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Archives for October 2012

Skin tags| Q & A | Skin tags Treatment and Care

Image of Skin Tags on the NeckWhat are skin tags?
Skin tags are small growths of skin, usually the same colour as the surrounding skin. Who gets skin tags? Skin tags tend to affect pregnant women and overweight people in middle-age.

What causes skin tags? Skin tags seem to appear in areas of the body where there is friction, perhaps in the groin area due to wearing too-tight jeans or under the breasts thanks to a scratchy underwired bra.

Are skin tags dangerous?

If you have skin tags, you might find them unsightly and embarrassing or they may catch on your clothing and cause irritation. However, most skin tags are completely harmless, but if you get a skin tag that bleeds or is a different colour, you should consult your GP.

Can skin tags be cured or treated?

Some small skin tags go black and drop off of their own accord. Other skin tags have their own blood supply and nerve endings, and once they’ve appeared, seem set to stay forever.

The NHS used to remove skin tags at no charge, but now it is considered a cosmetic procedure and you will have to pay to get them removed. This is done by snipping them off, usually under a local anaesthetic, and of course you end up with a scar where the skin tag grew.

Other treatments you may hear of include medicines, steroids and even knotting dental floss around the skin tag to stop the blood flow. (We do not recommend this).

However, there is an alternative that doesn’t include minor surgery or drugs.

What is the best cure for skin tags?

Our natural treatment for skin tags has the effect of healing and strengthening the skin, so skin tags reduce in size and eventually disappear altogether.

  1. Use our deep cleansing therapy bar every morning and night. Add warm water and scrub it gently into the skin tag and surrounding area. Do not wash off the lather; just let it soak in for at least 30 minutes or overnight if possible.
  2. Apply our hydrating therapy balm at intervals throughout the day

Customers tell us they start to see results on their skin tags within the first month. Before you turn to drastic measures, it may be worth reading our page on Skin Tags and possibly trying the natural products listed on that page. If you use any of our products, please let us know how you get on in the comments below.


Dermatitis Treatment | Q and A | Dermatitis Care

Image depicting treatments for dermatitisWhat is dermatitis?
Dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin (derma = skin, itis = inflammation). Often classified alongside eczema, some people define dermatitis as the acute condition, and eczema as the chronic condition.

There are two main types of dermatitis:

  1. Atopic dermatitis (flares up all over the skin; often inherited; common in children and teenagers)
  2. Contact dermatitis (flares up where irritants or allergens come into contact with sensitive skin)

Other types of dermatitis include:

  • Dermatitis herpetiformis (linked with coeliac disease / gluten intolerance)
  • Seborrheic dermatitis (common in infants and those aged 30-70)
  • Nummular dermatitis (rare; no known cause; affects middle-aged people)
  • Statis dermatitis (affects the lower legs of people with varicose veins)
  • Perioral dermatitis (affects women aged 20-60)
  • Infective dermatitis (occurs secondary to a skin infection)

What causes dermatitis?

Triggers for dermatitis vary from one person to the next, but the most common causes include natural and chemical irritants such as dust, cigarette smoke, dry air, solvents, hydrocarbons and sweat.

What are the symptoms of dermatitis?

Dermatitis skin will have red burning patches or blisters that feel stinging, sore and itchy. The condition is often worse at night.

Can dermatitis be cured?

No. The only cure is to avoid the trigger, but there are some treatments that relieve the symptoms.

Can dermatitis be treated?

Yes. Doctors will prescribe steroid ointments, creams or lotions that reduce inflammation but can irritate and even thin sensitive skin. Long-term, steroids can even make dermatitis worse. We recommend a natural treatment regime.

Natural treatment for dermatitis

Here’s our three-stage treatment for dermatitis:

  1. Use our Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar for its deep cleansing effect
  2. Apply our Ultra-sensitive Therapy Cream for 24-hour hydration
  3. Add our Moisturising Therapy Balm for extra protection, especially outdoors

This treatment regime has been clinically proven to be non-irritant, and users report results within just a fortnight.

The reason why our products achieve such results are due to these key ingredients mixed with other natural components:

  • Zander: 6,000-year old sediment from North European lakes that heals and repairs skin
  • Argan: Moroccan nut oil with soothing and moisturising qualities
  • Tea tree oil: protects sensitive skin

If you suffer from dermatitis, please read our Dermatitis page, and use the comments section below if you have any questions.


Cracked Feet | Q & A | Cracked Foot Care

Natural Moisturising Treatment for Cracked Feet and HeelsWhat are cracked feet?
You may find your feet dry and crack, especially in the summer months when you wear sandals or walk around barefoot. The danger is that cracked feet may bleed and become infected.

What are the common symptoms of cracked feet?
You’ll notice a build-up of hard, dry skin, mainly on the heels, but possibly also on the balls of your feet, outsides of your big toes, and anywhere that shoes and boots may rub.

