Dry Skin and Skin Conditions

Effects of Dry Skin

 

Medically: Dry skin is called Xeroderma from Greek “xeros” meaning dry + the Greek “derma” meaning skin = Dry Skin

Dry Skin is condition where the skin looses too much water due to your skin protective moisture barrier being damaged and it creates small, invisible cracks in the skin. Water loss through the outer layer of skin (the one you see when looking in the mirror) is a normal process and a way of our skin regulating its water content. Skin can become dry due to it lacking oil or a combination of water dry or lipid (oil) dry skin. Keeping up the water levels in our skin depends on the skins natural
moisturising factors, and the oil molecules (ceramides) between the dead cells on the skins surface.

These magic molecules act like a natural raincoat, preventing water loss and keeping the skin barrier strong. Low or altered ceramides have been linked to eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and other diseases.

Dry skin is a key feature of many skin conditions. People with skin diseases are often very distressed with symptoms of dry skin, which include scaling, crusting and painful cracks in the skin. Dry skin is generally always itchy; consistently leading to inflammation caused by the itch-scratch cycle. It is  caused by the loss of integrity of the stratum corneum (skins surface layer) which leads to the breakdown of the skin barrier. When we scratch dry skin, we disrupt the skin barrier even more leaving us more vulnerable to allergens and irritants to invade which can cause inflammation.

There are many causes that damage your moisture barrier from dry climate, over exfoliating, over drying the skin using harsh skin products, sun damage, medications, medical conditions (diabetes, kidney disease) genetics, ageing due to the fact the skin barrier starts to get more vulnerable over
the age of 45 years…..etc.

Recent research has proven that dry skin caused by skin barrier breakdown is the first sign in the development of atopic eczema. Eczema is another term for atopic dermatitis, a condition mostly diagnosed in children caused by inherited gene for a defective protein that causes the top layer of the skin not to work as well as it should. A defective skin barrier makes the skin more likely to lose water easily and become dry, cracked and itchy.

In older adults, eczema is a more general term describing skin that is chronically dry, cracked and itchy and has not improved with moisturisers. It is not caused by an inherited defect in the skin yet due to age-related skin changes as the skin becomes thinner and is less able to retain water. Contact dermatitis happens when the skin becomes irritated or inflamed after coming in contact with a substance that triggers an allergic reaction, irritants account for 80% of all contact dermatitis e.g. make-up, hair dye….etc. A small proportion of people the allergic reaction is due to exposure of allergens not irritants and is an allergic contact dermatitis.

Psoriasis is the result of an overactive immune system that causes a rapid turnover of skin cells, instead of the usual month long skin cycle of new cells growing from lower skin layers and slowly rising to the surface as the older cells shed, the cell cycle just takes days and the cells pile up on the
surface, causing plaque like lesion The shared phenomenon in these dry skin conditions and often how chronic they become is the extent of the damage to the skin barrier and ultimately how it impedes its function to maintain the water and oil balance within the skin. This process effectively switches off the messengers that tell
our skin to turn over the fresh hydrated cells and slough off the old dead ones, instead leaving our skin looking and feeling rough and flaky.

Our skin now needs some serious repair and this is what we want to focus on restoring the skin barrier, reducing skin damage to improve skin health and quality of life.

How can Adult Stem Cell Skincare Help? 

NeoGenesis skin care products contain the patented S²RM® molecules that naturally heal the skin, delivering nutrient rich molecules to the areas of inflammation. By providing the best climate for healing, calming and hydrating the skin, the areas of inflammation are reduced, allowing Eczema symptoms to subside.

The topical application of our advanced product Recovery, abundant in S²RM® molecules, will help with the rash, inflammation, and itching, and help to break the itch-scratch cycle.

Begin to treat the area by gently cleansing with the NeoGenesis Cleanser. Apply Recovery to the cleansed skin and follow with our Intensive Moisturizer, Body Cream or Barrier Renewal Cream. Apply as often as needed to calm the skin. Use Recovery serum, on cleansed skin twice daily, until the skin is healed. Recovery is safe for use on all areas of the body, including around the eyes. When combined with the important management of environmental factors, NeoGenesis can aid in healing the skin and reducing or eliminating the redness, swelling, itching and general discomfort from eczema.

For ongoing comfort and to reduce the chances of the eczema reappearing, you may transition over to the use of NeoGenesis Skin Serum once or twice daily, followed by the application of Intensive Moisturizer, Body Cream or Barrier Renewal Cream. Our S²RM® technology found in Skin Serum, Intensive Moisturizer and Body Cream will continue to naturally feed nutrients into the skin. This creates healthy layers within the skin and a stronger, improved skin barrier. The healthier and stronger the skin is, the less chance of inflammation recurring from eczema.

Dry Skin Protocol; twice daily

  1. Gently cleanse the area with NeoGenesis Cleanser
  2. Apply Recovery to the area
  3. Finish with Intensive Moisturizer, Barrier Renewal Cream or Body Cream
  4. Use the moisturizer throughout the day, as often as needed to soothe and hydrate the skin.

When the skin has recovered, to help prevent future outbreaks, use the following protocol once or twice daily to keep the skin functioning at an optimal level.

  1. Gently cleanse the area with NeoGenesis Cleanser
  2. Apply Skin Serum to the area
  3. Finish with Intensive Moisturizer, Barrier Renewal Cream or Body Cream

 

The healthier and stronger the skin is, the less chance of inflammation recurring from eczema.

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Instagram Live To Learn More

 

We are running an Instagram Live on Wednesday 14th October at 6.00pm UK time. Lucy Hall, our facial therapist will be chatting to Pam Vendetti Head of Education at NeoGenesis to talk in more detail about Stem Cell Skincare for Dry Skin. Follow our Instagram page – medifine_skinclinic and be there this Wednesday at 6.00pm.

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