Archive for the Skin Products Category
Posted on November 28, 2012 with No Comments
Dermatitis or eczema is a skin condition that causes inflammation and reddening which is often associated with an itchy rash. The most common type of eczema is atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis usually affects children and is also associated with conditions such as asthma and hay fever. Zinc plays some crucial roles in the body which can help in treating this condition.
Biological Functions Of Zinc
Zinc can help the body fight dermatitis as it is an essential trace element that is found in nearly 100 specific enzymes. Zinc helps maintain a healthy skin as it is involved in the function of oily glands as well as skin healing and repair functions. Zinc also plays a crucial role in the formation of collagen. Collagen is a component of the skin. Zinc boosts the immune system and promotes wound healing. Medical researchers have found that zinc supplements can help reduce the extent of dermatitis in some individuals.
Zinc deficiency can result in chronic liver disease, diabetes and other chronic illnesses which have symptoms very similar to those of dermatitis. Alopecia, eye and skin lesions are a common symptom in individuals suffering from zinc deficiency. Zinc deficiency also weakens the immune system thus rendering the body’s defense mechanism useless. This makes the body become vulnerable to skin irritants and allergens which cause dermatitis. In such cases zinc supplements have been shown to be effective at treating such forms of dermatitis.
Zinc As A Dietary Supplement
Zinc is also available as an over the counter daily vitamin and mineral supplement. Most zinc supplements include zinc gluconate, zinc oxide, and zinc acetate. Zinc has properties that have antioxidant values and these protect the body against the skin loosing elasticity and aging muscles. Zinc also speeds up the process of healing after an injury. Therefore zinc can help speed up the healing process of blisters and lesions caused by dermatitis. Zinc is thought to play a crucial role in the body’s entire immune system therefore making zinc an effective supplement to fight against dermatitis. Zinc cream applied to the skin can help protect the skin from sunburn and skin irritations that may cause dermatitis. Zinc preparations can also be applied to baby skin to help protect them against diaper rash.
Topical Applications Of Zinc
Zinc pyrithione is a component of many shampoos and is effective as an anti-dandruff agent. Dandruff is a common symptom in patients that are affected by dermatitis of the scalp. Zinc ions are very effective as antimicrobial agents even when they are at very low concentrations. Zinc ions can therefore be used to eliminate bacteria that cause dermatitis of the scalp. Zinc oxide preparations can be used to reduce itching and swelling in individuals with contact dermatitis.
Sources Of Zinc
The dietary recommended allowances for zinc are 8 mg/ day for women and 11 mg / day for men. Natural sources of zinc include beef, liver, lamb, oysters and lobsters. These are some of the foods that are known to have very high concentrations of this essential trace element. Plants also contain significant amounts of zinc. Plant foods with the most notable levels of zinc include wheat, mustard, celery, beans, nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and almonds. There are also several fortified foods available on the market, which have high levels of zinc.
In conclusion zinc can help treat dermatitis as it plays a crucial role in boosting the immune system. Its antimicrobial chemical properties also make it effective at helping alleviate the symptoms of dermatitis.
Posted on August 27, 2012 with No Comments
Given the temperature hit 87 degrees this weekend (in Atlanta), the idea of moisturizing my skin was hardly at the top of my list as I worked through my garden. But, when I asked our staff what would be the best topic for today’s blog entry, they responded overwhelmingly that its time to talk about moisturization. Glad I asked.
Now I’m a planner, but I often don’t think too far out ahead. But our staff does – thank goodness. They said we are already getting calls from customers who are starting to experience dry skin from cooler temperatures and low humidity. At first, I thought this was a bit hard to believe, but as I worked through the garden and realized what a few crops were still “on the vines”, I realized this would probably be the last batch since nightly temps have dipped down in the 60′s and are expected to begin trending down as we move into fall, shorter days and the beginning of footbal season.
For many of us, dry skin is just something we all deal with; for other others it can be a chronic problem that leads to a variety of related skin problems and brings with symptoms that may include flaking, cracking, skin rashes, and painful itching.
Surprisingly, even when the weather is warm and humidity is high, those that suffer with chronically dry skin may still have problems. Most often these problems are related to under-producing sebaceous or sweat glands. Typically these glands secrete natural oils that help moisten tissue. Heredity, illness and medications can affect natural secretions and some skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema will exasterbate already sensitive or dry skin.
As they say, the time is now to begin considering your options, especially if dry, cold air inflames your skin conditions. For our customers, we have several recommendations (of course, we’re a skin care manufacturer?!)
