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Dandruff vs. Dry Scalp

scalp-treatment-comboIt’s a common misconception to think that dandruff and a dry scalp are essentially the same problem but they are, in fact, two different conditions caused by different factors.

The whole Dandruff vs. Dry Scalp debate is unsurprisingly common due to the fact they share very similar symptoms. If you do not know exactly what the cause of the flakes of skin coming off from your scalp, or falling on to your clothes,  it can make it pretty hard to treat and sort out.

When it is Dandruff

So, when is it dandruff? Well, dandruff is generally characterised by quite large, greasy, waxy flakes of skin that may fall off your scalp when you scratch it or when you brush your hair. They can be quite yellow or grey-ish and cause your scalp to become very itchy.

Unlike a dry scalp, dandruff is usually due to a bacterial infection of the scalp and actually can be quite contagious. So, if you have dandruff do not share a brush, hat, towel or any hair accessories with someone else as there is a chance you could be causing them the very same problem.

Contrary to popular thought, dandruff is not actually caused by an overly dry scalp but actually by the secretion of too much oil (sebum). It can be down to an overgrowth of harmless yeast which feeds from the excess oil within the scalp causing the skin to shred and fall off in flakes.

Dandruff can become quite severe in its symptoms in some cases and can be accompanied by intense itching, oozing or even bleeding, so it is important you visit the doctors to confirm the exact cause of your dandruff.

When it is a Dry Scalp

A dry scalp is usually what most people really have when they think it is dandruff.

It is characterised by small, white flakes of skin that can also fall off when you scratch your scalp or brush your hair, much in the same way as dandruff. So, take note of the appearance of the flakes falling from your head as they could reveal a lot more than you first thought.

A dry scalp can be caused by a number of factors including using poor quality shampoo and conditioner (which strip your scalp of its natural oils, causing dryness), over-washing your hair, washing your hair with hot water, a change/increase in environmental temperature or simply your genes. It may also be accompanied by itching and irritation but is less likely to become as severe as dandruff can be.

How to treat either

So, now you understand a bit more about the Dandruff vs. Dry Scalp confusion, but how do you treat them?
Well, luckily, they can both be treated by using a high quality, moisturising scalp shampoo. And here at Syrinx, we have formulated exactly that.

Syrinx Za’s Hair and Scalp Combo are formulated to treat and reduce the symptoms of dandruff or a dry scalp, whatever the reason for either may be.

The 3 piece products are based around our key ingredient, Sapropel. Sapropel has the unique ability to detoxify the scalp, drawing out impurities that may be causing the problem, and provide a moisture-rich array of vitamins and mineral that work to restore the scalp back to its optimum health. It has been clinically proven to calm itching and dramatically eradicate flaking.
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Chronic Dermatitis

Chronic DermatitisDermatitis may be an unattractive condition to suffer with but it isn’t serious when you look at it purely from a health perspective.

Usually symptoms of Chronic Dermatitis hang around on sufferers for their entire lives, which can be quite damaging to the quality of their day to day lives, so having a good awareness of Dermatitis and treatment options is crucially important.

What is Chronic Dermatitis?

Dermatitis is a type of eczema that can affect just about anybody to a certain extent. It causes the skin to appear red, dry, flaky, scaly or even blistered and cracked. A dermatitis sufferer may have to deal with their skin becoming itchy, irritated, inflamed and sometimes painful.

It can affect just about any part of the body (even on the scalp), but is most commonly found on the hands. It is thought to affect as many as 1 in 10 Americans, so is by no means a rare condition.

What causes the condition?

Factors that are thought to cause dermatitis can be generally anything that can aggravate the skin. So, coming into contact with irritants such as harsh soaps, detergents, certain fabrics and any chemical-based product could be responsible for symptoms of dermatitis. This means that allergy sufferers may be at a higher risk of developing the condition due to their more vulnerable hypersensitive skin.

Changes in temperature, stress, excessive hand perspiration and hot water can also cause the condition. There is thought to be a hereditary component  as it has been found to generally run in families, which makes treating the condition slightly more difficult.

How to treat it

If dermatitis continues to be untreated over a long period of time then it can begin to spread all over the body or, if on the hands, cause the nails to become deformed, so treating the condition as promptly as possible is highly recommended.

