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What is sensitive skin?

What is sensitive skin?

Despite sensitive skin being very common, there is no consensus on what exactly causes it. That said, there are some factors that have been shown to contribute to sensitive skin. These factors are: (1) sensory hyper-reactivity, (2) impaired barrier function, (3) inflammatory or vascular responsiveness, and (4) atopic predisposition. So let’s break these concepts down to something a little easier to grasp. Sensory hyper-reactivity Sensitive skin is someti-mes defined as a sensory reaction to environmental factors. Some people have what is known as ""sensory hyper-reactivity"", meaning that their skin is "over" reactive to external stimuli. This, in turn, can lead...

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Advice on treating and preventing dry, flaky legs

Advice on treating and preventing dry, flaky legs

As summer approaches and people are donning shorts and swimsuits, the last thing you want is to have dry, flaky skin on your legs. So, what causes dy skin to occur on your legs, and how can you treat and prevent it? Parched skin symptoms Mild parched skin symptoms include some flaking and a feeling of tightness in the affected areas. A more extreme condition can result in redness, itching, cracking in the skin, peeling and deep fissures that can even bleed. The continual scratching that many sufferers experience from parched skin can eventually lead to open ulcers or sores....

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Tips for living with dry skin & eczema

Tips for living with dry skin & eczema

Living with dry and itchy skin can be frustrating. So, to help you, here are some tips from our team of skin experts to incorporate in your daily life: Limit your time in the shower or bath to 5 or 10 minutes. Water is very drying on the skin, so limit contact time to prevent too much moisture loss from the skin. Use warm rather than hot water, this will also help to limit the drying effect of washing. Replace standard soaps with a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser. You can substitute your standard soap with an emollient product, which will also...

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Season change: Autumn-proof your skin

Season change: Autumn-proof your skin

Autumn has arrived and it’s a time to cozy up and breathe in that lovely crisp air. Unfortunately, this is also the kick-off season for dry-skin due to the change in weather conditions. The humidity in the air lowers which means you might experience your skin feeling dry and itchy, or perhaps you’re dealing with more severe symptoms such as flakes and cracks. It’s time for action: If your skin is weather sensitive, you’ll be able to support its natural properties by adding some simple changes to your skin routine. Finding the right fit Transitioning your skincare into one that...

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6 myths about psoriasis

6 myths about psoriasis

Despite psoriasis being a fairly common skin condition, there are a surprising number of misconceptions related to this condition. Here are six of the most common myths associated with psoriasis. 1. Psoriasis is contagious Red patches on the skin caused by psoriasis may give the impression that the skin is infected, and many people believe that this is contagious. This isn't the case at all. Psoriasis is not an infectious disease, but an autoimmune disease. You cannot 'catch' psoriasis, nor can you pass it to another person via skin contact. 2. Poor hygiene causes psoriasis Hygiene has nothing at all...

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