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National Eczema Week 2013

EczemaNational Eczema Week 2013 runs from the 14th of September through to the 22nd of September to raise awareness about eczema.

Its a tough road for the eczema sufferer who can sometimes can feel alone, upset and frustrated about a skin condition that is incurable and that takes time and effort to manage so as just to be comfortable. However, hopefully we can help raise awareness and help with the comfort too!

Who Suffers with Eczema?

An astonishing 1-5 children suffer from eczema and 1-12 adults just in the UK but some people still wonder if it is contagious, its not; you can not catch eczema.

Causes of Eczema

They’re are many different types of eczema but most have the problem of itchy, red, sore, scaly, inflamed skin.  The cause of eczema is pretty much unknown but it is said to be due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

Supporting National Eczema Week 2013

Syrinx Za in support of National Eczema Week again this year are offering a 20% Discount on all products for Eczema.  From the 14th of September 2013 just enter the code ECZEMA2013 at the checkout.

Our best eczema treatment sellers are..

The Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar

This is a handmade cold pressed soap which has antiseptic and purifying qualities, rids the skin of any chemicals and is incredibly moisturising and makes the skin feel fantastic.

Natural Emollient or Eczema Cream

The emollient is a natural skin relief, it will reduce redness, itching and inflammation by soothing and calming the skin.

But please do look through the website to see what might suit you the most.

All products are paraben free, steroid free and do not contain petroleum or chemicals.  What they do include is Zander, the therapeutic mud from the lakes across North Eastern Europe. Zander is full of natural vitamins and minerals that help to boost the body’s own immune system.

We hope you take advantage of this offer and hope that we have in some way helped this year with raising awareness with National Eczema Week 2013

Keep an eye out on Twitter and our Facebook page as we may have other exciting things going on this week.

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Dermatitis On Hands

Dermatitis on handsDermatitis on hands is most commonly contact dermatitis and it is a type of eczema.

Many cases of dermatitis affect the hands; this is because in most cases it is due to contact with irritants from chemicals and of course our hands are out there with no protection all of the time.  It can affect the palms or the backs or the hands or even both.

Symptoms Of Dermatitis On Hands

The skin becomes, red, inflamed, itchy, cracked and scaly and can feel like its burning at times.  The skin can also become very dry and blister.

What Causes Dermatitis On Hands?

Contact dermatitis is usually caused by an irritant or an allergen, with dermatisis on hands it is often due to a person’s job where they are handling detergents, soaps, medications or even water.  This type of dermatitis often affects cleaners, caterers, metalworkers, nurses, and mechanics.  It can be caused by contact with certain types of metals, woods, foods, wool, rubber and so many more chemicals or substances.  Hair stylists often suffer with their hands being in water, using soaps and detergents and some hair dyes can be a culprit.

How Do I Find Out What Is Causing My Dermatitis

Specialists can do patch tests on your skin where they usually put around 25 different substances on your skin to determine which chemicals are affecting you; although this is not always accurate but can help some people.  If you do have some idea of your triggers you can try not using or coming into contact with those chemicals or try to wear rubber or vinyl gloves when using them as long as it’s not rubber causing the problem of course.

Is There A Cure for Dermatitis?

The only cure would be to eliminate the triggers and to avoid the chemicals that are causing the dermatitis on hands, which might be tricky but possible.

Dermatitis On Hands Treatment

Syrinx ZA have a range of products that can help with many types of skin and scalp issues such as dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema. All products are 100% natural so there is no risk of any chemical reaction.

Treatment Regime

Through clinical testing and feedback from our customers we have found that this treatment regime works very well for dermatitis on hands. The Deep Cleanser Therapy Bar works hard to remove unwanted chemicals or toxins from the skin and the Skin Revitaliser soothes, nourishes and restores damaged skin.

Morning and Night – Wash with the Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar, using a thick lather, rub in and rinse off.   Then apply the Skin Revitaliser to the affected areas.

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Causes of Cracked Heels

Cracked SkinCracked Heels are a common problem of hard-working feet, especially when the weather gets cooler.

The causes of cracked heels we will discuss further but basically cracked heels or feet arise when the skin on the feet lacks moisture becomes dry and splits open. This creates painful cracks called fissures which are very painful.

What are the causes of cracked heels?

Cracked Heels are caused because although the skin on the feet is harder and tougher than any other skin on our body it is very sensitive. Ladies who wear open backed high heels that do a lot of walking often have the problem of dehydrated skin on the feet and are in danger of cracked heels and feet if their feet are not looked after.

