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What is Atopic Dermatitis?

What is Atopic Dermatitis?People often ask us the question – What is atopic dermatitis? Many people don’t realise that atopic dermatitis is a type of eczema also known as atopic eczema

Atopic dermatitis is actually the most common type of eczema which causes scaly, itchy rashes.  The rash actually comes from intensive itching and scratching of the skin which is why this skin condition is often referred to as the itch that rashes and not the rash that itches.

So, what is atopic dermatitis and who does it affect?

Babies can develop red, sore itchy patches around the cheeks and mouth before they are two years old and children before they are five years old, children might find it appearing in the creases of the elbows, wrists and behind the knees. Although adults and children can develop this skin condition in many places these are the most common.  Many children may be lucky enough to see the back of atopic dermatitis by the age of seven; others go through to their late teens, while sadly some suffer throughout adulthood

What can I do about atopic dermatitis?

Atopic dermatitis may not show its ugly face for days, weeks and sometimes months and then it will flare up, which is when it’s a problem as it is a devil to get rid of.  The best thing to do is to prevent the flare up in the first place or to calm the itch so that the rash does not appear.  Avoiding the trigger to prevent the flare up can be very difficult especially when it could happen for seemingly no reason.

How to prevent flare ups

The best way to prevent an eczema flare up is to continue a chemical free skin care routine. It is essential that you do not use any detergents or soaps that contain harmful chemicals, perfumes and parabens.

Keeping the skin moisturised is always the best way but Syrinx Za’s eczema treatment not only moisturises the skin and rehydrates it. This treatment cleverly removes all toxins and impurities attacking the cause of the problem, whilst the ingredient Sapropel actually boosts the skins immune system.

For best results follow this eczema treatment routine

Morning and Night

Wash with the Deep Cleanser Therapy Bar – working it into a rich lather, wash the skin to remove unwanted toxins and impurities.  Pat dry, do not rub.

Then apply the Natural Emollient for Eczema, working it into the skin gently. The gentle, natural ingredients will gently soothe the skin making it free from irritation, inflammation or soreness.

Please do check for combo deals on the Syrinx Za website there are many different ways to save money, including free delivery on orders over £25.00.

Now that you know the answer to What is Atopic Dermatitis you can keep the itchiness and rashes away by following this simple and natural eczema treatment routine.

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Summer Tips for Baby Eczema

summer tips for eczema babyAs a parent you know how the hot weather can really affect your baby’s eczema, making the poor baby itchy, uncomfortable and something no-one wants; irritable.

An eczema baby needs to be kept cool at all times, which can be really tricky, we know! However we have a few Summer Tips for Baby Eczema to help you through the hot weather.

Keep in the shade

When you are outside, always keep in the shade where possible.  If this is not possible, place shades on the buggy or use umbrellas that protect from UV rays.  A cotton hat with a large brim goes a long way to protect the head and face from the sun.

Sunscreen for your eczema baby

One of the most difficult challenges is to find a sunscreen for the child or baby with eczema as the ingredients required are usually not eczema friendly, these chemicals, detergents, perfumes and preservatives can make eczema worse. We are however, seeing more and more manufacturers now providing “natural” sun creams without those harmful chemicals but even then you will need to apply some trial and error before you find the right one for your baby.  Also be aware that are not usually as high in SPF.

Car travel

Always try to park the car in the shade so that when you do have to travel its cooler than it would have been – or you can get sunshades for the car. Putting a towel in the seat helps as the towelling can absorb some of the moisture.  If you are on a long journey take frequent breaks to get some fresh air.

Clothing

Keep clothing to a minimum, let your little one run, crawl or roll around the house with no clothes on, it won’t hurt.  However when you venture out in the sun –  long sleeved, long legged light cotton clothing can protect your baby and keep him cool.

Bedtime and sleeping

The sleepless nights are the worst, trying to keep your little one cool a night is a task in itself. Before bedtime it’s advisable to bathe your baby a warm bath  Deep Cleanser Therapy Bar) to cool him down before bedtime. Again keep clothing to a minimum and have cotton sheets.  A window open if it’s safe or a fan can really help.   Also keep nails as short as possible and mitts might help. 

Moisturising Dry skin

It is absolutely essential to keep delicate baby skin moisturised, at all times but even more so in the hot weather.

After bathing apply a safe natural moisturiser such as Syrinx Za’s Skin Revitaliser and Emollient. This will add any lost moisture to the skin whist soothing the dry eczema skin.

