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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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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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