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    7 ways to reduce dry winter skin

    7 ways to reduce dry winter skin

    Like the seasons, skincare routines should change with the weather.

    As the temperature drops towards winter and the humidity in the air does too so it becomes drier.

    Low humidity outside combined with central heating inside too often

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    5 habits that can make psoriasis worse

    5 habits that can make psoriasis worse

    Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that causes skin cells to renew faster than normal resulting in the build of skin plaques. Psoriasis is a genetic condition, though the first flare up and subsequent flares can be triggered by non-genetic factors such as illness, medications, emotional trauma or stress.

    Once psoriasis has been triggered the first time, subsequent flare ups are forever a risk and they can come frequently or infrequently. Therefore, treating psoriasis successfully is more about managing and reducing flare ups that trying to find an ultimate cure.

    There are several common habits that can make psoriasis flare ups occur more frequently and perhaps with more severity.


    Here are 5 habits that could be making psoriasis worse;


    #1 Bad habit - Smoking

    Widespread research suggests that smoking increases the risk of psoriasis and makes flare ups worse and more frequent. Research has found that nicotine alters the immune system, which may partially explain the link between psoriasis and smoking.

    Some research indicates that tobacco smoke may also cause a type of cell damage called oxidative damage, which may also explain why smoking makes psoriasis worse. For people who also have psoriatic arthritis, the effects of smoking can be even more pronounced.


    #2 Bad habit – Over styling

    Scalp psoriasis in one of the most common places for psoriasis to occur and is also very uncomfortable and highly visible.

    One of the reasons cited by skin experts on the rise and prevalence of scalp psoriasis is the over-use of hair styling products. Hair products that contain sticky or clay like ingredients as well as hair dyes can all cause additional bacteria to get into and stick to the scalp, which can trigger psoriasis flare ups as the bacteria causes inflammation which can then trigger a psoriasis flare.

    Dyes and perfumes in hair products as well as detergents to remove grease can also cause the already sensitive scalp of psoriasis sufferers to become hyper-sensitive and inflamed which can trigger a flare up.

    Regular blow drying and blow-drying products can also add to the dryness of the scalp. Psoriasis typically results in very dry raised plaques of skin that cause damage to skin barrier function and blow drying only adds to this and can cause chronic skin flaking and cracking.

    Using non-chemical hair products designed specifically f

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    What your dandruff tells you about your health

    What your dandruff tells you about your health

    Not all dandruff is formed equal. Although dandruff may just appear as a flaky scalp to the naked eye, in fact types of dandruff and what causes it can differ widely as can the best treatments for it.

    Here consultant dermatologist Dr Eva Melegh

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    Verified Skin Shop product Reviews

    Skin Shop has teamed up with reviews.co.uk to create verified reviews of our company and our products. This means that all our reviews are checked by a third party company.


    They check that the reviewer has actually bought the product they are reviewing. They also check that a person reviewing our company, Skin Shop, has been a customer.


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    6 common health conditions linked to rosacea

    6 common health conditions linked to rosacea

    Rosacea or acne rosacea is a skin condition that is caused by dilation of blood cells below the skin’s surface caused by an underlying inflammatory response. It’ the dilation of the blood cells that causes the typical flushing associated with rosacea and also eventually leads to leaking capillaries (thread veins). There's no definitive rosacea cure, although the condition can be managed usually with a combination of some limited medication, targetted skincare products and a strict and regular skincare routine.


    However, its the inflammatory response elements know to be resposible for rosacea triggers that has lead researchers to link it to several other health conditions that are also triggered or linked to inflammation.

    While its not known if a predisposition to rosacea is the primary link to other inflammatory health conditions or whether the other inflammatory health conditions are what trigger rosacea as a secondary condition is still unknown.

    There is nevertheless a link between rosacea and certain common health conditions so if you suffer from one of the following six health conditions and also find you are getting frequently flushed and bumpy red cheeks, thread views and small itchy pustules on the cheeks and nose area you can probably assume that your skin condition is rosacea.

    1. Hay fever

    Ocular rosacea that does not have other symptoms of rosacea is often misdiagnosed as allergies or hay fever. Yet in 20% of people with rosacea, ocular signs are the first indication of the condition

    Ocular rosacea is characterized by foreign-body sensation in the eye, burning, stinging, itchy eyes; ocular photosensitivity (light sensitivity); blurred vision, telangiectasia of the sclera or other parts of the eye, or periorbital edema.

    However, to complicate matters people who suffer from hay fever or allergies are more likely to also suffer from rosacea as well. The two conditions require different treatments so it’s important to get diagnosed properly.

    1. Cystitis

    A recent study on 65 people with rosacea at Johns Hopkins University and published in the American Academy of Dermatology identified associations between rosacea and urogenital diseases such as urinary tract infection (cystitis).

    The researchers concluded that it was likely that the connection between rosacea and cystitis involves mechanisms that underlie chronic inflammatory conditions coupled with barrier skin tissues issues.


    1. Acid Indigestion

    Many studies show that rosacea is linked to acid indigestion, which may be linked to an underlying inflammation of the stomach lining.

    The most common cause of acid indigestion is low stomach acid production (Hypochlorhydria)and studies show that a significant amount of people with rosacea also have hypochlorhydria.

    At the top of the stomach (a muscular bag) there is a ring muscle called the lower oesophageal sphincter (LES). It opens to allow food in via the oesophagus (food pipe) and closes when the stomach is full and very acidic. The acidity is thought to be a trigger for this muscle to shut.

    If the lower oesophageal sphincter is open, even a little, the food mass backs up into the oesophagus and cause a burning sensation which is known as acid reflux. Hydrochloric acid (human stomach acid) is a very strong acid and would burn normal skin if applied directly.

    However, for digestion, controlling of bacteria and absorption of essential vitamins from food, Hydrochloric Acid is really important. Hydrochloric Acid stimulates the release of an exclusive carrier protein necessary for the transportation of vitamin B12 which is crucial for brain and nervous system function as well as the formation of red blood cells.

    Insufficient stomach acid results in reduced absorption of vitamin B12.

    This may be why rosacea sufferers commonly experiences anxiety, depression and fatigue which may all be due to vitamin B12 deficiency from their acid reflux.


    1. Celiac disease

    Rosacea has a significant association with celiac disease (wheat intolerance)

    Researchers in Denmark conducted a population-based, case-control study of 6,759 patients with rosacea.

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    6 surprising causes of vaginal dryness

    6 surprising causes of vaginal dryness

    One in four women suffer from vaginal dryness at some point in their lives. Most women are aware that vaginal dryness can often occur as a result of hormonal imbalances, most commonly in the approach to and during the menopause as oestrogen level start to deplete as well as after childbirth. Lack of sexual arousal and anxiety about sex are also common causes for vaginal dryness.


    However, what if you are not of menopausal age, have not recently given birth and are in a happy and fulfilling sexual relationship yet you are still experiencing vaginal dryness?

    Here are 6 surpsiing things that might be adding to or even causing the problem.


    1. Smoking

    One of the side effects of smoking can be vaginal dryness.

    Vaginal lubrication relies on increases blood flow to the vagina during sexual arousal.

    Smoking restricts blood flow to your body’s tissues, including your vagina. This can impact s

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