Who gets cracked feet?

Anyone can get dry cracked feet, but it’s more common as you get older, as aging skin contains less moisture and oil.

Can cracked feet be cured or treated?

There are a number of over-the-counter chemical treatments for cracked feet, such as those containing synthetic ‘uric acid’. Many of these leave your feet dangerously greasy.

Many people scrape their dry cracked feet with a pumice stone – a scratchy bit of volcanic rock – or a raspy ‘cheese-grater’ foot file, but these can leave the skin feeling rough and looking no better.

What is the best cure for cracked feet?

To help with cracked feet, you should moisturise them every day, avoid footwear with open or high heels, treat yourself to an occasional pedicure, and drink at least 8 pints of water daily.

The best moisturiser for cracked feet is 100% natural and highly absorbent, with no steroids, parabens or chemicals. Our Hydrating Therapy Balm uniquely contains Zander, an ancient lake sediment with the ability to penetrate and nourish the skin. Rather than dead skin peeling off to reveal new skin underneath, it plumps up and softens the ‘dead’ skin, bringing it back to life.

What results can be achieved for cracked feet?

9/10 of our testers experienced a visible improvement in just two weeks.

Stella says:
“I started using your balm in July and since then the problem has disappeared! I can now take long walks on a regular basis in any kind of footwear.”

Jacky says:
“Within a couple of weeks the hard skin is disappearing and my feet are looking baby-new again.”

Rachel says:
“It has completely softened my feet and new skin seems to have grown. Nothing I have ever used has done this.”

Read more about our Cracked Foot Cream here and if you have cracked foot please tell us how you cope with it in the comments below. If you leave an email address with your comment we’ll email you a 20% discount code for your trouble.


Dry Skin on Face | Q and A | Dry Skin on the Face Care

Image depicting dry skin on the faceWhat are the common symptoms of dry skin on the face?
If you have patches of dry, red or scaly skin on your face, together with inflammation, itching or irritation or a feeling that the skin on your face is tight, uncomfortable or even painful, you are suffering with dry skin on the face.

What causes dry skin on the face? Dry skin on the face lacks oil; it can also be caused by ageing, sunshine, wind, central heating, air conditioning and certain soaps.

Can dry skin on the face be cured or treated?

You may be prescribed a steroid cream or lotion, but there are associated side-effects that can leave the skin worse in the end. You can also buy expensive designer brands with complicated treatment programmes. We think there’s a better solution. Read on to find out what it is.

What is the best cure for dry skin on the face?

Our gentle Moisturising Therapy Balm locks in moisture and helps to heal dry skin on the face. Just rub it in gently after every bath or shower you take. You’ll find the cream quickly hydrates the skin, and achieves noticeable results within just two weeks.

Other tips for dry skin on the face

  1. Turn down the central heating thermostat
  2. Open the windows to let in fresh air every day
  3. Avoid too much sun, especially at midday
  4. Eat oily fish at least twice a week
  5. Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated
What’s in your dry facial skin treatment?

All our products are completely natural with no petroleum, parabens or chemicals, and no artificial colours or alcohol, so there’s no danger of an adverse reaction.

Here are the main active ingredients of our rich balm to treat dry skin on the face:

  • Zander – a rare lake sediment that draws out impurities, promotes cell regeneration and boosts skin immunity
  • Shea butter & Kalahari Melon Seed oil with known hydrating qualities
  • Tea Tree oil – natural antiseptic and disinfectant

Give the Moisturising Therapy Balm for Dry Skin a try and let us know how you get on in the comments below.


Dry Skin | Q & A | Severe Dry Skin Care

Image of Severe Dry Skin on legsWhat is severe dry skin?
Severe dry skin can develop from mild dry skin and progress into a serious condition if left untreated, causing major discomfort and long-lasting problems.

Who gets severe dry skin?

Severe dry skin can happen to anyone, however older people are most commonly affected, as their skin produces less oil. Parts of the body most affected include the lower legs, arms, flanks and thighs.

What causes severe dry skin?

There are many causes for severe dry skin. Here are just a couple:

  • Eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis can lead to severe dry skin
  • Being in an air-conditioned environment or bathing too regularly, using harsher beauty or soap products. If left untreated, minor effects can develop into a more serious, severe complaint

What are the symptoms of severe dry skin?

If you have severe dry skin, you might suffer these symptoms:

  • Large patches of itchy skin without any visible rash
  • A harsh, acute burning sensation
  • Skin that appears red and exposed
  • Open cuts or sores from scratching and inflammation

Can severe dry skin be cured?

There is no long-term cure for severe dry skin, as it can reappear after the condition has subsided. However, there are a number of treatments – see below to find out more.

Can severe dry skin be treated?

