Psoriasis and eczema: what is the difference?

Psoriasis and eczema can often look quite similar but they are different in many ways ...

Firstly, psoriasis prefers ‘tougher’ skin such as the backs of the elbows and front of the knees, whereas eczema is more common in the inner elbow creases and the backs of the knees where the skin is softer.

  • Eczema and psoriasis can both be itchy, but eczema is always itchy (if it's not itchy then it's another type of dermatitis) and eczema can be incredibly itchy.
  • Eczema is far more common during childhood, with 1 in 5 children suffering from eczema. In contrast, it is rare for psoriasis to appear before the age of ten as psoriasis typically occurs during adulthood.
  • Eczema symptoms include oozing and weeping, and psoriasis is never moist.

Psoriasis photos


At Eczema Life, we recommend nutritionist Karen Fischer's low food chemical program (The Eczema Detox) along with additive-free supplements for skin health and wellbeing. Click on the images to view more details: