It’s difficult to know whether the sunshine will have a positive or negative effect on your or your child’s eczema. In general, as many forms of eczema are made worse with stress, the sunshine can be a positive thing, as stress levels are reduced and more focus is put on having fun, but this isn’t always the case. Heat can cause problems, sweating is an irritant for many eczema sufferers.

Eczema Holiday Care Tips

There are a few things you can do to help prevent flare ups or at least manage them more effectively while on holiday:
  • Pack plenty of supplies; remember to take your usual eczema treatment kit, just to be on the safe side.
  • When buying holiday clothes remember to check the label to see what the garments are made of. Synthetic fabrics will be problematic as they don’t allow the skin to breath and can hold the sweat close to the skin, causing irritation. Pack your therapeutic garments too, these can be especially useful for calming the skin after a day at the beach or exposed to the sun.
  • Sunscreen is a must for everyone but more so for people with eczema that have been treated with emollients. Apply the sun protection half an hour after the emollient and half an hour before heading out into the sun. Reapply the sunscreen after going in the pool or the sea and reapply every two hours. Look for sunscreens designed for sensitive skins too, hypo-allergenic sunscreen is now readily available. Test the sunscreen before heading off on your holidays to ensure you don’t have a reaction to the ingredients.
  • Apply emollient after swimming sessions to help stop the skin from drying out. Take plenty of your usual emollient on holiday with you so you don’t run out.  Keep reapplying throughout the day and night especially if you notice your skin drying out quickly in the sun.
  • Remember the sun safety rules. Cover up, stay out of the sun during the hottest times of the day (11am to 3pm), wear a hat and make use of the shade. 
Remember Skinnies therapeutic garments are available on prescription, ask your GP for more information. 

Epidermolysis Bullosa patients require bandages in order to protect their areas of broken skin. In the past carers and patients would have to rely upon flat and tubular bandages, but these came with problems.

During research it was found that these traditional types of skin coverings were difficult to put on, they were bulky and uncomfortable to wear and the seams caused extra irritation, something that only served to make matters worse. Many patients have to wear these tubes and bandages on a daily basis so it was important to find a more suitable solution to help make life a little more comfortable.

As a result we came up with the Skinnies WEB therapeutic garments. The clothing provides an alternative that has no seams so there is less friction, less bulk and offer more freedom of movement.  These garments are more like clothing and can provide a complete covering, ideal if you have wounds all over the body. It removes the need to use multiple bandages that need to be taped together and covered in flat dressings, extra padding and more tubular bandages on top! The wounds often soil through the bandages, are difficult to remove and can make movement incredibly restricted.  The WEB garments also come in different colours, making them appear like everyday clothing rather than specially designed medical care.

WEB garments are not only more suitable for the patients but they are also designed to cut back on the waste that increases the cost in wound care. Often the multiple bandages and tubes that are removed each day are simply thrown out. Skinnies don’t need to be cut when removed; they are machine washable and durable.  
Learn more about how Skinnies WEB garments are designed to help Epidermolysis Bullosa patients by watching our short video on YouTube.  Please remember our clothing is available from your GP. 
Eczema on the scalp, or seborrhoea, affects both adults and children and can be extremely unpleasant for the individual. It’s most common in children under two months old and is given the term cradle cap. The signs include red rashes on the scalp and the build-up of a yellow crust. There are different ways you can treat seborrhoea and we have a few suggestions that may help you get yours or your child’s under control.
  1. Try an anti-dandruff shampoo. Many people have a mild case of eczema on the scalp and this can sometimes be treated with a typical medicated shampoo that is designed to tackle problems with dandruff and an itchy scalp. Use it as you would a normal shampoo and it will work by reducing the amount of yeast that is living on the scalp and causing the problem. However, be sure not to massage the scalp too much, use gentle circular motions so as not to aggravate the eczema and make the problem worse.
  2. Speak to your doctor if the medicated shampoo isn’t proving to be beneficial after a two week trial. Your GP will be able to suggest a mild steroid cream or an ointment that will be available to you on prescription. Follow the instructions on the information leaflet included.
  3. Your GP might also prescribe a clava for eczema on the delicate areas around the face and head. The clava can help to keep ointments in place and stop children from scratching their itchy scalp, which will be even more effective if used with the Skinnies gloves (also available on prescription).
  4. If you are not keen on steroid treatments or you’re unable to use them on your skin you may find antifungal creams more to your liking. If this option fails it’s worth heading back to your GP and asking about anti-yeast medicine that is taken orally. The anti-yeast medicine is prescribed in severe cases when the rash refuses to clear.
  5. Seborrhoea in children will often clear up on its own in a few months' but you can use emollient bath oils. Mineral oils gently massaged on the scalp and left for about an hour will help to loosen the scales too.
How do you manage the eczema on your scalp? Let us know by leaving a comment below or by posting to our Facebook wall. For more information 
21st July 2014

