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What does Eczema Look Like?

EczemaEczema is a skin condition in which the skin becomes red, inflamed or itchy, amongst other symptoms. It can form anywhere on the body, from arms to ears to feet. There are a few types of eczema but atopic eczema is by far the most common.

Sometimes people write to us and ask; How do I know if I have eczema? What does eczema look like?

Eczema’s Appearance

How do you know if you’re suffering from eczema? Is the red patch on your arm eczema or something else? The key to working out whether you have eczema or not is simply by checking your symptoms. Eczema is quite a common condition to suffer with so if you suspect you may have it then there’s a solid chance you may well do.

Eczema has many faces depending on its severity but there are a few tell-tale signs.

Firstly, the skin may appear red or inflamed. This is probably the first sign for sufferers that their skin has a bit of a problem and that it needs treating. All eczema, no matter how severe, tends to have a reddened appearance caused by inflammation.

Dryness of the skin is another early indicator that you may be suffering from eczema. Anything that dries out your skin can cause eczema as it is essentially an advanced version of dry skin. This means that affected areas of eczema are often itchy, cracked and flaky.

Eczema may lead to the formation of blisters and oozing lesions in its more severe stages. The itchiness of the condition could also lead to thickened, crusty skin and an increased risk of infections occurring.

Treatment for Eczema

Syrinx Za Natural Emollient Cream is a natural chemical-free emollient containing Sapropel (Zander) and Argan Oil, ingredients that are able to work together to draw impurities from the skin and relieve the symptoms of eczema.

Our Emollient uses the ancient healing powers of Sapropel (Zander) and Argan to soothe and rehydrate the skin, whilst removing any toxins. It is a gentle emollient for the face, ears, neck and other sensitive areas, and ideal for sensitive, immature skin. Now you know the answer to “What does eczema look like” you can go ahead and start treating it.

However, of course, there is a chance the above symptoms could well indicate a different problem, so it may be worth a trip to your local GP if you are unsure before commencing any treatment.
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Are Skin Tags Dangerous?

Image of Skin Tags on the NeckSo, you have a skin tag. But what exactly does that mean?

Skin tags come from a root stalk of cells that grows out of the skin and takes form in a growth, often skin coloured and varying in size. They can appear just about anywhere on the body although are most commonly found in the folds of skin such as armpits, eyelids and behind the knees.

What are the risks of Skin Tags

Generally speaking, no, skin tags are not dangerous.

That is because most skin tags are benign and will never become a problem, more a mere inconvenience. Many people believe that skin tags can be cancerous but this is incredibly unlikely.

The most trouble that benign skin tags can bring you is chafing or catching on your clothing, which can cause pain, discomfort and bleeding. Once pulled off, it is quite unlikely the skin tag will grow back, but you may be left with slight scarring. In fact, for many people they accidentally pull a skin tag off without even knowing it was there in the first place.

While health problems are very rare when it comes to skin tags, they may well indicate an underlying issue. Skin tags that appear in large numbers could point towards diabetes or an insulin problem, so it’s worth taking a trip to your local GP to find out if this is a possibility for you.

Complications with skin tags can often arise if you choose to have them surgically removed for cosmetic purposes. Where the surgery has torn the skin can provide an access point for bacteria and therefore cause an infection. Before you have any form of surgery, it is important to find out whether your suspected skin tag is actually a skin tag – moles and other skin growths should be treated in a very different way to skin tags and may react differently if removed, causing riskier complications.

How can I treat them

The Syrinx Za Therapy Bar has been found to be extremely effective in the natural removal of skin tags without the need for surgery and any complications it may bring.

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

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Side Effects of Topical Steroids

What is the best treatment for eczema?If you walk into your local pharmacy, chances are you’ll see a variety of skincare treatments containing Topical Corticosteroids, but many of us don’t actually know what they are nor why they are something to avoid.

Let us explain…

What are Topical Steroids?

Topical Corticosteroids are creams, ointments and lotions that contain steroid medicines. They aim to reduce skin inflammation and are used for various skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.

Sounds great right? Well, unfortunately not. Topical Corticosteroids do not come without their quite extreme side effects…

Why are they Dangerous?

