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Protecting the Skin Microbiome

Posted by Nancy Ray on

It’s estimated that approximately 1000 different species of bacteria are included in the 1 billion microorganisms that live on each square centimeter of our skin. It is now becoming quite clear that the skin microbiome (collective set of microorganisms and their genetic material) modulates skin diseases, influences metabolic processes and is important for skin immunity. The diversity of the skin microbiome is influenced by various factors including transient microbes, genetic predispositions, location and environmental characteristics. In 2007, the National Institute of Health provided funding for a Microbiome Project Consortium to characterize the human microbial communities present at specific body locations...

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Polyphenols, Endothelial Function and Wound Healing

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The normal wound repair process is divided into four overlapping phases of coagulation, inflammation, migration-proliferation, and remodeling. This complex process involves the interplay of different cell types including keratinocytes, fibrobrasts and endothelial cells. Endothelial dysfunction and oxidative stress that can occur for example with type 2 diabetes or as a result of radiation exposure (during cancer radiation therapy) frequently contributes to impaired wound healing and skin repair. Oxidative stress typically leads to inflammation and results from the inability of cells to eliminate free radicals known as reactive oxygen species (ROS) using the natural defense system that includes enzymes such as...

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Eliminating the Risk of Parabens in Skin and Wound Care

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Parabens were first used in the mid1920s for their antimicrobial properties. By the early 2000s, parabens were found in over 90% of cosmetic products. Parabens are a group of alkyl esters of p-hydroxybenzoic acid (PHBA) including methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben and benzylparaben. Paraben compounds are either used alone or as a mixture in products to increase their efficacy. In fact, currently, parabens are widely used as preservatives in many products including cosmetics, skincare, toothpaste, underarm deoderants, pharmaceuticals and food packaging products, in part due to their low cost, as well as lack of color and odor. Viniferamine® skin...

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Relief from Itching

Posted by Nancy Ray on
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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Fight Cancer with Sleep

Posted by Kyle Hilsabeck on

Most people would agree that nothing really beats a great night of restful sleep. Most cells in your body would also agree that they appreciate a good night’s rest. However, there are certain types of cells that cannot stand it when you get a full night of great sleep – and those are cancer cells.  We know that sleep is important for feeling rested and energetic during the day, improving mood, immunity, work performance, heart health, cognition – more things than can possibly be imagined. But would you believe that the quality and amount of sleep you get could actually...

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The Extraordinary Benefits of Aloe Vera in Skin Health and Wound Healing

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For centuries, aloe vera has been prized for its medicinal properties that include the enhancement of skin health and healing. In fact, aloe plants have been used for over 2000 years in the treatment of skin diseases; ancient Egyptians called it “the plant of immortality” and early Greek physicians considered it a universal panacea. Aloe vera contains at least 75 components, many of which that are known to promote skin health and wound healing such as beneficial vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Vitamins that come from aloe vera include important B vitamins, vitamin C and vitamin E. Aloe vera also...

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Keeping Skin Healthy

Posted by Nancy Ray on

Even though many holiday activities have been keeping everyone very busy, it’s important to remember how vital skin health really is. It’s getting colder, and we’re all bundling up to keep warm. As the saying goes, out of sight out of mind. When you don’t look at skin as often, it’s easy to forget that skin requires special care. Skin needs proper nourishment, hydration, and protection. As the outermost barrier defense for the body, skin is constantly exposed to irritants including harsh chemicals and pollution, as well as damaging detergents and dehydrating sanitizers. Nourishment including antioxidants, amino acids, and vitamins...

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Enhancing Wound Healing with TECA

Posted by Nancy Ray on

We all worry when a wound seems to heal slowly. When wound healing is slow or impaired, the risk of infection and serious medical complications increases. Wound healing is vital for replacement and repair of tissue to its functional state.  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 coagulation, inflammation, cell migration-proliferation, and tissue remodeling. This complex process involves the interplay of different cell types including keratinocytes, fibroblasts, and endothelial...

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Protecting Hyaluronic Acid to Promote Wound Healing and Skin Health

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Hyaluronic acid (HA) is composed of D-glucuronic acid and N-acetyl-D-glucosamine bound with beta-glucoside linkages. It’s quite large (naturally) with a molecular weight as high as 5 million kDa, and due to its large size and positive charge, HA is capable of binding up to 1000 times its weight in water. HA belongs to a large family of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) that comprise a substantial portion of the extracellular matrix (ECM), which is composed of molecules (secreted by cells) that provide structural and biochemical cellular support. In addition, the presence of HA in tissues stabilizes other ECM components. HA is found in...

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Antioxidants and Skin Health

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The skin is the largest organ of the body and is the first line of defense against various external threats including temperature changes, dehydration, invading microbes, harmful chemicals, pollution, and ionizing radiation. These threats are potentially damaging because they can alter biological homeostasis (or the maintenance and regulation of stability required for proper functioning). One very important aspect of skin homeostasis involves maintaining the balance between the production of free radicals, known as reactive oxygen species (ROS), and the skin’s oxidative defense system. Toxic chemicals, pollution (including cigarette smoke), ionizing radiation (including UV), and extreme temperature change can all cause...

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