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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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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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