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Natural Creams for Eczema

The Weleda Baby Skin Care range is an excellent selection of natural products that can be used on a daily basis for general skin care, nappy rash, dry skin and cradle cap. The range of creams, oils and lotions are based on the herb Calendula. Calendula is a powerful herb that has demonstrated natural healing and soothing properties, which makes it ideal for treating and maintaining babies sensitive skin. The range includes natural creams for eczema which are safe for babies skin. The Weleda Baby Skin Care range consists of: Calendula Nappy Changing Cream Calendula Oil Calendula Lotion Calendula Weather Protection Cream Calendula Moisturising Body Cream Calendula Face Cream Urtica Urens and Calendula Cream is a traditional treatment for eczema that is itchy. Chickweed (Stellaria) is another natural cream that is often combined with Calendula to help reduce the symptoms of eczema. It is a very good cream to reduce itchiness and inflammation. Ainsworths Emergency Cream is an ideal natural product to carry at all times. It can be used by the whole family for any flare-ups”. Hope’s Relief is a natural moisturising cream for dry and itchy skin. This product combines high quality organic herbal extracts and Manuka honey. Hope’s Relief is an ideal product to regenerate, repair and revive dry, sensitive and itchy skin. This product is available from Ainsworths Homeopathic Pharmacy. It is possible to get natural skin creams for eczema on the NHS, so do ask your doctor what is...

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Can Fish Oils During Pregnancy Prevent Baby Eczema

Fish oils have been found to protect unborn babies from eczema. The Australian scientists have discovered that mothers who took omega 3 supplements were less likely to have babies with eczema. Studies have found that taking omega 3 supplements during pregnancy also resulted in a 50 per cent less chance of developing intolerance to eggs. Researchers at Adelaide University carried out the study on 706 pregnant women with a family history of allergies. Half of the women were given fish oil supplements to take three times a day from the 21st week until full term. The other half of the study group were given vegetable oil as a placebo. Scientists used Efalex Mother & Baby, which is a high strength omega 3 mixture. So the results of this study are only applicable to this health supplement. The British Medical Journal (BMJ) commented that more research is required to see if fish oils can protect against asthma and hay fever. We hope you found this article “can fish oils during pregnancy prevent baby eczema” useful. Please let us know by rating it...

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Can playing in sunshine help prevent Eczema

Researchers claim that playing in the sunshine reduces the risk of children developing eczema and food allergies. Children living in areas with lower levels of sunlight have a greater risk of developing food allergies and eczema, compared with those living in areas with higher UV light. read on to find out more about if playing in sunshine can help prevent eczema… The researchers used data from an Australian study and analysed rates of food allergies, eczema and asthma variation throughout the country. Australia provides an ideal place to conduct a study such as this, as there is a large variation in climate, day length and sun strength throughout the country. The results found that on average children in the south were twice as likely to suffer with eczema, than children living in northern Australia.  Sunlight is very important for our general health as it provides the optimal source of vitamin D. Dr Nick Osborne, who led the researchers at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, said that the investigation provided further evidence of the association between food allergies and where you live. This report provides further weight behind the belief that children should be encouraged to play outdoors in the sun. This has many other health benefits such as preventing childhood obesity and improving mental...

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Is there really a natural anti ageing cream?

A new cream that contains the antioxidant, Pycnogenol, has been found to slow the signs of ageing. Latest research has found that this natural remedy, from the French maritime pine, has been shown to improve skin elasticity by 25 per cent and improve hydration by 8 per cent.This could be a break through product as a natural anti ageing cream. The results of this study were published in Skin Pharmacology and Physiology. Twenty healthy women, aged 55 to 68 were treated with the antioxidant, Pycnogenol. The women were monitored for skin hydration and elasticity over a period of 12 weeks. At the end of the 12 week period, the researchers took a biopsy to see the levels of hyaluronic acid. What is Hyaluronic Acid? Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring protein that is found mainly in connective tissue throughout the body. It is also found in the vitreous humour of the eye, and is widely present in the skin. As we age, we produce less HA, which leads to stiff joints and dry and wrinkly skin. HA is often referred to as “nature’s moisturiser” as it has incredible moisturising properties. As well as being important for joint health, HA is vital for the skin. HA works by binding to water, which leads to the skin being wrinkle free and hydrated. This natural supplement retains water in the skin, which contributes to the skin keeping a youthful appearance. As we get older, the body produces less HA, which leads to the skin retaining less water, resulting in wrinkles! The results of the biopsies found that 44 per cent more acid was produced and skin elasticity also improved by 25 per cent. The results also found that skin hydration improved by 8 per cent. Other findings from this study were that wrinkles were reduced by 3 per cent and skin smoothness increased by 6 percent. The study was led by Dr Jean Krutmann, who said, “To date, Pycnogenol is the only natural supplement that stimulates hyaluronic acid production in human skin. And, we are encouraged by the molecular evidence confirmed in this study that shows nutritional supplementation with Pycnogenol benefits human skin”. We hope you found our article about “natural...

