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The term eczema is applied to a range of persistent skin conditions symptoms of which include. dryness of the skin and uncomfortable persistent skin rashes characterized by redness, swealling, dryness, itching, flaking, blistering and even bleeding of the skin in affected areas.

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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


Diet and Eczema

EczemaIt’s no secret that eczema sufferers generally have a genetic predisposition to the condition. It’s pretty unavoidable and very irritating. However, there are other factors that can contribute towards the severity of the condition, and what you eat is one of them.

No research has definitively proved a connection between Diet and Eczema but many sufferers swear that there is a connection.

Do I have a Food Allergy?

While eczema is not an allergy in itself, if you suffer with a food allergy then eczema can actually be a symptom of this food allergy. As many as one in three eczema sufferers respond to food triggers, suggesting how significantly important a good, healthy, clean diet could be when it comes to your all-round health.

It can be that it might be a Food Allergy which usually appears quite quickly after eating the danger food or a Food Intolerance which is affects your body gradually.

Food, food, food…

Many eczema sufferers have found that a simple change their diet could have massive impacts on the symptoms of their eczema. It may work for some and not others, but it’s worth a try right?

The following foods have been found to be the biggest culprits when it comes to aggravating eczema:

  • Milk
  • Nuts
  • Eggs
  • Wheat
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Soy
  • Preservatives

Certain foods (such as the above) prevent our bodies from producing proper enzymes required to break down proteins and sugars, making the skin more fragile and vulnerable to eczema.

Put it to the test…

To find out whether your body suffers from the connection between Diet and Eczema, you might want to put it to the test.

Try out an elimination diet. Remove the suspected food allergen/intolerance from your diet and observe whether this makes a difference to your eczema or not. You might want to keep a food journal to keep track of what foods you have elimated. Yes, it’s a lot of hard work and pateince, but in the long run it could be extremely worthwhile.

You could also go to your local GP and request and allergy test, although you may want to note that they cannot detect food intolerances, only allergies.


Of course it is important to tackle the root cause of your eczema but it is also necessary to treat any existing eczema symptoms you are suffering with.

The Syrinx Za Natural Emollient Cream is a natural chemical-free emollient containing Sapropel and Argan Oil, ingredients that are able to work together to draw impurities from the skin and relieve the symptoms of eczema. It uses the ancient healing powers of Sapropel 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 skin of any age.


Emollients for Eczema

EczemaEmollients are protective moisturisers used to prevent the skin from becoming dried out, retain moisture and protect it against skin conditions such as eczema.

Using natural Emollients for Eczema is highly recommended as they are incredibly effective in reducing the symptoms, such as itching, whilst softening and moisturing the skin.

When to use an Emollient

If you feel your skin is dry or you have a skin condition or many you suffer with such as eczema, then you may find use from using an emollient.

Emollients tend to work at their best for eczema when the skin is wet, so applying the cream to your affected areas of skin after showering or bathing is advised.

Natural Emollients

Emollients can come in a variety of forms such as ointments and shower additives or soaps but, for easy and regular application purposes, emollient creams are strongly favoured. Emollient creams are also less greasy than ointments and have been found to absorb much more effectively into the skin.

Of course, there are many Emollients for Eczema out there to choose from, but be careful as many of these contain artificial colours and chemicals, and cause such bad irritation that instead of healing the eczema it can actually make it worse than it was to begin with.

Some emollients can be paraben-based. Parabens are a harmful additive that works by sealing over the skin and blocking the skin’s natural moisture. Putting such petrochemicals in the skin may work well on your eczema symptoms at first but can cause an array of problems in the long-term as it can seriously damage and weaken your skin. Natural emollients that are paraben free generally come quite risk-free and can be considered a long-term solution to the problem.

Our recommendation

The Syrinx Za Natural Emollient is a natural, chemical-free Emollient for Eczema. It uses the ancient skin-healing abilities of both Sapropel and Argan Oil that work together to draw impurities from the skin, rehydrate, soothe and relieve the symptoms of eczema.

