Skin Problems

Most of us will experience one or more different types of skin problems throughout our lives. From nappy rash to acne, eczema to psoriasis and more, it’s almost certain you (or at least someone you know) has gone, or is still going through it.

Your local TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacist can provide expert advice and guidance regarding skin conditions and effective treatment options.

Clearer skin is achievable. Speak to your pharmacist today for more information.

We’re here to help your skin

Your local TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacist can provide expert advice and guidance regarding skin conditions and effective treatment options.

One of the main focuses at Masterclass 2018 (our annual 3-day pharmacist training event) was skincare. And with more than 400 attendees, you can rest assured we’re dedicated to providing you with the most up-to-date, informed advice available.

You’ll also find a wide range of products that can help with various skin problems.

If necessary, they will direct you to your GP for further analysis.


What is it?

Psoriasis is a skin condition affecting around 2% of the world’s population¹. It affects men and women equally, and its most common form is plaque psoriasis.

Plaque psoriasis appears as raised pink or red patches (plaques), covered with silvery-white scales. These plaques may be itchy and painful.

How do you get it?

Psoriasis is a genetic or hereditary disease. It is more likely to develop if someone else in your family also has the condition, although not all people who inherit the gene will develop the condition.

Psoriasis occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth of skin cells causing plaques to form. Psoriasis can appear on any part of the body including the scalp, hands, feet and nails.

Psoriasis is not contagious – you cannot catch it from other people, and other people cannot catch it from you.

What can trigger it?

Certain events can often trigger psoriasis to develop, such as:

  • Stress
  • Infection
  • Injury to the skin such as sunburn
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Certain medications

It is caused when the body’s own immune system fails to respond in the correct way.

Are treatments available?

Whilst psoriasis primarily affects the skin, it is also associated with an increased risk in developing other health conditions such as psoriatic arthritis.

It is important to know there is treatment available to help manage psoriasis.

Clearer skin is achievable.


What is it?

Eczema (or dermatitis) refers to a group of skin disorders characterised by rashes that include inflammation, itching, and scaling or flaking of the skin. It affects some 10% of infants and three to five per cent of adults. Eczema is usually irritating rather than serious. However, the skin may become infected by bacteria and antibiotic treatment may be needed.

How do you get it?

The exact cause of eczema is unknown, although it is speculated to be linked to certain factors:

  • A family history of eczema, asthma or hay fever
  • Immune system abnormality
  • Environment
  • Skin barrier defects which allow moisture to escape and let bacteria/viruses in

What can trigger it?

Less ‘triggers’ and more irritants that can cause flare-ups include:

  • Certain chemicals
  • Hot water
  • Synthetic fabrics
  • Wool
  • Some soaps and shampoos
  • Drier air conditions
  • Allergies and food sensitivities
  • Stress
  • Sunshine and sunscreen
  • Sweat
  • Saliva

Are treatments available?

The goal of treating eczema is to heal the skin and to prevent and minimise flare-ups of the condition.

Treatment of eczema can vary and can include:

  • Medications that are placed directly on the skin or scalp (topical medications) such as anti-inflammatory ointments e.g. topical steroid creams such as cortisone
  • Oral medications prescribed by a doctor
  • Moisturisers, especially after bathing or swimming
  • Keeping the skin cool, especially while sleeping
  • Dietary changes (must be discussed with your GP prior to commencing)
  • Ultraviolet radiation therapy (phototherapy) – used in chronic cases

If you suffer from eczema, it is important to see your doctor before starting any kind of treatment.

Speak with your TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacist about your condition and they will be able to provide expert advice on what products may suit you.


General advice only – this information should not replace the information provided to you by your health care professional. If symptoms are severe or persist, please speak to your health care professional. Information current as of date of publishing.

Always check with your pharmacist or medical professional before starting any new medications or supplements, particularly if you have any pre-existing medical conditions, are taking any medications currently, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or researching therapies suitable for infants or children.