Avoiding the common irritants of Chronic Dermatitis is highly recommended and may well prevent further symptoms developing. Treating existing symptoms means choosing a safe, effective emollient or cream to rehydrate the skin and restore it back to its natural health.

The Syrinx Za Emollient and the Syrinx Za Skin Revitaliser are chemical-free remedies containing natural ingredients that are able to work together to draw impurities from the skin and effectively relieve dermatitis on the skin.

Alternatively, if the dermatitis is on the scalp then the Syrinx Za Scalp Combination is also recommended to gently soothe the affected area, reducing symptoms and reinstating the scalp to optimum health. Our products use the ancient healing powers of Sapropel and Argan to soothe and rehydrate the skin and scalp, whilst removing any toxins or impurities that may be present.

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How to Prevent Dry Skin

how to prevent dry skinDry’ ‘itchy’ and ‘flaky’ are certainly not words you want to be using to describe your skin but sometimes, unfortunately, it is unavoidable. Or is it?

How to prevent dry skin is a question often asked because dry skin is often a very uncomfortable and unsightly condition to contend with. It can occur anywhere on your body and can affect an individual of any age. It usually comes with symptoms such as flaking, itchiness, tightness, a rough texture, redness and, in more severe cases, bleeding. However, the good news is that dry skin CAN be treated.

Causes of my Dry Skin

There are a variety of factors that could cause dry skin but some are more common than others.
Excessive washing can very easily dry out the skin, particularly if the water is of a high temperature. Alternatively, low humidity can also cause dry skin.

General harsh treatment of your skin can also provoke damaged, dry skin issues, such as gardening, chemical content or even repeatedly exposing wet hands to open air. Coming into contact with something you are allergic to could also mean an allergic reaction occurs in the form of dry skin.

And finally, it could all just be down to your genes. Sometimes we simply inherit the misfortune of dry skin from our family members.

Treatments for Dry Skin

Of course, avoiding the main triggers could help ease the possibility on the onset of dry skin, but it is important to know what to do if you are already struggling with existing dry skin.

Choose an all-natural balm, moisturiser or emollient to reinstate the moisture into your skin without any risk of adverse side effects that come with steroid-based products (that can worsen the original problem in the long run).

Our recommendation

So now you know How to Prevent Dry Skin, you just need to know which product to choose.

Well, that’s easy!

Syrinx Za have a range of natural balms and lotions that are designed to ease the symptoms of dry skin. All Syrinx Za’s products contain carefully chosen 100% natural ingredients that can help heal and replenish dry skin to miracle standards.

Syrinx Za Hydrating Balm and Ultra-Sensitive Cream are both designed to hydrate dry, cracked skin on the hands, leaving it smooth and moisturised. Everyone’s skin is different so why not try both to find which works best for you? Alternate between using the balm and the cream twice a day and see results in just two weeks.
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What is Dandruff?

what is dandruffSo, what is dandruff?

Okay, so we all know that dandruff is flaky bits of skin that fall off your head and can be pretty unsightly, uncomfortable and embarrassing. But really, how much more do you know about it? Maybe you’d like to find out and more importantly find out how to treat it.

What are the signs of Dandruff?

Of course, white flakes of skin within the scalp and hair is probably the top sign that you are indeed suffering with dandruff. These flakes of skin may fall onto the shoulder, making the condition more obvious to others when dark clothing is worn.

The scalp might feel particularly itchy, tight or irritated. There have been reports from dandruff sufferers that their head feels tingly thanks to condition so this could also be considered an indicator.

Most cases of dandruff do not require any professional medical assistant as a good, effective shampoo will usually solve the problem.
However, if you find your scalp has become red or swollen and non-responsive to self-treatment then this could indicate sever seborrheic dermatitis and a trip to the GP is highly advised.

Why do I have it?

Dandruff is by no means a dangerous or uncommon condition to deal with but it can be an irritating one.

Dandruff is caused when the natural cycle of skin renewal becomes overly rapid. This then leads to detached dead skin forming on the scalp that can then get caught in the hair and fall off. Causes of this sped up cycle could be due to seborrheic dermatitis or out of control malessezia.

Emotional stress, chemical filled products, excessive washing, lack of washing, skin conditions such as eczema or a generally weak immune system are also considered factors that could cause dandruff in an individual.

How can I treat it?

Dandruff is a fairly common condition that, yes, CAN be controlled with the correct treatment.