Topical corticosteroids can cause many local side effects to the areas of skin skin they are applied. Once Topical Corticosteroids are absorbed into the skin over a long period of time, systemic complications can also arise.

Thinning of the skin (Skin Athropy) is perhaps the most common danger of Topical Corticosteroids, which has been proven by many different studies and research. This, in turn, can damage the skin even further, making it even more vulnerable than it was to begin with and even more susceptible to skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.

Thanks to Topical Corticosteroids, the formation of stretch marks becomes more likely. The Topical Corticosteroids break down the connective tissues of the skin which can then cause stretch marks, which of course will take a considerable amount of time to disappear.

Topical Corticosteroids can make the blood vessels dialate and become visible undernearth the sufferer’s thinned skin, particularly when they are used long term. Acne and Rosacea is also a known side effect of Topical Corticosteroids – so, using these treatments to cure one skin condition may actually make you end up suffering a whole other one! Not a very good deal…

Other complications such as infections and an interference with the body’s own steroid production and glucose management can also occur as a result of treating the skin with Topical Corticosteroid based remedys.

What Alternatives are there?

The best way to take control of your skin’s health and protect yourself against the Side Effects of Topical Steroids is to be clued up on the ingredients in every skin care product you buy.

The best, easiest and safest way to avoid any adverse risks is to opt for all natural products that use only pure, natural ingredients to treat skin conditions. That’s where Syrinx Za come in…

All our products are completely free of Topical Corticosteroids so you can treat your skin with the comfort of knowing it is being looked after and kept safe, protected and effectively treated.

Read more about Syrinx Za Skincare Products

Note: Do NOT get Topical Corticosteroids (used to reduce skin inflammation) confused with Anabolic Steroids (used by athletes and body builders to improve their physical abilities). Two very different types of ‘steroids’ with VERY different purposes! (so lads, if you use a Topical Corticosteroid based emollient unfortunately your muscles will not be affected…)
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Warts on Children

Image of Wart on the handWarts can be an unsightly condition for anyone to deal with but they can be particularly distressing for children to cope with.

In fact, as much as 15% of children get warts, so it is by no means an uncommon problem. Many children that suffer with warts may be embarrassed of their condition or be the subject of playground bullying, while others may be very uncomfortable particularly if the warts are on the soles of their feet.

What causes Warts?

Warts are noncancerous skin growths caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).

Warts appear when this virus invades the skin, usually when the skin is broken or cut, which then causes a rapid growth of cells on the outer layer of skin, also known as Warts!

The HPV can be passed on by close skin-to-skin contact with other Wart sufferers, as well as through contact with towels or shoes.

This virus can be spread to other parts of body by scratching a wart, sucking fingers, biting fingernails or shaving.

Warts come in a multitude of shapes, sizes and colours. They are usually quite small and skin-coloured but can be large and dark, rough or smooth. They are quite easy to detect but it may be worth taking your child on a trip to your local GP if you are unsure.

Are they dangerous?

While Warts are contagious, they will generally be no danger to your child’s health.

Warts are not cancerous and generally not harmful because they are small benign growths. There are, however, some types of warts that can become painful in nature and are certainly not the most comfortable condition for your child to contend with.

Chances are your child’s Warts will disappear by themselves thanks to their strong immune system. However, there are treatments you can try in the meantime…

How can I treat Warts?

The Syrinx ZA Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar is able to effectively treat warts and reduce both their appearance and the pain they may be bringing your child.

It’s a cold processed, all natural soap that cleans the skin by drawing out heavy metals and impurities, freeing the immune system to use its natural defences against warts and other infections.

Due to its natural properties, the bar is very safe to use on children and is unlikely to provoke adverse reactions in sensitive skin as normal soap might.

See our Wart and Verruca Removal page to learn more about how we can help your child’s condition.

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Oily Skin Soaps

Best facial scrubIf you’re a sufferer of oily skin, you will appreciate just how irritating it can be.

Oily skin is the result of the body’s sebaceous gland overproduces oil and cause excessively oily skin.