Extreme pressure or long periods of standing can be enough to cause cracked heels especially if the skin is already very dry or dehydrated as the skin cannot stretch comfortably and the skin will then crack.

Cracked Heel Symptoms

You may begin to see red of flaky patches of skin to begin with, which your warning sign that your feet are not getting enough attention. You do not look after your feet at this stage the skin will soon start to peel and crack. Now you really have to start a skincare routine on your feet, do not be tempted to pick and peel the skin as this will damage it further and can cause infection. If you have any bleeding or discharge from the cracks this is when it really starts to get painful and you might be finding it difficult to walk. These cracks have now gone to the lower layers of skin and are at high risk of infection.

Cracked skin does not only appear on the feet, it can appear anywhere on the body that is under constant pressure and has lack of attention from our skin care routine. This is why the feet are often overlooked.

Best treatment for cracked heels

If you notice that your skin is becoming dry the most important thing is to keep them moisturised. Syrinx Za’s Derma Protector is a 100% natural hydration and protection for the skin. It will moisturise and restore severely cracked skin.

The Deep Cleanser Therapy bar will have you asking why you were even asking about Causes of Cracked Heels in the first place. As its antiseptic, moisturising and purifying ingredients get to work on softening and soothing your skin.

Derma Protector 180ML + Deep Cleanser Therapy Bar

Team the Derma Protector with the Deep Cleanser Therapy Bar and you have the best treatment for cracked heels. This team now have a reduced combo price response to customer requests.

See here for a detailed Cracked Heel Treatment Regime

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Winter Dry Skin Prevention

winter dry skinIt seems that summer has gone and that winter is now fast approaching us. Skincare has never been so important.

Autumn is the best time to start preventing winter dry skin; before that that cold winter weather that wreaks havoc with our skin, causing dryness, flakiness and itching.

Preventing Winter Dry skin

We all love to have healthy glowing skin which is tricky enough with that summer sun drying out our skin. Now we have winter sneaking up on us, promising to strip our skin dry of moisture but if we act now with some preventative measures we might not have to deal with that nasty, sore, flaky, dry skin.

These will also help with winter eczema and psoriasis or similar skin issues.

A Healthy Balanced Diet

First things first is to have a healthy balanced diet that includes plenty of fruit and vegetables and to drink lots of water to prevent dehydration, we should do this all year round not just in winter.

Dry Skin and Bathing

It’s best to avoid long hot baths or showers as this will strip our skin of its valuable oils, instead have short warm showers or baths, this will also prevent dehydration of the skin.

Use a natural soap and shower gel without chemicals or fragrances. Harsh soaps can actually be the cause of dry skin. We recommend the Deep Cleanser Therapy Bar (we would say that – but its true) as a substitute for “normal” soaps, it’s designed to cleanse the skin whilst also deep moisturising it. It is gentle enough to be used on the face or all over the body.

This homemade “soap” really prepares your skin for anything, it’s packed full of vitamins and other ingredients that boosts the skins immunity and promotes cell regeneration. The Therapy Bar is also used as a treatment for eczema and psoriasis. If you have any stubborn patches of dry skin, leave some of the rich lather on the area overnight – this allows full benefits of the ingredients to soak in the skin and personally I find that those patches are gone in the morning.

Never scrub your skin with a harsh sponge or loofah. There is no need to do this, excessive scrubbing can in fact wear away the outermost skin bar causing skin dryness.

Always pat your skin dry after bathing, never rub.

Moisturise your skin with a natural moisturiser or the Syrinx Za Skin Revitaliser and Moisturiser while your skin is still slightly damp and warm to ensure it soaks in.

Dry Skin and Heating

Do not sit right in front of a heater, keep the temperature as low as you can to be comfortably warm and keep a window open if possible. Put on an extra jumper, your skin will thank you for it.

Now you have a few tips on preventing winter dry skin – keep it up from now and throughout the winter and your skin should be prepared and you should not suffer terribly from winter dry skin.

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Eczema Help

A Naturally Different Eczema TreatmentWhen people are first diagnosed with eczema it can be a stressful and worrying time. Sufferers just don’t know where to start with regard to looking after their skin.

With National Eczema Week just around the corner we thought it would be a good time to give some eczema help for those people with our top tips for eczema.

First of all don’t panic, try to relax, stress won’t help your eczema but following these few tips should.

Top tips for eczema help

There is no eczema cure,  however many people claim that they have the miracle cure for eczema but don’t panic as it can be managed or controlled.

Bathing

Bathing is good for the skin, and is great for relaxation. However, it’s most important that you use lukewarm water and a chemical free, natural soap, such as the Deep Cleanser Therapy Bar.