We advise you use the Emollient twice a day for at least two weeks to see results and start your new, eczema-free life!


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.

Chocolate Allergy

Chocolate AllergyEczema can be triggered by many factors and it’s possible that one of those factors could be a food allergy and more directly a chocolate allergy. Dairy products are a common cause for an eczema flare up. Easter and eczema is not usually a good combination.

Keeping young children away from chocolate is  difficult especially at Easter; they want to know why they can’t have Easter eggs like all of the other children; especially at school, where  chocolate eggs are sometimes given as a treat. It is however, much easier now to find dairy-free Easter eggs but it’s not always easy to constantly see what our children are eating.

How to spot an Easter Eczema flare-up

An eczema flare up due to a chocolate allergy can happen quite quickly. Usually within an hour or two of consuming chocolate, the toxins in the body will shoot up to the skin surface and cause irritation. The eczema sufferer may start to itch and scratch, causing redness, rashes and in some cases blisters. In serious cases someone allergic to chocolate can develop hives, nasal congestion and find it difficult to breathe.

What do to if your child has an eczema flare-up this Easter

If your child has accidently eaten chocolate while at school for instance, or you did not realise that they had a chocolate allergy you can help by taking these emergency measures.

  • Keep the skin thoroughly moisturised with a natural moisturiser – Ideally we would recommend Syrinx ZA Natural emollient cream
  • Keep the child hydrated, drinking lots of water will help
  • Cold compresses to reduce itching
  • Try not to make a big issue of it, stress can make it worse
  • Keep his or her fingernails really short, so that if they do scratch it will do less harm; maybe even let them wear cotton mitts at night
  • A lukewarm bath to soothe the skin and apply moisturiser while the child is still damp
  • Lots of sleep
  • Make sure in future you have a good skincare routine in place

Try this skincare routine to prevent and treat eczema

The best way to avoid flare up is to first avoid the allergy triggers, although sometimes that’s easier said than done especially when children are involved.

Its essential that you cleanse, moisturise and soothe the skin on a daily basis.

In the Morning – Wash the skin with the Syrinx Za Syrinx Za Therapy bar using only lukewarm water, preferably pre-boiled water. This bar is rich with moisture, completely natural and contains antiseptic qualities that draw impurities from the skin.

Directly after bathing apply the Natural emollient cream to damp skin to lock in the moisture, apply several times during the day if required.

Last thing at night – Wash with the Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar again and this time leave the rich lather to soak into the skin not washing the lather off as you usually would. Leaving it to dry on the skin and leave overnight if possible, allowing the key natural ingredient Sapropel to work is magic.

Eczema sufferers should try to keep up a skincare routine such as this at all times, to keep flare-ups at bay, and especially if someone with chocolate allergy has had an eczema flare-up.


What is the best treatment for eczema?

What is the best treatment for eczema?Eczema can be an incredibly difficult skin condition to live with, regardless of what age you are at. This is why it is particularly important eczema sufferers find effective yet safe treatment to alleviate the symptoms as productively as possible, despite there being no direct cure for the condition.

Effective eczema treatment should heal the affected area, hydrate the skin and prevent flare ups. It should be a long term solution to the condition and it is strongly recommended you choose products with the lowest risk of side effects.

I have found Syrinx Za excellent and in particular my son who has chronic eczema has been using it and has had very good results. As a general practitioner I feel sure that the wider use of products such as this could well form part of the management of dry skin conditions. I have no hesitation recommending it to others. Dr S Blake
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Eczema Treatment Options

There are a few routes you can take when choosing how to treat your eczema and it’s important that you have a full awareness of the available treatments and what risks some may have.

The most used treatments for eczema are steroid-based. There are two types of steroid treatments for eczema; topical applications (creams, ointments) and injectable steroids. Injectable steroids are only ever available on prescription but topical steroid treatments are very easy to get hold of as they can be bought over the counter. Steroid based treatments can be fast working and effective but certainly comes with some very big downsides.

