Another year, another wrinkle! We like to blame ageing skin on the passing of the years, but is acquiring wrinkles, fine lines and pigmentation inevitable as we get older? The answer is no, it isn’t. The truth is that the main culprit in regard to age-related woes is photoaging – damage done to the dermis by exposure to sunlight and ultraviolet (UV) light.
Eczema, or atopic dermatitis as it is also known, is a dry skin condition that affects one in four children and one in 10 adults in Ireland – a huge leap from previous generations. We don’t know exactly what is causing this increase, but medical experts believe it is what we are literally pumping into our environment and putting on to our skin.
We expect baby skin to be perfect when, in fact, we should expect lumps, bumps, spots and rashes - and an infant who is occasionally cranky due to things like dry skin, cradle cap and nappy rash. Since 1 in 4 children born in Ireland develops eczema, it is important to treat baby’s skin right, right from the start.
We expect the skin of newborns to be smooth, soft and smell lovely, all the time. The truth is that baby’s skin can sometimes be dry, sensitive, flaky – and even discoloured – especially in those early days. As a mum who wants the best for your bundle, you agonize over what to do, what to use, and when to do it.
Acneis a very common inflammatory skin condition characterised by spots, blackheads and whiteheads. It often starts in early teens, for most people it tends to resolve by the late teens or early twenties, but it can last for longer and may develop for the first time in people in their late twenties or even the thirties
Rosacea is a common, long-term skin condition involving inflammation of the skin on the face. The exact cause of rosacea is unknown, and it affects twice as many women as men, although it is usually more severe in men.
Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition characterised by skin cells that multiply up to ten times faster than normal. The extra skin cells form thick, silvery scales and itchy, dry, red patches that are sometimes painful. It typically occurs on the knees, elbows and scalp, and can also affect the torso, palms and soles of the feet.
Dermatitis is a general term that describes an inflammation of the skin. Dermatitis can have many causes and occurs in many forms. It usually involves an itchy rash on swollen, reddened skin. Skin affected by dermatitis may blister, ooze, develop a crust or flake off.
Eczema is a skin condition caused by inflammation of the skin that can appear on any part of the body. Atopic dermatitis, also known as atopic eczema, is the most common form of the many forms of eczema and often runs in families.
Sensitive skin is a common complaint that is on the increase globally, especially among women. Central heating, air conditioning, hot and cold weather, harsh chemicals, and skincare and cosmetic products, can all irritate sensitive skin.
Dry skin is a very common skin complaint with many causes. Too much washing or using harsh products can wash away the natural oils that keep our skin healthy, while indoor heating strips moisture from the air in our homes. No matter what the cause, dry itchy skin is not something you should have to live with long-term.