How long should I apply sunscreen before going out in the sun?

26/05/2019

First published June 2017; updated May 2019 There are many different types of sunscreens available including creams, gels and lotions, and when applied properly, will provide good protection When choosing a sunscreen ensure that it is broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30+, with high UVA protection, and water resistant if you intend to swim Also...

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What time of the day are UV rays at their strongest?

26/05/2019

First published June 2017; updated May 2019 UV radiation in sunlight damages our skin UV radiation cannot be seen or felt (infrared radiation causes heat, not UV) It can damage skin on cool, cloudy days and hot sunny days UV radiation comes directly from the sun and is influenced by many factors including Latitude Time of the day Time of year Altitude ...

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Our 4th Annual Dermatology Study Day for Healthcare Professionals

29/04/2019

On Saturday, 6th April we hosted our fourth annual Dermatology Study Day in the Ashling Hotel, Dublin The programme was aimed at healthcare professionals with an interest in dermatology Attendees came from all branches of nursing, pharmacy and general practice The objective of the study day is to provide healthcare professionals with an opportunity to enhance their current skill set when...

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Is a common ingredient in your emollient actually irritating your skin?

22/03/2019

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and Aqueous cream Atopic eczema and dry skin go hand-in-hand; medical moisturisers / emollients have been used for managing eczema for many years and are still the recommended first-line treatment One common emollient, Aqueous cream, has been on the market for decades but according to some studies the negative effects on the skin barrier are thought to be related...

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Sleeping with psoriasis: is itching causing a poor night’s sleep in the ‘scratcher’?

04/03/2019

Sleep is vital for our everyday functioning and is important for our physical and psychological wellbeing However, disrupted sleep may be caused by a number of issues ranging from physical, lifestyle and environmental factors (family responsibilities, occupational duties) to psychological issues, eg stress and anxiety Sleep disruption can have a negative impact on quality of life Studies in...

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How do you manage Hand Dermatitis / Eczema

19/02/2019

Hand dermatitis is also known as hand eczema This common skin condition can occur at any age, including childhood Symptoms of hand dermatitis can range from mild to severe, where it can be long lasting and flare from time to time It is important to say that hand dermatitis/eczema is not contagious Risks - Hand Eczmea can result from a combination of factors: Genetics – If you have or...

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Christmas hair and scalp psoriasis

18/12/2018

Almost 80% of people with psoriasis will have scalp involvement at some point in their lives, so it’s very common and it’s never welcome As the festive season approaches it is important to stay on top of treating your scalp psoriasis with some top tips as follows Some people suffer with mild psoriasis of the scalp whilst others can experience severe scalp psoriasis which can cause...

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Patient Leader Dialogue Report 2018 – Policy Drivers in Atopic Eczema

18/12/2018

The International Alliance of Dermatological Patient Organisations (IADPO) also known as GlobalSkin hosted an event “Patient Leader Dialogue Workshop on Atopic Eczema”, in September of this year in Paris The Irish Skin Foundation (ISF) was one of eight patient organisations from eight countries who took part in the event What was the goal of this meeting The goal of this workshop was to...

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“Skin Matters” Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) Panel Discussion, Meeting and Webinar

12/11/2018

The ISF, supported by AbbVie, held the first-of-its-kind “Skin Matters” meeting and webinar on the evening of 1 November in Dublin’s Chocolate Factory for people with Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) We will publish the video of the webinar in the New Year Patient and Expert Panel The main element of the event was a panel discussion lead by two HS patient advocates, Suzanne Moloney and...

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The Sun, UV Radiation and how to Save Your Eyes!

28/08/2018

Ultraviolet radiation (UV) is a component of sunlight We know that overexposure to UV radiation can cause skin damage and skin cancer, but did you know that UV radiation can also harm your eyes increasing your risk for developing cataracts and other eye diseases Risk factors; People of all ages, including children and teenagers, who spends time outdoors is at risk for developing eye diseases...

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Skin barrier dysfunction and atopic dermatitis – research update

28/06/2018

A recent article in Nature Reviews/Disease Primers reviewed the current knowledge on atopic dermatitis (AD), established treatments and the study of changes in the skin that results in this skin condition Atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema is the most common form of eczema It is a non-contagious inflammatory skin condition and is recognisable by red, dry, itchy skin which can sometimes weep,...

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Influencing sun protection behaviour: lessons from Australia

23/05/2018

The National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026, published last year recommends that the Department of Health to “the develop a national skin cancer prevention plan and oversee its implementation as a priority The plan will prioritise children, outdoor workers, sunbed users and those who pursue outdoor leisure activities” With Ireland facing increased incidence of skin cancers year on year and...

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