Spotlight On… Chronic actinic dermatitis

Spotlight On… Chronic actinic dermatitis

by Deen Kurrimbux

A rare chronic skin condition that affects mainly males over the age of 50 although it may occur in younger individuals with atopic dermatitis. Chronic actinic dermatitis (CAD) is a severe form of eczema in which either natural sunlight or artificial light (UV) is the main causal factor, thus individuals with CAD are very sensitive to light. In extreme cases exposure to light in as little as 30 seconds will cause a reaction. The stronger the light, the stronger the reaction.

Spotlight On… Vasculitis

by Deen Kurrimbux

Vasculitis is the inflammation of the blood vessels. The inflammation is due to the immune system’s reaction to infection or damage. The blood vessels leak plasma (a blood constituent) causing the surrounding cells to swell up isolating any potential micro-organism.

Alarming increase in diagnosed skin cancer over the past 10 years

By Kofi Dwinfour

Over the past 10 years in England, there has been a 61% increase in new cases of melanoma, the most serious, and often fatal, form of skin cancer, and an increase of 41% in non-melanoma skin cancers. In 2012, there were 11,281 new cases of melanoma and 79,743 new cases of non-melanoma skin cancer. Moreover, in the UK as a whole, the mortality rate is 20% compared with 12% in Australia for a similar number of cases. More than 2,200 people die, every year, from malignant melanoma.

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Skincare – Travelling by Plane

by Sinéad Gormley

This post should be helpful for those of you who are travelling by plane anytime soon, and for future air travel!

I always notice that after I fly, my skin is in a pretty horrendous state- dry, flaky and just plain (excuse the pun!) dull looking. A couple of weeks ago, I flew to Barcelona to visit a friend, and was determined to do my research on how to keep my skin in tip top condition on the plane, so that I could emerge on the other side feeling good about how I looked!

 

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Using Turmeric face masks to fight acne, eczema and other skin conditions

by Kofi Dwinfour

turmeric

Turmeric is widely used as a kitchen ingredient and it adds a distinct flavour and colour to dishes. It is also used for a wide variety of health purposes and is even a popular ingredient of many herbal supplements. In addition to being a fantastic kitchen ingredient and natural alternative turmeric also has benefits that people who want to look and feel better would surely be glad about.

DIY Cleanser for Makeup Brushes

by Sinéad Gormley

Today’s post will be showing you how to make a very simple and extremely effective DIY cleanser for your makeup brushes. There really is no need to spend money on store bought cleansers. They often carry quite a hefty price tag, and even if you find affordable ones, why not save yourself the money and use two simple ingredients that you will find in every household to create this simple mixture.

Do we need a campaign to explain what SPF means?

By Kofi Dwinfour

A new U. S. university study has found that many people seem to be confused by sunscreen terminology. Only 43 per cent of people surveyed understood the definition of sun factor protection (SPF) and only seven per cent knew what to look for on a label if they wanted a sunscreen that offers protection against early skin aging.

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Summer sun protection top tips

By Kofi Dwinfour

It is almost Midsummer and naturally, all our thoughts turn to fun in the sun, either here or abroad. Exposure to the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays increases the risk of skin cancer, which is why proper sun protection is essential. In fact, the sun's UV rays are responsible for about 90 per cent of non-melanoma skin cancers and 86 per cent of melanomas.

Exposure to UV radiation is directly linked to all three forms of skin cancer. By adopting good sun safety habits families can enjoy summer outdoor activities without increasing their skin cancer risk.

Here are some top tips to help you and your family enjoy a sun-safe summer.

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The prevalence of skin disease exceeds that of obesity, hypertension, or cancer. Despite skin being the largest organ of the human body, dermatological research remains one of the most under funded areas of medicine. In a world where society has an increasing preoccupation with image and it’s importance to every aspect of a person’s life, sufferers of skin diseases are feeling and being more marginalised and isolated than ever.

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