How to help heal eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis

There is no true cure for eczema or psoriasis but there are many treatments and products claiming to cure. Helping the affected skin heal is usually missing from prescription and steroid treatments. Eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis are common especially in children and babies.

Most prescription or over the counter hydrocortisone creams and even steroid treatments unfortunately only address the active reaction flare up. These work by reducing the body’s inflammation/flare response to an irritant, or the body's overactive immune response. But once that’s addressed the skin is still damaged and irritated, inflamed. Scratching makes it much worse and can lead to infection.

Fix Your Sh*t Healing Balm works on actually healing the skin barrier that’s been damaged, and soothes itching in the meantime. It soothes skin, helps itch, and little ones actually enjoy putting it on because it makes them feel better. Plus, the antibacterial properties help prevent infection that often occurs from scratching and bacteria getting into the open skin.

What's the difference between eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis?

First, dermatitis is a common word used to describe commonly irritated, inflamed skin caused by numerous conditions, and there are multiple different types to categorize these different causes. 

Eczema and psoriasis are similar in that they are thought to be potentially genetic, and occur from overactive immune responses (not exactly classified as an autoimmune disease, but similar). Stress is also thought to trigger and make both eczema and psoriasis worse. The rashes from both eczema and psoriasis can occur anywhere on the body and can look similar: red, swollen, irritated skin.

Differences in eczema and psoriasis

Psoriasis causes skin cells to over produce and pile up - creating thick scales or plaques of red, irritated, sometimes painful flaky skin. The scales can be red and white and pile up on top raising the skin surface. This commonly occurs on the scalp, around the head and neck, but can be anywhere. Cold, dry weather, skin injury, certain ingredients in skincare and fragrances, and stress can often worsen psoriasis. 

Eczema is roughly 4x more common than psoriasis. Eczema typically appears first in babies and young children, and psoriasis tends to show up later. It can look similar to psoriasis with red, irritated, dry, inflamed skin but not the same piled up scales/skin plaques and lesions as psoriasis. 

If you or your babies have eczema, psoriasis, or dermatitis I feel you. I suffer from psoriasis myself and my sweet little babe has eczema. I use Fix Your Sh*t Healing Balm on our family every day, and constantly in the dry winter to help soothe and heal our skin. This is why I created it, to help my family and yours. 

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