We hope these Summer Tips for Baby Eczema help you and your baby.

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Eczema on the Scalp

eczema on the scalpEczema on the scalp can be embarrassing and irritating for sufferers. It can look like what most people recognise as dandruff especially when flakes appear on your clothes. Although dandruff usually has white dry flakes, scalp eczema can have greasy yellowish flakes and is very itchy. It is said that 50% of people that have eczema suffer from scalp eczema, that is a lot of people. So if this is you, remember you are not alone. Read on if you want to stop hiding under the hat.

Scalp Eczema Treatment

Although scalp eczema is virtually the same as skin eczema, it’s harder to treat as you cannot comfortably put creams and lotions in your hair, unless you shave your head. With this thought in mind Syrinx Za introduced a breakthrough scalp treatment therapy that has all the great ingredients from the skincare range, including Zander which is highly moisturising and moisture retentive and just superb for these hair and scalp problems.

It’s good to remember that the Syrinx Za hair and scalp treatment products are specifically designed for conditions such as extremely dry damaged hair, dry scalp, dandruff, dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema on the scalp and even cradle cap. The scalp treatments will deeply cleanse and moisturise the scalp whilst reducing swelling and irritation, also strengthening the hair, preventing breakage to create a beautiful condition.

What causes scalp eczema

Some people believe that you get dandruff or scalp eczema because you wash your hair too often or that you don’t wash it enough, well this is a myth, its just not true.   The same as with “normal” eczema no one really knows for certain what the causes are –  its very difficult to pinpoint but it can be due to; hormones, stress, toxins or a fungus.

Scalp Treatment Routine

There is no cure for scalp conditions such as scalp eczema but you can normalise the scalp condition by regularly following this scalp treatment regime using Syrinx Za’s Hair and Scalp products

  • First, wet the hair and lightly towel dry.
  • Massage the pre-wash scalp reviver into the scalp, working it through to the ends.
  • Leave to soak in to the scalp for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water, not hot as this will irritate the scalp.
  • Then shampoo and condition the hair with the Syrinx shampoo/hair cleanser and the moisture rich conditioner as you would normally.

You can wash your hair as often as you like with the shampoo and conditioner but make sure that you use the pre-wash once or twice a week.

You should notice a great improvement in the overall condition of the hair and see the difference with the eczema on the scalp within a short time.

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Callus Treatment

callus treatmentA callus is an area of flat, hard skin, often yellowing in colour. They are usually found on feet or hands and can be painful, uncomfortable or unsightly, causing stress to the sufferer; which is a good reason to need a natural callus treatment.

Calluses can be very annoying but don’t be tempted to cut or overly scrub the skin, this can damage the skin; causing pain, discomfort and even scarring, the best treatment is a natural skincare routine.

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What causes calluses?

A callus is usually formed due to continued pressure or friction to the same area of skin. This hard skin can develop anywhere on the body that is under repeated friction.

Calluses are quite normal especially if you are an active person, certain jobs, hobbies or sports are notorious for causing calluses. Calluses are typically found on bodybuilder’s hands, labourer’s hands or on the feet of long distance walkers or joggers especially if they have loose fitting footwear. Even the repeated use of flip-flops can cause a callus between the toes, and the list goes on.

Here we are talking about getting rid of calluses but did you know that some people actually pay money for equipment to make this hard skin, such as guitar players, the hard skin enables them to play the guitar without pain, as the callus protects the skin, which is in fact the whole purpose of the callus.

How can Syrinx Za Help?

With many types of hard, dry skin – all that is needed is a little love and care, sadly there isn’t a quick cure out there, you have to work at making your skin smooth and soft again. However with the valuable natural ingredients that are included in the Syrinx Za Deep Cleanser Therapy Bar and the Derma Protector, calluses can be just a bad dream.

Callus Treatment

The best way to treat calluses is to first remove the cause of the rubbing or pressure and then to set yourself a regular skincare routine.

I should warn you, this isn’t going to be an overnight solution, it may take a few weeks to soften such hard skin and if you cannot remove the cause it will obviously take longer, but with perseverance it is still be possible to soften the skin.

First Dampen the area, then making a thick lather with the Deep Cleanser Therapy Bar, rub the lather vigorously into the affected area for a few minutes – leave on overnight for the Zander to have the best effect.

Repeat as above in the morning but this time wash off the suds, dry thoroughly and apply the Derma Protector to soothe and replenish the skin.

