At Bare Naked Studio we can treat clients with skin conditions from eczema, psoriasis and keratosis.
We invite you book an online consultation with our skin therapist via Zoom or Facetime.
We will work with you and guide you through a tailored perspective programme for your condition.
This is a common skin disease that has been given a few different names:
Eczema (the name most people use)
To avoid confusion, we will use the term ‘atopic eczema’.
Atopic eczema can be long lasting so it is important to learn how to take care of your skin.
Treatment and good skin care can alleviate much of the discomfort caused by eczema.
Atopic eczema triggers
Factors that can worsen atopic eczema include:
Soaps, bubble baths and fragranced products
Changes in heat and humidity
Woolen clothing, blankets and carpets
Dust and pollen
The exact causes of atopic eczema are unknown, it is most likely related to a mixture of factors including:
Dry, irritated skin, which reduces the skins ability to be an effective barrier
A gene variation that affects the skin’s barrier function- patients often have a family history of asthma, eczema or hay fever
Immune system dysfunction
Infections with bacteria, such as staphylococcus aureus on the skin
Psoriasis is a common skin condition that is associated with increased trauma of skin cells. Psoriasis causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin. The extra skin cells form thick, silvery scales and itchy, dry, red patches that are sometimes painful.
Psoriasis can affect the nails and the joints as well as the skin. Psoriatic arthritis produces swelling and stiffness in the joints or stiffness in the lower back and should be managed by a rheumatologist who works closely with your dermatologist and/or your GP.
Psoriasis, particularly moderate to severe psoriasis, is associated with an increased risk of anxiety, depression and harmful use of alcohol.
Moderate to severe psoriasis increases the risk of heart disease and stroke but the right treatment of psoriasis may reduce this risk.
Psoriasis can also be associated with diabetes, obesity, venous thromboembolism, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Psoriasis is also associated with inflammatory bowel disease and there is a small increased risk of skin cancer.
Psoriasis is a long-term condition which may come and go throughout your lifetime.
Psoriasis patches can range from new spots of dandruff-like scaling to extensive plaques that cover large areas.
Most types of psoriasis goes through cycles, flaring for a few weeks or months, then subsiding for a time or even going into complete remission.
Several types of psoriasis exist.
The most common form, plaque psoriasis causes dry, raised, red skin lesions (plaques) covered with silvery scales. The plaques itch or may be painful and can occur anywhere on your body. You may have just a few plaques or many depending on the severity of the outbreak.
Psoriasis on the scalp appears as red, itchy areas with silvery-white scales. The red or scaly areas often extend beyond the hairline. You may notice flakes of dead skin in your hair or on your shoulders, especially after scratching your scalp.
This primarily affects young adults and children. This is usually triggered by a bacterial infection such as streptococcal throat. It’s marked by small, water-drop-shaped scaly patches on your trunk, arms, legs and scalp. You may have a single outbreak that goes away on its own, or you may have repeated episodes.
Mainly affecting the skin in the armpits, in the groin, under the breasts and around the genitals. Inverse psoriasis causes smooth patches of red, inflamed skin. It’s worsened by friction and sweating. Fungal infections may trigger this type of psoriasis.
This uncommon form of psoriasis can occur in widespread patches (generalized pustular psoriasis) or in smaller areas on your hands, feet or fingertips. It generally develops quickly, with pus-filled blisters appearing just hours after your skin becomes red and tender. The blisters may come and go frequently. Generalized pustular psoriasis can also cause fever, chills, severe itching and diarrhea.
The least common type of psoriasis, erythrodermic psoriasis can cover your entire body with
a red, peeling rash that can itch or burn intensely.
In addition to inflamed, scaly skin, psoriatic arthritis causes pitted, discolored nails and the swollen, painful joints that are typical of arthritis. Symptoms range from mild to severe, and psoriatic arthritis can affect any joint. Although the disease usually isn’t as crippling as other forms of arthritis, it can cause stiffness and progressive joint damage that in the most serious cases may lead to permanent deformity.
Psoriasis typically starts or worsens because of a trigger that you may be able to identify and avoid.
