15% off €35 OR 20% off €40

Code:DEAL
 

15% off €35 OR 20% off €40

Code:DEAL

Buy 1 Get 1 FreeSummer ShopOffersOffers HubBuy One Get One 1/2 PriceSave up to 1/2 priceBuy 1 Get 1 Free25% off Online Only OfferOutletFlash sale up to 50% offFree gift with purchase2 for €61 Mix & MatchShort DatedVitamins & SupplementsVitamins & Supplements HubJoints, Aches & PainsGut HealthImmunityEnergyChildren's HealthHealthy HeartWeight ManagementLow Mood & DepressionStress & AnxietyExercise & RecoveryVitamins & Supplements Shop AllCBDCollagen & SilicaHair, Skin & NailsShop all Hair, Skin & NailsHair GrowthFunctional MushroomsVitaminsShop all VitaminsMultivitaminsVitamin AVitamin BVitamin CVitamin DVitamin EVitamin KVitamin DrinksMineralsShop all MineralsMagnesiumIronZincCalciumSeleniumChromiumSupplementsShop all SupplementsFibre SupplementsAcidophilus & Friendly BacteriaPeppermint OilGrapeseed ExtractLecithinCollagen & SilicaOmega & Fish OilsPlant Sourced SupplementsSuperfood SupplementsArnicaApple CiderRaspberry KetonesAloe VeraChondroitin & MSMCo Enzyme Q10Evening Primrose OilGarlicGlucosamineGlucomannanSeaweed, Kelps and AquaceuticalsDigestive EnzymesSaw palmettoCharcoalWomen's HealthShop all Women's HealthMenopauseMenstrual SupportUrinary Tract HealthPregnancy & ConceptionMen's HealthShop all Men's HealthProstate HealthChildren's HealthConditionShop all ConditionCholesterolAllergy & Hay Fever CareAnxiety SupportBone & Muscle HealthMuscle Support & Joint PainBrain & Memory SupportWomen's HealthMen's HealthChildren's HealthCold & Immune SupportFatigueDigestive HealthHair, Skin & NailsHeart & CirculationLiver CareMood SupportSexual HealthSleep & RelaxationStress ReliefVisionHerbal & Licensed RemediesShop all Herbal & Licensed RemediesValerianRescue RemedyAshwagandhaMilk ThistleGinseng & GuaranaHomeopathic & Flower RemediesShop all Homeopathic & Flower RemediesRescue RemedyFlower RemediesVegan Vitamins & SupplementsBuy One Get One 1/2 PriceBuy 1 Get 1 FreeSave up to 1/2 priceHolland & BarrettVitabioticsSolgarNew NordicBetterYouBioglanNatures AidGrass & Co.PE NutritionH&B ExpertDairy FreeGluten FreeSesame Seed FreeCelery FreeCereal FreeCrustaceans FreeEgg FreeFish FreeKiwi FreeLupin FreeNew inFood & DrinkFood & Drink HubImmunityExercise & RecoveryGut HealthEnergyJoints, Aches & PainsDental HealthWeight ManagementFood & Drink Shop AllVegan FoodHoney, Jams & SpreadsShop all Honey, Jams & SpreadsManuka HoneyHoneyJams & ChutneysNut ButtersSpreadsPateTeas & Hot BeveragesShop all Teas & Hot BeveragesCoffee & Coffee SubstituteMushroom DrinksTeaSuperfood TeaMatcha & Green TeaSleep & Relaxation TeaDried Fruit, Nuts & SeedsShop all Dried Fruit, Nuts & SeedsDried FruitNutsSeedsMixesSuperfoodsShop all SuperfoodsSuperfood PowdersMoringa PowderSpirulinaGoji BerriesBaobabChia SeedsSnacksShop all SnacksProtein BarsLow Calorie SnacksChocolate, Cakes & BiscuitsSavoury SnacksSweet SnacksSnack