Scientists uncover an immunity defence mechanism in patients with Psoriasis

Science is a fascinating thing. All the time, scientists and doctors make medical advances that help to prolong the life of the human race, and make it as healthy as possible. Recently, a skin specific study was carried out in Germany, that may help to relieve symptoms for many sufferers of the persistent skin condition, psoriasis. Though, the researchers surprisingly stumbled upon some game-changing results when they discovered a secret power in our immune systems, an antiviral protein name interleukin-29.

Thousands of people across the States and the EU suffer from skin complaints such as atopic dermatitis (eczema) and psoriasis. For years these complaints have been treated with creams and such, and it is well known that these types of ailments are classed as ‘viral’ infections, meaning that they cannot be treated with anti-biotics and it is up to your body’s immune system to fight the infection.

Researchers at the University of Medicine in Berlin have discovered that patients suffering from atopic dermatitis, produce less anti-viral proteins than patients that are suffering from psoriasis, which means that they have uncovered a new functionality of the immune system. In psoriasis patients, there is a certain type of anti-viral protein produced that is not present in atopic dermatitis patients, called interleukin-29.

The researchers claim that this discovery could help to create new treatments using the interleukin-29 protein, to treat ailments like psoriasis, but also other viral chronic inflammatory diseases, such as certain lung conditions where viral infection is a factor. This is fantastic news for the world of medicine, and even better news in the world of science, showing that the human body will never fail to surprise us.

To read the full article, click the link below:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131002092257.htm

DIY surgically enhanced dimples and hog’s lard, what women used to care for their skin 100 years ago…

I recently came across a fantastically written article that highlighted historical skin care claims from people who considered themselves pioneers of the time, from around the reign and death of Queen Victoria. The article mentions snippets of ‘study manuals’ for women of the age, describing all sorts of, what we now consider to be, weird and wonderful methods of maintaining a healthy glow.

Some of the suggestions, that most would be horrified of participating in in modern day life, include putting lard on your face, incorporating sour milk into your daily moisturising regime and even a do it yourself guide on how to give yourself fake dimples using only a knife, a hook and a pair of scissors! I can’t envisage home kits for plastic surgery ever coming back into fashion…

It really is amazing how far skin care has come in such a short time, considering that now we have scientific remedies for reducing scar tissue and even regrowing whole areas of skin after injury. I don’t think I would have liked to have been a woman in Victorian Britain, resorting to not smiling and being told not to rub salad dressing into my face in case I grow a beard! I am very grateful for the clinical advances in modern day skincare and am a strong believer that science based products are the way forward, though I wouldn’t out rule all old wives tales, such as facial massage that has been said to stimulate relaxation of your facial muscles, and of course is generally a pleasant experience.

Read the article (link below) to get an insight into how our extraordinary ancestors looked after their skin.

http://theweek.com/article/index/249786/5-great-skincare-tips-from-100-years-ago

The preservative that has caused an ‘epidemic’ in the cosmetics world.

The latest news in the skin care world is the confirmation that a harmful chemical used as a preservative in many cosmetic products. The preservative methylisothiazolinone (MI) has been linked with an ‘epidemic’ of adverse reactions reported by consumers. MI can be found in many products including shampoos, make up wipes and also some moisturisers, amongst other cosmetics.

Users have reported allergic reactions to the chemical and it seems the symptoms are all very similar; red spots, itchy skin, and in some cases swelling of the face have allegedly been caused by products such as Piz Buin sun cream.

A big relief is that Johnson & Johnson have removed any traces of MI from their production lines, therefore we can be safe in the knowledge that our children will not come in to contact with any nasty stuff.

Researchers presented findings earlier this year that showed there had been a rise in the amount of complaints regarding products containing the chemical. Which makes me wonder why the cosmetics companies didn’t react sooner to take preventative measures?

You can be safe in the knowledge that products from the Stratum C range do not contain the MI chemical and they are perfectly safe. They contain NO harmful ingredients and are designed for sensitive skin, to take extra special care of your complexion at the time when you need it most.

Be careful in the future when choosing which products you use on your skin. MI is not the only chemical that can cause reactions and it is always good to assess your skin type before choosing the right products for you. Dermatologists have asked the beauty industry to stop including MI in all products to ensure that there are no more purchases of the stuff made, but for all of those that think they may already own a few tainted pots that have been hidden away in the bathroom cabinet, it may be worth having a look to check that you are using the best creams and cleansers for your skin.

Remember that your skin, especially on your face, is your biggest feature and that it should be taken care of to the best of your ability. Keeping hydrated and using a good moisturiser is really important, see our Lifestyle tips page to get some more useful ideas for staying healthy and maintaining fabulous skin, especially during menopause.

To read more about MI, click on the article below released by The Huffington Post yesterday:

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/09/19/cosmetic-products-epidemic-skin-allergies_n_3953312.html