Eczema and Psoriasis are some common skin conditions that affect many people around the globe. Both are chronic skin conditions characterized by scaly, red skin rashes. Though eczema and psoriasis look quite similar, the range of symptoms are very different which can be identified by your physician easily.
There are 31.6 million people suffering from any type of eczema in the USA, while more then 8 million Americans have psoriasis. Since you are checking this article it’s highly likely that you suffer from any of this diseases (or any other skin disorder). I encourage you to study this article, because bentonite clay is a great possibility to ease your symptoms on a natural way.
We begin with the basics and later dive deeper into the topic.
What is an Eczema?
Eczema is a rash like skin condition which can be seen anywhere in the body. In simple terms, it is a skin disease that can cause a persons skin to become red and dry, scaly looking or even crusty and oozy. Though it may start as a simple rash, the skin becomes more red and inflamed when scratched.
No matter which part of your body is affected, the first symptom of eczema is intense itching. When scratched, they erupts into a rash. Rashes can be found anywhere in the body, however certain areas are more prone to eczema attack like creases of the knees or elbows, the nape of the neck, face, around the eyes. Initially, eczema appears as vesicles or small red bumps, which can flake or ooze with continued scratching. Rubbing and scratching further irritates the skin and produces thickened leathery skin.
Causes of Eczema
Though the specific cause of eczema is not perfectly understood, it is believed that a combination of environmental and genetic factors might trigger this condition. Children are more likely to get eczema attack if one or both parent has had this condition. People suffering from allergies and asthma are more likely to get eczema at the time of flare in their illness. Although it is not sure how and why the body is reacting to the illness, it reacts to something it does not like and develops a skin reaction that results in an itch. A skin rash can also develop when it comes in contact with a certain substances like chemicals, harsh wool, soaps, pets, mold etc. People who are allergic to certain foods will develop a rash after taking the food they are allergic to.
In this image you can get an overview and an idea of the above mentioned things. You see the ‘normal’ treatment like vitamins and visit a doctor. You should actually do this besides your bentonite clay to get the best results.
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a skin condition that is characterized by scaly, red patches, typically on the scalp, elbows or knees. Affected skin cells multiply much faster then normal cells. People suffering from psoriasis can develop discomfort, pain, and low self-esteem that can interfere with their social and work life.
Psoriasis causes patches of red thick skin and silvery scales that are found commonly in certain areas of the body like knees, elbow, lower back, scalp, palms, soles of the feet, and face. It can also other areas like mouth, toenails and fingernails.
The signs and symptoms depend on the type and severity of the condition. Commonly seen symptoms include raised reddish patches, scaly patches, white pustules, red spots, red smooth lesions, and changes in toe and fingernails like pitting, discoloration and thickening.
Causes of Psoriasis
The exact cause of the skin condition, psoriasis is not fully understood, but researchers believe it as a result of various factors like genetics, the immune system, and the environmental factors.
Scientists believe that there is genetic link to psoriasis. If you have this skin condition, then it is likely that someone in your family may have had it too. Environmental factors like stress, infections like thrush or strep throat, injury to the skin like burns, cuts, bug bites, scrapes etc, and certain medications like indomethacine, quinidine, antimalarials, lithium etc are also known to trigger psoriasis.
Both eczema and psoriasis develop scaly red rashes on the skin and they look quite similar to an untrained eye. However, they are completely different skin conditions and here we explain the major differences
between eczema and psoriasis to better understand them.
How to Tell if You Have Eczema or Psoriasis
Root cause of eczema and psoriasis:
Psoriasis is caused by an overactive immune system that develops increased skill cell reproduction. With that said, psoriasis affected areas gets 10 times ticker than a normal skin, resulting in itching, scaling, and uncomfortable and increased flaking. Eczema may also present similar symptoms, but are caused from contact with allergens or by allergic
Where to find:
Eczema often develops on parts of your body that is bend like behind your knees, inner elbow, ankles, wrists, and neck. Babies affected with eczema shows symptoms in their legs, arms, back, chest, scalp, cheeks, and chin. Psoriasis often develops on places like soles of your feet, palms of your hand, lower back, face and scalp,knees and elbow.