Keep Cool

Sweat can irritate eczema so it’s essential that you keep cool. Keep out of direct sunlight.

Cold Compresses

Apply cold compresses to the skin at times when you just have to scratch this will calm your skin for a short time and prevent you from scratching.

Moisturise

We can’t say this enough… Eczema skin needs moisturising as often as possible with a natural moisturiser or emollient.

Triggers

Try your best to discover and avoid triggers that cause your skin to flare up.

Know your ingredients

Many soaps, shampoos, skincare products, make up, detergents and even some eczema treatment courses can contain harsh chemicals, perfumes and colours that can harm your skin. Check the ingredients and go for natural products and parabens free where ever you can. If the supplier doesn’t list the ingredients, alarm bells might ring. We at Syrinx Za are proud to show our ingredients on our website.

Clothing

  • Wear loose cotton clothing
  • Wash clothes with a non-bio liquid tablet or powder
  • Do not add fragranced sheets to the tumble drier

Do not scratch

Eczema sufferers do get fed up with hearing that sentence but scratching really does make eczema worse and can lead to infection. Keeping nails short and hands clean will help. Eczema is known as the itch that rashes, not the rash that itches. Reduce itching by following a natural skincare routine using an eczema treatment
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Every eczema sufferer reacts differently to various products so sometimes it will need some trial and error until you find the correct detergent or cleaning  product. This can be very frustrating but try to keep to these guidelines and hopefully this will reduce any flare-up’s you might have.

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Childhood Eczema

childhood eczemaChildhood Eczema or infantile eczema, shockingly affects around one in five of children in the UK. Atopic eczema or atopic dermatitis are the most common types of eczema that children suffer.

Atopic just means that someone is over sensitive to allergens, which could be anything from dust, chemicals or even certain foods.  In most cases the skin becomes itchy, is inevitably scratched and becomes sore, red and inflamed.

Why does my child have eczema?

The answer from many experts is that eczema is genetic and that eczema, asthma or some other type of allergy is passed on to cause eczema.

However, scientists are constantly trying to discover the connection or a reason why eczema chooses these unlucky children and sometimes a discovery might make the news. Such as this week in the Daily Mail we read that pregnant mothers that regularly swim can be increasing their child’s chances of suffering from eczema.

Exposure to chemicals

Scientists at the British Journal of Dermatology explained that exposure to airborne chemicals from pools such as chlorine and cleaning products may alter the baby’s immune system. We already know that chlorine and many other man-made chemicals can set off or trigger an eczema flare up so maybe it could factor that chemicals are affecting the developing immune system of our unborn children. The claims are that that exposure to these types of chemicals in pregnancy or as an infant can be attributed to childhood eczema.

No cure for Childhood Eczema

Sadly we are still a long way from a cure for all the different types of eczema, let alone childhood eczema but we can strive to reduce the flare ups and to prevent the triggers to make our children comfortable.

During a flare up you might typically see atopic eczema in the folds of the skin, the backs of the knees and the inside of the elbows which can be very itchy, sore and uncomfortable. Eczema can of course appear anywhere but these are common areas, also because sweat can collect in the folds and this makes the skin itchy. It’s that scratching for a start that we need to stop or at least reduce, as it is making the eczema worse.

There are certain steps you can take to keep your child cool – see Summer Tips for Baby Eczema.

2 Step Treatment regime for childhood eczema

Every morning and night
1 – Remove toxins and chemicals from the skin using the Deep Cleanser Therapy Bar. Wash gently using a thick lather from the soap, and then pat dry. For extra sore areas, you might like to try this – rub in some of the lather to leave overnight and wash off in the morning.

Washing with soft water is the best or water previously boiled in a kettle and cooled.

2 – Apply the Natural Emollient for Eczema, gently working the cream into the skin.
If not leaving on the lather from the Therapy Bar; Repeat both procedures morning and night.

Your child should soon get some relief from itching and soreness and you will get peace of mind from Childhood Eczema.

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Tried and Tested Skin Treatments for Acne

Best Soap to Use for Treating AcneAcne is an extremely common skin complaint that can affect anyone of any age; although is it more commonly known to be prevalent in teenagers due to those raging hormones, as if teenagers didn’t  have enough to deal with!

When you have acne you can develop blackheads and/or whiteheads on the face, back and chest, when acne is severe these spots can become inflamed and pus filled so it’s very important to follow a few easy rules and to use tried and tested skin treatments for acne.

Acne and depression

It’s understandable that acne can cause great stress for some sufferers, with feelings of self-consciousness, shame and embarrassment. These feelings can become overwhelming for severe acne sufferers who cannot see an end to it and can lead to loneliness and isolation. The good news is with a good skin treatment routine and some general care, improvement in the skin will soon be noticed.