First, if you are looking for a general moisturizer with no fragrance, we recommend Nourish®’s Emu Oil Lotion. As a general purpose moisturizer it gets “5 stars” by our customers – it goes on smooth and absorbs quickly. It has several natural oils that don’t leave your skin feeling greasy and penetrates deep into the skin (many products don’t by the way) to get the maximum moisturizing effect.
Second, if you want moisture + skin firming/tightening benefits, we recommend Skin Tight®. Skin Tight® is one of the best selling body firming lotions available. In addition to being a great moisturizer, it helps tighten flabby, loose or sagging skin. It’s used by young and old for firming and is especially popular for those on weight-loss programs for tightening loose skin after trimming-down.
If you’re looking for a lotion/cream for your hands, our most popular and effective product is Younger Hands® Cream. While the name belies its benefits, it does have firming and lightening benefits as well as being a super-moisturizer. Its very popular with folks in their 40′s, 50′s and 60′s (and on up) because it helps smooth wrinkled hands while fading dark spots – liver spots, age spots, etc. But…it is equally popular with younger folks as a general hand lotion for fighting dryness during the winter.
I’m sure the topic of moisturizing your skin will come up again several times as we move into the fall and winter, but this is a good starting place for those who are concerned. Later in the year we’ll discuss several “tips and recommendations” keeping your skin from drying-out…stay tuned!
All of these products can be purchased directly online at SkinEnergizer.com…or you can call toll-free 888-909-1658.
Posted on July 7, 2012 with No Comments
Pustular psoriasis is a type of the disease that creates pustules, or blisters, that are filled with non-infectious pus that consists of white blood cells. It is not contagious and cannot be transmitted by contact. It is an autoimmune disease that attacks healthy skin cells and causes the body to attempt to replace healthy cells faster than the body’s normal cycle for doing so. The net result of all of this is that the blisters build up and destroy healthy skin in a cyclical fashion until the psoriasis is treated.
This type of psoriasis can be limited to small areas, like the hands or the feet. However, it can also cover large portions of the skin’s surface. This is the generalized variety of pustular psoriasis, and is the most common type. Unlike other types of psoriasis, such as guttate, there are different subgroups of pustular psoriasis.
Von Zumbrusch, palmoplantar pustulosis, and acropustulosis are the three subgroups in the pustular group of psoriasis.
Almost all types of psoriasis are not life threatening. Unfortunately, Von Zumbrusch psoriasis can be an immediate threat to a person’s life. Von Zumbrusch is usually treated in a hospital setting and must be treated rapidly to avoid the potential for death. Its symptoms are a widespread area of red skin that is followed within a matter of hours by the white pustules. Within a day or two, the skin begins to appear glazed and hardened. This type of psoriasis is almost exclusively found in adults only. Without hospital treatment, it remains cyclical and can lead to death because the sufferer becomes dehydrated as the rash continues.
Like Von Zumbrusch, palmoplantar pustulosis is cyclical, but it is not a threat to survival. In this type, pustules develop on the palms of the hands, or on the soles of the feet. Over time, the pustules dry out and become encrusted and brown in appearance. Also unlike Von Zumbrusch, the cycle for development of the pustules and their recurrence is fairly slow, with periods of inactivity between.
Acropustulosis is a type that is usually limited to the tips of the fingers and also is sometimes found in the toes. It is unusual that in extreme cases, it can cause deformity on the tips of the fingers, and can also deform and damage fingernails. It is usually quite painful as well. For the most part, this type of psoriasis follows injuries to the tips of the fingers, or toes, or immediately follows an infection. Using a natural Psoria psoriasis cream may be helpful to minimize the possibility of infection.
Pustular psoriasis requires more dedicated treatment than many diseases.
Because of the severity of this type of psoriasis, it requires a more aggressive treatment regimen to prevent it from causing too much discomfort, disfiguration, or in the case of Von Zumbrusch, the potential for death. Because of the potential threats caused by some types of this variety of psoriasis, it is important to get an accurate diagnosis as soon as possible to treat the symptoms and to bring it under control. However, there are some new Psoria psoriasis treatments that should be considered to help treat symptoms. If you suspect that you might have this type of psoriasis, you should immediately check with a medical professional to get it diagnosed as quickly as possible.
