Eczema & Dermatitis - What's the difference?

Eczema & Dermatitis - What's the difference?

Eczema vs. Dermatitis: Understanding the Key Differences

Put simply, eczema is a common form of dermatitis. Being 'skincare for sensitive skin' it's vital that the skincare is safe for eczema-prone skin. We have helped hundreds of Aussie women with eczema/dermatitis on their faces and bodies. Eczema is a chronic, medically recognised skin condition caused by a disruption in your skin’s moisture barrier. It’s itchy and painful, and can even lead to nasty infections. Please note that Tribe Skincare is not a pharmaceutical product and it's best to consult a doctor or pharmacist. 

 Common causes:

  • Allergies
  • Harsh chemicals (often from your makeup or skincare)
  • Changes in temperature and environment
  • Genetics
  • Stress


  • Gentle, hydrating skincare


  • Steroid creams available over the counter at the pharmacy
  • Seeking help from a qualified Doctor or Dermatologist

Home remedies

  • Make a thick paste out of turmeric and olive oil. Apply to the affected area for about an hour, then rinse off (and try not to get it on your clothes). The turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, and the olive oil helps replenish your skin’s moisture and barrier.

Skincare to use:

The entire 'Tribe Skincare' range is suitable for eczema prone skin and can help repair your skin's barrier to prevent further flare-ups. 

Your best course of action is to gently exfoliate the dead skin and replenish your skin’s moisture barrier using steroid creams or the 'Ultimate Hydrating Moisturiser'. The 'Resurfacing 2-in-1 Exfoliant' will gently remove the dead skin, without causing further irritation. Layer it up with the 'Repairing Facial Oil' which helps protect your skin and repair it's natural barrier. For eczema/dermatitis on the body, use the 'Smoothing Body Moisturiser' to soothe and hydrate dry skin and irritation. 

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