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Increasing Quality of Life with Healthy Skin

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Quality of Life (QOL) is the general well-being of an individual that results from various conditions including physical and mental health, safety and security, as well as comfort and happiness. Feeling good and reducing insecurity increases one’s ability to enjoy life.  Skin is the largest organ of the body and it’s a big reflection on how a person feels. Often, when the body is out of balance, it shows in the skin, and when skin is problematic due to...

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Relief from Itching

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Itch or pruritus has been defined as an unpleasant sensation that elicits the desire or reflex to scratch. Itch is the most common symptom in dermatology. It is also the most common skin complaint in people over the age of 65 years and it can have a major impact on an individual’s quality of life.

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Handwashing Awareness

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Hand hygiene, has moved back up the health agenda.  Two factors have contributed to this new awareness. The prevalence of antibiotic resistant bacterial strains (including MRSA) and increased exposure to emerging viruses (including Norwalk virus and SARS) has had a major impact. Poor hygiene including a lack of handwashing, contributes to a substantial amount of ...

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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 ...

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Helping Prevent Diabetic Foot Ulcers

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According to the most recent (2015) estimate from the American Diabetes Association, 30.3 million Americans (9.4%) have diabetes. Diabetes mellitus has been described as “one of the main threats to human health of the 21st century”. In fact, one important study projects that as many as one in three Americans will have diabetes by 2050. The most common form, type 2, is a result of insulin resistance in peripheral tissues. Diabetes is a group of metabolic disorders resulting from... 

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Managing Radiation Dermatitis

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Radiation dermatitis is an acute skin reaction to radiation therapy that ranges from a mild rash to skin ulceration.  Nearly two-thirds of all cancer patients receive radiation therapy.  Although many technological advances have resulted in improved treatment protocols, skin damage is still a common side effect of radiation therapy.  Radiation dermatitis, induced by ionizing radiation, affects a large proportion (up to 95%) of patients receiving this type of cancer therapy. The severity of radiation dermatitis is dependent upon...

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Helping Reduce Chemotherapy-Related Skin Issues

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In the war against cancer, chemotherapy (including immunotherapy) has made some terrific advances, but some cancer therapies are associated with significant side effects including skin issues such as dry skin, pruritus, rashes, and skin eruptions.  Furthermore, certain chemotherapy can result in edema (swelling) that can lead to other serious skin issues.  Providing optimal skin care during chemotherapy can help reduce... 

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Reducing Sun Damage to Skin

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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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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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