BarsCrisps & ChipsFlapjacksPopcornFood CupboardShop all Food CupboardCondiments & SaucesApple Cider VinegarSuperfoodsBreakfast CerealsHoney, Jams & SpreadsTinned FoodsRice, Pasta, Pulses & GrainsBreakfast CerealsShop all Breakfast CerealsCereals, Bran & FlakesGranolaMuesliOats & PorridgeBreakfast BarsDrinksShop all DrinksKombuchaNatural Energy DrinksJuicesSoft DrinksWaterAlcohol Free DrinksCookingShop all CookingCooking IngredientsApple Cider VinegarCondiments & SaucesSoya & Meat AlternativeSoup & Ready MealsRice, Pasta, Pulses & GrainsHerbs, Spices & SeasoningGravy & StockHome BakingShop all Home BakingBaking MixesBreadFlourSweeteners & Sugar AlternativesEgg SubstitutesDairy AlternativesShop all Dairy AlternativesOat, Rice & Hemp DrinksSoya DrinksNut DrinksCoconut DrinksNutritionally Complete FoodBuy One Get One 1/2 PriceSave up to 1/2 price25% off Online Only OfferHolland & BarrettNaturyaGrenadePukkaHeath & HeatherMeridianTwiningsOptimum NutritionNakdHuelGluten FreeDairy FreeEgg FreeWheat FreeMilk FreeSugar FreeSoya FreeCelery FreeFish FreeMustard FreeNew inSports NutritionSports Nutrition HubExercise & RecoveryEnergyWeight ManagementSports Nutrition Shop AllProteinShop all ProteinClear ProteinProtein VeganMeal ReplacementsWhey ProteinMass GainersDiet ProteinCaseinSports SupplementsShop all Sports SupplementsTestosteroneSports CollagenBars, Drinks & SnacksShop all Bars, Drinks & SnacksEnergy BarsProtein BarsProtein ShakesProtein SnacksNutritionally Complete FoodMeal Replacement ShakesPre Workout & EnergyShop all Pre Workout & EnergyPre WorkoutAmino Energy DrinksAmino Energy PowdersIntra WorkoutKetoPost WorkoutAmino AcidsShop all Amino AcidsBCAAL-LysineGlutamineArginineCreatineShop all CreatineCreatine PowderRehydrationShop all RehydrationElectrolytesEnergy GelsVegan Sports NutritionShop all Vegan Sports NutritionVegan ProteinVegan Protein BarsVegan Pre Workout & EnergyVegan Amino AcidsVegan CreatineSports AccessoriesShop all Sports AccessoriesBottles & ShakersFitness GoalShop all Fitness GoalRecoveryMuscle & StrengthLean MuscleEnergy & EnduranceDiet & Weight LossKetoSave up to 1/2 priceBuy One Get One 1/2 Price2 for €61 Mix & MatchPE NutritionOptimum NutritionGrenadeUSNApplied NutritionPhDHuelFoodspringSiSYfoodDairy FreeGluten FreeSugar FreeSoya FreeCelery FreeCereal FreeCrustaceans FreeEgg FreeFish FreeKiwi FreeNew inBeautyBeauty HubSkin Health - by skin concernDental HealthWomen's Health - Cycles & MenstruationSexual HealthWomen's Health - PregnancyJoints, Aches & PainsChildren's HealthExercise & RecoveryHealthy HeartImmunityNatural Beauty Shop AllAromatherapy & HomeShop all Aromatherapy & HomePure Essential OilsBlended Essential OilsBase & Carrier OilsHolisticSkincareShop all SkincarePremium SkincareFace CareBody CareSun CareTanning & BronzingEye CareLip CareFoot CareHand & Nail CareCBD BeautyHair Skin & NailsShop all Hair Skin & NailsNail