Perseverance is the key here but with this callus treatment soon you will start to notice your skin going back to its normal self.

 

Sunburn Treatment

Sunburn TreatmentAt the moment in the UK, we are having the longest period of consecutive sunshine since 2006, nine days so far, so we should be getting used to applying our sunscreen or sun tan lotion often throughout the day.

We know that sunburn is caused by over exposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun but some are unsure of how much exposure is too much. So, if you have sunburned your skin by mistake, our natural sunburn treatment guide will help.

How long does Sunburn last

Mild Sunburn usually lasts for around 4 to 7 days but sunburn can trigger changes in cells that could lead to cancer later in life. So as always the best sunburn treatment is prevention.

Okay, so it’s too late to lecture you about the dangers of going out in the sun without the correct protection. So, what can you do about your lobster red skin…?

Tips for Sunburn Treatment

First if you are in a lot of pain, you can take an inflammatory painkiller such as Ibuprofen or aspirin.

Soak your skin as soon as possible.

Soak your skin in a very cool bath, not cold but cool (Or Shower). Do not use any harsh soaps or detergents with chemicals in as this will irritate your skin further. Please do not have a hot or ice cold shower, this is very dangerous for you and your skin.

Pat dry your skin – do not rub.

Most importantly moisturise!

Apply a very liberal amount of natural moisturiser; we recommend the Syrinx ZA Derma Protector Balm which will soothe and protect your skin using the ingredient Shea Butter to reduce inflammation and redness and prevent scarring. The ingredient Sapropel will add many vitamins, minerals and lipids to your skin, to boost your skin’s immune system along with the included Tea Tree Oil.

Apply this moisturiser as often as you can – we advise about 5 times per day, to hopefully limit the chance of peeling skin.

Throughout the day apply cold compresses to the skin; using maybe a hand towel, leaving it on the affected sun-burnt skin for 20 minutes or until it feels cooler. Do not forget to apply more lotion.

Drink lots and of fluids, preferably water; to rehydrate your body and skin.

If you have to go out – protect yourself from the sun, try to stay in the shade, wear a high factor sunscreen on top of your Derma protector balm which also protects from UV rays and wear loose cotton clothing.

Do not pick or peel your skin as this can cause an infection.

Get medical help if you are at all concerned or if you have a high temperature (a fever), feel nauseous, have blisters, or an infection.

Syrinx ZA offer a fast delivery which is free for orders over £25 get your Sunburn Treatment, Derma Protector Balm and find out more -> Derma Protector Balm..

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Allergic Reaction to Cats

Allergic reaction to catsAn allergic skin reaction is defined as being a chronic disease characterised by an overreaction of the immune system to things that we come into contact with. This is what happens when you have an allergic reaction to cats.

Allergic skin reactions are more common than you would think; almost 10% of people are allergic to household pets. and allergic Eczema affects up to 20% of children and up to 3% of adults.

What causes an allergic skin reaction?

It’s been in the news this week that chemicals found in everyday cosmetics and cleaning products are possibly one of the biggest causes for skin allergies and many metals are often an offender.  However, cat allergies are also very common; twice as common as dog allergies in fact.

Cat allergies

80% of skin reactions are caused by contact. When in contact with a cat or sometimes just by touching where a cat has been the skin can become red, inflamed, irritated and very itchy and might contain lumps and bumps that ooze.

An allergic reaction to cats is an immune reaction to animal skin flakes, saliva, and sometimes fur as it can trap allergens within the fur itself and can occur when the allergen comes into contact with the skin.  Children are often affected more than adults because:-

a) They cannot resist touching cute animals.

b) They don’t wash their hands as much as they should.

They touch the animal and then they touch their skin and soon after redness, and lumps appear. Although it’s not only the skin that can suffer; other symptoms are similar to a cold, such as wheezing, coughing and a blocked nose.

Coping with an allergic reaction to cats

If you have an allergic reaction to cats it is advised that you do not get yourself a little fluffy kitten, but if you already own one and can’t stand to give it up, there are some steps you can take.

  • Firstly try to limit the contact you have with the cat
  • Wash your hands often and especially after you have had contact with the cat or the area the cat sits.
  • Ban cats from the bedroom
  • Steam clean carpets often or replace with wood flooring.
  • Get someone to brush the cat outdoors
  • Follow a skin allergy treatment regime

Dealing with symptoms of an allergic skin reaction

Syrinx ZA has a range of products that contain Sapropel which has been tried and tested to reduce the symptoms of a skin allergy. Some people can just get away with using the Deep Cleanser Therapy Bar which deep cleans the skin to remove all traces of toxins. Others might need the added protection of the Allergic Skin Revitaliser to give a 24 hour protection to prevent and protect against the allergic reaction to cats.

