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Ashley Metcalfe

Syrinx ZA Chief Executive Ashley Metcalfe is responsible for marketing and business development. Ashley is as passionate about cricket as he is skin care. Drop Ashley a line if you have any skin related questions. Why not Circle Ashley Metcalfe on Google+

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Psoriasis on the Scalp

Psoriasis 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 … [Read more...]

Picking at Acne

When 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 … [Read more...]

Reasons for an Itchy Scalp

There 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 … [Read more...]

Dry Skin in Ears

If 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 … [Read more...]

Natural Treatment for Psoriasis

Psoriasis 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 … [Read more...]

What does Eczema Look Like?

Eczema 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 … [Read more...]

Are Skin Tags Dangerous?

So, 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 … [Read more...]

Side Effects of Topical Steroids

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? … [Read more...]

Warts on Children

Warts 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 … [Read more...]

Oily Skin Soaps

If 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 … [Read more...]