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Vitamin C and Skin Health

Posted by Nancy Ray on
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for skin as well as the rest of the body.  It’s absolutely necessary for normal skin and bodily functions, cannot be naturally synthesized in humans and must be provided externally. Skin itself has various critical roles in overall health including...

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Protecting Skin from Stress

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Most people realize that stress affects critical organs like the heart and the brain, but what’s not as well known is how stress affects other important organs including skin. In fact, scientists are now learning more and more about the affects of stress on the skin and how skin stress can affect the body in general (systemic affects). There are many different types of stress that can affect the skin including...

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Taking Care of Sunburns

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Sunburn results in skin redness (erythema) that develops during exposure to the sun and increases one hour following exposure peaking 24 to 48 hours after exposure.  The degree of sunburn is affected by many environmental factors including heat, wind, and humidity, and sunburned individuals can experience symptoms that range from mild redness to painful erythema with swelling (edema) and blistering.  Individuals who are severely sunburned can also experience systemic reactions including...

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Increasing the Immune Defense of Skin

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The skin barrier, composed of lipids and essentially dead cells (corneocytes) in the upper layer of the epidermis (stratum corneum), plays a major role in protecting the body from numerous insults including microbial invasion. However, when compromised, the skin’s immune system is activated to defend the body from further damage and infection. Skin immunity involves...

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Avoiding Hand Dermatitis

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Dermatitis (or eczema) is inflammation of the skin, characterized by itchy (pruritic), red, weeping skin with vesicles and/or crusty patches. The risk factors for hand dermatitis include frequent hand washing...

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Protecting Hyaluronic Acid to Promote Wound Healing and Skin Health

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The presence of HA in tissues stabilizes other extracellular matrix (ECM) components. HA is found in all tissues of the human body, but is most abundant in skin, where 50% of the total HA is found. HA is important for skin homeostasis and structural stability. Moreover, HA like other ECM components is critical in the regulation of all stages of wound repair including...

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Enhancing Wound Healing with TECA

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Viniferamine® skin and wound care products including Renewal Moisturizer and Silicone Barrier contain vital ingredients that enhance wound healing including phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and amino acids. The normal wound healing process is divided into four overlapping phases of...

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Eliminating the Risk of Parabens in Skin and Wound Care

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Some studies have indicated that parabens have a prooxidant activity in skin, which could lead to decreased levels of the important antioxidant, glutathione and result in oxidative stress. In fact, methylparaben was found to have a detrimental impact on human skin keratinocytes when combined with UVB light exposure, and studies have shown... 

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Reducing Xerosis (Abnormally Dry Skin)

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Xerosis or abnormally dry skin is a common skin problem especially among older individuals. With normal (or intrinsic) skin aging, as opposed to skin aged by the sun, skin becomes thinner, has a decreased amount of blood flow and lipids, and collagen in the skin becomes fragmented resulting in...

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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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