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

25/09/2018

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

24/07/2018

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 check that it has a valid expiry...

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

24/07/2018

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 Reflection The Global solar UV index is a scale that was develpoed...

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How often should I reapply sunscreen?

24/07/2018

Even though we know this already, recent studies have revealed that peoples approach to sunscreen is often slap-dash, when applying sunscreen properly before going outdoors and then not reapplying every two hours as recommended There are many factors that can affect sunscreens ability to be as effective as long as they are supposed to be These include, Apply enough sunscreen – an...

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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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Over 200 attend #Ask How I Feel psoriasis information evening

05/05/2018

On the 3 May the #AskHowIFeel Psoriasis Awareness public information evening was held in The Alex hotel in Dublin The campaign was created by Novartis and supported by the Irish Skin Foundation The objective of this information evening was to offer people and their families who live with psoriasis, some practical steps they can take to ensure they are supported emotionally on their own...

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ISF publishes revised and expanded Psoriasis support booklet

19/04/2018

With up to 100,000 people in Ireland affected by psoriasis, and up to 20,000 of these living with a severe form of the common skin disorder, the Irish skin foundation has updated our “What you need to know about psoriasis” support booklet The new edition provides revised information on understanding, managing and living with psoriasis Updated sections include, what psoriasis is, the...

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