Factors that may trigger psoriasis include:
Infections such as a sore throat or skin infections
Injury to the skin, such as a cut or scrape, bug bite, or a severe sunburn
Heavy alcohol consumption
Certain medications — including lithium, which is prescribed for bipolar disorder,
some high blood pressure medications such as beta blockers as well as antimalarial drugs and iodides.
Anyone can develop psoriasis, but these factors can increase your risk of developing the disease:
Perhaps the most significant risk factor for psoriasis is having a family history of the disease. Having one parent with psoriasis increases your risk of getting the disease, and having two parents with psoriasis increases your risk even more.
Viral and bacterial infections.
People with HIV are more likely to develop psoriasis than people with healthy immune systems are. Children and young adults with recurring infections, particularly streptococcal throat, also may be at increased risk.
Stress. Because stress can impact your immune system, high stress levels may increase your risk of psoriasis.
Excess weight increases the risk of psoriasis. Plaques associated with all types of psoriasis often develop in skin creases and folds.
Smoking tobacco not only increases your risk of psoriasis but also may increase the severity of the disease. Smoking may also play a role in the initial development of the disease.
If you have psoriasis, you’re at greater risk of developing certain diseases.
This complication of psoriasis can cause joint damage and a loss of function in some joints, which can be debilitating.
Certain eye disorders — such as conjunctivitis, blepharitis and uveitis — are more common in people with psoriasis.
People with psoriasis, especially those with more severe disease, are more likely to be obese.
However, it is not clear how these diseases are linked. The inflammation linked to obesity may play a role in the development of psoriasis, or it may be that people with psoriasis are more likely to gain weight, possibly because they’re less active because of their psoriasis.
Type 2 diabetes.
The risk of type 2 diabetes is upped in people with psoriasis. The more severe the psoriasis, the greater the likelihood of type 2 diabetes.
High blood pressure.
The odds of having high blood pressure are higher for people with psoriasis.
For people with psoriasis, the risk of heart attack is almost three times greater than for those without the disease. The risk of irregular heartbeats or stroke are also higher in those with psoriasis. This could be due to excess inflammation or to an increased risk of obesity and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Some psoriasis treatments may cause abnormal cholesterol levels and increase the risk of hardened arteries.
Metabolic syndrome. This is a cluster of conditions — including high blood pressure, elevated insulin levels and abnormal cholesterol levels — that increases your risk of heart disease. People with psoriasis have a higher risk of metabolic syndrome.
Other autoimmune diseases.
Celiac disease, sclerosis and the inflammatory bowel disease called Crohn’s disease are more
likely to strike people with psoriasis.
This chronic neurological condition is more likely to occur in people with psoriasis.
Kidney disease. Moderate to severe psoriasis has been linked to a higher risk of kidney disease.
Psoriasis can also affect your quality of life by increasing your risk of:
Problems at work, which can lead to a lower income
Keratosis pilaris are patches of small bumps on your arms, thighs or bottom- but they can appear in other places.
The bumps can be red, white, skin-toned or darker than your skin.
The skin can sometimes feel itchy, and may feel better in summer and worse in winter.
If you're not sure it's keratosis pilaris we can help with a skin consultation.
Most people with keratosis pilaris have it for years, and it may eventually clear up by itself.
Until it does, there are things you can do to help improve the appearance of your skin.
Moisturise your skin – using our restore water based lotion
use mild and unperfumed soaps and bathing products
gently scrub your skin with a washcloth or exfoliating mitt
have cool or lukewarm showers and baths
pat your skin dry instead of rubbing it after washing
Do not use perfumed soaps or bathing products that can dry out your skin
do not use harsh scrubs on your skin – this can make it worse
do not have hot baths or showers
If the above advice has not helped you with this condition, or if it starts bothering you or your skin becomes itchy or inflamed we can help.
Keratosis Pilaris Triggers
Keratosis pilaris happens when your hair follicles become blocked with a build-up of keratin, a substance found in skin, hair and nails. Nobody knows exactly why keratin builds up, but the condition is thought to run in families- so if your parents have it, you may get it also.
Keratosis pilaris is not infectious, you cannot spread or catch it.