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Skin problems

I am prone to cold sores, what can I do?

As cold sores are very contagious, firstly make sure you are not passing these on to anyone else, or catching them from someone else! Avoid sharing towels, for example. Do not let the lips dry up, especially in the sun. UV can be a trigger for cold sores so use a good strong UV lip…

I have psoriasis. Are there any non-prescriptive creams that can help?

Yes, there are.  Choose a cream that is free from paraffin and mineral oils, as these can irritate the skin further.    Also, avoid anything with fragrance in as these, too are often irritating.  Our E-Natural Cream fits all these categories and also contains soothing chamomile. Also make sure that you get some ultra violet rays…

My husband gets shaving rashes, how can he avoid these?

The main thing is to keep the razor scrupulously clean and replace it regularly – there’s nothing worse than a blunt razor for causing rashes and irritation!  The second thing is to always lubricate the skin BEFORE shaving – use gentle oil like almond oil before applying the shaving cream. A good, moisturising body wash…

I have dermatitis – how can I cure it?

Dermatitis is a general term for any irritated and stressed skin condition and can include eczema, psoriasis and allergic rashes amongst others.  In 2013, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued a Drug Safety Update for Aqueous Cream, stating that it may cause skin irritation, particularly in children with eczema, possibly due to sodium…

How do I treat sunburn?

It is very important to cool and moisturise sunburnt skin as soon as possible and then not expose it to the sun again.  Sunburn can be very dangerous, and if it is severe, you should consult your doctor. Aloe Vera gel is good for sunburn, as is anything with chamomile in – you don’t really…

What are the best creams for irritated and sensitive skin?

The best creams for sensitive skin are those WITHOUT the following ingredients: SLS Parabens Urea Synthetic fragrances or colours (These are the main offenders, but there are many more to avoid). The easiest way is to make sure you buy a natural and organic cream that should then be free of all ‘nasties’.  Do be…

My skin is irritated and itchy, what is the cause?

Irritated, itchy skin can have any number of causes from heat rash and insect bites to allergies to something in your environment. If your rash is severe or persistent then always seek your doctor’s advice. You may have contact dermatitis, meaning you are sensitive to something you have put on your skin.  Stop using all…

Can you heal a scar on your face?

Yes, although it will depend on the depth of the scar and how long it has been there. A scientific study reported in 2003 The Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists Annual Congress Proceedings showed a significant improvement in the appearance of scars that were at least one year old after twice daily application of tamanu…

I have Rosacea, is there a cure?

Many people suffer from Rosacea and if you are a sufferer; you’ll know that there are certain triggers that make it worse.  These vary with different people, and may include alcohol, exercise or changes in temperature.  However, it is important to realize that these are just triggers and are not what causes the redness in…

My skin often gets red and reacts to various creams, what should I avoid?

If you have sensitive skin (or even if you don’t) there are many ingredients in skin care that can cause adverse reactions. If your reaction is severe or persistent then always seek your doctor’s advice. For a useful list of ingredients that you may wish to avoid, have a read of our blog on the topic. Generally it…