Friday, April 10, 2009

Soap and detergent link to 40% eczema rise

March 25, 2009

Researchers say there is a likely link between the excessive use of modern soaps and detergents and a 40% increase in eczema cases in the past four years, reports the Daily Telegraph.

According to a research team at the University of Edinburgh between 2001 and 2005 there was a 42% increase in the number of eczema sufferers in England. The researchers, led by Professor Aziz Sheikh, said that they expected the number of sufferers to continue to rise.

The University of Edinburgh team say that the “frequency of bathing and use of soaps and detergents", may have contributed to the rise, along with better awareness and diagnosis.

The researchers fears were echoed by Margaret Cox, chief executive of the National Eczema Society, who said that the modern obsession with cleanliness could provide the clue to the increase in eczema cases. She told the Daily Telegraph: "Water use dries up the skin and soaps and detergents decrease the skin, We are using quite a lot of these products from an early age.

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Saturday, April 04, 2009

Therapists warned to take extra care as eczema incidences rise!

The number of people suffering from eczema has risen dramatically in the UK meaning therapists have to be even more thorough with hygiene and consultations. Between 2001 and 2005 there was a 42% increase in the number of people diagnosed with the condition, a paper published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine revealed.

The number of prescriptions issued to treat sufferers is believed to have increased by 57% and by 2005 it is estimated 5.7m people in the UK had eczema. With this condition on the rise, Habia has warned that therapists need to be even more conscientious when it comes to carrying out client consultations and cleaning equipment.

Wendy Nixon, health and safety manager for the organisation, said: “Eczema is not contagious but therapists have to take extra care when offering treatments because this condition makes the skin extremely sensitive. They may react quite violently to certain products. Also eczema can also mean the skin is broken more easily meaning there is more exposure to blood and bodily fluids. As they should with any client, all equipment should be thoroughly disinfected after a treatment is finished."

Nixon added that therapists themselves need to be careful they do not develop the conditions themselves. If they already have it they must take precautions to ensure it does not get worse. She said: “Something to highlight is that many therapists are likely to suffer from eczema and because they are continually cleansing, this could develop into occupational dermatitis.

Hairdressers are more likely to suffer from this than beauty therapists but they’re still up there in the top ten of professions to suffer from this skin complaint. I advise them to use a product that doesn’t contain perfume to wash their hands and always, always moisturise their hands afterwards.”

The reason behind this incidence surge is still unclear but most likely to be a down to several contributing factors. Helen Pugsley, a nurse and lecturer at Cardiff University’s School of Dermatology, said: “It’s probably a combination of lifestyle, family history and environment. I wouldn’t say this is a result of an increase in allergies because although eczema makes a person more sensitive to things, it is not a true allergy. Central heating means people are living in very warm homes, which makes skin dry and itchy meaning people will scratch it. Going from a warm house to the cold outside is also not good for the skin.

“There are also thoughts that we are cleaning ourselves too much. Every time you bathe, the skin is stripped of its natural oils and this leads to dryness. Also, if there is a strong family history of the condition people are more likely to have eczema.”

She advised: “People should turn down their central heating and moisturise. It should be a bit like brushing your teeth, once in the morning and again at night. I would say moisturiser is the main treatment.”

by Sara McCorquodale, March 26th 2009

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Friday, April 03, 2009

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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Why Go Organic?

· What you put on your body is as important as what you put in it

Up to 60% of products which are placed on the body can be absorbed into the skin and enter the blood stream. The same principles which apply to organic foods apply to organic beauty products – we want to avoid harsh chemicals and synthetic materials and grace our precious bodies with only the purest of natural ingredients, that are effective and feel good.

· Help to deal with sensitive and allergy prone skin

Our culture’s increased desire for cleanliness has resulted in a rise in the use of mass produced bubble baths and shower gels. These often contain chemicals that are known to trigger skin ailments such as eczema, one of the most widespread curses of modern life.

Many people are also finding themselves with increasingly sensitive skin and are developing allergic skin reactions. Alternative natural ingredients which avoid any harsh chemicals will help to offer relief from the symptoms of sensitive skin and allergies.

· Great for kids

Babies and children are far more sensitive to their environment than adults. Therefore even tiny amounts of synthetic chemicals can spark off allergic reactions. This is because their skin is a lot thinner than adults and is a less effective barrier to chemical toxins. Organic products are not only gentle and caring but they offer therapeutic and relaxing benefits too so you can be confident that your little ones are receiving the best possible treatment.

· A package of pure beauty

With natural organic beauty treatments you can be confident of pure ingredients which are truly effective and which look, smell and feel gorgeous too.