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My Experience with DermaTherapy Bedding Sheets as an Eczema Sufferer

Precision Fabrics Group(PFG) was kind enough to let me try their new highly engineered bed sheet linens (sent to me FREE by PFG).  PFG is a company that specializes in creating advanced high tech fabrics for many different industries such as healthcare, the military and aerospace.   They are a research group consisting of engineers and scientists.  The DermaTherapy sheets (FDA-Cleared) that they sent me were designed for people with skin conditions such as Eczema.

Just look at the benefits below.

I tested the product over a 6-7 week period and I have to say that I am very impressed. Please read on to find out why.

My unboxing

What I received in the package

The package was a Full size bed set that included – bed sheets(flat and fitted) and 2 pillow cases. *Note – it also comes in Twin, Twin xl, Queen and King.

The materials used in the linen sheets are of a poly/nylon blend (continuous filament fibers) that provide a silky, smooth and cool feeling sensation on the skin.

This will greatly reduce any itchy feeling and discomfort during sleep.  Furthermore, the material contains anti-microbial treatment.  This special property helps reduce allergic reaction and repel bacteria. Continue reading

What is Tea Tree Oil and its Skin Benefits

Having a fresh and camphor-like smell, the interesting scent of tea tree oil has a powerful antimicrobial property that treats a variety of conditions for the skin.  You are probably wondering why I say the scent is interesting?  Well many people I talked to have said they either don’t like the smell or are just okay with the smell after only using many times because of its strong scent.   And there are those who say that it gives off a pleasant smell since it has a eucalyptus type odor providing a relaxing atmosphere.

Extracted from Where?

The oil is extracted from the narrow-leaved paperbark “Melaleuca alternifolia” which is endemic to Australia. The plant is classified as a tree or a tall shrub that grows particularly along streams and swampy flats of southeast Australia.

Danger! Do not Consume!! Skin Application only.

While Australia is known to house some of the most dangerous animals and toxic plants in the world, it is the same with the tea tree oil.  It is considered highly toxic when consumed. Ingesting tea tree oil can instantly cause drowsiness, hallucinations, weakness, diarrhea, stomach upset and severe rashes. Hence reason why the oil is used on the skin (topically) and remember that it is not considered a common tea used for drinking (unrelated from actual tea plant), as the last thing you want is to ingest any of it into your system because of the high toxicity. Continue reading

Emu Oil- Benefits on the Skin and How to Use

Extracted from the second largest living bird in terms of height, emu oil is found in the adipose tissue of the emu bird. It has been used by the Aboriginals of Australia for centuries as a natural remedy.  They also use other parts of the animal for clothing and food as nothing goes to waste.

Depending on the diet of the animal, the extracted emu oil varies in color and thickness ranging from a white creamy consistency up to a thin yellow solution which is composed of fatty acids, oleic acid and linolenic acid.

Skin Application Benefits

Aside from being used to improve cholesterol level, weight loss and as an additive ingredient in cough medicines, it can also be applied to the skin.

From the chemicals in its fatty acids, emu oil reduces the pain from skin swelling and inflammation associated with certain skin disease where it has further showed to be more effective in  treating sudden or acute inflammation rather than ongoing chronic cases . Continue reading

Stress and its Negative Effects on Eczema

While we can define stress in many ways, let us just put it this way: stress is caused when something disturbs your physical, social and mental routine. For example, when your job is described as a routine work then suddenly you are loaded with a pile of document or perhaps tasked to solve an office problem and come up with an immediate solution, that’s stress.  Studies show that people with demanding job has an 80% chance of being depressed.

Acute Stress – A Good thing?

Our bodies response to stress is it will trigger the production of hormones like adrenaline which will surge throughout our body’s system where the stress level in each person varies. Caused by a short term and a minimum amount of stress, acute stress can actually be good for us as it keeps us active, alert and accomplish the task easily. Continue reading

Itchy Scalp? What are the Causes and some Tips

Worried that despite just after having a shower, your scalp continues to itch? It is time to dig the causes and give you some remedies to prevent this possible embarrassing moment. Itching of the scalp is caused by several sources and knowing that particular source of itching and how to treat it is very important to prevent the further occurrence of an itchy scalp.

Clinically termed as seborrheic dermatitis, dandruff is the most common cause of an itchy scalp. While yeast naturally lives on the scalp and other hairy areas of our body, this condition will take place when there is an overgrowth of yeast where your body’s inflammatory response will cause the flaking and itching of the scalp.

In mild cases, you can control the growth of yeast using over the counter shampoos that specifically has the ingredient selenium or zinc pyrithione. In serious cases, you must use a prescribed anti-fungal shampoo, a topical cortisone or medicated ointment.

Possible Causes of having an Itchy Scalp?

Eww – Ringworms?