Make up and Acne

We are often asked if make-up is bad for acne. The simple answer is that make up can contribute to acne but it certainly doesn’t cause acne. There are many misconceptions about acne; such as you get acne through not washing or eating greasy foods, whilst these things won’t help clear up your acne, they do not cause acne.
However if you have a good skincare routine, carefully concealing your acne with makeup might make you feel better. Although sure to check the ingredients on the products, water based, oil free or non comedogenic products are said to be the best as they are less likely to clog your pores even more.

So, what does cause acne?

Acne develops when hair follicles get clogged with oil and dead skin cells. As we know already hormones in teenagers are increased as is the sebum production of the sebaceous glands which are sensitive to these hormones. Older women are also affected by changes in hormone levels this could be before their period is due or during pregnancy. Other factors are bacteria and the fact that you could just be unlucky that acne runs in your family.

Tried and Tested Skin Treatments for Acne

One customer happily told us…

I have found myself with fewer spots and my skin is much softer and clearer. I’ve even gave some soap to my mother who has asked for more.
Very much happier with my skin and I can confidently recommend the Deep Cleansing Soap.

Skin Treatments for Acne

First there are a few simple things to avoid.

  • Picking your spots can lead to infection and scaring and will really make things worse.
  • Scrubbing harshly – this will just increase the inflammation and damage the skin further
  • Avoid touching your face – this can spread bacteria.
  • Never sleep wearing make-up – using the following skincare routine you do not need to use harsh makeup removers and it will ensure that you do not sleep in your make up.
Acne skincare routine

The Deep Cleanser Therapy bar is a natural cold processed soap which has antiseptic, moisturising and purifying qualities, use this “soap” twice a day to achieve the best results.

Morning
Washing with the Deep Cleanser, creating a rich lather to gently rub into the skin – rinse and pat dry.
Evening
Wash again using the Deep Cleanser rinse and then repeat but this time leave on the lather allowing the ingredients to work overnight on the acne as you sleep.

I bet that was easier than you thought, there aren’t many more natural and simpler Skin Treatments for Acne – What do you have to lose? – Try it and see how soon your skin becomes clearer.

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Scalp Psoriasis

Treatment of Dry Itchy Scalp ConditionsAugust is Psoriasis Awareness Month so we thought this would be a good time to raise some awareness about scalp psoriasis.

A few facts to start – Like Psoriasis on the skin, scalp psoriasis is not contagious. Most people that have scalp psoriasis usually suffer with psoriasis elsewhere on their body.  Sadly, there is no cure of psoriasis for scalp psoriasis but it can be treated naturally to comfort and normalise the condition

What is scalp psoriasis?

As with most similar skin and scalp conditions, annoyingly the actual cause of scalp psoriasis is not known but it is believed to be due to an abnormality in the immune system.  This faulty system causes skin cells to build up as they grow too fast.  Psoriasis on the scalp can appear in small patches such as behind an ear or it can cover the whole scalp.

Typical Symptoms of Scalp Psoriasis

  • Patches of red skin covered in silvery-white scales
  • Itchy Scalp
  • Temporary Hair Loss
  • Bleeding
  • Burning
  • Flaking scalp
  • Dry scalp

Scratching Your Scalp

Scalp psoriasis can be extremely itchy but please note that scratching will make the psoriasis worse, causing the scalp to bleed, burn and is the main factor of hair loss.  Don’t Scratch – Its easy to say but much more difficult to stop as its almost a natural reflex to scratch and at the time we think it makes us feel better when in fact we are causing more damage – not scratching, can actually help.

Try not to worry as hair loss isn’t permanent; it is usually due to harsh scratching, picking or treatments used. Hair will grow back when the scalp clears.  And of course stress is often a culprit for causing flare-ups so worrying will not do.

How to treat scalp psoriasis

Syrinx Za have included in their Scalp Treatment Therapy, the ingredient Sapropel otherwise known as Zander; which along with other ingredients; reduces swelling and soreness whilst gently cleansing and moisturising the scalp, eradicating itching which can be the first step to normalising your scalp.

We recommend that you use the three step treatment for hair and scalp

Syrinx Za Scalp Reviver – Prewash Treatment

Scalp and Hair Deep Cleansing Shampoo

Hydrating Conditioner

Three Step Treatment for Scalp Psoriasis

Follow this full routine one or twice a week – using just the shampoo and conditioner if you need to wash in-between to naturally treat your scalp psoriasis.

scalp psoriasis treatment

 

 

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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