Food Allergies and Eczema

While food doesn’t cause eczema it can be a trigger. There are two types of foods that are commonly related to eczema flare ups and removing these foods out of the diet can be beneficial to those affected. The foods that cause problems for some sufferers are:
  • Cow’s milk
  • Egg
  • Food colouring
  • Wheat
  • Citrus fruits
  • Chocolate
  • Peanuts
Food allergies can cause eczema flare ups in a couple of ways. The first is an immediate reaction that will occur within a couple of hours of consuming the food. The skin will begin itching and go red as the food reacts with the IgE antibody in the blood. Prick tests can be taken to identify the IgE antibody and food allergy problems affecting the eczema.

The second reaction is delayed and can take up to two days for the eczema to get worse. After consuming the trigger food the skin will slowly begin to get redder and itch more. Unlike the immediate reaction it is thought that the immune cells within the skin react with the food.  There isn’t a suitable skin prick test that can be performed that will predict the reaction the skin will have with food. Therefore the solution usually revolves around removing the food types to see if there is an improvement.

Eating a Balanced Diet

When you remove foods such as cow’s milk, wheat and eggs from a diet will affect the nutritional balance that is being received. Removing the food might seem like the right step to make but according to the there is a risk of a severe reaction once the food is reintroduced, unless the allergy is already extreme (anaphylaxis).  If the allergy is only results in eczema flare ups one option is to read labels and look for foods that may contain traces of the food trigger.  

If you suspect that foods are causing problems with eczema the best thing to do is go and speak to your GP. They will be able to suggest suitable actions to take that will ensure a balanced diet is still obtained. 
Not everyone is keen on using steroid based creams and ointments and some people find they are not compatible with their skin. In these cases alternative treatments are often considered.  The problem with many of the alternative solutions that have been experimented with by suffers is that there is often little medical research that backs up the remedy. Also, what works for some doesn’t work for all and personal allergies can cause issues too. However, we thought we’d share five natural treatments that could be worth considering introducing into your eczema management routines.

Oatmeal for Eczema

Colloidal Oatmeal can be used to help reduce itching and for soothing the skin. It helps to leave the skin feeling soft, reduce inflammation and can be useful when the eczema flares. Adding the finely ground oatmeal in the bath is the easiest method. It is important to take great care when getting out of the bath as the base of the tub will become slippery! Another word of caution to anyone that suffers with gluten allergies, speak to your dermatologist or GP before giving this method a try.

Probiotics for Eczema

Bifidobacteria are part of the lactic acid bacteria group that can be found in fermented foods such as cheese and yoghurt but they can be taken in capsule form too. They are the friendly bacteria and there is sufficient evidence that suggests that the use of these bacteria can be beneficial to those who have eczema (all research can be found here).  The probiotics increase in the intestines and help to prevent bad bacteria from taking over, boosts the immune system and there are also claims that it helps reduce inflammation.

