust the myths
They’re not the same! Sure, they both involve red, itchy skin, but eczema usually comes with small blisters or raised spots, while psoriasis is accompanied by silver-white scales and rough skin.
They are not like acne or contagious! That’s a misconception. The skin rashes can be complicated by acne, but they aren’t acne themselves. And don’t worry; they’re not contagious.
Both won’t leave scars: Eczema usually does not leave scars at all. It can cause discolouration, but that’s all. Psoriasis also can be eradicated – but could leave behind scars.
There really is no cure: Unfortunately, there are no sure-shot eczema cures, but they can definitely be treated and you can ease the itch! Check out our list of options to soothe the skin rashes.
Supplements that are rich in vitamins and fatty acids are a good eczema treatment and also help to treat psoriasis. Pick a product like the InLife Almond Oil Vegetarian Capsules! The vitamin properties help moisturise, heal and protect your skin.
Essential oils and natural oils are a good solution to get rid of itchy skin. Soothe itch of both conditions with Nirogam Raz Oil. You can also pick a cold-pressed option like the Soulflower Wheatgerm Carrier Oil. The wheat germ properties are like magic on dry, itchy skin.
Use a powder
Doesn’t powder feel great on your skin when you have skin rashes? Ease the itch of eczema and psoriasis with a natural powder that contains herbs. Avoid chemical-based powders as the harsh properties aggravate the problem. An all-natural solution like Nirogam Organic Manjistha Powder is your best bet.