Some simple tips to tackle dry skin this winter

18/12/2018

In wintertime, central heating and lower humidity (very dry air) can aggravate skin dryness So as the temperature gauge plummets, we look at simple ways to combat this seasonal phenomenon The epidermis at a glance The uppermost layer of the skin is called the epidermis; this forms the main protective barrier and is where drying occurs The epidermis is comprised of layers of cells, stacked on...

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Study indicates incidence of Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) appears to be doubled among smokers

10/10/2018

A recent study published in the British Journal of Dermatology has found that incidence of Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) appears to be doubled among tobacco smokers The researchers examined healthcare data and identified nearly 4 million tobacco smokers and over 8 million non‐smokers The incidence of HS was 020% among smokers and 011% among non‐smokers – smokers were shown to be...

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Government ends ‘perverse anomaly’ of lower VAT rate on sunbeds than on sunscreens

11/10/2017

A welcome end to ‘perverse anomaly’ of lower VAT rate on sunbeds, which cause skin cancer, compared to sunscreens, which help to prevent it Next step – a complete ban! Skin cancer in Ireland Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Ireland Yet, in most cases, it is one of the most preventable forms of cancer For the majority of people, the health risks are related to overexposure to UV...

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Two important reports published in July highlight the rising incidence of skin cancer

19/07/2017

The National Cancer Registry of Ireland has just published a report on Cancer Trends (Cancer trends no 34 - skin cancer) today, July 19th The report highlights a sharp rise in incidence of both non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers in Ireland This increase, along with the pattern of distribution (ie body sites affected), indicate that type of sun exposure is an important risk factor, and...

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Know your skin type! The effects of sunlight are not the same for everyone:

27/06/2017

About Melanin Melanin is a pigment that gives skin, eyes, and hair their colour It also provides some protection against skin damage from the sun and is responsible for tanning There are different types: dark skin contains more ‘eumelanin’, while lighter skin has more ‘pheomelanin’ Eumelanin is thought to provide a greater level of protection from the sun The Fitzpatrick skin type...

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What is solar UV radiation and why you need to know about it…?

27/06/2017

What is solar ultraviolet radiation Ultraviolet radiation (UV) is one of the three major components of sunlight, which include visible light and infrared (heat) UV is divided into three categories, classified according to wavelength: UVA, UVB and UVC The ozone layer blocks all UVC and most (90% or more) of UVB, while UVA passes through the atmosphere relatively unchanged Therefore, the two types...

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Confused about the UV index?

27/06/2017

What is the Global Solar UV index Ultraviolet radiation (UV) is a component of sunlight The Global Solar UV index is a scale that was developed by the World Health Organisation which measures the UV radiation level at the surface of the Earth, and gives an indication of the potential for skin damage Overexposure to UV radiation can cause sunburn, skin and eye damage (including cataracts)...

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Clouds, water, glass: surprising things that solar UV can pass through

27/06/2017

Do you know that over 90% of UV can pass through light cloud, at half a metre depth under water UV is still 40% as intense as at the surface, and some UV can pass through glass! We're all becoming more aware of the importance of sun protection when outdoors but you may be surprised to know that chronic exposure of the skin to ultraviolet (UV) radiation over many years in ‘indoor settings’...

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No sunscreen can provide 100% sun protection

27/06/2017

The role of sunscreen Alongside other protective measures, such as clothing and shade, sunscreens play an important preventative role against the acute and long term effects of overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, including: sunburn, skin damage, premature ageing of the skin and skin cancer Solar UV radiation UV radiation is a component of sunlight and is divided into...

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Sunbeds cause skin cancer when used exactly as intended…

27/06/2017

It’s official, there is no safe limit for exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV) from sunbeds, according to independent scientific committee Skin cancer in Ireland Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Ireland Yet, in most cases, it is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer There are two main types: non-melanoma (including basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma), and...

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves first biologic for treatment of eczema

13/04/2017

On March 28th 2017, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new drug called dupilumab (brand name: Dupixent) for the treatment of adults with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis (also known as atopic eczema) that is not adequately controlled with topical treatment, or for whom topical treatments are not appropriate This new drug is administered by injection under the skin and can...

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New national pilot scheme to fast track treatment for babies with complicated ‘strawberry birthmarks’.

19/12/2016

New national pilot scheme to fast track treatment for babies with complicated ‘strawberry birthmarks’ Doctors at Cork University Hospital have devised a new photo-triage system for babies with infantile haemangiomas (also known as strawberry birthmarks) What are infantile haemangiomas An ‘infantile haemangioma’ is a type of vascular birthmark, which consists of a soft, raised...

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