Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Why should I use Dermarest®?
Dermarest® products have been formulated to provide maximum strength relief from the symptoms of psoriasis and eczema. Our products are fragrance-free, color-free, irritation-free and won’t stain so they can be used on sensitive skin. When used regularly, Dermarest® products can often help prevent recurrence of symptoms.
What makes Dermarest® different?
Dermarest® products are different because they use unique skin moisturizers with Zinc PCA Complex
Can I use Dermarest® on my face?
Yes, Dermarest® Psoriasis products can be used on the face–taking care to avoid contact with the eyes. Do not use on the lips or around the mouth as the product should not be swallowed.
Can children use Dermarest®?
Dermarest® products are specially formulated to be gentle and non-irritating to sensitive skin and can be used on children over 2 years of age. Be sure to supervise children when using the product.

Psoriasis Questions

What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is an itchy, sometimes painful, skin disease. Though it commonly appears on the scalp, knees, elbows and torso, psoriasis can show up anywhere.
What causes psoriasis?
While the exact cause of psoriasis is not known, it’s believed to be triggered by a problem within the immune system. Skin cells’ normal cycle run about 28-30 days during which the cells mature and fall off. In psoriasis, skin cell maturation is escalated to as little as three or four days and instead of shedding off, the skin cells ‘pile up’ of on the surface and form lesions.
Is psoriasis contagious?
No, it is not contagious. Psoriasis can’t be ‘caught’ by coming in contact with someone who has it. It is, however, believed to be hereditary—meaning it can be passed on in families.
What are the symptoms of psoriasis?
The most common symptoms are thick, red patches of skin (plaques) and dry, silvery scales. Most often these appear on the scalp, elbows, knees, and torso. But they can show up elsewhere, such as on the soles of the feet and toenails.
Does psoriasis affect everyone experience the same way?
No. There are different types of psoriasis. Plaque psoriasis is the most common type. This causes dry, red patches (also known as plaques) with silvery scales, typically found on the scalp, elbows, chest, knees and lower back.
What is psoriatic arthritis?
It is a condition related to psoriasis that affects the joints. Symptoms of psoriasis and the arthritis may occur separately and even years apart.
How is psoriasis diagnosed?
Your doctor or dermatologist will examine the skin as well as toenails and fingernails and, most likely, ask about your family’s medical history.
Is there a cure for psoriasis?
No, at this time there is no cure for psoriasis. However, there are treatments that can help provide relief.
What treatment options are there for psoriasis?
Treatments depend on what type of psoriasis you have and how serious it is. Generally, treatments fall into three categories: topical treatments (such as over-the-counter products or prescription corticosteroids), light therapy (phototherapy) or systemic treatments that suppress the immune system.
Who gets psoriasis?
Psoriasis occurs almost equally between men and women as well as in all racial groups. Nearly 7.5 million people in the United States live with psoriasis. While it can begin at any age, it typically appears between the ages of 15 and 35.
What triggers psoriasis?
Emotional stress, injury to the skin, certain drugs and infections are all things that can trigger psoriasis.
Why do I see a difference with my psoriasis from summer to winter?
Changes in the seasons can play a role in your psoriasis flare-ups. During the summer additional exposure to sunlight can help improve your condition while the cold, dry air of winter can aggravate it.

Eczema Questions

What is eczema?
Eczema is a non-contagious skin condition. It most often begins in childhood, before age 5. Some people outgrow it, some unfortunately do not. In mild cases of eczema, skin can be dry, hot and itchy. In more severe cases, the skin can be cracked, raw and bleeding.
What causes eczema?
Certain types of eczema can be caused by reactions to chemicals, detergents or other irritants. But the exact cause of atopic dermatitis (eczema) isn’t really known. Scientists believe that a malfunction in the body’s immune system may be to blame. Atopic dermatitis often occurs along with allergies and frequently runs in families in which other family members have asthma or hay fever. Stress and other emotional disorders can make atopic dermatitis worse, but they don't cause it.
Who gets eczema?
Eczema can affect both adults and children alike. Most often, though, it develops in children before the age of 5. Some children outgrow it, while others have it for life. Eczema is very common in people who have a family history of allergies.
Is eczema contagious?
No, eczema is not contagious and cannot be ‘caught’ by coming in contact with someone who has it. However, it is hereditary. That is, it can be passed from parents to their children.
Is atopic dermatitis the same thing as eczema?
The terms “Atopic dermatitis” and “eczema” are often used interchangeably. However, eczema can mean a family of skin conditions that cause the skin to become itchy and irritated. So, atopic dermatitis is actually one type of eczema. Other types include contact dermatitis—which breaks out in areas that have come into contact with an allergy-causing substance or with an irritant, such as detergent—and seborrheic dermatitis, which includes dandruff.
Is there a cure for eczema?
There is no known cure. However, while you may be stuck with it, you don’t have to be stuck with it getting in the way of your life. Treatment and lifestyle changes, such as avoiding triggers, and lowering your stress, helps to minimize outbreaks and reduce symptoms.
What are the symptoms of eczema?
The symptoms depend on the type of eczema. The most common symptoms include red, dry, extremely itchy patches of skin, usually on the hands, neck, face and legs. Scratching can lead to crusty sores.
How is eczema diagnosed?
A doctor examines your skin and takes a full medical history of you and your family in order to make a diagnosis. A skin biopsy may also be done to help confirm a diagnosis, and make sure it’s not another skin condition.
How can I manage eczema?
An effective skin care routine is important and varies from person to person—what works well for one person may not work for someone else. Moisturizing creams and lotions, such as Dermarest® Eczema Medicated Lotion or Dermarest® Medicated Moisturizer, help keep the skin hydrated. Topical steroids reduce inflammation. Oral steroids are prescribed for severe outbreaks. Other treatments may include antihistamines to reduce inflammation and itching, Ultra Violet light treatment, and stronger medications in cases of severe eczema.
Should I change my diet?
If you suspect certain foods, such as dairy, peanuts, eggs, or wheat, are making your symptoms worse, then you might want to avoid them. Be sure to talk with your doctor, because tests can be run to see if any food allergies exist.