Steroid injections, as you can imagine, can cause real problems for the immune system, and can only be used just twice a year. Topical steroid treatments are also generally a very short term solution. Steroid treatments can often irritate sensitive skin because they tend to thin out the skin making it more vulnerable than it already is.

Then artificial colours and alcohol additives they contain can damage the skin with prolonged use. In other words, steroid treatments may actually cause eczema to be worse than it was to begin with!

There are a number of other treatments that can be chosen to treat eczema. Anti-itch drugs such as antihistamine can be used to prevent scratching but this does not address the problem, is only temporary, and often comes with side-effects such as extreme drowsiness. Light therapy has also been used to treat eczema using ultra-violet light. However this treatment has been found by many to be quite ineffective and over-exposure to ultra-violet lights can cause a greater risk of skin cancer.

Our recommendations

It may be frustrating for there to be so many side effects when it comes to eczema treatment, so the best thing to do is go with the lowest risk option that still gives the best results.

Natural skin care treatment is often overlooked with many thinking it is not as effective as steroid based treatments but this is not necessarily true at all.

Natural Emollient Eczema Cream

The Syrinx Za Emollient Eczema Cream is completely natural, which means it is also completely risk-free. It has been proven to be just as effective as steroid based treatments with most claiming it is actually provides much better results. It soothes the skin and is completely irritant-free. It is natural relief for the skin and reduces symptoms such as redness, irritation and inflammation.

This is because the emollient is able to naturally draw away toxins and rehydrate the skin using a unique, highly moisturising ingredient called Zander.

Deep Cleansing, Natural Skin Therapy Bar

The Syrinx Skin Therapy Bar is a 100% natural, cold processed soap specifically designed for skin conditions such as eczema and does not irritate or dry out the skin at all. Instead it soothes the affected areas, deeply cleansing and removing impurities that aggravate eczema prone skin.

Combination of Cleansing and Normalising Eczema

For eczema sufferers we have a one click combination of our best selling natural eczema treatment products containing both the eczema emollient cream and the deep cleansing therapy bar. It’s our conviction that this combination is the best treatment for eczema. Please contact us if you have any questions.


Deep Cleansing and Supporting Eczema Affected Skin

Deep Cleansing and Supporting Eczema Affected Skin
The Anti-pyritic properties of the Syrinx Za Deep Cleansing Therapy bar in conjunction with its ability to deeply clean eczema affected skin is one of our greatest achievements. This combination of calming, cleansing and itching reduction is real bonus for eczema sufferers.

Please watch the short video below where Mr Rupert Bevan explains the properties and benefits of our eczema soap and cream combination for eczema.

Please drop us a line if you have any questions about eczema or read more about our eczema treatment combination here.


Santa’s Skincare Elves

Merry Christmas from Syrinx ZaTis the season to be jolly but with so many opportunities to upset your skin this Christmas people seem to have been ordering more than their usual Therapy Bar and jar of their favourite treatment.

We expected pre-Christmas sales to be lower than the norm because, well let’s face it a jar of eczema cream or allergic skin care products don’t make for very exciting Christmas gifts. We’ll how wrong can you be! The Syrinx Za elves have been busy taking instructions from Santa and shipping products all over the world in time for Christmas.

Pre-Christmas Delivery with 20% Discount code XMAS2012

We are taking a well-earned break over Christmas but well be keeping the delivery sleigh busy right up to the wire. If you would like to be sure of receiving your Syrinx Za products before Christmas we recommend ordering before the 17th of December.

Please don’t forget to use discount code XMAS2012 during checkout to receive 20% discount off your pre-Christmas order.

Merry Christmas from all the team at Syrinx Za

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers for trusting their skin care to Syrinx Za and we look forward to serving you in 2013.

We wish you a merry Christmas and hope you enjoy a prosperous 2013.

Ashley Metcalfe
Chief Executive