Posted on June 21, 2012 with No Comments
It seems every year at this time we put together something about sunburn and sunburn relief. Well…the late spring and early summer is when we seem to get hit hardest (and exposed the most), so it stands to reason the topic comes up. Also, considering we manufacture 200+ products, we have a few things on our plate(s), but the first week of summer we are overwhelmed with customer calls complaining about sunburn. It quickly comes to mind and becomes a “hot topic” when your daughter comes home with burned, blistered shoulders and nose as mine did last week.
I guess the general comment is prevention with a secondary comment on relief.
At the beginning of the year, the sun is not as high in the sky so many of the UVB/UVA is filtered by the atmosphere. As the summer solstice approaches (and is in fact here), the sun is higher and radiation is more direct. Meaning, burning happens very fast especially for those fair-skined like myself. I was working in the garden this weekend then hung-out by the pool for an hour or so with the kids and sure enough my shoulders, back of the neck and stomach were a bit burned.
With that said, prevention comes in the form of keeping covered with light clothing, staying hydrated and using a sunscreen. Since I don’t like using lotions, I’m particularly fond of the sprays that came out a few years ago. At first, they were effective but had poor dispersion. In the past year or so, they work great…especially when applying outdoors. The point is – you can and will become burned quickly in as little as 15 minutes for most folks especially if you have not established a tan.
Second, once a burn has occurred, treatment is necessary to avoid blisters, pain and to provide general relief. We manufacturer a sunburn relief product, Regeneval Dermal EM Sunburn Relief…we refer to it only as “sunburn relief” It’s a combination of menthol that soothes and cools the tissue and emu oil that is used extensively for treating burns and cuts to heal the skin. My daughter tried it on her shoulders and they felt better immediately, but more importantly helped heal the burn quickly over the next few days.
Another option which has made some headlines recently is the use of black tea. While I don’t understand the chemistry, it has shown to rapidly diminish the effects of the sunburn. Apparently you take black tea, soak in water and apply to the skin and affected area.
Bottom line is prevention is the best cure, but there are some effective relief products available.
Posted on June 15, 2012 with No Comments
Psoriasis treatment can be broken down into two different types: systemic and topical. Systemic treatments are administered by medical professionals and work to eliminate the underlying causes of psoriasis outbreaks. These are usually necessary in the most severe cases of psoriasis. Topical treatments work to alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis on the skin.
For the purposes of this article, topical treatments can include anything from skin ointments to the use of ultraviolet rays, and even soft light lasers. These treatments are designed to relieve the effects of psoriasis on the skin surface, and to slow the turnover of the skin without creating secondary side effects. In most cases, preference is given to topical treatments because of their relatively low impact with regard to potential side effects.
So what is the best topical psoriasis treatment?
The answer to this question will vary from person to person. Some people will respond positively to creams, sprays and other medicines applied directly to the skin. Among some of the most popular types are corticosteroids, topical retinoids, and salicylic acid.
Corticosteroids work to reduce the amount of inflammation on the skin’s surface to help relieve psoriasis symptoms. These are usually only used during an outbreak to avoid potential side effects. Topical retinoids are usually used to treat acne, but some have now been developed to treat psoriasis. These also work to reduce inflammation. Salicylic acid is now available both by prescription and over the counter. Its principal function is to reduce scaling.
Vitamin derivatives, moisturizers and other botanicals are also combined with these treatments to help reduce the discomfort associated with psoriasis. While moisturizers alone will not relieve symptoms and causes, it can relieve discomfort and itching. Other botanicals and vitamins work in concert with stronger medicines to promote the health of the skin during treatments.
Is phototherapy, or the use of light or lasers, an effective option?
In many cases, the use of light or of lasers can be helpful. Ultraviolet light, the same light emitted by the sun, can be beneficial in the proper doses. While sunburn can exacerbate the symptoms of psoriasis, a proper dose of ultraviolet light serves to eliminate activated T cells, which slows skin turnover.
Lasers are limited to use on areas of skin affected by the psoriasis outbreak. Their use specifically attacks the small blood vessels that cause a buildup of plaque on the skin. They can have side effects. In some instances, bruising may occur on the treated areas. However, they are also capable of being an effective tool to treat the symptoms of psoriasis.
As demonstrated by the large variety of treatment options, such as Psoria, topical therapy can work to eliminate the symptoms of psoriasis. It is important to consult with a medical professional to find a set of solutions that will best work for each individual. While there are many treatment options, psoriasis can be difficult to control without a comprehensive treatment plan. It is also important to find the right mix of treatments to avoid any lingering side effects.