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Common Skin Allergies

common skin allergiesA skin allergy is when the skin has an over-reaction to a particular substance, usually something that is harmless to a non-allergic individual. Skin conditions caused by allergies may result in problems such as eczema or psoriasis.

Generally speaking, skin allergy sufferers tend to have more than one particular allergy which means that, simple parts of day to day life can become a sensitive skin sufferer’s worst enemy.

Skin allergens are all around us – how much do you know about the most common culprits?

Top Seven Skin Allergies

Rough materials such as wool can wreak havoc on sensitive skin and can be a major trigger for eczema.

Harsh, non-natural soaps can dry out sensitive skin and remove its natural oils, leading to dry, cracked or even bleeding skin. Using harsh shower gels can also present the same problem.

Cleaning Products
Cleaning products are, of course, not intended for the skin due to its high chemical content. However, skin can come into contact with these chemicals which can severely irritate sensitive skin and provoke allergic reactions. Wearing protective gloves when handling these substances is strongly recommended, particularly for sensitive skin sufferers.

Heat can aggravate the skin and cause an allergic reaction due to an increase in perspiration and the skin becoming dried out in high temperatures. Heat-induced eczema can cause wide-spread red spots, oozing, blistering, inflammation and itchiness. Ouch – watch out for those summer months!

Detergents leave a residue in clothes every time they are washed; this residue can be anything left behind by the detergent, such as artificial fragrance agents. This not only provokes skin irritation but also cause clothes to stiffen, making clothes even more uncomfortable on sensitive skin. Perspiration against biological detergent can reactivate the chemical-filled residue and cause even further problems for skin conditions.

Perfumes and Deodorants
Allergic reactions to harsh perfumes and deodorants are very common so if you feel your skin may be at risk then seek alternative options.

Plants including ivy, lemon, lime, celery and some types of flowers contain an oil called ‘urushiol’ which can cause allergic reactions.

Creams that contain chemicals such as parabens and steroids work by sealing the skin and preventing natural moisture from leaving the skin, something that can damage and weaken the skin in the long run. It is always best to choose a natural cream or emollient to treat your skin and avoid any adverse side effects.

Our recommendations

Sometimes Common Skin Allergies are just unavoidable, but it’s never too late to start treating the symptoms so choosing effective, natural skincare is absolutely vital.

Our Ultra-Sensitive Cream, Therapy Balm, Emollient, and Therapy Bar all contain Sapropel, meaning you have a variety of products you can choose from to reap the benefits of the ingredient.

You could even combine the products to get the best results Sapropel has to offer. You could start by gently washing with the Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar and, after, applying the Ultra-Sensitive Therapy Cream or Balm, using the fingertips to work the product into the affected areas gently but firmly.

Alternatively, you may find one product works better for you than the other as everyone’s skin is different, so try them out and see which works best for you. If you suffer from skin allergies then replacing the Ultra-Sensitive Cream or Therapy Balm with the Emollient may be more effective in reducing allergy symptoms.

For best results, apply every morning and night – and during the day if patches flare up.

Chocolate Allergy

Chocolate AllergyEczema can be triggered by many factors and it’s possible that one of those factors could be a food allergy and more directly a chocolate allergy. Dairy products are a common cause for an eczema flare up. Easter and eczema is not usually a good combination.

Keeping young children away from chocolate is  difficult especially at Easter; they want to know why they can’t have Easter eggs like all of the other children; especially at school, where  chocolate eggs are sometimes given as a treat. It is however, much easier now to find dairy-free Easter eggs but it’s not always easy to constantly see what our children are eating.

How to spot an Easter Eczema flare-up

An eczema flare up due to a chocolate allergy can happen quite quickly. Usually within an hour or two of consuming chocolate, the toxins in the body will shoot up to the skin surface and cause irritation. The eczema sufferer may start to itch and scratch, causing redness, rashes and in some cases blisters. In serious cases someone allergic to chocolate can develop hives, nasal congestion and find it difficult to breathe.

What do to if your child has an eczema flare-up this Easter

If your child has accidently eaten chocolate while at school for instance, or you did not realise that they had a chocolate allergy you can help by taking these emergency measures.

