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Reducing Sun Damage to Skin

Posted by Nancy Ray on
The sun is a powerful source of energy and radiation that can be both beneficial and harmful.  It feels great to get out in the sun, especially after a cold, rainy day, but the effects of too much sun can be incredibly damaging to skin health.  The sunlight’s cellular and molecular effects depend on...

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Decreasing Eczema to Reduce Pollen Allergies and Asthma

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Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a common inflammatory skin condition that can result in serious itching (pruritus), lack of sleep, embarrassment and psychological stress. The lifetime prevalence of eczema has increased worldwide for the past 30 years...

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Reducing Air Pollution Damage to Skin

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Air pollution is becoming an increasing health problem worldwide. It’s an environmental threat to which millions of people are exposed, and is currently the world’s largest single environmental health risk.  It’s well known that air pollution is bad for lungs, but scientist are just beginning to discover how damaging air pollution is to the skin.  Viniferamine® skin and wound care products were designed to protect skin from irritants...

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Vitamins for Skin Health

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Many vitamins are important for skin health because they have antioxidant activity that protects the skin from free radicals and oxidative stress.  Oxidative stress occurs when free radicals such as reactive oxygen species (ROS) overwhelm the antioxidant defense mechanisms in the skin that includes certain antioxidants as well as protective enzymes like superoxide dismutase (SOD).  Oxidative stress in the skin can be caused by environmental factors including...

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The Mediterranean Diet and Healthy Skin

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Eating healthy is beneficial for the whole body including the largest organ of the body, the skin. As we age, however, it is harder for consumed nutrients to access the skin, so they should also be provided topically. The Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest diets a person can consume. It is associated with many health benefits including...

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Protecting Skin from the Cold

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When it’s cold outside the humidity often decreases leading to dry environments that can result in skin inflammation and pruritus (itching). In fact, dry environments promote pro-inflammatory cytokine release from corneocytes (found in the outermost layer of the epidermis or stratum corneum) and low humidity also causes mast cell enlargement as well as mast cell degranulation (release of inflammatory mediators like histamine).  In addition, desquamation (skin shedding) is decreased, which can lead to scaling that is common with winter xerosis (dry skin). A dry environment affects the skin barrier making the skin more sensitive and prone to inflammation. Viniferamine® skin...

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Handwashing Awareness

Posted by Nancy Ray on

Handwashing is important because it helps eliminate germs that can cause disease.  In fact, good hand hygiene has been linked to a decrease in infectious disease incidence.  Unfortunately, it’s too easy to forget the vital importance of handwashing due to the fact that antibiotics and vaccines have contributed so significantly to declining infectious disease-associated mortality over the past 100 years.   However, this trend should not be taken for granted, since mortality in the U.S. from infectious diseases actually rose between 1980 and 1992 due to an unexpected increase in emerging infectious diseases such as antibiotic resistant tuberculosis. Over the last...

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Enhancing Diabetic Skin Health

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Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disorder associated with chronic inflammation that can lead to various health complications including foot ulcers.  The most common form, type 2 diabetes, involves insulin resistance and decreased insulin production.  Increased blood glucose or hyperglycemia is also common in diabetics.  In addition, at least 30% of individuals with diabetes have some form of skin problem.  Skin dryness, itching (pruritus), skin infection, and impaired wound healing are some of the common problems that can be associated with diabetes. Dry skin is due to the fact that individuals with diabetes tend to have reduced skin hydration resulting from...

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