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Protecting Skin from the Cold

Posted by Nancy Ray on

When it’s cold outside the humidity often decreases leading to dry environments that can result in skin inflammation and pruritus. 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 and...

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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

Posted by Nancy Ray on

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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