Ceramides – Understanding these Wonder Molecules

A healthy, hydrated skin with internal moisture control doesn’t need moisturisers, but for those who suffer from dry or oily skin, it is vitally important to address the rate at which water escapes from our skin, otherwise known as Trans-Epidermal Water Loss or TEWL.

Water loss is normal, but can be excessive in people with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and ichthyosis. Losing the ability to control moisture levels in the skin is often an underpinning cause for a myriad of other skin conditions, including acne and rosacea, as well as contributing to the signs of skin ageing by leaving the skin dull and lifeless. That’s why skin hydration and water control management are vital to maintaining a healthy skin environment, and should play an integral role in every skin treatment protocol.

Essentially, most skin troubles have more moisture control as a common denominator.

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The Science

Moisture

Did you know that keeping house plants ensures your skin has a fresh supply of oxygen and can help improve your skin?

The skin is made up of two key layers, the Dermis and the Epidermis. The top layer of the skin is the Epidermis, and the top layer of the Epidermis is the Stratum Corneum. Despite being incredibly thin, the Stratum Corneum acts as the skin’s main barrier, stopping chemicals we come into contact with from getting inside the body, and controlling the rate at which moisture is able to leak out.

Skin lipid structure is critical in the moisture retaining functionality of the skin. The Stratum Corneum contains three types of lipids that have different chemical compositions and functions throughout the body; cholesterol, free fatty acids, and key nine ceramides, numbered 1 to 9, which account for 40-50% of the lipids in this outermost layer.

Ceramides are important to maintaining a healthy skin environment because they assist in controlling both cellular and skin water loss. This helps to prevent dehydration, impaired cellular function and hastened cell death. Skin that can’t increase skin lipid structure usually reacts in one of two ways; in some the skin will become dry and will crack, whereas in others, oil and skin cell production increase in an attempt to slow the rate at which moisture is leaving the skin. This results in thickened, oily skin that can lead to acne, or an exacerbation of acne symptoms – yes, believe it or not, oily skin is often a consequence of a lack of skin moisture.

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Controlling TEWL is therefore vital to any skin routine that want to encourage a healthy environment; if the skin can control the rate of moisture loss, it won’t end up drying out, or over-compensating with oil and skin production. In short, it’s important to address your skin issues at the root.

The Solution

Hydratime and Nutritime

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The good news is that recent studies have shown that lipids can be replaced with topical preparations. Interestingly, all three lipids (ceramides, cholesterol, fatty acids) have to be replaced at a certain ratio to restore the barrier function of the skin; if the incorrect balance of lipids is applied, it actually takes longer for the skin to heal.

This is what we have created in our creams.

Hydratime® and Nutritime® contain a balanced blend of all 9 key Ceramindes, improving skin barrier functions to slow TEWL and restore a healthy environment. Unlike most moisturisers, we don’t simply smear a water-blocking layer on the surface, ignoring deficient water levels deeper in the skin. Instead we improve skin structures from within, controlling moisture in all layers of the skin, so that you can achieve the best possible results from your treatments this winter.

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Mirror mirror on the wall, what is the biggest skin myth of them all?

So-called ‘Acne-Rosacea’ that’s what!

For those of you who aren’t aware, Acne-Rosacea is essentially the Loch Ness Monster of skin; never proven to exist, never even seen by the human eye, and yet believed in by so many that you could be rewarded with all the riches in Scotland just for finding it…well maybe that last part doesn’t apply to acne-rosacea, but there have been so many people who have thrown their money at ‘cures’ and ‘treatments’ for it, that it would add up to quite a fortune.

Not the Loch Ness Monster

Couldn’t find a photo of the Loch Ness Monster, so here’s the next best thing

So this #TopTipTuesday, we can definitively say, without any shadow of a doubt, that there is no such thing, it is a complete and utter fairy tale. The trouble is, those who believe in it don’t often get a happy ending…

But where did this myth come from? And why do so many people believe in it?

Well, historically the term was first used when describing type II rosacea, otherwise known as Papulopustular Rosacea, a subtype of the condition where the sufferer develops spots or pustules on their skin following a period of flushing or concurrent flushing. The fact that these spots can look a lot like acne is what coined the term acne-rosacea, implying that the two conditions were linked.

