Eczema and psoriasis are some of the most challenging skin conditions encountered by skin care professionals. Often, there will simply be a little red rash on the skin and you may be left scratching your own head trying to figure out how it came to be. Up to 20% of the world’s children suffer from eczema and up to 3% of adults suffer from either eczema or psoriasis. Given that he world population just reached the seven billion mark, that’s a lot of people.
Eczema, along with asthma and allergies, are on the rise. In fact eczema is much more common today than it was 30 years ago, especially in children. This rapid spike in apparent incidence is cause for concern, and may be due to many factors, such as inadequate diet, pollution and other environmental stressors. The truth is, it isn’t known exactly what causes eczema and psoriasis.
The good news is, more and more is being learned about inflammatory skin diseases and strategies are being developed to effectively manage their symptoms. It is significant to note that neither condition is contagious, nor are they infections, and they aren’t transmitted by external contact or exposure.
The origin of eczema and psoriasis are genetic, however the trigger that causes their distressing and visible symptoms may include stress and environmental factors.
Article written by Patricia Faulstick, Master Aesthetician