How it looks:
Eczema affected skin is often red, inflamed and sometimes swollen. It can be crusty, scaly or oozy. The reddened skin may transform in to rough leathery patches with continued scratching. Though psoriasis may also cause red patches, they are often raised bumps that are scaly and silvery. In
addition to this, the skin is thick and more inflamed than eczema.
Bentonite Clay in the Treatment of Eczema and Psoriasis
In most cases, eczema and psoriasis are treated with steroids and other medications that often create a number of side effects in the individual. Although there is no official cure for these skin conditions, people who have used Bentonite clay have received great relief from its symptoms. Let us first understand, what Bentonite is?
Bentonite Clay is a mud like substance that are typically formed from the volcanic ashes. Popularly known as the “healing clay”, it is been used by people for centuries to improve skin tone, improve digestion, detoxify toxins and so on. On this homepage you can find out nearly everything about this great gift of nature. Nowadays, Bentonite clay has been very popular in the treatment of eczema and psoriasis. But does it really work?
Yes, research shows that Bentonite clay is very effective in the treatment of various skin conditions. Many people have used it and received great relief from the various annoying symptoms of eczema and psoriasis.
Bentonite Clay Benefits Eczema and Psoriasis Patients
- Minimizes infection: Bentonite clay has got powerful antibacterial property that can kill a large number of bacteria presented on the skin. People suffering from skin lesions as a result of eczema and psoriasis. will know the importance of protecting their skin from infection. Clay can give this protection against bacteria’s as well reducing inflammation and soothing the pain associated with skin problems.
- Soothes inflammation: Research clearly indicates that applying Bentonite clay on rashes can minimize the inflammation. This soothing effect of Bentonite clay on rashes is further backed by various other studies too.
- Eliminates toxins: When taken internally, Bentonite clay detoxifies the body from various toxins like aflatoxins and heavy metals. It is believed that, both aflatoxins and heavy metals that come from mold, mainly contribute to the onset of psoriasis. The good news is Bentonite clay can eliminate those toxins from your body and help in the healing process.
- Ultraviolet protection: Bentonite clay offers great protection against the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. Iron Oxide, present in Bentonite clay has properties to reflect radiations. By applying a thick paste of Bentonite clay on the inflamed areas, people suffering from eczema and psoriasis can go out and get sunlight without getting affected.
- Supports a balanced immune system: Bentonite clay, along with its 70 essential trace minerals, supports for a balanced immune system. As discussed earlier, both eczema and psoriasis develops from an impaired immune system. Being said that, Bentonite clay helps in the properly functioning of your immune system and thus minimizes eczema and psoriasis.
How to Use Bentonite Clay for Eczema, Psoriasis, and Other Skin Conditions
Bentonite clay has been used for so many years for a number of skin conditions. Learn how to use Bentonite clay for treating eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions:
- Clay Bath: into a tub of bath water, add 1 to 2 cups of Bentonite clay powder, mix it well and immerse yourself into it for around 20 minutes. This will bring out all the toxins from your body, due to its electromagnetic properties. Bentonite clay is composed of highly charged, negative electromagnetic ions that has the capacity to attract positively charged ions of bacteria, virus, fungi, toxins, infections etc from your body.
- Clay Pack: Mix clay with water using a wooden spoon (no metal spoons as it will react with the clay and you will not get the benefits of using it) to form a smooth paste and place it onto a cloth to make a ‘clay pack’. Place this clay pack on to the affected part of your skin. Remove it once it gets dried. The ‘greater’ form of a clay pack is a body wrap which is detailed described in this article.