Now you have the answer to ‘What is Dandruff’ it’s time to find out how to treat it.

The best way to treat dandruff at home is to opt for an all-natural, moisture-rich shampoo such as the Syrinx Za Shampoo. The shampoo contains natural, hydrating ingredients that can help to ease the symptoms of dandruff and soothe the associated irritation using antiseptic properties, allowing you to live a dandruff-free, easier life.
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How to Stop Oily Skin

Image depicting dry skin on the faceSufferers of oily skin may find themselves having an unsightly reflective shine and potentially quite painful acne breakouts. It is certainly not the most attractive nor comfortable condition to suffer with and so working out how to stop oily skin is very important to sufferers.

Oily skin can lead to extended problems such as acne, particularly in teens. It’s a condition that can seriously damage a sufferer’s self-esteem and confidence.

Why do I have Oily Skin?

Before understanding how to prevent oily skin symptoms, it is important you understand the root cause of your oily skin.

Your skin type is actually determined by your genes, so to a certain extent you cannot control whether you suffer from oily skin or not. However, what you can control is how much oil you need to suffer with, and you can alter your lifestyle and skincare routines to prevent the skin problems associated with oily skin.

Hormone changes can also contribute towards the onset of oily skin, meaning you should expect symptoms to occur during puberty, pregnancy or through the use of birth control. These factors cause a hormonal change which can cause an increase of fluids throughout the body and, indeed, skin.

A poor diet that is fat, salt or grease rich can also be held responsible for symptoms of oily skin as they are very good at clogging your skin’s pores. High blood sugar from high sugar foods can also cause a release of androgens into the bloodstream which can cause the skin to become oily.

How can I Stop Oily Skin?

So, now you know what could be causing your oily skin, its time to do something about it.

Of course you cannot control your genes or hormones, but the one factor you can control is your diet. Opt for low-fat, vitamin-rich foods as well as a regular consumption of water which can reduce the likelihood of an onset of oily skin and give your skin an overall healthy glow.

Managing your oily skin is another thing. Rather than working out how to treat the root cause, often it is wiser to just treat the symptoms of your oily skin. Oily skin treatment should focus on removing the excess oil within the skin and reduce its shine. An all-natural treatment is highly recommended to avoid adverse side effects that chemical-based products can bring.

Oily skin can actually be worsened by skin-drying. Chemical-based, non-natural soaps can also very easily dry out the skin with their harsh properties, again causing the glands to become irritated and produce more oil.

Our recommendations

So, now we know How to Stop Oily Skin its time to work out the best products to do so.

The Syrinx Za Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar is a highly recommended treatment for oily skin.

It may work wonders on dry skin but it is also extremely effective at treating oily skin and a perfect alternative to harsh normal soaps.

The bar 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. Try it for yourself!
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Psoriasis on the Scalp

Scalp CleanserPsoriasis on the scalp is a relatively common skin condition that is thought to affect as many as half of the estimated 7.5 million Americans that suffer with psoriasis. Most of the time, an individual that suffers with scalp psoriasis will also suffer with the condition on other parts of their body but this is not always the case.

Scalp psoriasis can affect a sufferer of any age and can range from mild irritation to severe pain, affecting day to day activities such as sleep and work and prove to be quite an embarrassing condition to contend with.

Symptoms of Psoriasis on the Scalp

Symptoms of scalp psoriasis can vary from slight scaling in mild cases to more serious symptoms in severe cases.

Reddish plaques with white scaling may occur on the surface of the scalp and may cause dandruff-like flaking. A dry scalp that can be itchy or irritated may also be a symptom of scalp psoriasis.

More uncommon symptoms such as a burning sensation, a strong pain or hair loss may also occur in more severe forms. Please note, however, that hair loss is not a direct symptom of scalp psoriasis, but it can happen as a result of frequent scratching, harsh treatments and stress related to the condition.

What are the Causes?

Scalp psoriasis is most likely to occur in individuals that already suffer from psoriasis on other parts of their body, so it is generally a hereditary condition.

Sometimes scalp psoriasis can be worse than others depending on factors such as stress, infection, changes in temperature/weather and harsh treatments.

Ouch! How can I treat it?

The best way to treat Psoriasis on the Scalp at home is to opt for an all-natural, moisture-rich scalp shampoo, conditioner and prewash such as the Syrinx Za Scalp Combination.