Read here for a full detailed treatment regime for pet allergies.

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Seborrheic Keratosis Treatment – Tried and Tested

Seborrheic Keratosis RemovalSeborrheic keratosis treatment is often aimed at people of an older age hence the nickname barnacles of old age, however, you do not have to be elderly to suffer with Seborrheic keratosis, (also called seborrheic verruca, seborrheic warts or senile wart) in fact they are even found on people aged 15-25. So don’t be alarmed if you find yourself with what are often described as flat brown warts, (but can range from white to black) they are not dangerous, contagious or cancerous growths but quite harmless.

What Causes Seborrheic Keratosis?

It is uncertain what causes us to have seborrheic keratosis which is really just a build-up of ordinary skin cells. We do know that they are more commonly found on parts of the body that are exposed to the sun, as in hands or face and neck but not always. As we said before, more often they appear after middle age and are sometimes hereditary. Some studies show that stress can worsen the condition, but this is not conclusive. Treatment it seems is easier to find than the reason for these annoying flat warts in our lives.

Tried and tested products for dry cracked skin

Our tried and tested seborrheic keratosis treatment consists of a natural cold-pressed therapy bar which reduces the hard spots on the skin and our Derma Protector which helps to boost the immune system and eventually destroy the warts.

These products have had a very high success rate during our extensive clinical trials, and we have been given many fantastic results by our customers.

Like this one….

Warts have now disappeared altogether
My skin is so much smoother and some of the flat warts have now disappeared altogether. I love the soap and the balm type cream.

For more testimonials from our customers read – Syrinx Za customer testimonials

How can seborrheic keratosis be treated?

With our natural treatment it couldn’t be easier, there is no surgery and no chemicals involved.

Before bed – After washing the skin with the Deep Cleansing Therapy Soap; create a thick lava with the soap and apply it to the affected area, rub in vigorously for a few minutes. Let the soap dry and leave overnight. The longer you leave the soap on the better as then the sapropel (zander) can work its magic.

In the morning – Rinse your skin with warm water to remove the soap that had been working hard on your skin all night and re-apply: this time you can wash off after 30mins if you need to (although the longer you can let the Zander work the better) and then apply the Derma Protector to the affected areas.

Apply the Derma Protector throughout the day for best results.

Within 2 weeks you should notice a difference with your skin, however complete wart removal can take up to 4-8 weeks so please be patient and keep up the Seborrheic Keratosis Treatment routine.

Please note: If seborrheic keratosis causes you any concerns for instance if it is very dark, inflamed or bleeding then do consult your doctor.

Summer Itch

summer itchPeople that suffer from sensitive skin conditions such as eczema often dread summer, they know when they get hot they get even more itchy, they get the “summer itch”.

There can be many reasons you get itchy skin in the summer: various skin conditions, rashes, heat bumps, athletes’ foot and especially eczema can all worsen during this season. These itches are mostly due to the heat and humidity causing us to sweat.

Why do I sweat?

Sweating is perfectly normal, and fine – it’s our body’s way of cooling down. We do actually need to sweat, with over 4 million sweat glands all over our body working hard to regulate our temperature.

In fact you could be dehydrated if you do not sweat much and you might need to drink more water.

Why does sweating make me itch?

The sweat evaporates on our skin leaving behind salts which can irritate eczema skin and make it feel tight and itchy. Another reason can be that dirt and impurities have now got into the sweat glands that had opened up to release the sweat.

Summer itch

Sweat and eczema do not go well together and some find it very hard to cope with the intense itching. The most intense areas appear to be the skin creases, the insides of the elbows, the backs of the knees and the feet.

The best thing to do in the summer is to try to keep cool; I know that’s easier said than done.

Tips for keeping cool in the summer

  • Try to avoid being outside in direct sunlight especially in the midday sun, keep the shade if possible
  • Use a fan
  • Wear light cotton clothing to keep the risk of getting over-heated to a minimum
  • Use a water mist spray or a bottle of water to rinse your skin
  • Bath whenever you can in lukewarm water
  • Wash your skin with our Deep Cleansing Bar to rid any impurities from the skin, with its antiseptic and purifying qualities
  • Moisturise with the Derma Protector to hydrate and protect your skin, providing it with a barrier – remembering to re-apply each time you bathe or get wet.

