Eczema and Psoriasis Skin Disease

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Angela C. Strother, PhD.

Weekly Column: Skin Sense

Eczema and psoriasis are inflammations of the skin that affect large segments of the population. Eczema may present as chronic or acute and symptoms include pain, redness, and itching. Scales are often present and the size of the inflammation can cover large areas of the body. Likewise, psoriasis is characterized by redness, itching, dry patches, and scales.  It is typically found on the hands, scalp, elbow, knees, chest, and lower back. Such conditions should not be confused with dehydration (lack of water) or dry skin (lack of oil or sebum).  While they are not contagious, they can spread to other parts of the body.

Research suggests eczema and psoriasis may be autoimmune in nature and it may be difficult to fully grasp what triggers an outbreak, especially because inflammation can hide in the body.  They are treated with medications, steroids, and various creams.  In addition to remedies prescribed by physicians, clients should avoid products that contain alcohol and other irritants, such as artificial scents and colors, preservatives, formaldehyde and there may be added concern for products with gluten, mineral oil, and lanolin.

In a spa environment, eczema and psoriasis are often reported by clients on intake forms. Similar to the oncology client, both populations have significant needs for deep hydration. Well-versed wellness spas carry medical grade moisturizers that address extreme dryness and can offer specialty spa treatments, retail, and home care guidance.

Angela Strother, PhD is co-owner of Jon’Ric International Massage & Wellness Spa in Matthews, offering authentic salt rooms, massage, facials, threading, Henna body art, and body treatments.  She is certified in aesthetics and oncology skin care. You can reach the Jon’Ric team at 704-708-4165 or email at  At Jon’Ric Matthews, come join us for a cup of tea and a chat about your skin!

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