However  if you have oily skin, its not all bad, you might have some shininess, blemishes and spots but  you are less likely to get wrinkles early or other signs of aging.

How does Soap affect Oily Skin?

If you have particularly oily skin you may feel the urge to scrub your skin raw with soap until the oil is gone, right? Well, wrong.

Soap can actually harm the sebaceous glands and cause them to secrete even more oil, worsening your original problem and giving you a bit of a catch 22 situation.

But, of course, you can’t (more to the point, shouldn’t!) avoid soap forever and so, luckily, there are options.

What Soaps should I avoid for my Oily Skin?

Soaps that change the pH of your skin should be absolutely avoided at all costs.

A normal, chemical-based soap is quite alkaline, meaning the skin can become very irritated and cause the glands to secrete excessive amounts of oil in a bid to protect itself.

Believe it or not, oily skin can actually be worsened by skin-drying. Chemical-based, non-natural soaps can very easily dry out the skin with their harsh properties, again causing the glands to become irritated and produce more oil.

So, if you feel like using standard soaps is the cause of your oily skin, then immediately cease use and start looking for alternative options.

What Soaps should I choose for my Oily Skin?

Here at Syrinx Za, we recognise the problem sensitive skin sufferers are met with when using soap. It harms your skin but there’s no way around it – or is there?

Opting for an all-natural soap such as Syrinx Za Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar is highly recommended. 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 and Alcohol

pilsener-beer-photoWe all already know that alcohol can cause a multitude of health problems and deficiencies, but did you know that it could also responsible for outbreaks of psoriasis?

First and foremostly it is important to point out that there is no medical, definitive proof that there is actually a direct connection between alcohol and psoriasis.

However, let us look at the facts

A connection between Psoriasis and Alcohol?

In 1986, a magazine called Dermatologica published an article by Monk and Neill investigating the relationship between Psoriasis and Alcohol. They studied 100 patients and found that psoriasis was found to be significantly more common in those that heavily drank. And since then there have been numerous claims from sufferers insisting that alcohol does trigger the condition.

So where could these claims be coming from?

Well, the prime reason that alcohol could possibly cause psoriasis is its dehydrating properties. Alcohol causes the body to become dehydrated; dehydrated skin is a big cause of a psoriasis flare up. A pretty simple reason with pretty problematic consequences.
This is not the only explanation for a causal effect between Psoriasis and Alcohol. Alcohol consumption is known to have a deleterious effect on the skin and so could well be held responsible for a variety of skin problems such as acne, rosacea and, you guessed it, psoriasis. Liver abnormality due to alcohol consumption could also disturb a person’s estragon levels, causing the skin to change and potentially deteriorate.
Alcohol-induced nutritional deficiencies can impair the absorption of zinc and vitamins in the intestines, causing a weakened immune system. This then leads to vulnerable skin that is susceptible to conditions such as psoriasis.

Uh oh! How can I treat it??

If you suspect that alcohol could be causing your psoriasis then, of course, your number 1 move should be to start living an alcohol free life. You may well find your skin (and body) thanking you in no time.
The best way you can treat your condition Is to keep it moisturised, moisturised, MOISTURISED! Use an all-natural moisturiser and therapy bar on a daily basis to soothe your condition and give it the hydration it needs.
Syrinx Za have a range of natural balms and lotions for psoriasis.

Read more about it here -> Psoriasis Treatment
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New Syrinx Za Skincare Range

Syrinx Za New ProductsOur new skincare range is here!
This is a very exciting time for us here at Syrinx Za as we have just launched our brand new, breakthrough range for 2013. Already used by those prone to eczema and dry, cracked skin, the range offers a natural alternative to traditional, chemically-based products.