Try to keep cool with these tips and enjoy yourself this summer.

Also if you are taking a trip to the beach some of the above methods can also help to soothe and protect your skin from the sea and sand which can also be a painful for eczema sufferers with the summer itch.

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Cleansing Babies’ Skin

Cleansing Babies’ SkinThere are very few things that are more delicate than a baby’s skin. When Cleansing Babies’ Skin, parents must be extremely cautious and take extra special care so their skin can be as healthy and happy as possible.

Due to the sensitive nature of their skin, babies can be vulnerable to skin conditions such as eczema so it is crucial that parents know how to correctly care for their baby’s skin to help build a barrier.

Factors to consider

There are certain factors to consider and certain things you should or shouldn’t avoid when Cleansing Babies’ Skin

Excessive Washing
Because babies only need to be washed when they are actually in need of a bath, washing your baby even daily could be considered excessive washing. Too much exposure to water can remove the skin’s natural oils and leave it dry and eczema-prone.

Soaps
Harsh, chemical filled soaps can significantly harm a baby’s skin and leave it heavily damaged and dry. Start using a natural, cold-processed soap such as Syrinx Za Therapy Bar, which is especially designed to treat skin conditions in babies such as eczema. It is completely non-irritant and very safe to use even on skin as delicate as a newborn’s. Its antiseptic and purifying qualities can relieve any irritations your baby’s skin may already be suffereing with as a result of eczema or any other skin condition.

The bar is very mild and effective, and should be used as an alternative to normal soaps, although should not be used around the eyes.

Temperature of the water
Hot water is a huge no-no when it comes to washing a baby’s skin as it can cause serious irritation and dry it out. Opt for lukewarm, pre-boiled water instead.

Moisturising
Using a safe, natural moisturiser on your baby’s skin is useful when combating the harm that washing could cause.

Syrinx Za’s Skin Revitaliser and Emollient is ideal for use on immature skin. Use on your baby’s skin after bathing to reinstate any lost moisture and soothe any dry, eczema-affected areas. Regular application of the creams are recommended for day and night protection from eczema and nappy rash.

Support…

Cleansing Babies’ Skin is particularly difficult as infants cannot vocalise their feelings, making it very hard for parents to know if what they are doing is or isn’t helping.

If you are ever unsure about how to treat your baby’s skin or worry that your washing regime is not helping then never hesitate to seek help and guidance from your local GP.
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Falls Awareness

falls awarenessFalls awareness week this year starts today on June the 17th and runs through until the 21st of June 2013. Age UK stress the importance for this awareness week because over 350,000 older people are taken to hospital due to a fall. Falls often have devastating after effects so its good to know a few simple steps to prevent them.

What is Falls Awareness Week

Fall awareness week offers the opportunity for people such as carers and older people to get involved through local events, classes and services to find out about falls and how to prevent them.

Each year there is a different theme aimed at creating awareness to prevent falls that occur with older people. This year the theme called Best Foot Forward and is focused on healthy feet.

Cracked feet aren’t healthy feet

It isn’t just older people that suffer with cracked feet and heels but it is very common occurrence with the elderly. Our skin becomes less elastic as we get older thereby causing hard dry skin on the feet to crack and sometimes bleed or even to get infected.

Our feet are often not as cared for as they should be, as they are usually hidden away in socks or tights and shoes, but this is why it is even more important that we take care of our feet. The unpleasant but at the moment harmless hard skin on your heels can soon turn into painful fissures (hard cracked skin) if not looked after and often just a little care is all that your feet need.

How to prevent falls

Of course it’s very important to have healthy feet as if your feet are causing any pain or discomfort this can make your balance unsteady.

  • Moisturise your feet everyday
  • Get plenty of Vitamin D and Calcium to keep your bones strong
  • Make sure there is nothing left lying on the floor you can trip over
  • Hearing checks are important as hearing affects your balance
  • Keep active – most important to keep your legs strong
  • Pamper them occasionally with a footbath or pedicure
  • Go barefoot for an hour at the end of the day to give them an airing
  • Avoid tight fitting shoes at all times

If you do have Cracked Feet and or Heels already then take these steps to heal them before you are the one falling over – Cracked Feet and Heels Natural treatment

See how you can find out more about Falls Awareness by downloading an Age Uk – Action Pack

 

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