ConditionsSkin ConditionsCollagenWashing & BathingShop all Washing & BathingShampoo & ConditionerBathing AccessoriesShower Gel & Body WashDeodorantDentalHand WashSoapBath Soak & OilBody ScrubBath Bombs & SaltsFeminine CareIncontinence SupportHair CareShop all Hair CareShampoo & ConditionerHair ColouringHair MasksHair Oil & SerumHair Spray, Gel & MousseHair AccessoriesMother & BabyShop all Mother & BabyBaby Skincare & ToiletriesMakeupElectrical WellnessSexual WellnessSave up to 1/2 priceBuy 1 Get 1 FreeBuy One Get One 1/2 PriceDr OrganicFaith in NatureWeledaTisserandNaturtintMiaromaQ+AEthiqueTrilogyChilds FarmAlcohol FreeParaben FreeSLS FreeParfum FreePalm Oil FreeGluten FreeCelery FreeCereal FreeCrustaceans FreeEgg FreeNew inWeight ManagementWeight Management HubExercise & RecoveryWeight ManagementEnergyHealthy HeartWeight Management Shop AllSlimming TabletsFat Burners, Binders & Appetite SuppressantsShop all Fat Burners, Binders & Appetite SuppressantsFat BurnersFat BindersAppetite SuppressantsShakes & Weight Management ShotsShop all Shakes & Weight Management ShotsMeal Replacement ShakesWeight Management ShotsDiet Food & DrinkShop all Diet Food & DrinkDiet FoodLow Calorie SnacksSlimming TeaExercise SupportBuy One Get One 1/2 PriceSave up to 1/2 price2 for €61 Mix & MatchGrenadeOptimum NutritionHolland & BarrettPulsinPhDEat WaterUSNNatures AidSlimExpertApplied NutritionSugar FreeDairy FreeGluten FreeWheat FreeNew inHealth & WellnessShop all Health & WellnessGut HealthSkin Health - by skin concernEnergyJoints, Aches & PainsWomen's Health - Hormonal HealthImmunityWomen's Health - Menopause & PerimenopauseExercise & RecoverySleep & RelaxationLow Mood & DepressionJoints Bones & MusclesGut HealthShop all Gut HealthGut Health FoodGut Health SkincareHair Skin & NailsShop all Hair Skin & NailsNail ConditionsSkin ConditionsCollagenStress AnxietyShop all Stress AnxietyEnergy SupportSleep & RelaxationShop all Sleep & RelaxationRelaxationFood & DietShop all Food & DietKeto FoodMenopauseBuy One Get One 1/2 PriceSave up to 1/2 priceBuy 1 Get 1 FreeHolland & BarrettNaturtintDr OrganicVitabioticsWeledaSolgarNew NordicEthiqueWildNatures AidDairy FreeGluten FreeParaben FreeSLS FreeSugar FreeParfum FreeAlcohol FreeWheat FreeSesame Seed FreeSoya FreeNew inShop for your WellnessWomen's HealthMenopauseSkincareJoints, Bones & MusclesGut HealthHair, Skin & NailsImmunitySleep & RelaxationFood & DietChildren's HealthStress ReliefHealthy HeartEnergyLow Mood & DepressionEye HealthSexual HealthLearn about WellnessWomen's HealthPeriod & Cycle HealthMenopauseImmunityGut HealthFood & DietJoints, Bones & MusclesSports & FitnessSleep & RelaxationHair Skin & NailsArticlesAll articlesHealthFood & nutritionGut healthImmunityJoints, bones & musclesWomen's healthWellnessHair & skinMental wellbeingSeasonalSleep & relaxationSports nutritionRecipesAll recipesGluten freeLow sugarVeganDairy freePodcast