Coconut Oil for Eczema

Coconut oil is praised by many people who live with eczema (here’s an example of a successful experience). Providing the individual isn’t allergic to the coconut it can be applied as a thin layer to the skin or a coconut oil lotion bar can be used, it’s also possible to ingest the oil. The oil has antioxidant and antibacterial properties and it works to sooth inflamed skin, reduce itching and nourishes the skin. Coconut oil is also often used by individuals that have dry skin and psoriasis.

Have you tried any natural remedies to manage your eczema. Come and tell us your experiences on Facebook, we’d love to hear your thoughts. 
Viscose Therapeutic Garments
Many doctors will prescribe hydrocortisone products to help you to take care of your eczema. The products come in lots of different forms such as gels and creams and they are quite common, they can even be purchased if you don’t get a prescription, but what are they doing to your skin and will they benefit you?

Hydrocortisone is a steroid and it is similar to cortisol, a naturally produced hormone that our bodies make. The purpose of the products is to reduce any inflammation that might be present and to reduce itching and redness of the skin. Once applied patients suffering with eczema can find relief from their symptoms.  Some people however have an allergic reaction to the products while others require a stronger dose which is only available from the GP rather than from over the counter.

Using Hydrocortisone

If you are prescribed a steroid treatment such as oil or a cream you’re usually able to use it up to four times a day but once a day is more common. Follow the directions on the product information, often rubbing in the dose to the inflamed areas until it has disappeared into the skin and then washing any off your hands unless it is the hands you are treating. Use it for a week to provide relief or up to 14 days until the flare up has eased. You might be able to have a longer course but your doctor will advise you based on your condition. These treatments can be used alongside therapeutic garments, made from viscose they are compatible with the creams and add some extra relief, protection and comfort.

After the Course

Once you have finished the course of steroid treatments you can continue to use moisturisers or emollients, which will work to prevent another flare up from occurring. Again emollients can also be used alongside the viscose therapeutic garments that are also available on prescription from your GP. 

Childhood eczema is surprisingly common. Milder cases can be difficult to diagnose properly, but in some cases with some general care and application of a suitable moisturiser the symptoms will be control and no other treatment is required. However, this is not always the case and as babies tend to scratch it’s always necessary to go to the Dr, even if it’s just to learn how to spot infections.
It’s important to understand what the symptoms are, especially if you’re already suspecting that the dry skin on your child is eczema or not. So what are the symptoms to look out for?

  • Dry skin that looks red
  • Dry skin that’s itchy
  • Red and sore skin patches

The dry patches of skin can be found usually in the creased areas of skin, such as the back of the knees, neck, inner elbows and behind the ears.

What Should You Do when You Suspect Your Child Has Eczema

You should always mention your concerns to your GP or health visitor regardless of how mild the dry areas may appear. They will be able to give you a clear diagnoses and provide you with some simple tips on how you can make life more comfortable for your baby.  The GP will give you some tips on how to control the outbreaks and inform you of certain triggers that could be causing the reaction.

Five Simple Tips

If you’re unable to book an appointment straight away have a read through these five simple tips below:
  • Use a suitable emollient cream on your baby’s skin, several times per day. Ask your local pharmacy to suggest something that is suitable. When applying the cream use only downward strokes.
  • Stop using baby bathing products and look for an aqueous lotion to use instead of the soap based products. Keep baths nice and short, five minutes is ideal.
  • Soaps, washing powders, smoke and chemicals found in the house can make eczema worse. Try to remove these triggers from the home.
  • Sometimes eczema is made worse by allergies, such as an allergy to dust mites. It’s a good idea to give the home a thorough clean along with bedding and towel, vacuuming the carpets and putting any soft toys in bags in the freezer for a whole day to kill any mites.  Use a gentle washing powder with natural ingredients.
  • Avoid clothing made from synthetic fabrics and watch out for labels and seams, they can really irritate the skin. When you do speak to your doctor ask about the Skinnies therapeutic clothing babygrows.