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Phototherapy (light therapy) and its Benefits for my Eczema

A little history (Click here to skip history): The practice of phototherapy has started since the ancient times where they use a combination of natural light and herbs in treating non-pigmented skin areas. Since then, it has developed into a formal science where a Faroese physician named Niels Finsen was considered as the Father of modern phototherapy.

Finsen was the first who used an artificial light to treat skin disease. He started his study by treating Lupus vulgaris which is a skin infection caused by a bacteria and the results where promising as the light treatment has killed the bacteria and greatly improved its skin condition.

Since then, phototherapy or classically referred to as heliotherapy, has evolved and became a clinical method which exposes your body’s skin to a specific wavelength of light using polychromatic polarized light, lasers, LED, fluorescent lamps or full spectrum lights. The administration of artificial light is controlled by the intensity and amount of time which has been found out to be effective in treating skin disorders particularly psoriasis, acne vulgaris, and eczema. Continue reading

Understanding Good and Bad Soap Ingredients for Eczema

Derived from reacting fatty acids with a strong alkaline solution which produces a chemical reaction known as saponification, soaps are a great medium in cleansing our body. Different kinds of soap can be made depending on the type of solution used during chemical process. Sodium soaps, which are hard and firm, are produced from sodium hydroxide while liquid soaps come from the reaction of potassium hy-drox-ide.

When applied to your skin, both types of soap dissolves natural insoluble particles in your skin that is easily washed away during rinsing. This is best exhibited when soap cleanses your skin with excess oil that might be contaminated with dirt and dust particles.

Ingredients Review

Glycerine

The cleansing powers of soaps are composed of several ingredients that are both good and bad for your health. One of the good ingredients is a product during saponification. The results of this chemical process will yield naturally 75% soap and 25% glycerine.

Did you know that glycerine is removed from soap found in your everyday stores?

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24-48 Hour Skin Sensitivity Test (New Products or Ingredients)

Step 1 – Apply cream/lotion on small patch of skin.

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Step 2 – Wait and see within 24-48 hours if there are any bad and negative reaction.

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Step 3 – If you  react badly  such as the area turns red, becomes itchy, or appears bumpy(bubble like) then please NOTE down the ingredient or all ingredients that is in that product.

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If you  have NO bad reaction after 48 hours  then you can skip step 4 and continue using the product but always monitor your use and evaluate its effectiveness.

Step 4- Bring the product with you to the clinic and discuss with a Dermatologist about your reaction as you may be allergic to an ingredient.  This will help you choose the right cream and lotion down the road.

 

Benefits of Lipoic Acid in Skincare Products? Any Side Effects?

On top of having anti-inflammatory properties, lipoic acid is also an antioxidant where it was found to regenerate other damaging antioxidants earning its name as the universal antioxidant. This naturally occurring enzyme can be found in both plants and animals as a bi-product of photosynthetic activity and in foods such as spinach, however only in tiny quantities.

Where does it come from?

Lipoic acid is vital specially in neutralizing the damage caused by free radicals from chemical by-products as this can interfere with our body’s function. Since our body naturally produces a small amount of it, supplementing this will give you an optimal level where your body can function well. There is a synthetic version of this enzymatic antioxidant called alpha-lipoic-acid that is now very popular with skincare products.

Unlike previous products containing only vitamins c and e which acts as skin enhancers, consumers today favor skincare products with lipoic acid because it is four hundred times more soluble in water and in fats. This means that it can penetrate both the skin’s outer surface and the inner membrane which is considered as the enzyme’s most important characteristic. Continue reading

Uses of Lanolin Ingredient in Creams and its possible side effects

Lanolin is another name of wool grease and is derived by extracting and processing wool by shorn from domestic sheep. The main reason why sheep have Lanolin is because of its amazing waterproof properties that helps to keep the sheep’s internal body moisturized. It also helps to maintain the integrity of the wool on a rainy season by preventing is from getting wet. It also acts as an antibacterial agent and helps to soften the skin. Because of its protective properties, it is usually used in lotions and cosmetic creams designed to moisturized and smoothen the skin.

Why Lanolin is used as an ingredient in cream products?

One amazing property of Lanolin is that, it offers a bi-directional water transportation. This actually means that it not only attracts moisture but it also redistributes it to the environment with low relative humidity. When applied topically, it penetrates to the skin and hydrate it as well as prevent moisture loss. This helps to create a smoother and softer skin.

Benefits of Lanolin as a cream ingredient

It helps to maintain soft facial skin

Lanolin molecular structure closely resembles that of human skin and for that reason it is commonly used in skin care products. It can actually helps the skin to retain moisture as well as create a barrier on the surface of the skin to protect it from external elements. This enables you to have a softer smooth face.

This ingredient can be found in “Nivea”, the original that comes in a blue container. I actually would recommend it if you are experience super dry skin caused by eczema as many skin products on the market doesn’t come close to its match. If however, you are allergic to Lanolin then I suggest another alternative. Continue reading