Psoriasis vs eczema: what's the difference?

Difference between eczema and psoriasis
Have you or somebody you know developed a rash on their arm, back or face, or another part of their body, and are wondering what it could be? You may have found yourself wondering if it’s psoriasis…or maybe it could be eczema? Both psoriasis and eczema can cause itchy red rashes to form, so it could be either of them at first glance.1 But despite the rash similarities, there are some clear indicators that can help you spot psoriasis over eczema, or vice versa. Read on to discover what they are.

The difference between eczema and psoriasis

It’s easy to assume that eczema and psoriasis look the same. They’re both skin conditions….they both look red….they both cause people to break out in a rash…. But that’s how they look on the surface of things. If you spend a bit longer looking at the nature of the symptoms, you’ll soon discover there are some visible differences that are easy to spot (once you know what you’re looking for).

Difference #1: Rash types

Psoriasis rashes

Are red patches that may be silvery and scaly and look really raised. But unlike eczema, the skin is actually a lot thicker and more inflamed.

Eczema rashes

The skin looks red, inflamed, silvery and scaly, just like psoriasis. The patches can look rough and leathery and sometimes dark. These areas can also swell up too.2

Difference #2: Type of itchiness

The itch test

Having itchy red skin is a common symptom of both conditions, but the extent of the itchiness does vary, depending on whether you have psoriasis or eczema. With eczema - the skin is so itchy that it’s possible to scratch yourself until you bleed. With psoriasis - the skin is also itchy, but it also feels like it’s been stung or burnt; almost as though it’s on fire.3

Difference #3: Location of symptoms

Generally speaking, both conditions can appear on most parts of the body. However, there are certain areas where you’re more prone to see psoriasis and certain areas you’re more likely to see eczema developing. Eczema tends to develop – on the parts of the body where there are creases. For instance, on your inner elbow or behind your knees. It can also form on your neck, wrists and ankles. Psoriasis tends to develop – on your elbows, knees, scalp and face, lower back, palms of your hands, soles of your feet, mouth and lips, ears, eyelids, fingernails and toenails.4

How to seek help for both skin conditions

GPs or dermatologists can usually make a diagnosis based on how the skin looks. In some cases, a biopsy of the skin is carried out.5 In terms of atopic eczema, which is the most common form of eczema, you need to have had itchy skin condition within the last 12 months and experienced three or more of the following symptoms:6
  • Visibly irritated red skin in the creases of your skin at the time of being examined
  • Historically had skin irritations in these areas
  • Generally suffered from dry skin over the last 12 months
  • Have a history of asthma or hay fever (children under the age of four must have an immediate relative, such as a parent, brother or sister, who has one of these conditions)
  • Experienced the condition before the age of two (this does not apply to children under the age of four)

Treating psoriasis and eczema

Unfortunately, there’s no cure for either condition. It’s possible for people living with psoriasis or eczema to see their rashes come and go, and for them to sometimes be really bad, and then at other times, be more manageable.7,8 Meanwhile, some cases of atopic eczema in children can clear up as the child gets older.9

Treatments for psoriasis include:

  • Corticosteroids (for mild to moderate symptoms)
  • Anthralin, coal tar, salicylic acid, Vitamin D cream and topical retinoids (for moderate to severe symptoms)
  • Light therapy/phototherapy
  • Keeping the skin moisturised

Treatments for eczema include:

  • Corticosteroid creams
  • Antihistamine creams or tablets, such as Diphenhydramine
  • Antibiotic creams
  • Light therapy
  • Reducing stress
  • Avoiding extremely hot temperatures – particularly hot baths or showers
  • Moisturising the skin
Diet can also potentially play a part in both conditions, seeing as they’re both inflammatory skin conditions. Eating certain anti-inflammatory food, such as these, can potentially help calm the skin:
  • Fruit and vegetables - especially berries, cherries and leafy greens
  • Oily fish - salmon, sardines, and other fish rich in Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Antioxidant-rich herbs and spices – such as thyme, sage, cumin and ginger
  • Healthy sources of fat – such as olive oil, seeds, and nuts
We hope that by reading this psoriasis vs eczema article, you’re now a bit clearer on the difference between eczema and psoriasis? While there are parallels between the two, there are also lots of differentiators that are possible to identify; the first step is knowing that they exist. Shop MiaDerma Skincare Products Last updated: 23 July 2020 Sourceshttps://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/psoriasis/psoriasis-or-eczemahttps://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/psoriasis/psoriasis-or-eczemahttps://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/psoriasis/psoriasis-or-eczemahttps://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/psoriasis/psoriasis-or-eczemahttps://www.nhs.uk/conditions/psoriasis/https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/atopic-eczema/https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/psoriasis/https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/atopic-eczema/https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/atopic-eczema/
  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • AmericanExpress
  • PayPal
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
Copyright © Holland & Barrett Limited, 2024. All rights reserved. hollandandbarrett.ie is a trading name of Holland & Barrett Limited. Registered office: 45 Henry Street, Dublin, Dublin 1, D01 E9X8. Registered in Ireland: Company no. 79819. Registered VAT no. 4682002U.