02 Feb How To Treat Eczema And Psoriasis For A Perfectly Smooth Tattoo Canvas
Problem skin and conditions like eczema and psoriasis can easily leave you feeling that tattoos aren’t an option. But if you’re dreaming of new ink, using an effective psoriasis and eczema treatment ahead of your tattoo appointment is the perfect way to ensure your tattoo artist is working with a clear, healthy ‘canvas’.
Our innovative tattoo aftercare creams are not only award-winning vegan skincare products, they’re made with Baobab oil, a natural ingredient with phenomenal properties. Among the many benefits of baobab oil is the ability to soothe the symptoms of psoriasis, eczema, and other problematic skin conditions.
By using our aftercare treatment as a preparatory treatment you can effectively clear up any skin conditions, and ensure you have the perfect blank canvas to work on. Here’s all you need to know…
What Is Eczema?
Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition that leads to dry, itchy skin prone to breaking out in scaly patches, blisters, rashes, and even skin infections. The condition is common in childhood but frequently clears up as a person gets older and their immune systems strengthen.
When this doesn’t happen, eczema can leave adults with very uncomfortable, problematic skin. While they may not experience continual issues with eczema, many patients describe ‘flare-ups’ of the condition, where acute symptoms occur.
This can be very problematic for those who love tattoos, partly because there’s no way to predict when a flare-up may occur, and partly due to the concern that tattooing itself may trigger a flare-up. Finding an effective eczema treatment is therefore key to ensuring skin health and tattoo quality.
What Causes Eczema?
Eczema can be caused by multiple factors, from genetics to environmental factors. There is a protein called filaggrin that maintains the right level of moisture in your skin. Some people may be genetically predisposed to a filaggrin deficiency, which causes the skin to dry out and become itchy.
Another possible cause is an allergic reaction. The human immune system can be triggered by allergens and irritants which cause inflammation on the skin. Many things can potentially irritate the skin and cause an allergic reaction leading to a flare-up of eczema.
Other common eczema triggers include:
- Dry air, extreme cold or heat
- Certain types of shampoo, soap, body wash, bubble bath, facial cleansers, etc.
- Chemical additives in some forms of laundry detergent and fabric softeners
- Fabrics made from polyester or wool
- Disinfectants and surface cleaners
- Natural liquids from certain types of food including the juice of vegetables, fruit and meat
- Scented candles
- Metal used in jewellery and household utensils, particularly nickel and copper
- Formaldehyde, which may be found in some household disinfectants as well as adhesives, glues, and even vaccines
- An antibacterial element in hygiene products like makeup remover and baby wipes called isothiazolinone
- An element called cocamidopropyl betaine used to thicken lotions and shampoos
- A component of leather dyes as well as temporary tattoos, called paraphenylene-diamine
Emotional is another common trigger for eczema flare-ups although it’s not entirely clear why. The issue here is that an eczema flareup in itself is stressful, yet that stress exacerbates the flareup, causing further stress.
And round and round it goes.
What Are The Symptoms Of Eczema?
While there are some common symptoms of eczema it is experienced differently by the individual. Your skincare routine will have a huge impact on where they experience flare-ups. Age is another factor; you may not experience the same symptoms of eczema that you did as a child. There are also different forms of eczema that can appear in different areas of the skin at different times.
One common symptom is that eczema almost always comes with itchy skin, which can be mild to moderate. The urge to itch can become so bad it causes you to scratch your skin until it bleeds. Other symptoms include:
- Dry, sensitive skin
- Discoloured, inflamed skin
- Rough, scaly patches or leathery skin
- Crusting or oozing
The symptoms of eczema are often confused with psoriasis, however, they are two different conditions.
What Is Psoriasis?
Another skin condition that can make getting a tattoo problematic – as well as being difficult to manage – is psoriasis. This causes flaky, red, crusty patches with silver scaling to appear on the skin.
Most commonly found on your elbows, knees, and lower back, as well as the scalp. Psoriasis can be particularly problematic if you’re looking to get a sleeve or lower back tattoo. That being said, it can appear anywhere.
While most people only experience small patches, if that patch is in the wrong place it can ruin your ink plans!
Tattoos aside, psoriasis is a distressing, often embarrassing condition that affects about 2% of the UK. It usually presents itself in adults under thirty-five. A chronic condition that usually has periods of acute symptoms broken up by times when symptoms are very mild or even gone.
What Causes Psoriasis?
While most people replace their skin cells every three to four weeks. When skin cell production is increased, as it is in individuals with psoriasis, the whole process takes only three to seven days.
The result is a build-up of skin cells that accumulate in psoriasis patches.
While the exact cause isn’t clear, it seems likely it’s related to the immune system, as your body falsely identifies healthy skin cells as a threat and destroys them. While it does tend to run in families, it’s unclear how genetics affects the condition.
Triggers for psoriasis include skin injuries, some medicines, and throat infections. Since tattoos technically constitute a skin ‘injury’ some people prone to psoriasis find they experience flare-ups after they get a new tattoo.
As such, it’s not only vital to prepare your skin ahead of getting a tattoo, keeping up with your aftercare routine is vital to avoid unwanted flare-ups.
What Are The Symptoms Of Psoriasis?
As with eczema the exact symptoms of psoriasis vary depending on the individual, but generally speaking, they include:
- Red skin patches covered in thick, silver scaling
- Cracked, dry skin that can itch or bleed
- Small scaling spots
- Burning, itching and soreness
- Pitted, ridged, or thickened nails
- Stiff and swollen and joints
Effective Psoriasis And Eczema Treatment…
One of the reasons we developed Tat2Nut was because of the astonishing benefits of Baobab oil. After we discovered the power of this plant to heal the skin from issues like eczema and psoriasis, we realised the potential. Although Tat2Nut has been specifically created to act as an epic aftercare routine for tattoos, it’s so much more than that.
When consistently applied to the area you’re intending to get inked ahead of time, the baobab oil in Tat2Nut has a chance to get to work healing your skin. It’s proven to be an effective means of soothing the skin and treating both eczema and psoriasis.
While this is great for your tattoo artist – giving them the perfect ‘canvas’ to work with, it’s also a phenomenal relief for anyone struggling with either condition.
Creating The Perfect Tattoo Canvas…
If you have problematic skin and are looking for an effective way to create the perfect tattoo canvas ahead of your inking session, get in touch. We’re happy to recommend the best routine and products…