Eczema in children can be managed with careful care. Keep a diary recording fabrics, activities and foods to try and help you spot any triggers. 
If you have eczema you’ll already know that there are often triggers you need to be aware of. These triggers differ from person to person, but there are some that tend to cause problems for the large majority of sufferers. Fabric choices are one of these triggers that are troublesome. The types of fabrics you have next to your skin can make a difference to how your skin looks and feels. Here are some of the worst offenders to watch out for.
  • Wool – Wool is a great fabric as it is natural and sustainable. The problem is it can also cause itching and redness even for people that don’t have eczema. While it can be great for during the winter time it’s not a good idea to wear anything made from wool if you already have a flare up.
  • Synthetic fabrics – Nylons, acrylic, spandex and polyester should be avoided at all costs. These are not natural and they won’t allow your skin to breathe as it needs to. They often trap the sweat next to the skin, which in turn will cause rashes, soreness and itchiness.
  • Cashmere – Cashmere is made from goat hair and although it’s natural the hair traps the heat next to the skin. As a result your skin will feel uncomfortable, hot and eczema is made worse.
Other things to consider when choosing your clothing are the labels and seams on the fabrics. Both labels and seams can cause further irritation.

What Fabrics Should I be Choosing?

If you have eczema there are several fabrics that are far less likely to cause problems. Cotton is a good choice. Cottons can feel cool on the skin and causes minimal irritation. Silk is another option, it’s natural and has great ventilation.

Skinnies Clothing is available in silk and viscose. Viscose is made from a cellulose fibre so it resembles natural cotton, making it cool and comfortable. Our Skinnies Viscose therapeutic clothing can be used with creams, salves and emollients and worn under clothing with ease if you have a favourite top you want to wear but don’t want to experience the discomfort the other fabric could cause. We also have a line of silk therapeutic garments that are soothing to the irritating skin. Our garments don’t have any seams or labels to worry about either, providing you comfort while your eczema is given time and the right conditions to heal.

Ask your GP about Skinnies garments at your next appointment. 
16th June 2014

Hand Eczema Care Tips

There are all sorts of reasons why you might be experience eczema on the hands (also known as hand dermatitis). First of all it could simply be down to your genetics as is often the case. However, sometimes there are external factors that cause the problem.

You might be sensitive to allergens or perhaps you are reacting to chemicals that you come into contact with throughout your daily life.

Whatever the reason may be there is no escaping the symptoms that can come and go at any time.

What are the Symptoms of Hand Eczema?

There are several symptoms to be aware of:

·         Itchiness
·         Red skin
·         Painful skin
·         Dry, flaky skin
·         Cracks in the skin
·         Blisters

You might not have all of these symptoms but one or more could be an indication of hand eczema. If you’re unsure or have not yet sought medical care it’s a good idea to go and visit your doctor. They will be able to give you a diagnosis and then work with you to find ways of reducing your symptoms and making life a little more comfortable for you.

Tips for Happier Hands

  1. Follow a hand care routine each night before you go to bed. Wash your hands in warm water, pat dry with a towel and cover in generous layers of emollient creams before slipping on some Skinnies gloves for the night.
  2. Avoid touching any harsh chemicals. If you work with chemicals (builders, hairdressers, nurses etc.) speak to your employer and make them aware of your hand eczema. Ask for suitable gloves, creams, hand wash and request that they look for alternatives to the chemicals you’re using.  
  3. Use a barrier cream before you carry out any wet or dirty work. Many eczema sufferers recommend the use of a natural beeswax hand cream. You can find more information on beeswax and eczema by clicking this link.
  4. If the problem persists over a few weeks it’s a good idea to book an allergy patch test to discover if you’re allergic to a specific chemical or allergen. When you know what causes the eczema it’s a lot easier to avoid it.
  5. Be prepared to make changes in how you use your hands.  Old habits might need to be broken and new ones formed in order to manage your skin efficiently.
9th June 2014

Summertime Eczema Blues

summer and eczema
Some people find their eczema becomes more manageable in the summer months. The NHS website says that eczema is often worse during colder periods and less problematic during warmer periods of the year, but this isn’t always the case. Personal triggers often play a part in the flare ups and if you suffer with allergies, are sensitive to dry air or find sweat to irritate your skin resulting in the tell-tale red, itchy skin then the summer can pose a real problem.

