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ECZEMA & PSORIASIS

WHO GETS ECZEMA & PSORIASIS?

Have you wasted a fortune on miracle cures for eczema or psoriasis? Are you stuck in vicious circles of flare-ups and steroids? If your skin makes you feel uncomfortable, sore or self-conscious, we are here to help.

What is Eczema?

Known as ‘the itch that rashes,’ this inflammatory skin condition makes the skin feel hot, blotchy, and dry. It can flake, blister, crack, or bleed even on a bad day. Pink, red, or brown scaly patches are common on areas that bend, such as on hands, arm creases, behind knees, and eyelids.

What is Psoriasis?

This chronic, autoimmune skin condition is characterised by red patches over the knees, elbows, lower back or scalp. Impatient new skin cells replace older ones every 3-5 days instead of every month, leading to a build-up of thick, silvery-white scales called plaques.

What causes Eczema?

Genetics, probably. Eczema skins lack one of the major proteins (filagrin) needed to create a strong skin barrier, keeping water in and allergens out. This is why eczema skins continually lose too much water and become red, dry and sore.

What causes Psoriasis?

Genetics, again. Recent research suggests that this long-term inflammatory condition is caused by an overactive immune system, a bit like an overly sensitive house alarm. Some will experience a handful of flares, the house alarm goes off only when it should. Others will have a continual stubborn patch of dry skin this is when the alarm goes off with just a puff of wind! Psoriasis has two main peaks: from late teens to early adulthood and between 50 and 60.

KNOW THE TRIGGERS:
PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE

There is no cure for either condition, but determining your triggers can prevent flare-ups.

Eczema Triggers:

  • Cold, dry weather
  • Intense heat or humidity
  • Surfactant-rich soaps or washing powder.
  • Allergens: pollen, dust mites, mould, animal hairs
  • Scratchy wool or synthetic fibres.
  • Change of season
  • Overheating: stress, spicy foods, hot drinks, hot weather

Psoriasis Triggers:

  • Stress
  • Change in weather
  • Skin injury
  • Weight gain
  • Alcohol misuse
  • Certain medications

How corneotherapists treat eczema & psoriasis

Traditional treatments involve daily applications of emollients to seal the skin and steroids during flare-ups. But these don’t break the long-term cycle because emollients contain petrochemicals and silicones, which dehydrate the skin over time and ironically make eczema skin drier.

Corneotherapists are never happy with short-term sticking plaster solutions. At Tej & Co, we break the cycle by addressing the root cause of your unhappy skin. Our outside-in approach strengthens the skin barrier so the lower levels of your skin can heal, preventing flare-ups and reducing dependence on steroids.

Bespoke Skincare

Dermaviduals bespoke skincare specialises in compromised skin barriers and has a range of products for eczema and psoriasis skin conditions to help maintain and support a healthier skin barrier. It is free from perfumes, petrochemicals, and surfactants, all the ingredients that can irritate reactive skin and trigger a flare-up.

We take your skin back to basics with a gentle, non-foaming, surfactant-free cleanser and a silicone-free moisturiser. All products are skin-identical, containing oils that help trap moisture in the skin instead of harsh petrochemicals that remove it. You apply little and often throughout the day to stop your skin from drying out and becoming sensitive.

Bespoke Facial

After a detailed skin consultation, we will devise a bespoke facial treatment plan for you that includes LED light therapy to calm inflammation, relieve the annoying itch and strengthen the skin barrier to minimise and prevent flare-ups. This natural treatment takes your skin out of panic mode, stopping the immune system from overreacting.

FAQS

Eczema skins don’t produce enough natural oils to trap moisture in the skin  – no wonder moisture is constantly evaporating from your skin, leaving your skin feeling dry. Our skin is a mix of water and oil, but emollients only contain synthetic oils such as silicones and petrochemicals, only soothing the skin temporarily.

Drinking water is great for your health and helps detox the whole body. But try eating water-rich foods, such as watermelon, cucumber or grapes, so you don’t spend the entire day on the loo.

Dry eczema skins suffer from an impaired skin barrier with low levels of essential fatty acids, so try eating lots of anti-inflammatory omega-rich foods. We need to nourish our skin from the inside as well as outside!

Unfortunately, there is no cure for psoriasis, but we can help you prevent and manage flare-ups so it doesn’t rule your life and undermine your confidence.

No, nor is it caused by poor hygiene. It can’t be caught in close public areas such as saunas and swimming pools.

Absolutely. But have a patch test beforehand because harsh hair dyes can irritate the scalp. Don’t apply make-up or fake tan to open sores; do a patch test before trying new brands.

BOOK YOUR SKIN CONSULTATION & BESPOKE FACIAL

No one should have to suffer from eczema and psoriasis. Book a consultation at TeJ & Co. so we can decipher your triggers before devising your bespoke treatment plan for long-term relief.

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