Yes, there are lots of ways to treat severe dry skin and help relieve the symptoms. We recommend natural, steroid-free products that work with your skin to help replenish, nourish and soothe problem areas.

Natural treatment for severe dry skin

Here’s our chemical-free treatment for severe dry skin:

  1. Wash with our Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar; we suggest letting it soak in overnight for deeper, longer lasting nourishment.
  2. Apply our Ultra-sensitive Therapy Cream regularly, to soothe inflamed areas and provide 24-hour hydration.
  3. Use our Moisturising Therapy Balm, which is particularly effective on acute areas of severe dry skin.

Our 100% natural, chemical-free products are sensitive to troubled skin and act fast to soothe, calm inflammation and reduce irritation.

If you suffer from severe dry skin, why not try our Natural Dry Skin Treatment Products and let us know how you get on in the comments below.


Eczema in Babies | Q & A | Eczema on Babies Skin

Image of a BabyWhat is eczema in babies?
Eczema in babies most commonly develops between two and six months and often before the age of five. In babies, eczema usually starts on the cheeks and scalp, and can then spread to other areas such as the inner legs, arms and chest.

Skin with eczema may be dry, red, thickened, cracked, itchy or even broken and is worsened by babies or young children scratching and irritating the problem areas.

Customer Feedback
My two year old daughter has suffered with severe eczema for the last 8 months, leaving her raw, sore and very very grumpy.

We saw 4 different doctors who all suggested we use different creams and drugs, but nothing worked. At my wits end and feeling like a terrible Mother as I could not soothe my childs itchy skin, my friend recommended I try your soap. (Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar)

Within 6 weeks her skin has cleared up, the sores are gone and the itching is under control. I can’t believe the difference in my little girl, who now sleeps all night and is a happy, healthy child again.

Rachel McKenna

What are the common symptoms of eczema in babies?

Eczema varies in severity, and in some cases forms only as dry skin on the scalp or around the eyes, which can be easily unnoticed.

How to tell if your baby has eczema:

Babies suffering with eczema will have dry, patchy skin, which may be red, sore and easily inflamed. They will also have a high sensitivity to itching, and are more likely to develop other atopic diseases such as hay fever and asthma.

What causes eczema in babies?

Eczema is usually an allergic reaction, such as contact with a certain fabric, chemical or other irritant such as dairy products and harsh soaps. Like many conditions, stress, hormones and food intolerances can also worsen or trigger eczema.

Which babies are likely to get eczema?

Many sufferers of eczema have other family members who have the disease, but there is no way of measuring the likelihood of your baby getting the condition.

Can eczema in babies be cured?
Unfortunately science has not discovered a complete cure for eczema. Therefore the best we can hope for is to treat the symptoms of eczema and normalise the condition.

What is the best treatment for eczema in babies?

The best treatment for eczema is to first avoid any allergic triggers, it may also help if babies wear a rash vest to prevent itching at night.

For a natural eczema solution, you can try our eczema skin care regime. Our products contain no chemicals that may cause an adverse reaction in babies skin.

Recommended skin care regime for eczema in babies
1. Wash babies skin morning and evening with our Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar. We suggest using luke-warm pre-boiled water if you live in a hard water area.

2. Our Natural Emollient Cream for Eczema is perfect for young, sensitive skin. It gently soothes troubled areas, using essential oils as well as the healing qualities of Zander.

If you are purchasing our eczema treatment products for the first time, please visit our Eczema Treatment Combination page where you will enjoy a £5.00 Discount when purchasing the Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar and Natural Emollient together.


Animal Testing

Image depicting No Animal TestingThere has been a great deal chatter on social media lately regarding animal testing with some major brands admitting that they do test products on animals. We have also been asked if we use animals during our product testing procedures.

This post is to assure our customers and prospects that Syrinx Za has never and continues not to test our products on animals. We test all of our products on willing humans, and we always will.

No Chemicals and No Testing on Animals.

They call us the natural skin care company for good reason as we only use ingredients found naturally in nature and we only use sustainable ingredients so we are not robbing our planet of its natural resources.

Syrinx Za management takes it responsibility to the environment, nature and humanity very seriously and we welcome any questions you may have about our products or our manufacturing methods. Please post any questions below this post and we will be happy to discuss them with you.


Global Handwashing Day

Image of Global Hand Washing DayRaising awareness of the Global Handwashing day 2012
What a great initiative Global Hand Washing Day is. It’s not until something is brought to your attention that it really brings the message home. I am a habitual handwasher, handwashing was drummed in to me from an early age now I know why!

Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar 20% Discount

We are supporting Global Handwashing Day with a 20% discount off our best selling Soap, the Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar. Read more abut the special properties of our soap here and use discount code GHWD2012 in the shopping cart.