  • Keep the skin thoroughly moisturised with a natural moisturiser – Ideally we would recommend Syrinx ZA Natural emollient cream
  • Keep the child hydrated, drinking lots of water will help
  • Cold compresses to reduce itching
  • Try not to make a big issue of it, stress can make it worse
  • Keep his or her fingernails really short, so that if they do scratch it will do less harm; maybe even let them wear cotton mitts at night
  • A lukewarm bath to soothe the skin and apply moisturiser while the child is still damp
  • Lots of sleep
  • Make sure in future you have a good skincare routine in place

Try this skincare routine to prevent and treat eczema

The best way to avoid flare up is to first avoid the allergy triggers, although sometimes that’s easier said than done especially when children are involved.

Its essential that you cleanse, moisturise and soothe the skin on a daily basis.

In the Morning – Wash the skin with the Syrinx Za Syrinx Za Therapy bar using only lukewarm water, preferably pre-boiled water. This bar is rich with moisture, completely natural and contains antiseptic qualities that draw impurities from the skin.

Directly after bathing apply the Natural emollient cream to damp skin to lock in the moisture, apply several times during the day if required.

Last thing at night – Wash with the Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar again and this time leave the rich lather to soak into the skin not washing the lather off as you usually would. Leaving it to dry on the skin and leave overnight if possible, allowing the key natural ingredient Sapropel to work is magic.

Eczema sufferers should try to keep up a skincare routine such as this at all times, to keep flare-ups at bay, and especially if someone with chocolate allergy has had an eczema flare-up.


Dry Skin around Eyes

dryskin around the eyesThroughout an average day, we can really put our skin through the wringer. However, you may have found that your eyes falls victim to dry skin symptoms more so than any other part of your body. You may not realise, but actually the eye area needs almost more concentration than anywhere else on the body when it comes to combatting dry skin.

Dry skin around the eyes can be painful and sore, with an uncomfortable tight feeling. The eyes can flake or peel and in some cases become very itchy

Why do I get Dry Skin around the Eyes

Dry skin is the result of a low level of sebum accessing the skin. The reason that the eyes are vulnerable to dryness is because the skin surrounding the eyes have fewer oil glands than in any other part of the body.

Another factor that causes Dry Skin around Eyes is that this particular skin is very thin and far more sensitive than other areas on the body. If you are not careful when touching your eye region for whatever reason then it can very easily become damaged and dried out.

If dry skin surrounding the eyes is left untreated it can lead to thinning of the skin, wrinkles developing and flaking. Excessive washing, makeup, chemical-based skincare products or an allergic reaction can be other triggers of dry skin around the eyes.

How can I treat Dry Skin around Eyes

Always make sure you treat your eyes very carefully and gently. Try not to allow too much water coming into contact with this area to avoid the effects of excessive washing. Also, if you feel a certain cosmetic product, such as a concealer or eyeshadow, is drying out the skin around your eyes then stop using it instantly.

And finally, and most importantly, never use non-natural, chemical-based products around your eyes. The skin around the eyes is very delicate and any harsh products can cause more problems than it solves.

Our recommendations

The Syrinx Za Ultra Sensitive Cream is a great option for treating Dry Skin around the Eyes. This all natural, supple cream contains Sapropel – a rich vitamin source that boosts the skin’s immunity and produces healthy new cells. It also uses a mix of botanical oils to rehydrate and heal dried out skin. Clinical trials show that these natural ingredients will soothe the driest skin, providing a safe and effective treatment for hypersensitive conditions like eczema and all types of dry and dehydrated skin.


Spring Skin

spring skinNow that March is upon us you would expect to have some warmer, sunnier weather, we haven’t seen much evidence of it yet with most of the country recently suffering with high winds, flooding and snow.

Early spring is inheritably changeable as it teases our spring skin with freezing temperatures at night and cold winds to dry the skin during the daytime. Rainy weather and high humidity paradoxically cause the skin to dry out.

Treating spring-kissed skin

Syrinx Za creams and balms offer just the right sort of protection. If you suffer from eczema, psoriasis or any other skin complaint there are added benefits afforded by the products in the alleviation of symptoms.

To do the thing properly, you need to change your washing habits. If you have sensitive or troubled skin, it is good to use water that has been previously boiled. This process brings about the precipitation of calcium and magnesium salts that tend to irritate the skin.

