We all know that our skin mirrors what is going on inside our bodies.
Psoriasis and eczema are two common skin conditions frequently discussed in the skincare industry. Since the treatments for both of them are very similar, they seem to get linked together and talked about interchangeably. Even though psoriasis and eczema may have some similar remedies they are very different skin conditions. Knowing the difference between them will help further understand the best healings for both.
One question is, can you get relief from eczema through your diet?
We look at how your diet affects your skin and what you should be eating to relieve flare ups and inflammation. For those of our Butter Babes suffering with eczema and plaque psoriasis we would like to remind you to eat healthfully!
Eliminating red meat and fatty snacks will help reduce flare-ups that can be triggered by these foods. Instead you want to consume foods rich in vitamin E; its key in protecting the body against pro-inflammatory molecules called cytokines. One of the best sources of this vitamin is dark green veggies, such as spinach, swiss chard, kale and broccoli. Other anti-inflammatory foods include seeds, nuts, soy, peppers, tomatoes, beets and our favourite roots ginger and turmeric!
A daily warm bath can help soothe itchy spots and remove dry skin. Take 15 minutes to soak in the warm water. You might find comfort if you add oil, finely ground oatmeal, epson salt or dead sea salt to your bath, but keep the water and soap mild. Hot temperatures and harsh soaps can be hard on skin that's already sensitive. Gently pat your skin dry after. Do not rub this action can make sores worse and even cause new ones. Follow your warm bath with a rich moisturizer immediately to lock in all that moisture.
If you’ve been managing eczema for a while you'll know the golden rule is to always keep moisturized. It is so important to choose the right moisturizer for you. You want to choose a richer cream, with a balmy texture; made without fillers, chemicals or any other nasties that may cause further irritation to your already sensitive condition.
Butter Babes rich body butter is a blessing for eczema and psoriasis sufferers. Made without water this creamy balm is packed full of vitamins and nutrients to heal your skin. With keys ingredients such as Aloe Vera whose vitamin and mineral-rich gel deeply nourishes and hydrates the skin; alongside the superstar mango butter which has natural anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties.
Moisturizing your skin is one of the most effective yet easiest things you can do for irritated skin. It can help your skin heal and reduce dryness, itching, redness, soreness, and scaling. As winter is especially drying, apply within minutes of jumping out of the shower to allow your skin to hold onto all of its moisturizing goodness.
Skin cools itself by evaporating water, therefore you only have a few minutes before that hydration is gone forever.
This little tip will lock in moisture for up to 24 hours, plumping and improving the signs of eczema/psoriasis as skin drinks up all that moisture!
Besides moisturizing here are some other helpful tips for you babes:
- Avoid harsh products like lotions with alcohol, deodorant soaps, acids and even some laundry soaps. These can inflame your sensitive skin.
- Try not to scratch, it can tear open your skin, causing more irritation.
- Stop smoking and limit your alcohol intake.
- The (UV) light in sunlight can slow the growth of skin cells, so small doses of sun can be a good way to soothe, improve, and even heal lesions.
- Get plenty of sleep, your body heals itself while you sleep; it is important to get enough rest overnight to give your body a chance to recover and rebuild.
Lastly we suggest taking it easy! Studies show that stress can make psoriasis and eczema symptoms worse. Some people even recall their first outbreak to a very stressful time in their lives. You may be able to calm symptoms simply by lowering your anxiety. There are many ways to lower stress. Build a support system of family and friends. Think about what's most important to you and take time for it. Try doing yoga, meditation and deep breathing techniques to bring peace and self love into your healing journey.