Watch the Informative Handwashing Day Video

The team at the Global Handwashing Day produced the short video below which brings home the need to wash your hands frequently to avoid passing on bacteria and desieses which you may have collected from a third party or surface you touch.

I’ll look at the shared bowl of peanuts or crisps on the bar in a different light in future!

Some nasty hand-borne disease facts:

  • 23% of Commuters have faecal bacterial on their hands
  • Government statistics indicate that 25% of foodborne illness is due to improper handwashing

Washing your hands with soap is one of the most practical and effective ways to prevent diarrhoeal diseases. Washing our hands is something we do habitually but it’s not always easy when we are out and about.

Global Handwashing Day Website

Please visit the Global Handwashing Day Website for more information:


Allergic Skin | Q & A | Allergic Skin Treatment and Care

Image of Soap for Allergic SkinWhat is allergic skin?
Allergic skin comes up in a red rash, blisters or weals that feel itchy or burning. Often, it’s the arms, legs, neck or chest that are most affected.

Here is an example of how Mick Say uses Syrinx Za Products to treat his skin allergy to Dogs and extremes in environmental conditions.

What causes allergic skin?

The most common causes for allergic skin are plants such as poison ivy, as well as harsh soaps and chemical detergents. However, some skin allergies can be triggered by central heating, wet weather, fumes, dairy products, dust mites, and nickel as used in watches and jewellery.

Who gets allergic skin?

Anyone can get a skin allergy at any time, especially those who already have dry or sensitive skin.

What are the symptoms of allergic skin?

Symptoms include:

  • Contact dermatitis with large burning itchy patches that take days to fade. There are three types:
    * irritant (results from exposure to irritants)
    * allergic (results from exposure to allergens)
    * phototoxic (either of the above, activated by sunlight)
  • Urticaria (known as ‘hives’ in the US) where a bumpy rash appears and fades in minutes or hours
Can allergic skin be cured?

As well as using natural products to protect and heal allergic skin, there are various things you can do:

  • Have an allergy test to identify the irritant
  • Do what you can to avoid the irritant
  • Use a mild or pH neutral soap
  • Turn down the radiators
  • Vacuum carpets and upholstery frequently
  • Change bedding often
  • Only wear precious metals
  • Cut out dairy products
Can allergic skin be treated?

Here’s some common advice for allergic skin treatments:

  • Immediately wash with water and apply lemon juice or vinegar
  • Apply calomine lotion or take antihistamine, hydrocortisone or zinc
  • Use an emollient (although some creams make allergic skin worse, by sealing toxins and chemicals into the skin)

On the other hand, you can try our alternative treatment for allergic skin – it’s 100% natural and clinically proven to be non-irritant.

Natural treatment for allergic skin

Our products are enriched with a natural cleansing agent we call Zander. It’s an ancient sediment that has the ability to draw impurities out of the skin. Here’s what to do:

  1. Make a lather with our Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar and rub it firmly into the affected area, without rinsing
  2. Moisturise with our Ultra-sensitive Therapy Cream, letting it dry naturally

Follow this treatment plan every morning and night, and you’ll find your skin is soothed within two weeks.

If you suffer from allergic skin, please give it a try and then update us in the comments below.

Read more about our allergic skin treatments


Acne | Q & A | Acne Treatment and Care

Best Acne TreatmentWhat is Acne?
Acne is a common skin disorder that can affect the face, chest and back.

What are the symptoms of Acne?

Acne includes cases of inflammation, scaly areas, pimples, spots, blackheads and boils. Severe cases of acne can last for prolonged periods and often result in scarring. It’s an unfortunate condition that can affect people psychologically. Luckily, we have a solution.

Who gets Acne?

Acne is most common in adolescence and can affect both males and females. The condition usually disappears as hormones settle over time, but it can last well into the twenties and sometimes beyond.

What causes Acne?

Acne appears due to an increase in testosterone during puberty that causes blocked follicles or pores, which leads to a build-up of sweat and subsequent bacteria. Hormonal changes in puberty and the menstrual cycle can mean that glands grow larger and produce more sebum. In other words, skin is oilier and more prone to break out in acne.

Can Acne be cured?

There is no absolute cure for acne, but there are a variety of treatments that help to reduce its affects and clear the skin. For example, you can try our 100% natural treatment that can achieve results in just two weeks.

Can Acne be treated?

Our chemical-free treatment regime tackles acne in three key ways: by removing the toxins and bacteria; by moisturising and hydrating the skin; and by soothing the irritation.

Natural treatment for Acne

Simply wash with our Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar twice daily, letting the rich lather soak in rather than rinsing it off. Free from steroids and other nasty additives, the bar has antiseptic qualities and is proven to relieve skin conditions thanks to a powerful mineral called Zander – a therapeutic mud that has been used to treat skin conditions for thousands of years!

Please give it a try and tell us how you get on in the comments below.