Exposure to the sun is particularly drying on the skin. As the skin dries out the natural oils are lost and dry skin is the perfect starting point for flare ups. Add exposure to water (in the form of the sea, paddling pools and swimming pools or even water fountains for example) also saps the skin of its natural moisture and this is a real problem. Sweat only adds to the issue, it is salty and even more moisture is lost. As the skin dries out the itchy rashes develop, so you will need to take extra care of your skin if you find the summer time provides no relief to your symptoms.

How to Help Prevent Summer Time Eczema Flare Ups

  • The first thing you can do is increase the amount of creams or salves you use on your skin.
  • Limit the time you spend out in the full sun – avoiding the hottest time of the day and seeking out shaded areas.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Avoid hot showers, choose lukewarm baths instead, relaxing in the tub for no more than five to ten minutes.
  • Once you get out of the bath slather on generous amounts of your usual emollients.
  • If you suffer from allergies remember to visit your doctor for your prescribed antihistamines as they will reduce your sensitivity to the allergens.
  • Think carefully about the fabric choices you make during hotter months. Some fabrics will cause havoc on your skin, making it itchier, causing you to sweat more and generally making you feel incredibly uncomfortable.
Silk is an ideal fabric to choose as it is a natural fibre that helps you to stay cool and lets the skin breathe and function how it needs to. If you or a member of your family find it difficult to cope ask your GP about Skinnies Silk Therapeutic clothing. Our Skinnies Silk therapeutic garments are perfect for the summer time and are available on prescription or from our website.

Do you have any summer time coping tips to share with others living with eczema? Why not come and share them with us by following Skinnies on Facebook or mention @SkinniesUK on Twitter.
Skin conditions are not only uncomfortable they can also have an impact on confidence. Children and young adults often experience problems coping with the effects eczema has on their social life. Forming bonds can be difficult, many sufferers experience embarrassment when the symptoms flare, much like the embarrassment that is often caused by acne break outs or psoriasis.

Skin doesn’t define who you are as a person, and teaching young people this fact is important. If you know a young person with eczema there are ways you can help:
  • Teach them about the condition so they understand and are able to explain it to their friends.
  • Try to learn their personal triggers, for example keep a simple food diary.
  • Help them to understand how to speak to their doctor to get help they need.
  • Listen and encourage them to talk about how they feel.
  • Be positive; educate your child on how to live with eczema and not to let it take control of their life, it’s a part of life but it shouldn’t take over.
  • Emotions should never be trivialised and sometimes just being able to talk about how they are feeling without being dismissed will help.
Clothing choices will help build confidence. Long sleeves and leggings can help to keep the problem areas covered if the child wishes them to be. Skinnies therapeutic garments are ideal as they are designed to be worn by people who have eczema along with other skin conditions such as Epidermolysis Bullosa. You can buy Skinnies online or ask your doctor to prescribe Skinnies. Call us on 01562 884 898 or follow SkinniesUK on Facebook if you have any questions, we’re here to help.  
There are certain triggers that can cause flare ups of your eczema symptoms. These triggers often vary from person to person, but one that is extremely common is the use of chemicals on the skin in the form of detergents, soaps and toiletries. We hope you’ll find the following tips useful if you or your child is affected by these types of products.