Despite the fact that it has been medically proven for some time that there is no connection between type II rosacea and acne, this term continues to crop up, both in out-dated medical literature and misinformed reports to this day, reinforcing the public perception of this imaginary condition, and keeping this skin myth alive. This has led to any sufferers with type II rosacea to self-diagnose themselves with ‘acne-rosacea’, or just plain acne, causing them to seek treatment in all the wrong places.

Old medical books

Ye Olde Medicale Book on the Moste Dreadful Acne-Rosacea

While acne and rosacea do share some common symptoms, we must remember that these are different conditions and as such require different treatments – otherwise, you won’t see the results you expect, at best leaving you disappointed, at worst exacerbating your symptoms even further.

Of course, there are those who can develop more than one sub-type of rosacea, or suffer from other skin conditions like acne at the same time, making it difficult to know what treatment is best for your skin (our Top Tip for this Tuesday though, is that blackheads only occur in acne, so if your symptoms only involve reddening and pustules, it’s likely to be rosacea, whereas if you have blackheads as well, it could be a combination of the two). However, if you’re having trouble figuring out what’s going on with your skin, or aren’t seeing the results you want from the treatment you’re using, we recommend you pay a visit to your GP, to get yourself properly diagnosed and make sure you’re using the right products for your skin.

Once you know what you’re up against, you can start making informed decisions about what’s right for you, and get yourself on the right track to achieving clear skin.

The Right Track

This way to clear skin…

Acne TripleLock® and Rosacea TripleLock® are clinically proven skin solutions, and unlike cosmetic brands, they are medically licensed in the treatment of acne and rosacea, with thousands of successful users across the UK and Europe.

The products were created through decades of experience, in collaboration with top dermatologists from all around Europe. Professor Tony Chu, President of the Acne and Rosacea Association UK (ARA UK) endorses and prescribes the products for his patients – you can be certain you’re in the right hands.

To learn more about the Acne TripleLock® range, click here, to learn about the Rosacea TripleLock® range, click here.

SkinMed® has a variety of product ranges to treat many skin conditions, suitable for almost all skin types.

Need help deciding what to buy? Take advantage of our trained skin specialists, they know skin inside and out as well as our extensive product ranges – that makes them the best people to ask when it seeking advice.

There’s no such thing as a silly question, we’ve heard it all! Contact us using the details below:

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Rosacea Causes and Triggers – And Knowing the Difference!

It may sound very obvious, the difference between the causes and the symptoms of a condition, but when it comes to rosacea, you may find that there’s a fair amount of confusion. Rosacea is very misunderstood condition, with continuous research into where it comes from and how to prevent and treat it. But still, the rumour mill keeps turning, and skin myths become widely believed as fact. For example, there is still a nasty stereotype that sufferers of rosacea are often heavy drinkers, implying that drinking too much will give you rosacea – something that is completely false! So, that’s why this #TopTipTuesday we’re here to set the record straight.

Red Wine

We probably wouldn’t advise having this much all to yourself though – sharing is caring after all!

Causes:

One of the main reasons for all this misunderstanding is that the causes of rosacea are still widely unknown, although there are several theories as to where the condition comes from, and why it manifests:

– Abnormalities in blood vessels, although no one is quite sure what these abnormalities would involve or how they would occur

– Skin Peptides; recent studies have shown that the exposure to certain external triggers can lead to the activation of molecules within the skin called peptides. Increased levels of these peptides can affect the neurovascular system within the skin causing the dilation of blood vessels, redness, and blushing.

– Microscopic mites; now I know that sounds disgusting, and the idea of having a population of mites living all over your face is not the most pleasant of thoughts, but these mites are perfectly normal and live on just about everybody’s skin. It has been noticed, however, that those who suffer from rosacea have a higher level of these mites on their skin, although we’re not yet sure whether these are a cause or an effect of the condition – see what I mean about the two being confusing?

– Heliobacter Pylori Bacteria, which are usually found in the digestive system, have also been suggested as a possible cause of rosacea, although no link between the two has been proven.

