Can Emollients Treat Eczema and Psoriasis?

Eczema and psoriasis are two of the most common skin problems that plague modern society. Generally considered ‘untreatable’ or merely ‘manageable’, these two skin problems afflict people who are genetically predisposed to it or who are otherwise sensitive or allergic to certain substances in all stages of life. Eczema is a medical condition characterised by mild, moderate to severe inflammation with accompanying blistering in localised areas, typically in patches. Psoriasis on the other hand is a (often) life-long disease characterised by patches of skin which displays signs of redness, itchiness, and scaling.

Though the symptoms of each disease may vary, more often than not individuals with eczema may likewise suffer from psoriasis, and thus a singular ‘first line’ treatment is advocated for both problems. This simplistic method which involves the use of topical emollients is advocated primarily for its moisturising capabilities. In a general sense, emollients are simply applied topically several times a day or whenever there are breakouts in order to help prevent dryness and soothe irritation. Medicated emollients like Epaderm do more than just moisturise, as they also contain active ingredients which soothe the feeling of itchiness and burning associated with topical inflammation. Epaderm cream in particular is ideal for areas that are highly affected by psoriasis, in that it not only helps to keep the irritation at bay, but it also allows for a significant management of scaling as well, and it’s non-greasy properties make it ideal for daytime applications.

For long-term management and the treatment of major breakouts, Epaderm ointment – a far more ‘clingy’ and ‘greasy’ version of the cream is preferred. Containing deep-moisturising ingredients that are readily absorbed by the skin, this ointment is especially designed to treat moderate to severe symptoms of eczema and psoriasis and noted to be highly effective on extremely dry or cracked skin. Providing superior long-term moisturisation, it is a formulated for all age groups.

How Emollients Help to Treat Eczema and Psoriasis

Emollients are the simplest modes of treatment for both eczema and psoriasis and provide several advantages to other, more ‘specialised’ treatments. Primarily, it addresses dryness, irritation and itching through deep moisturisation. Secondarily, it addresses moisture loss by creating a thin barrier of impermeable moisture which is accomplished through the use of natural or synthetic oils, esters, or waxes. Finally, it provides anti-inflammatory benefits through medication which is combined with its base. Unlike more complicated medicated topical treatments, this simplistic approach is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, allowing for a broader range of applications.

If you’re looking for medications to treat mild to severe eczema and psoriasis, the Zen Shop offers a wide assortment of different creams, ointments, and medicated oils for management. Check out our website today for a complete catalogue of our products and services.