Syrinx Za Therapy Bar

Syrinx Za Therapy bar can be used on all skin types. It is highly moisturising and when used with tepid water on sensitive skin, it cleanses effectively, removing impurities and other irritants. Moreover it is anti-pruritic, that is, it stops itchiness.

The therapy bar contains turmeric which is an excellent natural anti-fungal agent. If your feet get wet, as they often do during these damp weeks, you can end up with painful fissures in the undersides of the feet together with other annoying complaints such as athletes foot. Both of these conditions can be treated with the therapy bar. After washing the feet you just moisten the bar and rub firmly into the affected areas. If your feet are very hard and rough you can wrap them after the soaping exercise in cling film, secured in place with a cotton sock.

You will be surprised just how quickly the skin softens and the symptoms attenuate. Repeat the process for the next couple of nights.

Syrinx Hydrating Therapy Balm

During the day you can rub the hydrating therapy balm into the feet for protection of the skin.

Remember that skin type plays an important part in the choice of treatment. If your skin is inclined to be dry, you might benefit from a balm. Our balms are free of water and when applied sparingly to sensitive skin they provide day long protection. If your skin is more on the oily side you might get on better with one of the moisturising creams. These are deeply penetrative and provide excellent moisturisation of the dermal layers.

Possibly the greatest advantage of Syrinx products is that they are put together from mainly natural components and are free of any substances that are allergenic or could harm you in any way, a great way to treat your spring skin.

Winter Skin

Winter Skin CareWith this cold, wet weather that we have been enduring for the last few months many people are beginning to suffer winter skin complaints.

For most, these are seasonal complaints but for others, half of the year can be written off as we hobble painfully to work or rub our ears trying to rid ourselves of pesky itches and rashes.

Protecting your skin AND health!

Then there are colds and flu like virus that leave us sneezing and snuffling into disposable hankies, the continuous use of which leaves our noses reddened and sore.

Any doctor will tell you that the outer, protective layer of skin, the Stratum Corneum, if it is to perform its function properly must be well moisturised. Once you remove the moisture then it loses versatility, leading to soreness and in some cases, eczema.

If you recognise any of this description as applying to yourself, you might like to try Syrinx moisturising therapy balm. You can apply it gently around the nostrils and upper lip region and immediately the area will feel a lot less sore and become less susceptible to the actions of the hanky! The therapy balm contains some very special and cathartic oils, as well as Zander extract that make our products unique.

Avoiding oil-based products?

For those who prefer not to use oil based products (their skin may already be of the oily type) then look no further than the Ultra-Sensitive therapy cream. This preparation is highly absorbent and suitable for people of all ages. The Zander element is manifested partly by the presence of fulvic acid, a natural substance renowned for its health promoting properties.

Winter-kissed cracked feet…

So what about those chaps, chilblains and cracked feet that cause us to hobble to work? Start with Syrinx Za Therapy bar. Use it to wash your feet, and then make a lather which you rub firmly into the affected areas. Leave overnight and wash out in the morning. Then apply either the Hydrating Therapy balm or the ultra-sensitive therapy cream for day protection and repeat the process the following night.

Quite an effective method of speeding up the cure is to wrap the foot in cling film, securing it with a sock. For my own cracked feet it took two days to recover using this method.


Itchy ears can be a very annoying condition during the winter months and is caused by the development of eczema just inside the pinna of the ear.

I have found that the simplest method of getting rid of the problem is to rub the therapy bar with my ring finger and transfer to the inside of the pinna, rubbing in gently and firmly.

If this doesn’t work for you, by all means try a Syrinx balm or cream- each contains Zander humic extract – a concentrated cocktail of humic substances, vitamins and lipids that offer effective treatment of winter skin soreness.

Skin Tag Causes

Image of Skin TagsSo, skin tags. Chances are you’ve probably had at least one or two in your life. And chances are you’ve not considered them the most attractive thing to happen to your skin. But what exactly are skin tags?

Generally speaking, a skin tag may appear as a small soft bump that can appear anywhere on the skin. Over time, the skin tag can grow and turn into a flesh-coloured bit of skin that connects to the skin by a small stalk. It remains soft, however, so is usually quite easy to move back and forth (if you so wish!)

What symptoms can Skin Tags Cause?