The 3 piece treatment all contain natural, hydrating ingredients that can help to ease the symptoms of scalp psoriasis and soothe the associated scaling, redness, irritation, inflammation and flaking using antiseptic properties, allowing you to live a more comfortable, psoriasis-free life.
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Picking at Acne

Best Soap to Use for Treating AcneWhen you start to get symptoms of acne, the likelihood is that you’re not going to think they look particularly appealing. Acne has the unfortunate habit of making otherwise clear, healthy skin look damaged and red.

Many of us cannot resist picking at acne in an attempt to make it disappear, you think to yourself I will just squeeze and pick at this one, but then you can’t stop, its almost addictive, you cannot help it! Knowing the risks you are putting your skin at may suppress the urge to pick a little…

What happens when you pick your acne?

Acne occurs when bacteria, dead skin cells or bacteria builds up within the skin. When a lesion does not contain bacteria (non-inflammatory) they are known as whiteheads or blackheads. Bacteria-filled lesions (inflammatory) include pimples, pustules and nodules.

When acne lesions are picked or popped, the material is released and can cause even non-inflammatory lesions to become inflammatory. So, you are certainly at a strong risk of making your acne much worse than it was to start off with.

Picking at acne can cause swelling, increased redness, a prolonged healing time and, very often, pain. Even once it has finally healed, you could be left with a nasty brown or red scar that can last for several months or, in more extreme cases, a lifetime.

When it becomes a habit…

It is thought that around 5% of people do pick at their acne to the point of injury. So, in other words, they pick at their skin until it bleeds or rips off.

If you find you are picking your acne more out of regular habit than an occasional mistake, you may want to consider the possibility that you have a condition known as dematillomania. This is characterised as an obsessive need to continuously pick at the skin to the point of damage. You might want to visit your local GP or psychologist if you suspect this may be the case.

Treating acne

Of course, you can try to get yourself to stop picking at acne, but the best solution all round is to simply treat the acne so there is nothing to pick at in the first place!

There are 3 things you need to focus on when treating acne: detoxifying, moisturising and soothing.

Syrinx Za has formulated their Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar to achieve these key results as effectively and naturally as possible.

Wash with the Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar twice a day and leave the rich lather to soak into the skin as opposed to washing it off as you would a normal soap. The bar is completely natural and free from steroids and additives. It contains antiseptic qualities that have shown to relieve skin conditions thanks to its key natural ingredient Sapropel.
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Reasons for an Itchy Scalp

Scalp Treatment CombinationThere are a variety of potential Reasons for an Itchy Scalp. 

The skin of the scalp is exceptionally sensitive and so can be vulnerable to irritation more so than just about anywhere else on the body.

For many, an itchy can be quite embarrassing and affect their self-confidence. Scratching your head could be seen as quite socially unacceptable and even further embarrassment could be caused if flaking occurs after the scalp is scratched.

Possible causes of an Itchy Scalp

An itchy scalp may or may not be a result of a skin condition or a rash.

The most common cause of an itchy scalp is dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis), which brings symptoms such as flaking and, of course, itching. Factors such as emotional stress, chemical filled products, excessive washing, lack of washing, skin conditions such as eczema or a generally weak immune system can lead to the onset of dandruff. It can range in severity and so sometimes all that is needed are simple lifestyle changes while other times, in more extreme cases, treatment is required.

Psoriasis on the scalp is also a potential cause of an itchy scalp, which generally will mean the itching scalp is quite long term and there are visible scaly, red patches of skin on the surface of the scalp.

Other Reasons for an Itchy Scalp include more serious conditions such as infection, inflammation or allergies (particularly allergic reactions to chemical-filled hair products).

Seek advice from your local GP if you suspect your itchy scalp may be due to serious underlying problems such as the above.

How to treat an Itchy Scalp

Syrinx Za’s Hair and Scalp Combo are formulated to treat and reduce the symptoms of an itchy scalp, whatever the reason for it may be.

The 3 piece products are based around our key ingredient, Sapropel. Sapropel has the unique ability to detoxify the scalp, drawing out impurities that may be causing the problem, and provide a moisture-rich array of vitamins and mineral that work to restore the scalp back to its optimum health. It has been clinically proven to calm itching and dramatically eradicate flaking.

So, now you know the possible Reasons for an Itchy Scalp and how to treat it!

