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 A collection of articles regarding skin care, skin conditions, irritants, sunscreens, sun exposure, and tips for kids.
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Why is My Skin Itchy?

One of the most common symptoms of all skin problems is itching, and for some people, it is an endless battle. What causes the skin to itch? Dry skin is the most common cause of itchy skin and the easiest to manage. Low air humidity, change in outdoor temperatures, sun exposure, and harsh skin care

Avoiding Common Chemical Irritants

In today’s competitive market, manufacturers strive to create unique, “must have” products to solve skin and hair care needs. But with so many choices, finding the product that is right for you can be overwhelming. For those with sensitive skin, it can be even more difficult. Common chemical irritants, including dyes, preservatives, fragrances, masking fragrances,

What You Need to Know About Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Poison Sumac

These plants are not actually poisonous. The oil they contain, called urushiol, causes allergic contact dermatitis (itchy, blistery rash) with only the slightest contact with human skin. For this purpose, and to keep it simple, we will refer to the plants themselves as poisonous. Identification If you can identify a poisonous plant, it is much

Eczema, Seborrheic Dermatitis, Psoriasis – Managing the Itch

When the skin reacts to allergens or irritation, skin cells produce various inflammatory chemicals that cause skin to become red, swollen, and itchy. Hydrocortisone, an OTC (over-the-counter) mild topical corticosteroid, reduces inflammation of the skin by stopping inflammatory chemicals from being released, eliminating the urge to scratch. Scratching causes the skin to become raw, swollen

Avoiding Fragrance in Skin Care

In many personal care products, fragrance is added to impart a pleasant smell or to cover up offensive odors that may naturally occur in that product. Consumers typically prefer to use products with a pleasant aroma. However, if you have a fragrance allergy or experience contact dermatitis, it is important to avoid fragranced products. Formulating