The good thing about skin tag symptoms is they are more often than not completely painless. As with most skin conditions though, skin tags can become irritated if they are touched or rubbed too much. So if you have one on an area where clothes are likely to rub against it, such as the back, then you may find it does become quite sore.
Another factor that may cause a skin tag to become painful is if the stalk becomes twisted. This can then cause a blood clot to form and a lot more pain to occur.
Skin tags pose no serious threat to an individual’s health and are absolutely not cancerous growths, so removal is more for cosmetic purposes.

So what is the main Skin Tag Cause?

No-one knows for sure what actually causes skin tags, but there are a couple of suggestions…
The pretty simple yet plausible reason for the cause of skin tags is the rubbing or chafing of skin against clothes, and that this can irritate the skin and provoke a reaction in the form of a skin tag. Others believe that skin tags should be put down to a reaction to more internal issues, such as genetics, a hormonal imbalance or even a resistance to insulin.
The New York Health Guide found that obese people are significantly more likely to develop skin tags. This supports the ‘rubbing’ theory as they have more skin folds which can lead to chafing. Alternatively, pregnant women were found by Crosta to be more at risk of skin tags, presumably due to the hormone and chemical changes within their bodies.
An alternative possible Skin Tag Cause is the use of steroids. Steroids cause skin fibres to bond which then leads to outgrowths forming. Those that use steroids have been found to be quite susceptible to skin tags which backs up this suggestion. Age can also be considered a Skin Tag Cause – Schwarz found that by the time people have aged to 70, over 59% will have experienced at least one skin tag.

Skin Tag Treatment

Of course surgery is always an option for skin tag removal. But this is by no means the absolute only way to treat a skin tag.
The Syrinx Za Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar has been found to be extremely effective in the removal of skin tags.
Simply use the soap every morning and night for a minimum of two weeks to see results. When you use the bar create a thick lather and then use the bar to scrub the skin tag. Leave the lather on the skin to dry naturally (about 30 minutes) to allow it time to work.
To learn more about treating skin tags, visit Skin Tag Removal

Psoriasis and Smoking

psoriasisSmoking tobacco is not good for us. Not in any way shape or form. And this certainly applies when it comes to the risk of psoriasis.

Smoking not only increases your risk of developing psoriasis but can also increase the severity of any existing areas of the condition. Even passive smoking when pregnant or as a child can increase your risk of developing psoriasis in later life.

A connection between Psoriasis and Smoking?

It probably isn’t much of a surprise to you that smoking can cause a problem such as psoriasis. Cigarete smoke contains over a whopping 3000 substances that can cause free radicals within the body that can damage the skin.
Smoke can also significantly weaken the immune system, making the body considerably more vulnerable to skin conditions and bacterial infections. It also asphyxiates the skin, meaning that the toxins within the smoke causes damage to the blood vessels and circulation, which subsequently causes the skin to lose oxygen and nutrients. This means the skin is essentially broken and susceptible to conditions such as psoriasis.
Due to the decreased blood flow and reduced amount of nutrients smoking causes the body, the skin’s ability to heal and regenerate itself is compromised. The body and skin are no longer provided the nutrients that are necessary for its healing such as Vitamin A which could cause real complications during the healing of a psoriasis flare-up, drastically worsening symptoms.
Dehydrated skin is another result of smoking, which also happens to be a major trigger for psoriasis. Even further, smoking can increase an individual’s risk of throat infections which can (and probably will) bring on flare-ups, particularly for those that are prone to the condition.

What research has been conducted?

Despite these clear connections between Psoriasis and Smoking we can not definitively say that there is a causal link, purely because not enough research has been conducted on the matter.
However some studies have looked into the issue. Mills et al found that smokers were twice as likely to suffer from psoriasis compared to non-smokers and that smoking over twenty cigarettes per day makes an individual five times more likely to suffer from psoriasis. Similarly, Naldi et al found that smokers were twice as likely to be diagnosed with psoriasis if they smoked over fifteen cigarettes per day.

So how can I treat it??