– Genetics seem to be a fairly safe bet in terms of rosacea susceptibility, meaning that some people have a predisposition and therefore are more genetically prone to developing rosacea. However, anyone who suffers from rosacea should ensure that any children they have should wear sunscreen during their childhood as often as possible, as exposure to UV light is one of the most common rosacea triggers. If the condition is inherited, this protection in early years can have a huge impact how severe their rosacea symptoms are in later life.

UV rays

Trust us, they’ll thank you later!

Whatever the cause of rosacea, one thing we can say for sure is that it is a condition that you either have, or you don’t. It can develop at any time. There is nothing you can do to contract or get rid of rosacea, and there is no cure, although it can be managed long-term. I know that sounds gloomy, but the point I am trying to make is that rosacea does not occur because of bad habits, or because of you having behaviours that caused you to bring the condition upon yourself – mostly it’s just the luck of the draw.

Triggers:

This is the part where people get their causes and triggers mixed up. Because sufferers with rosacea will have periods where their symptoms are not so bad, or sometimes almost non-existent, when the symptoms return, the cause of the flare-up is often thought to be giving the sufferer rosacea, or causing the condition to return. These triggers include, but are not exclusive to; UV light, stress, hot or cold weather, strong winds, strenuous exercise, alcohol, hot baths, spicy foods, hot drinks, humidity, menopause, dairy products, other medical conditions and certain medicines. This is quite an extensive list, I know, but it goes to show that understanding what can trigger a flare-up can go a long way to managing your rosacea long-term; wearing sunscreen for rosacea-prone skin, changing your routine at the gym, or avoiding certain foods can help make your skin calmer and more comfortable.

Bath

But then who doesn’t love a long hot bath?

While these triggers can exacerbate symptoms of existing rosacea, they do not in themselves cause the condition, and exposing yourself to these things will not give you rosacea (i’m talking about you, alcohol!) these are simply factors that can cause chemical reactions in your body that can exacerbate your symptoms. The trouble is, people who don’t have the condition see the correlation between the triggers and the symptoms and put two and two together – the only trouble is, they often add them up to five.

The important thing to remember is that avoiding these triggers will not get rid of your rosacea; you’ll need a specially formulated, medically licensed range of products to provide you with a skin routine that will help to target the underlying causes, as well as the symptoms, to manage it properly.

We at SkinMed® recommend our Rosacea TripleLock® range, as it is clinically proven, medically tested and has incredible 75% success rates, even amongst difficult to treat patients. We even have a 100% money back guarantee on our products, because we appreciate how important it is for you to know that we understand what you’re going through and that we are here to guide you through your journey to achieving clear, smooth, beautiful skin.

To learn more about the Rosacea TripleLock® range, click here

SkinMed® has a variety of product ranges to treat many skin conditions, suitable for almost all skin types.

Need help deciding what to buy? Take advantage of our trained skin specialists, they know skin inside and out as well as our extensive product ranges – that makes them the best people to ask when seeking advice.

There’s no such thing as a silly question, we’ve heard it all! Contact us using the details below:

Contact us!

Call: 0333 247 2474 Email: info@skinmed.co.uk – Online chat: www.theskinmedshop.com

Why is Body Skin Different from Face Skin?

In order to carry out good skin care, you need to obtain detailed knowledge of the skin structure and its various features on the different body parts, especially between the face and the rest of the body.

The skin on the face requires different treatment to the skin on the rest of the body as it varies in thickness and oiliness so it’s important that you carry out the correct skin care routine for your skin type whether it’s dry, normal or oily.

Body Skin versus Facial Skin: The Differences

1. Presence of Hair

Despite hair follicles found on the face appearing to be thin and fine, they are normally of very high density in both males and females. The hair density varies from body part to body part, the hair at the back of the body and the feet have relatively less density of hair as compared to the head region where there is quite a lot. When the hair follicles on the face become blocked, this can contribute to the development of acne. We recommend Aknicare® Cleanser to keep pores unblocked and reduce skin thickening. Aknicare® Cleanser exfoliates and reduces bacterial levels, deeply cleaning the skin, removing debris and surface oil and unblocking pores.