Dry Skin in Ears

dryskin on earIf you have eczema you may often suffer from flaky or dry skin in the ear canals, although many people that suffer from sensitive skin may find that they also fall victim to the wrath of dry skin in ears or even on top or at the back of the ear.

This type of dry skin surprisingly quite common but why? And are there any risks involved with this type of dry, flaky and sometimes painful skin?

How can we treat it simply and effectively?

Dry Skin in Ears

Suffering from dry skin within the ears is by no means a particularly bad, or rare, condition to contend with.

If dry skin is quite persistent within your ears it is highly likely to actually be seborrheic dermatitis, an inflammation of the skin that is fairly common and relatively harmless.

It has the appearance of itchy, flaky, almost scaly dry skin, so is quite easily ignored or disregarded by the sufferer who will just think of it as annoying dry skin. Which it kind of is really, but it is important to be aware of the potential risks that come with it…

Are there any Dangers of this?

Generally speaking, dry skin within the ears is just an annoying yet harmless condition.

However, sometimes it can lead to a bacterial infection. This is indicated when the skin turns wet and itchy, sometimes with pain and a foul odour. This may then spread to the face and cause red sores. Not particularly pleasant!

People that suffer from dry skin in their ears are also likely to suffer from dry skin on other parts of the body including the scalp, face, chest, neck, back and even the groin areas.

So, while this type of dry skin is usually nothing to worry about, it is certainly worth treating just to be on the safe side.

How can I Treat it?

Syrinx Za have a range of natural balms and lotions for dry skin problems.

Syrinx Za Hydrating Balm and Ultra-Sensitive Cream are both designed to rehydrate dry skin on any part of the body including the ears, leaving it smooth, healed and moisturised.

Everyone’s skin is different so why not try both to find which works best for you to combat dry skin in ears? Alternate between using the balm and the cream twice a day and see results in just two weeks.
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Natural Treatment for Psoriasis

PsoriasisPsoriasis is a chronic skin condition that can be characterised by red, scaly-like patches covering the skin. It is thought to affect around 3% of the American population and 125 million people worldwide according to psoriasis.org,
While it may have an aesthetically unattractive nature, psoriasis is by no means simply a cosmetic problem – 60% of sufferers claim the condition causes significant problems in their day to day lives, so they constantly seek the best natural treatment for psoriasis.

Why choose Natural Treatments?

Unlike skin conditions that are the result of external causes, psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder, which basically means it is a genetic condition. This means that most drug treatments designed for psoriasis contain steroids and biologics that can actually depress the immune system, and come with long term side effects that can eventually weaken the skin, making it more vulnerable and susceptible to psoriasis than it was to start with. As well coming with long term risks, the prohibitive cost of steroid-based treatments puts them out of reach of many people.

Natural treatments means the symptoms of psoriasis can be controlled for a longer period of time. Natural treatments are very beneficial because they do not cause any side effects and reduce the risk of causing further damage to already sensitive skin.

Natural ingredients such as Argan Oil are extremely useful when treating psoriasis. Argan Oil’s combination of nutrients and vitamins and abilities in moisture retention mean that the nasty dry symptoms of psoriasis can be alleviated. The oil’s antiseptic properties can help heal the damage psoriasis has caused the skin, meaning the redness and white patches become considerably reduced when it is used on the skin consistently and frequently. Sufferers of psoriasis may have generally more sensitive skin, meaning they are more vulnerable to adverse side effects when using chemical-based treatment. Using natural products that uses natural ingredients as effective and minimal-risk as Argan Oil is undoubtedly the best option.

While this condition is not life threatening, it has a profound effect on daily life, self-esteem and confidence and so treating it in the gentlest yet most effective way possible is crucially important for a sufferer.

Our recommendation

Both the Syrinx Za Natural Emollient and Syrinx Za Skin Revitaliser contain Argan Oil among a variety of other natural ingredients that work as a blend to relieve psoriasis and in our opinion is the best Natural Treatment for Psoriasis.

 Because we know that everybody’s skin is different, we strongly recommended initially using both these products to treat your psoriasis and find which works best for you. You could start the day by applying the Ultra-Sensitive Therapy Cream, using the fingertips to work the cream into the affected areas gently but firmly, and then end the day with the Emollient, or vice versa. For best results, apply every morning and night – and during the day if patches flare up.
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