It goes without saying really, but those that suffer from psoriasis or have a family history of the condition should absolutely not smoke.
Of course this is easier said than done, but there are a variety of help and support platforms available such as forums or nicotine patches, etc. Pay a visit to your local GP to gain the best, personal advice on how to quit.
Unfortunately even if you yourself do not smoke then this does not completely rid you of the risks of Psoriasis and Smoking. Being in a smoke-filled room or home can bring your skin similar problems to those that actually smoke themselves. Unfair but true. So, if you find yourself consistently surrounded by second-hand smoke you may need to take steps, whatever those steps may be, to avoid this exposure at all costs.

The best way you can treat your condition Is to keep it hydrated at all times. Use an all-natural moisturiser and Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar on a daily basis to soothe your condition and give it the gentle moisture it needs.
Syrinx Za have a range of natural balms and lotions for psoriasis. Read more here about it.

Oily Skin and Diet

A Great Natural Cleanser for Dry SkinOily skin can occur in almost anyone. It is the result of the body’s sebaceous gland overproduces oil and cause either oily skin or even dry skin, due to clogging of pores meaning the skin is, actually, receiving none of the oil at all.
So why does this happen? Well, it’s most likely just down to your genetics and hormone balance but diet can be an additional influence on your body’s oil production, so it is important to know what the good and bad dietary options are when it comes to oily skin.

GOOD Foods for your Oily Skin and Diet

So what should you look for in your foods to help avoid oily skin?
Low Fat
You probably could have guessed it, but yes, a low fat diet is strongly recommended when following a diet to avoid oily skin. Fresh fruit and vegetables are essential as they keep your body healthy and oil production to a minimum.
Vitamins and minerals have a direct beneficial effect on the skin, reducing the symptoms and appearance of oily skin. These can be a variety of foods including fish, sweet potatoes, carrots, artichokes, etc. Lecithin is a mineral that has proven to be particularly effective in reducing the body’s oil production. Lecithin can be found in soybeans and eggs.
An overactive immune system can produce too many oil-removing antibodies into the body so following an anti-inflammatory diet can help reduce this effect. This means balancing your carbohydrates, proteins, fat and fibre, as well as an increase of your intake of fish and fish oils.
And, of course, fluids. Drinking eight glasses of water per day is vital in keeping your pores cleared and the appearance of oily skin to a minimum. Avoid dehydrating substances such as caffeine-based drinks, alcohol or smoking.

BAD Foods for your Oily Skin and Diet

Fatty Foods
Yep – oily foods can cause oily skin. Fatty food such as pizza, chips, crisps, chocolates and just about anything deep-fried contain high amounts of grease which may well cause excess oil within the body and clog your skin’s pores, causing oily skin.
Sugary Food and Drink
When you eat a sugary food or drink a sugary drink, your body burns up this sugar and your liver temporarily stops burning fat and just dispose of it. This disposed fat is then pushed into the sebaceous glands and the fat in secreted into a liquid form – oil. High blood sugar can also cause a release of androgens into the bloodstream which can cause the skin to become oily. So, stay away from the soda and sweets if you want to rid yourself of oily skin!

Treatment for Oily Skin

Oily skin treatment should focus on removing the excess oil within the skin and reduce its physical symptoms. An all-natural treatment is highly recommended to avoid adverse side effects that chemical-based products can bring.
The Syrinx Za Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar may work on dry skin, but it can actually also work wonders on oily skin too. That’s because – although it looks like a soap and acts like a soap – it’s not actually a soap. It combines natural ingredients in a cold process to cleanse, draw out impurities and protect skin of all types. Just add water to work the bar into a gentle lather and let it soak in (without rinsing). It only takes a couple of weeks to see results.
See more here.

Dry Skin and Hand Washing

Image of child with eczema washing handsWashing our hands is an important part of our day-to-day lives, its essential to prevent spreading germs.

We wash our hands before dinner, after using the toilet (hopefully), after blowing our nose or sneezing, when we’re washing the dishes or generally handling mucky stuff! Research suggests that the average Brit washes their hands 4 times a day. That’s 28 times a week, 112 a month and 1456 a year, that is a lot of washing.