Hair and Scalp Products Coming Soon
As well as the new skincare products listed below we are only a few days away from launching our new hair and scalp range specially for those of us who suffer from scalp disorders. Watch this space for more news.
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Derma Protector:

A brand new 24-hour protective balm, formulated to soothe even severely dry, cracked skin conditions and reduce inflammation. Proven to reduce inflammation and soothe even the driest cracked skin. Fantastic for feet, heels and hands. Read more about the Derma Protector

Natural Emollient:

A hydrating rich emollient that is used by those prone to eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and dry skin. Contains natural, effective ingredients suitable for sufferers of all ages and skin types. Deeply cleanses and detoxifies whilst boosting the skin’s own immune system. Read more about the Natural Emollient

Skin Revitaliser:

A luxurious cream that can be used as a daily, easy-to-absorb moisturiser or an effective treatment for dry skin conditions. It deeply cleanses, protects the skin from toxins and soothes irritation. Read more about the Skin Revitaliser

Deep Cleanser Therapy Bar:

Our classic, ever popular Therapy Bar. Aims to detoxify and deeply cleanse the skin, while adding moisture and relieving irritation from skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and dry, cracked skin. A safe, effective alternative to normal chemically-based soaps and ideal for soothing skin allergies and troublesome or problematic skin. Read more about the Deep Cleanser

All our products include breakthrough glacial-lake ingredient, Sapropel and add essential vitamins, mineral and lipids to the remove toxins and boost its own immune system, allowing it to retain its natural moisture, using only pure, natural ingredients.

Now available in pharmacies!

After several years of testing and with new a new look including packaging and designs, our products are now available in pharmacies across the UK.

You may have already come across us in some independent pharmacies but, come early April, we will be expanding into many more. Chances are our new-look range will already be waiting for you on a shelf at your local pharmacy!

So, if you can’t get online to order any of our products then make sure you ask your pharmacy fro our products? If you can’t find our products on the shelf then please let us know and we will ensure your pharmacist stocks our range in the near future. Please contact us.

Paraben Dangers

paraben freeSo, we hear the phrase ‘paraben-free’. We know it’s supposed to be a good thing, but do you know why?

What does it really mean?  You might know that you are supposed to avoid parabens but not sure of the reason.

Actually, most of us would have to admit that we don’t even know what parabens are, never mind the harm it can bring to our skin.

What are Parabens?

Parabens are synthetic preservatives used in a multitude of food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products including deodorants, shampoos and moisturisers.

The most common parabens are methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben. Usually, more than one of these parabens will be used in a risky skincare product in combination with other types of preservatives. The use of mixtures of parabens allows the use of lower levels while increasing preservative activity.

As preservatives, parabens can keep your skin care products fresh for years. Yes, great for shelf life, but unfortunately not so good for your skin…

Why are they Dangerous?

When parabens come into contact with your skin, it has access to your body; in fact, statistics suggest that as much as FIVE POUNDS of cosmetic chemicals are absorbed by our body every year.

Parabens can mimic the hormones within our bodies and interrupt normal functioning of the endocrine system. This can lead to an array of problems, varying in severity.

The endocrine system releases hormones into the bloodstream and contributes towards healthy development of reproduction, waste elimination, digestion and metabolism. If this development is disrupted by something like parabens it can lead to an early onset of puberty in both young boys and girls.

If parabens begin to mimic estrogen then your body automatically becomes more at risk of developing breast cancer. Parabens have also been shown to be able to potentially cause decreased sperm levels.

What alternatives are there?

The best way to take control of your skin’s health and protect yourself against the Paraben Dangers is to be clued up on the ingredients in every skin care product you buy.

The best, easiest and safest way to avoid any adverse risks is to opt for all natural products. That’s where Syrinx Za come in!

All our products are absolutely, completely paraben free so you can treat your skin with the comfort of knowing it is being looked after and kept safe, protected and effectively treated.
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Dry Cracked Hands

Best Hand Cream for Soft HandsDry skin on the hands is a very common yet very uncomfortable condition.

The skin on our hands is much tougher and thicker than most of the skin on our body, they have to be; they are worked very hard, always out in the cold, in water, using chemicals or working with machinery.

If left untreated, your hands could crack, bleed or even develop into a much worse skin condition such as eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis, or even bacterial infections.  It doesn’t have to be this way, soft, comfortable, beautiful skin on your hands can almost always be achieved, whatever job you do or trials you put your hands through, with just a little care and the correct natural products.

What causes Dry Cracked Hands?

