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Reducing Dermal Scarring

Posted by Nancy Ray on
Scar tissue is mainly made up of disorganized collagen-rich extracellular matrix (ECM) that is produced by cells known as myofibroblasts. These cells are activated by the cytokine (signaling molecule), transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta).  Normally, myofibroblasts are programmed to die during a process known as... 

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Decreasing Obesity-Related Skin Issues

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Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30kg/m or greater.  There are multiple causes for obesity including, diet, genetics, inactivity or weight gain related to drugs such as oral corticosteroids, oral contraceptives, or serotonin reuptake inhibitors (antidepressants).  Obesity increases the risk involved with more than 30 medical problems including skin issues. Obesity is associated with oxidative stress and inflammation that can have deleterious affects on the skin resulting in...

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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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Decreasing Sun Sensitivity Inflammation

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Viniferamine® skincare products contain ingredients that are photoprotective including EGCG, resveratrol and oleuropein. EGCG has been shown to counteract the detrimental effects of UV radiation on immunity. Resveratrol has been shown to protect human skin from damage induced by repeated exposure to UV radiation. In addition, photoprotection has been found with...

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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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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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Taking Care of Aging Skin

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The average age of our population is still rising.  Because individuals are living longer, the need for optimal care of aging skin is increasingly recognized.  Aging results in visible consequences that become obvious with time including wrinkling and sagging skin.  Aging skin is generally more fragile and can also be associated with undesirable skin issues including...

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Protecting Skin During Rigorous Exercise

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As the outermost barrier against injury, infection, and dehydration, skin serves a crucial function for the body so it’s absolutely critical that it is well maintained.  Increased physical activity and exposure to the elements makes skin more vulnerable to damage associated with...

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