- Clay Mask: To treat facial eczema, a fascial mask made from Bentonite clay will be extremely helpful. To prepare a fascial mask, use 1 or 2 tablespoon of Bentonite clay with equal quantities of water or ACV (apple cider vinegar) and a drop of your favourite essential oil. Apply this mask on the face and allow it to dry for around 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water when it feels slightly tingly and light, and pat dry with a clean towel. Try to use once or twice a week to get good results.
As you can see in the image a clay bath might be the best solution against extensive skin disorders.
You Can Mix Bentonite Clay With Various Things to Get Even Better Results.
Why use ACV and essential oils in Bentonite clay:
- Mixing with ACV: No matter how much you try to mix Bentonite clay with water, you can see it doesn’t really mix up and clumps. However, mixing clay with raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, not only helps you to get an even face mask, but also helps balance your skin. The exfoliating effect of apple cider vinegar removes all dead cells and give way for new healthy skin cells.
- Mixing with essential oils: Adding any of your favourite essential oils to your clay mask gives the perfect aroma with added benefits of the particular essential oil.
Now we covered all the basics and we should check the related questions
Can Bentonite Clay be Used to Treat Babies with Eczema?
Yes obviously you can also use this for your baby. Please speak to a physician at first and maybe do a patch test or other allergy tests to be absolutely save that you don’t do any harm to your child. Research report states that 1 in every 10 child will develop eczema, and most of the symptoms will start appearing within the first few months after birth. If anyone or both parents has had eczema at any point of their life, then the possibility of baby getting the skin condition is very high. Other reason for babies getting eczema is the skin barrier. When a baby is suffering from eczema, the parents often look for safer and more natural treatment methods to avoid the harmful effects of prescription drugs. That’s when they discover Bentonite Clay.
So to speak, Bentonite clay can also be used on babies to alleviate the annoying symptoms of eczema. Bentonite clay baby bath will bring soothing relief for your baby from the annoying symptoms of eczema by bringing out all the impurities, toxins and bacteria’s that causes irritation. I actually would not chow my baby with clay, just to avoid any risks.
Can I Use Bentonite clay on a Weeping Eczema?
Do you have a wet, oozing eczema for a long time? Then, use Bentonite clay and see how it works wonders on your skin. Mix Bentonite clay with enough water to make a smooth paste and apply it over the lesions and the surrounding regions. Leave it for a while till it gets dried and then, wash it off. Now, you can the lesions reduced considerably. Bentonite clay has a very soothing and drying effect on the skin. So, it is considered very good for weeping eczemas.
Can I use Bentonite Clay on a Dishidrotic Eczema?
Dishidrotic eczema can only be seen on soles, palms, and sides of toes and fingers. Small opaque bumps which are called vesicles, cracks and thickening accompanied by itching is the main characteristic feature of dishidrotic eczema.
Bentonite clay is an excellent remedy for dishidrotic eczema, due to its drying effect on the skin. Apply a smooth past of Bentonite clay mixed with ACV to the affected areas and wash it once it gets dried.
Can Bentonite clay be used on other skin conditions:
Apart from treating eczema and psoriasis, Bentonite clay is also used in the treatment of other skin conditions like acne, diaper rash, skin allergy, chicken pox etc.
Bentonite clay has myriad uses when it comes to skin care and healing. If you are looking for a cost effective, safe and efficient way to eliminate toxins from your body, then try Bentonite clay. It is an excellent product for treating various types of eczemas and psoriasis with proven results. You can check our Buyers Guide on Bentonite clay on this page.
Disclaimer: As we are no physicians please keep in mind that Bentonite clay is only a supportive thearpy options for your skin issue. It can, atleast most of the time, not replace a classical treatment. Since we research our arcticles extremely well the information should be correct, but there is no 100% guarantee. Before you start with any treatment on your skin disorder contact a physician for your own safety. In the picture above you see an dermatologist doing a allery test to check if you tolerate the Bentonite clay.