What exactly is psoriasis? Well, let’s start with a simplified explanation: it’s a long-lasting
autoimmune condition that causes the body to overproduce skin cells. These excess cells
gather on the surface of the skin, causing inflammation, redness, and itchiness.
Now, if you read our last article you might see that these three symptoms mentioned
(inflammation, redness, and itchiness) bare a striking resemblance to those of eczema, and
you’re right — they totally do. But there are a few ways to identify which condition it is that
you’re experiencing (a MUST before pursuing home remedies and treatments). Here they are...
1. How does it look?
Psoriasis causes red, painful patches with a silvery scale build-up. Eczema causes
patches that are red or brown-gray, OR patches of small, raised bumps.
2. Location, location, location.
Psoriasis occurs on the knees, elbows, scalp, and can also affect the torso, palms, and
soles of the feet. Eczema tends to occur in the bends of the skin (elbows and knees).
3. Which itch is which?
While both conditions result in a serious itch factor, the type of itch is what can help
you solve your mystery. Psoriasis causes a more mild itch, while eczema causes an
4. What’s your age again?
Psoriasis is more common among children, whereas eczema tends to develop between
the ages of 15 to 25.
While there are several different treatments for conditions such as psoriasis, one remains
constant: keep your skin clean and moisturized. Gentle exfoliation with TheCoffeeScrub will
rid your body of all those dead, unnecessary skin cells — leaving you with a fresh palette and healthy skin. Follow your exfoliation session up with a moisturizer, and soon you’ll kick your symptoms to the curb.