There are a variety of factors that could be causing dry, cracked skin on the hands but the following are thought to be the most common…
Excessive Washing
Washing hands multiple times a day can very easily dry out the skin. Allowing sensitive skin to come into unprotected contact with hot water can also cause it to dry out, as well as using strong, chemical-based soaps.
Low Humidity
If you are surrounded by low humidity, this may well account for your problem. The combinations of low temperatures and low humidity in the winter or high temperatures and low humidity in the summer can wreak havoc on your hands and cause them to lose a significant amount of moisture.
Harsh Treatment
Submerging your hands in hot water, gardening, coming into contact with chemicals or even repeatedly exposing wet hands to open air could all cause damage to your skin and could very easily be the reasons behind your Dry Cracked Hands.
Allergies
If your hands come into contact with something you are actually allergic to (such as animal dander, pollen, etc) then dry skin on the hands could actually be a symptom of an allergic reaction. So, if you find your conditions worsens after coming into contact with substances such as detegents, cleaning products, metals, plants, costmetics, make up, creams, soaps or certain fabrics then this could indicate a skin allergy.
Genes
And finally, the one you just can’t control. Genes. Sometimes we simply inherit the misfortune of suffering with dry skin on the hands. However, this absolutely does not mean you can’t treat it!

How can I treat Dry Cracked Hands?

Once you know what could be causing your Dry Cracked Hands you can start to work out the best way to treat them.
Avoiding the common causes of dry hands is highly recommended. So, when washing up always wear gloves and keep the temperature to a minimum. Avoid overusing air conditioning units or exposing wet hands to cold air, and try to minimise treating your hands harshly. That means finding an all-natural, cold processed soap.
It may be worth visiting your local GP to determine if you do suffer from an allergy, especially if they are infected.

The Best Solution for Dry Hands

The best thing you can do for your hands, however, is to first change to a natural soap and then find an natural yet effective moisturiser that you can begin to regularly apply to your hands on a daily basis. You’d be amazed what a difference this can make!

Syrinx Za have a range of natural balms and lotions for Dry Cracked Hands. 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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Psoriasis and Argan Oil

Psoriasis TreatmentThere are a variety of treatments on offer to treat psoriasis, however, a psoriasis sufferer should never purchase any treatment without  knowing first exactly what ingredients are in the particular product.

Argan Oil is a key ingredient to look out for when choosing psoriasis treatment. And why? Well…

Benefits of Argan Oil

The success of Argan Oil really comes down to its scientific properties. It has a significantly high level of fatty acids, antioxidants, phenols and carotenes, all of which are essential for healthy skin. Vitamin E is a key component in Argan Oil, perhaps the most vital vitamin for clear, healthy skin. Thanks to the high levels of fatty acids, Argan Oil is particularly effective in keeping the skin soft and moisturised, and keeping dry skin problems at bay. The natural properties of Argan Oil is the very reason this ingredient is so beneficial when applied to the skin.

Argan Oil is extracted from the kermals of the Argan fruit that grows from Argan trees. Argan trees grow almost exclusively in south-west Morocco and are surprisingly able to survive the northern advance of the Sahara Desert, making them extremely proficient at protecting themselves. In fact, local communities even refer to the Argan tree as the ‘Tree of Life’ due to its rejuvenating qualities; Moroccan women are typically considered to have the most beautifully clear, healthy complexions when compared to other regions, of which can be undoubtedly accredited to their long-kept secret ingredient protecting them from harsh environmental factors.
Impressive, eh?

Psoriasis and Argan Oil – a match made in heaven?

So, considering the Argan tree’s uniqueness and the oil’s natural properties, it’s really no surprise how well it can help a skin condition like psoriasis. Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition with symptoms including redness of the skin covered in white scale-like patches that can become very itchy, irritated and inflamed. Argan Oil’s combination of nutrients and vitamins means that these symptoms, particularly inflammatory symptoms, can be alleviated. Argan Oil retains the skin’s moisture and relieves the dry skin associated with psoriasis.

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.

Our Recommendations

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 in the most effective and risk-free way possible.

You could even combine the products to get the best results Argan Oil has to offer. You could start the day with 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.

As everyone’s skin is different, you may find one product works better for you than the other, so try them out and see which works best for you.

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