Excessive Washing

Skin is the largest organ of our body. It protects us from harmful environmental factors and keeps us healthy. You would think that regularly washing your hands keeps it bacteria and germ free but, while this is true, there is such a thing as too much washing. Dry skin and Hand Washing do come hand in hand (excuse the pun). If you are washing your hands too much, the skin can dry out and become rough and cracked. This is because the water is removing the skin’s natural oils, leaving the skin with little to no moisture left. Dermatitis can then result from excessive hand washing. Once the top layer of the skin cracks due to the removal of the skin’s natural oils, the skin become inflamed. This is the start of dermatitis and symptoms such as swelling, redness, irritation and itchiness. Read more about dermatitis here.

Harsh Soaps

Healthy skin actually has a slightly acidic pH balance while many harsh soaps are alkaline substances. So, exposing healthy skin to chemical-based cleansers may well contribute to disruption in the skin’s own healing process, making damaged, dry skin a very likely result. Harsh soaps, as well as water, can strip away ceramides and other natural oils from the skin, resulting in dehydrated, cracked skin barriers.
When buying a hand washing soap, most people will opt for antibacterial types in order to kill of as many germs from the hands as possible. However, this is not necessarily true. A study funded by the NIH found that antibacterial soaps work no better than moisturising, natural soaps, so try to avoid chemical-based soaps at all costs – they are simply no good for your skin.

Our Recommendations

An awareness of your hand-washing regularity is very important when avoiding the symptoms of Dry Skin and Hand Washing. Maybe you are washing your hands too often, or when its not needed. You could make sure you always use gloves when washing the dishes or clothes to avoid this direct contact.

The easiest way to look after your hands during washing is to make sure you choose a safe, natural soap. There is no reason to be opting for chemical-based products as all they do is damage and dry out your delicate skin. The Syrinx Za Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar is a natural cold-processed soap that is carefully designed to deeply cleanse hands while keeping the skin as protected and moisturised as possible. The soap is uniquely formulated to gently remove impurities while quickly restoring your skin’s natural moisture levels. It also stops the skin from drying out after use, by retaining the moisture absorbed.

Acne and Diet

Best Soap to Use for Treating AcneSo many of us grew up being told by our parents and teachers that gorging on sweets, fizzy drinks, chocolate or just about anything deliciously bad for us causes acne, right? Well, wrong. There is actually no proven link between Acne and Diet, it’s just a misconception that has been passed down for many years – probably to put children off junk food!

However, while foods do not necessarily cause acne, there are foods that can fight off acne symptoms and keep your skin as clear and healthy as possible.

What foods can help clear up acne?

The following foods can are thought to be particularly effecting at alleviating acne symptoms and improving the skin’s overall health.

Avocados: Avocados are particularly rich in vitamins C and E. Vitamin C is effective in reducing skin inflammation while Vitamin E is able to increase the skin’s vitality.

Artichoke: Artichokes are also full of Vitamin C as well as a variety of antioxidants, meaning harmful toxins and impurities of the skin are cleared out, reducing the likelihood of problems such as acne.

Brown Rice : Brown rice provides us with Vitamin B which is known to act as a stress fighter when digested. As acne is usually caused by hormones and high stress levels, brown rice can help prevent outbreaks.

Fatty Fish : Fish is very important when considering links between Acne and Diet as it contains omega-3 and omega-6. These two fatty acids can effectively reduce swelling within the skin and declog blocked pores.

Fennel: Fennel is the ultimate natural skin cleanser food – it can improve digestion, reduce inflammation and detox the skin, all in all preventing acne outbreaks.

Garlic: Garlic is also praised for it inflammation-reducing abilities. It contains Allicin, a natural chemical that is able to kill off harmful, acne-causing bacteria within the skin.

Nuts: Mineral deficiencies have been held responsible as a common cause of acne which is where nuts step in; they contain many essential minerals such as selenium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium that can nourish the skin and reduce its vulnerability to conditions such as acne.

What else can relieve acne?

You’ve tackled the connection between your Acne and Diet so what else can you do to help your skin?
The common misconception about natural oils is that they are actually a cause of acne but this is entirely false. Acne is all down to age, hormones or trapped skins cells and dirt that over time clog the pores. In fact, as bizarre as it may sound, using the correct oils can gently tackle and reduce acne very effectively.

Syrinx Za’s Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar contains a mixture of oils including olive, castor and coconut, as well as turmeric and beeswax. This combination produces a rich, aromatic lather that locks in moisture and has healing antiseptic qualities. Read more about Acne Treatments.