Soaps and Detergents

When your skin is put into contact with soaps and detergents the natural oils are removed. As a result many people experience reactions in varying degrees. Even those without eczema often experience itching and slight redness. There are ways you can help to reduce contact with these triggers such as:
  • Avoid using soaps, shower gels and bubble baths altogether, choosing an emollient as an alternative. Speak to your GP or pharmacist as they will be able to recommend suitable products to use.
  • Always protect your hands with suitable gloves when you need to use chemicals or detergents at work or in the home. The gloves should be lined with cotton and made from a material that you’re not sensitive too.
  • Rinse clothes that have been washed in detergent thoroughly before drying. An extra hard spin or rinse with cold water can help to remove more of the residue on the clothing.
  • Biological detergents are especially harsh on the skin so avoid using them altogether.
  • Use our specially formulated laundry detergent for eczema and psoriasis.
  • Young children only need to have a bath once or twice a week using warm water. Clean their hands, face and bottom daily using a suitable product or just water on cotton balls for babies.
  • Use products that are fragrance free.
  • Moisturise well after exposure to soaps and detergents. Smother your skin in your usual moisturising product and wear your Skinnies Viscose therapeutic clothing, ideal for using with creams and salves.
It helps to become aware of what could be causing your own flare ups so you’re better able to prevent your symptoms from worsening. Keeping a diary and make a note of any new products you try, recording the affect they have on your skin.
Skinnies UK Silk Babygrow

We are always keen to hear from our customers and those who have been prescribed Skinnies therapeutic clothing from their GP. This week we were thrilled to have some feedback sent to us in the form of a review and another on Twitter. We thought we would share this feedback with you so you can hear real life stories about the effectiveness of our garments.

Skinnies Review from Becky P.

Becky used Skinnies with her 2 year old son who suffers with areas of dry and itchy skin. The problematic zones are found on his tummy and on the back of his knees. Becky was a bit sceptical initially but she was amazed to find that the Skinnies suit was extremely effective. To help her son with his uncomfortable itching the suit was put on mainly in the mornings. We were told he loves to wear the outfit and Becky thinks he looks really cute in it to. More importantly Becky was pleased to inform us that the itchiness and the dryness would practically disappear by the evening.

Becky has been delighted with the response and she gave Skinnies a rating of 5 out of 5. She also lent one of her friends a set of the leggings and top to help her own son with his skin condition and has heard nothing but praise, her friend went on to order her son a set of his own.

We are thrilled with this feedback and so pleased to learn of two little boys who are finding their skin less itchy and uncomfortable. If you’d like to read more reviews on our Skinnies garments please visit the Talk Health Partnership.

A Positive Tweet

Finally we would like to share this tweet from @justticketyboo “My little boy has been in his @Skinniesuk for 5 nights and I can't believe the difference - amazing!”

If you’d like to discuss the benefits of using Skinnies therapeutic clothing please call us on 01562 884 898 or book an appointment with your GP and follow @SkinniesUK on Twitter or Like us on Facebook for all the latest news. 

On May 1st  2014 we launched the brand new children’s WEB garment, the new addition to our WEB product range.  The WEB garments are designed for patients with Epidermolysis Bullosa, but they are also recommended for paitients suffering with burns .

One of the problems these garments address for EB sufferers and burns victims is the time that needs to be spent changing dressings. Flat and tubular bandages often come lose, causing extra irritation and increasing the risk of bacteria reaching the skin resulting in painful infections. With this in mind we have carefully designed a more comfortable and safer option that will save time when it comes to changing dressings and help to protect the wounds on the skin in order to promote faster healing.  

All of the Webb garments are completely seamless, providing greater comfort for the wearer and the lack of seams also removes problems caused by friction against the skin. Unlike the bandages the garment fits naturally close to the skin, it’s comfortable and easy to put on and take off.

All of the Skinnies UK WEB garments, including the new children's garment are available on prescription from your GP. If you would like to buy directly from us you can do so by visiting the WEB Product page or by giving us a call on 01562 884 898. You can also contact us on Facebook and Twitter where we share the latest news and regular updates. 
2nd May 2014

The Beeswax Potential

beeswax and skin conditions
Beeswax is a natural product produced made by busy bees that turn it into honeycombs, but humans make good use of it too. In medicine you can find beeswax used for relieving pain, lowering cholesterol, reducing inflammations and for treating diarrhoea.  We also use it for polishing our furniture and preening ourselves.  However, there are an increasing number of reports regarding another way beeswax can be put to good use, which is providing relief for eczema and dermatitis related skin problems.

