Eczema, Psoriasis & Dermatitis

Eczema, Psoriasis & Dermatitis

While your skin has a responsibility in protecting the body’s internal organs from the environment, at the same time it also places itself at risk from damage. Two common disorders of the skin include eczema and psoriasis; both can cause red, inflamed and itchy skin.

Eczema

Eczema or dermatitis as it is also referred to can be triggered by the environment such as dry cold air or too much sun, but most are caused by an allergy. Types of eczema include:

  • Atopic eczema can begin in childhood and can be related to other diseases such as asthma and hay fever. The condition tends to improve as the child gets older.
  • Irritant-induced eczema is a reaction to contact from substances such as detergents, soaps, oils, acids etc
  • Seborrhoeic eczema affects the areas of the body rich in sebaceous glands such as the face, scalp and joint creases.
  • Allergic contact eczema is triggered by contact from materials such as dyes, nickle in gold and zips, chromium in leather or lanoline in cosmetics. The eczema tends to appear in the area where contact has occurred such as around the finger from a gold ring.

Eczema Symptoms

Eczema can appear on any part of the body, but most commonly on the face, scalp, hands, legs and feet. Classic symptoms include:

  • Dry, scaly, rough or cracked skin.
  • Red and inflamed skin.
  • Itchy patches on skin.
  • Fluid filled pimples which can burst and weep.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a persistent non-contiguous skin condition caused by the skin producing skin cells in certain parts of the body faster than normal. It usually takes about 28 days for the skin cells to work their way through from the inner dermis to the outer epidermis and finally shed. However in psoriasis sufferers this process takes only 8 days – as a result the skin cells haven’t matured and the skin becomes red, inflamed and develops overlapping white scaly patches.

It is not known why this skin condition occurs, but it is thought to be hereditary with 1 in 3 sufferers having a family history. Physical and environmental conditions like dry cold air, a skin injury, an infection or even some medicines may trigger psoriasis or worsen existing conditions.

Psoriasis Symptoms

Psoriasis is similar to eczema in that it is characterised by raised, inflamed patches of skin, but in psoriasis the skin is also usually covered with whitish or silvery scales. Psoriasis is usually confined to the scalp, elbows, knees, lower back or buttocks. Fingernails and toenails can may also become pitted and discoloured.

Psoriasis in most cases is not itchy or painful, but for some people it can be more severe and cause discomfort and in fewer cases it may cause pain and swelling in the joints.

Hopes Relief Cream

Developed in Melbourne, Australia by Naturopath Jacqueline Hope, Hopes Relief is a natural healing cream which cools, soothes and moisturises damaged skin through a special blend of eight herbal ingredients.

The eight ingredients include Licorice Root and Guto Kola, both of which have anti-inflammatory, soothing properties similar to cortisone, a steroid hormone found naturally in the body and in many topical medical treatments. The cream akso contains Aloe Vera which is thought to aid with healing and keeping skin moisturised, whilst Manuka honey provides some antibacterial protection. Other active ingredients include a homeopathic blend of Sulphur, Rhus tox and Graphites.

Adding to it's natural credentials, Hopes Relief does not contain any artificial colours, perfumes or animal products.

Hopes Relief Cream & Skin Disorders

Hopes Relief is a natural choice for those looking to relieve some of the uncomfortable symptoms of skin disorders such as dermatitis or eczema, psoriasis as well as many other skin conditions.

The combined qualities of Hopes Relief ingredients in the treatment of eczema and psoriasis for example, means that as well as moisturising the skin, it works to help shed the skin where eczema or psoriasis have caused rough, dry scaly patches. As a result it reveals much healthier and clearer skin underneath. This process may take a few days to a few weeks dependant on the severity of the condition.

 

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