I suffer from eczema, which is somewhat similar.
I have found that (unfortunately) cortisone creams tend to the the quick fix if the problem is quite serious (broken skin, bleeding) but the downside is that in the long term it thins the skin so it becomes weaker.
When I'm not in crisis mode I use a cream you can get from a hearbalist or pharmacist called Allergenics, it contains natural ingredients (don't worry, I am not recommending it because I earn a commission on sales! It's because it works for me).
However, in terms of what worked BEST in the past has been a trip to Budapest: the mineral-rich water in Budapest has some incredible healing properties. I went to the Gellert Spa in 2007 and it cleared my skin completely, both in terms of breakouts on my face and the eczema on my hands.
I have reviewed the spa on Wahanda so you can get an idea. I would say a trip to a natural spa or using some mineral-rich salt in your bath water can help. Failing that, try putting some oats in a muslin bag in your bath water, use it as a calming treatment and a local application to your arms.
I hope your psoriasis gives you peace. Try and contact the charity Eczema Support for more advice as well.
Triamcinolone, a topical steroid is a great product that's easy to get a prescription for. I'd try that before trying more cosmetic products, which are often chock full of fragrances or other harsh chemicals which will make it worse.
Paola is right about avoiding cortisone (steroid based) creams if you can, they are a quick fix that can leave long term problems/damage. I would also second her advice re: Eczema Support. I converse with them regularly on Twitter and they are very supportive.
I suffer with Psoriasis on my scalp (when I'm stressted) and eczema on my body (since a baby) and I have been amazed at the results Aloe Vera and Bee Propolis have had. I also have a friend who has recovered from severe contact dermatitis using these products.
I would also recommend that you take a look at the products you are currently using to shower with and make sure you are using a non-bio washing detergent. Avoid using fabric conditioner until you have got the problem under control.
Best of luck,
Skype with me (tonimhunter) if you want to talk / moan / share experiences, I'm always around for a girly chat!
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