Beeswax has antiseptic properties, it also works to heal damage to skin and keeps it soft, helping the skin to retain moisture without blocking the pores. It’s made up of long chain aliphatic alcohols and a variety of compounds, the main ones being:

·         Palmitate
·         Hydroxpalmitate
·         Palmiotate

These are very important fats that make it an ideal natural product to use in skincare and treatments. It’s able to penetrate through even the roughest skin, soothe pain and add some protection to skin that is dry, chapped and cracked and generally irritated. That’s not all, beeswax is also able to resist bacteria, adding a layer of protection, a barrier, over your skin allowing it to heal and reducing the risk of infection.

Beeswax Over Mineral Oils

Many eczema and psoriasis sufferers often choose barrier creams to help protect their skin. A large proportion of these barrier creams use mineral oils, such as petroleum. Mineral oils are not ideal to use on the skin. While it does make the skin feel soft it actually blocks off all the pores, so your skin is unable to breathe. As the skin is the largest organ it is essential that it’s free to breathe in order to function properly. Using mineral oil is like covering your skin with plastic, it slows down skin renewal, breaks down collagen, destroying tissues and as a result cell development is decreased, leading to premature aging.

Mineral oil is often written down on labels as petrolatum or paraffinum, so it is worth taking a look on the labels on your tubes, tubs and jars of creams and medications to see if it is an ingredient.  One of the main reasons it is used is simply because it does seal the skin off from other particles that could lead to infections, but isn’t it better to use a natural solution instead that allows the skin to breathe while allowing your skin to heal at the same time? Beeswax is the ideal alternative. It’s rich in Vitamin A that works to protect skin and prevent the signs of aging and on top of all that it is a natural emollient, drawing moisture into the skin while protecting it from bacteria and infections.

There are many 100% natural products now available on the market containing beeswax as the main or only ingredient. If you are concerned about the health of your skin why not trial a beeswax based barrier cream to see if you notice any improvements? Share your stories with us on our Facebook page

Please note – try a small skin test before applying generous amounts of beeswax on your skin if you have never used beeswax based products before. If you’re allergic to honey it’s best to avoid using beeswax products. If you have any concerns speak to your doctor first.

Further Reading Suggestions:

A German clinical study on the use of beeswax as a barrier cream:;jsessionid=A71B57E090AD7C92EF3D65A3D41C90A0.f04t04
A look at why mineral oil is bad for you skin:
skinnies_manNurses, academics, a fashion designer, a knitwear factory and digital pen and data processing company are about as diverse an alliance as you're likely to get working on a medical research project.

In the case of WEB (Woundcare for Epidermolysis Bullosa) run by King's College London, there were two other vital research collaborators: people suffering from the genetic condition Epidemolysis Bullosa, which causes fragile skin leading to open wounds which can cover the entire body, and their carers.

Read more.

29th May 2013

Eczema On The Increase

mother-and-babyEczema is on the increase, and it is suggested that the reason could be due to environmental changes? 

I for one know from my own experience with people I know, that work place stress can cause eczema and lets face it, we are in very stressful times with the economy as it is.

Could adult stress be transferred to children? Could this be a contributing factor? I am no expert but children are very perceptive.

I also think that school life has changed dramatically and in my opinion the pressures of the school to look good in league tables adds pressure onto young students, unnecessarily. Just my opinion!!!! 

Anyway, have a read of this article, it is quite interesting.
23rd May 2013

SkinniesWEB Launched

Now available on prescription, a printable version of the easy prescribing pad available here.

For more information please email you can find SkinniesWEB in the drug tariff - Under Elasticated Nylon/Elastane Stockinette – Garments