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Homeopathy for Eczema

Latest NHS statistics show that 1 in 4 children in the UK have some form of eczema. The symptoms usually start between the ages of 2-3 months to 2 years. Eczema is also common in adulthood, and is linked to stress and food allergies. Babies often develop eczema as a result of milk allergies. External irritants, such as perfumes, shampoos or washing powders can also cause eczema symptoms. Homeopathic practitioners recommend homeopathy for Eczema. The general symptoms of eczema are dry, scaly, itchy and red inflamed skin. The intensity of the symptoms can vary from person to person. Some people on develop mild eczema, which requires only occasional application of moisturising creams. Others can have severe eczema that requires intense treatment and can affect their daily lives. Homeopathy is a very effective form of treatment for eczema. It is important to consult a qualified homeopath when treating eczema.    Self prescribing or buying remedies over the counter can possibly aggravate the symptoms. Eczema will require management by the homeopath, who will prescribe natural remedies based on the individual symptoms. Family history, allergies and other general symptoms will help the homeopath to prescribe the most appropriate remedies.  It is worth noting that treatment will require a few consultations (depending on the severity of the eczema). Conventional treatment involves the application of emollients that are based on petroleum, bath oils, antihistamines and steroid creams. All of these treatments work by suppressing the symptoms. Steroid creams such as hydrocortisone may initially seem like a miracle cure, but long term use is not recommended in young children. Long term use can lead to thinning of the skin, weak bones and a lowered immune system, but there are many natural alternatives to these steroid creams. Steroid creams need to be withdrawn gradually, under the guidance of your homeopath. Natural creams that can be used safely are Calendula, Stellaria and Urtica Urens. These natural creams can be used by the whole family and will help moisturise the skin and help stop the itching. The conventional creams block the skin and prevent the skin from “breathing”. The skin is an organ that needs to detox, to expel toxins. By blocking the pores on skin, this process...

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What is a natural acne treatment

Acne is a very common skin condition that usually affects teenagers at the time of puberty but can also affect adults. It usually affects the face, back and shoulders. The skin eruptions usually appear in the form of spots that are raised and painful. The spots appear as blackheads, whiteheads (small hard lumps with a white centre), pustules (spots with a lot of pus) and nodules (hard, painful lumps under the skin). It is important to look after your body so why not try a natural acne treatment. There is also the risk of scarring when these spots disappear. Acne is normally causes by hormone imbalances. Sebaceous glands in the skin produce an oily substance called sebum, which helps to protect the skin. Hormone imbalances cause an increase in the production of sebum, which blocks the hair follicles, resulting in the formation of spots and inflammation.  Acne is not only related to hormone imbalances. Other factors that can contribute to acne are nutritional deficiencies, stress, certain medications, a diet high in saturated fat and food allergies. The skin is also a major detox organ, so if the body contains a lot of toxins, this process may also contribute to acne. It is not surprising that acne is a condition that can affect people both physically and emotionally. Acne on the face can cause a lack of self confidence and low self esteem. This can have a knock on effect in the person’s social and work life. People often give up with over the counter skin creams and washes and are often prescribed long term antibiotics and retinoids which can have harmful side effects. There are however a number of natural approaches to skin health that can help to improve the general health of your skin. Nutrition is the most important factor in the health of your skin. A diet high in refined sugar, salt and hydrogenated fat can cause and aggravate acne. Processed food can also aggravate acne, as these foods contain very few enzymes and are generally high in sugar and salt. A diet that contains a variety of fibre, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and essential fatty acids will benefit the health of the skin as well as...

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Antioxidants for Healthy Skin

Our skin is continually exposed to many environmental pollutants and other free radicals so we need antioxidents for healthy skin Free radicals come can be found in food preservatives, radiation, car fumes and cigarette smoke. Free radicals are also produced internally through many metabolic processes that continually occur in our bodies. An example is the natural process of breathing, as the air contains various levels of pollution depending on your environment. As our skin is the first line of defence against free radical damage we need to take measures to preserve its health. Free radicals have been linked to illnesses and chronic diseases such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and cancer. As we age, there is a gradual decrease in the quality of collagen production. Collagen is a type of protein that is the main constituent of connective tissue (in skin and tendons). Collagen gives structure and strength to skin and prevents skin from sagging. Antioxidants are important in neutralising free radicals and help to prevent damage to the collagen. Antioxidants are naturally produced by the body, but due to the level of free radical damage that we are exposed to, it is advisable to supplement the diet with antioxidants. Antioxidants can be obtained from the diet in foods such as fresh vegetables and fruits, although the levels are not high enough to combat the amount of free radicals that we are exposed to. VITAMIN A Vitamin A is required for healthy skin, and due to its antioxidant action this vitamin provides protection against pollution and other harmful chemicals. This strong antioxidant can be found in both animal and vegetable sources. The vegetable sources of vitamin A are known as carotenes. Foods that contain vitamin A include liver, whole eggs, cheddar cheese and whole milk. Natural sources of carotene are carrots, spinach, sweet peppers, dark green leafy vegetables and sweet potatoes. VITAMIN C Vitamin C is a water soluble antioxidant that is very important for maintaining and promoting the growth of healthy collagen. Vitamin C is also helps the skin to heal and is essential for the immune system. This vitamin in found in many fruits and vegetables. Good sources are blackcurrants, citrus fruits, berries, broccoli, watercress, peppers and...

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