2. Oiliness

The oil glands present in the face help protect it from bacterial infection as they possess anti-bacterial attributes. These oil glands are also responsible for lubricating the face, the presence of these oil glands in the face is what makes the face oilier than the rest of the body. This explains why products and treatments designed for the body are too oily for the face and why it is not advisable to wash your face too often.

3. Thickness

The skin on the body is thicker than the skin on the face, this is mainly because the skin on the body protects many muscles and organs whereas the skin on the face does not. This is why lotions for the face are applied differently to those for other body parts. However, the eyelids are even thinner and therefore require an even different unique eye cream from the rest of the face. On the other hand, the skin found below the feet area is normally thick due to the body weight it carries around.

4. Sunscreens for Face

As we always recommend wearing sunscreen on your face every day, when choosing a sunscreen for the face it’s important you get it right. You need to choose a sunscreen that provides protection against both UVA and UVB rays. It is also important that your sunscreen is resistant to moisture and sweat to protect your skin however re-application throughout the day is vital. If you have very sensitive skin, we recommend using a sunscreen which utilises organic based sun filters instead of chemical sun filters which are less irritating to the skin. We recommend Rosacure® Intensive which has hydrating ingredients and UVA and UVB SPF 30 control specially formulated so that the SPFs do not irritate sensitive skin as many sunscreens can do.

Despite the differences between the facial skin and the body skin, SkinMed advises taking proper care of both every day, ensuring that you consider the type of ingredients that are in the products are suitable for your skin before you make a purchase. SkinMed offers a range of face and body creams to treat acne, oily skin, rosacea, pigmentation, sensitive skin, scars and stretch marks, dry skin and wrinkles and fine lines. Call 0333 247 2474 to find out more or click here to shop online.

Rosacea Myths

Rosacea is a common skin condition that affects 1 in 10 people in the UK and contrary to popular belief, it isn’t caused by drinking a bottle of wine very night, it doesn’t only affect women over 60 and nor is it only characterised by redness or swollen veins.

In order to separate the fact from the fiction, Dr Anjali Mahto Consultant Dermatologist & British Skin Foundation spokesperson clears up some of the rosacea myths.

MYTH 1: ROSACEA ONLY AFFECTS HEAVY DRINKERS

Despite the common rosacea heavy drinker stereotype, rosacea is actually most common between the ages of 30-60 years in fair-skinned individuals affecting women more than men. Alcohol can trigger flare ups in some people but it doesn’t cause the skin condition.

MYTH 2: ROSACEA’S ONLY SYMPTOMS ARE RED CHEEKS OR A RED NOSE

Other symptoms of rosacea can be spots, flushing, visible blood vessels and occasional burning or stinging sensation or skin sensitivity. The skin, particularly of the nose, may thicken with time. Approximately 50% of people with Rosacea suffer with Ocular Rosacea which affects the eyes causing irritation, styes or swollen eyelids.

MYTH 3: ONLY OLDER PEOPLE SUFFER FROM ROSACEA

Rosacea is more common after the age of 30. Usually the symptoms are intermittent but over the years skin changes such as redness may become fixed until they are present all the time.

MYTH 4: ROSACEA IS CAUSED BY POOR HYGIENE

Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin disorder predominantly affecting the face. Rosacea can occur due to a number of different factors; eating spicy food and drinking red wine can trigger a flushing response as well as UV light and wind which act as reddening triggers. It is not caused by poor hygiene.

MYTH 5: ROSACEA IS THE SAME AS ACNE

Rosacea was previously known as ‘acne rosacea’, however, acne and rosacea are two different unrelated skin conditions.

MYTH 6: ROSACEA IS CONTAGIOUS

Rosacea is not considered contagious or infectious. You will not catch it from coming into contact with someone else that has it. Rosacea, can however, run in families.

For the treatment of rosacea we recommend Rosacure which targets the underlying causes of reddening skin as well as itching, burning and soreness. Rosacure offers a revolutionary, clinically tested, complete solution to treat your Rosacea. It contains special patented ingredients which can only be found in the Rosacure Range. Unlike other standard antibiotic or antioxidant formulas, Rosacure has all the SPF, moisturising qualities expected of a high class cosmetic but is medically licensed. Click to read the Evidence and Success Stories.